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kallyq

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If so, what do you think?
I've been watching the forum but haven't seen much about this (other than the thread about whether one would sell the 12.9, but that isn't really what I am asking because I am not selling my 12.9)
 

TheRealAlex

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If so, what do you think?
I've been watching the forum but haven't seen much about this (other than the thread about whether one would sell the 12.9, but that isn't really what I am asking because I am not selling my 12.9)

I'd say the 9.7 can do things the 12.9 can't do. And that gives it an advantage. In our world we all have Smartphones and they are great at being a smart phone. We have Laptops and many Laptops are great. Now a 12.9 iPad is neither a Laptop or a very good tablet because it's too large to succeed as a tablet. It fails at both categories. If I want or need a Laptop that's what I need If I want or need a Tablet that's what I need there's no in between for a device which lacks capability. My Laptop has all the capabilities I need and more. My 9.7 inch IPad Pro has all the capabilities and more that I and many people need in a Tablet.

I could easily carry my Laptop and iPad Pro 9.7 because they offer complimentary capabilities and features they are greater than the sum of their parts. I would never carry a 12.9 Pro because it's as heavy as some Laptops and lacks many features of carrying something so large and expensive.
 
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rickray

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I'd say the 9.7 can do things the 12.9 can't do. And that gives it an advantage. In our world we all have Smartphones and they are great at being a smart phone. We have Laptops and many Laptops are great. Now a 12.9 iPad is neither a Laptop or a very good tablet because it's too large to succeed as a tablet. It fails at both categories. If I want or need a Laptop that's what I need If I want or need a Tablet that's what I need there's no in between for a device which lacks capability. My Laptop has all the capabilities I need and more. My 9.7 inch IPad Pro has all the capabilities and more that I and many people need in a Tablet.

I could easily carry my Laptop and iPad Pro 9.7 because they offer complimentary capabilities and features they are greater than the sum of their parts. I would never carry a 12.9 Pro because it's as heavy as some Laptops and lacks many features of carrying something so large and expensive.

Great points! I tried the 12.9 a few months back and it was too big for my needs. I just picked up a 9.7 because I had an iPad Air before and I really think it hits the sweet spot for me too.
 

Branskins

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Nope. I tried the iPad Air a few years ago and returned it as I wasn't using it that much.

I use my iPad Pro 12.9 almost all day long.

- reading programming books and articles and writing notes in split screen (50-50 shines here on the pro)
- reading news with Twitter in a side view
- used as an extra document viewer while on my iMac
- browsing with Twitter open and a movie playing in PiP (I'm curious how the 9.7 behaves here with only 2GB of ram)

To me, the 12.9" screen makes this all very comfortable and makes the iPad more useful to me.

It all comes down to what you need it for.

Now Apple, time to release Xcode!
 

rdavis41

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I did, but I am almost 100% certain I am going to return it. I like its portability but really miss the functionality the larger screen brings.

I'm debating the same thing. I returned my 12.9" thinking I'd appreciate the portability the 9.7" would bring, but now I'm missing the screen real state. Then again, I don't miss the added weight and surface area. I'm giving it another couple days before making a decision.
 
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WickedPorter

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My 12.9 was still within it's exchange window, so I returned it to Best Buy and brought home the 9.7 instead.

I really enjoyed the 12.9, but it's just a bit too large/heavy for my personal iPad use cases. The 9.7 is perfectly sized for my needs, and a couple days of use so far and I have nothing bad to say about it. Very nice little machine.
 
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OneMike

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I'd say the 9.7 can do things the 12.9 can't do. And that gives it an advantage. In our world we all have Smartphones and they are great at being a smart phone. We have Laptops and many Laptops are great. Now a 12.9 iPad is neither a Laptop or a very good tablet because it's too large to succeed as a tablet. It fails at both categories. If I want or need a Laptop that's what I need If I want or need a Tablet that's what I need there's no in between for a device which lacks capability. My Laptop has all the capabilities I need and more. My 9.7 inch IPad Pro has all the capabilities and more that I and many people need in a Tablet.

I could easily carry my Laptop and iPad Pro 9.7 because they offer complimentary capabilities and features they are greater than the sum of their parts. I would never carry a 12.9 Pro because it's as heavy as some Laptops and lacks many features of carrying something so large and expensive.

What can the smaller pro do that the large can't other than true tone. Most have iPhones so I'm not even mentioning photo/video. That and the fact few buy an ipad for camera exclusively.

As far as weight. The smaller pro is a pound. The larger a pound and a half. Carrying 0.5 more pounds is not going to break your back.

I think many as with the iPhone SE just want latest, maybe greatest. When the iPhone 7 comes out, 4 inches Will be too small again. When the next large ipad pro comes out. That will be the must have.

I'm debating buying a larger pro so I can have an ipad again. I don't see anything one can do that the other can't. For me I'd rather have a larger screen
 

Mainiac

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I can't decide whether to keep my 12.9 or go get the 9.7. I love the large screen but the 12.9 is cumbersome and I find myself not using it in certain situations because of it's size. When I use my wife's Air 2 instead I do find the screen tiny but it's so much easy to walk around the house with.

I'll be keeping the 12.9 until my 45 days to return it at Best Buy are up. I'm hoping there may be a $100 off or gift card sale on the 9.7 Pro before then and that will force me to finally make up my mind.

My other option is to sell my iPad 2 and iPad 3 which would net me around $250 and put that towards a Mini 4 for when I want the portability.
 

tarasis

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I know how you feel, I hated split view on my Air 2, never used it, I found each window to be too small. Now on the 12.9" I use it every day.
I'm the opposite I used Split view & pop over fairly often on my Air 2 as it's just downright handy. Pip is rarer but I do use it too.

I'm someone trying to decide between the 13" and 10" Pros, I can see the appeal of both sizes and not sure which way to go at the moment.
 

TrueBlou

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I'm the opposite I used Split view & pop over fairly often on my Air 2 as it's just downright handy. Pip is rarer but I do use it too.

I'm someone trying to decide between the 13" and 10" Pros, I can see the appeal of both sizes and not sure which way to go at the moment.


It's not an easy decision I think. Both have their pros and cons, it's just settling in the one that you think best suits your needs that's the hard part, as it always is. But I'm sold on the biggie, I doubt very much I could go back to a smaller tablet now.
 

UltimateSyn

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To people who own both iPad Pro models:

Can you please tell me if the screen temperature of the 9.7" is much warmer than the 12.9"? Yes I have True Tone turned off, the smaller pro has a yellow tint and I am on my second model.
 

jlczl

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Most the times when I hear someone saying negative things about the large iPad Pro it's because of its size. If half a pound is really that much to you then I guess you definitely should be sticking with a smaller iPad. For those of us who don't have issues lifting measly amount of weight such as this then the larger iPad Pro offers many more benefits. I for one hardly ever veer away from split screen use. That would be useless to me on the smaller device.
 

Kal-037

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12.9" has been my main computer for 5 months now and IMO it is also the best iPad, the size, weight, and power are perfect. I am not bothered by any differences in weight or anything. Honestly it fits into a backpack or any case just as easily as a 9.7" the extra 1/2 pound is not even noticeable to me. I think for casual users looking for a lighter iPad to do some light note-taking or some sketching the 9.7" is really good, but for those want to really sketch and design on a non-cramped screen... the 12.9" is perfect. The split screen is better, the sound is better, (not by a ton, but enough) and I noticed the RAM is nicer as well. No constant refreshing on anything and I can have gobs of different tabs or apps running and no slow down or lagging at all. The 9.7" probably wouldn't have any performance issues until more tabs or apps are opened, then it would feel a little stress, just like my Air 2 did.



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