Hey, I have the 12.9 iPad Pro and do love it but do feel it's heavy and not very portable. I'm just wondering if the new 9.7 Pro may be the perfect size? At the moment I take a mini 4 with me when out and about but wonder if the 9.7 Pro would be better. I wonder if I get the 9.7 and sold my 12.9 I'd regret it? Just wondering if anyone is in the same boat?
I had the 12.9 for just past couple of weeks and still have 9.7, returned 12.9 just last night. My use case is I am a graduate business student and have a Surface Pro 4 for heavy work and had an IPad Air 2, but wanted to upgrade.
I LOVED the 12.9 screen, and didn't even mind the size too much. I could hold it in one hand pretty comfortably since the weight distribution is spread over the larger surface area. I also much preferred the color temperature, don't care too much for true-tone on the 9.7 models, even when it' off the screen temp is warmer and less pleasing. Also, the big iPad Pro was great for note taking in OneNote and loved having the bigger screen to fit more without scrolling. Speakers were great of course, split screen was amazing and It was a wonderful devlce and I flip flopped daily on which one to keep. Choice made even tougher since I got a great deal of $150 off MSRP at Staples.
Ultimately I just felt the 9.7 was a better companion to the Surface Pro 4. It was awkward having the SP4 out and then bringing out the 12.9 iPad Pro. Was on subway other day and of course the 9.7 is much more portable. I really wanted to use textbooks in split screen with OneNote with the 12.9 but the Kindle app doesn't support Split View. For some reason Apple doesn't allow you to split keyboard on the 12.9 unless you want to use Zoom View. Many other important apps still not updated for the 12.9 format and thus are just blown up versions of the 9.7 versions. Then I seemed to get less battery life on the 12.9, not terrible but took forever to charge and could not use and charge at same time really.
If I was looking for a laptop replacement I probably would have gone with the 12.9, but I was more looking for a tablet complement to read my textbooks, take notes during class, etc. Links online at my school's intranet open in the browser instead of me being able to choose program (Excel, etc.) so had trouble even opening office files and annotating.
I don't think the Ram issue will be an issue at this point, but may in a couple years if you plan on keeping long term. Really it comes down to portability, whether it's main device or complement, and value for your use case. Good luck!