iPad Pro review – Worth your money?
The iPad pro has been out in the market for quite some time now. Initially at the time of release the question that was on everyone’s mind was “who is this product for?”. The iPad pro is not as powerful as a Macbook or a laptop, however it’s a fairly large tablet and is also advertised as a laptop most of the time.
The iPad pro is pretty big but over time you’ll probably get used to its massive screen size. However its weight is a different story. Its fairly heavy for a tablet and weighs in at around a pound and a half. Holding it for extended periods of time or holding it in one hand can be quite troublesome. However its remarkably well balanced and Apple really did a good job creating the exterior of this device. You can buy different keyboards for the iPad pro from third parties such as logi tech, or you could just buy the cover case from Apple directly which also has a keyboard built in.
The typing experience on the keyboard is very pleasant. There is very little flex in the base of the keyboard so using it in your lap is no problem. You don’t have to worry about pressing in the keyboard when using it on a soft surface like your lap. Key travel is also fairly good and typing on a physical keyboard is much better than using the on screen virtual keyboard on this big of a screen. The keyboards, whether from Apple or from other third party companies, connect via the three pin connector located at the bottom of the device. Since it is a physical connection and not a Bluetooth connection, there is no input lag and the keyboard can also use power from the main device itself so you don’t have to charge it separately.
Using the iPad pro for work is possible if your main objective is to type a lot. Reading emails, typing out emails, viewing media and browsing the web is no problem for the iPad Pro and it handles these tasks like a champ. Spreadsheets work surprisingly well and multitasking with the split screen feature is also okay. Its not as good as a true split screen on a laptop , but it works.
There is no trackpad so you often have to lift your arm up to navigate through the screen but with some third party keyboards you do get some keyboard shortcuts , so its not all bad. As stated earlier, the iPad Pro can be used for work but i would not recommend it unless you have really light computer needs. Otherwise you’d be better off using just a regular laptop.
The second group of people who could make use of the iPad Pro are students. Coupled with the keyboard the device weighs in at around 2.5 pounds. Its not the lightest of options out there but its definitely manageable for students to carry this around in their backpack easily. The Apple pencil is also a very nice addon with the iPad pro and out of all the stylus options , the Apple pencil stands out the most. However since their is no storage area for the pencil built in the device itself, you may loose the pencil often enough to get annoyed by it. Therefore you have to be extra careful in handling the pencil and keeping it safe. The pencil does however write very well. There is very little input lag and the writing experience is also very smooth. You can also use the split screen mode to write notes and browse the web or use some other application for reference, simultaneously.
Media consumption is also very impressive on the iPad Pro, its got a fantastic screen and really awesome speakers. However keep in mind that this is a pretty large device and holding it for extended periods of time can be difficult. Playing games on the device is also a great experience, especially playing games that can take full advantage of the higher resolution of the iPad pro. However any game revolving around the gyroscope functionality of the device is very awkward to play because of the large size of the device.
Battery life is very good. You can easily hit 8-9 hours on a full charge so if you are a student and you bring it to class, it’ll last you a full day. So for students, you could probably replace your laptop with the iPad pro if you really wanted to but it wouldn’t be my first choice. If you value a device which has a keyboard and touch screen, as well as a stylus input option, i would recommend the Surface pro 4 over the iPad pro. This is mostly because of flexibility. If you want to connect to a projector or share files using a usb key , it would be much easier on the surface pro 4 than the iPad pro.
All in all a great device. Apple really does a great job in delivering some top quality products. However the iPad Pro isn’t perfect for everyone. Every person has a different priority and has different needs. The iPad pro may be able to fulfill some of those needs but for other things like editing videos for content creation or app development for programmers and developers, the iPad pro is not a viable route. The iPad pro is suited to anyone who use their laptops very casually and perform everyday normal tasks like browsing the web and streaming videos. There’s also the extended functionality of a physical keyboard for a better typing experience but that’s all there is to it. ‘A better typing experience’. Nothing more nothing less. If you fit into this category of people then by all means go for it. The iPad pro is a very good option indeed. However if not, you’re probably better off getting a normal laptop.