iPad Consider between iPad 2017 and iPad Pro 10.5

Discussion in 'iPad' started by enlightenmt, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. enlightenmt macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2014
    After 5 years using iPad 3, I think it's time to upgrade.

    I'm really impressed by the iPad Pro 10.5 at the first time, but after some research, I found that iPad 2017 price is only as half as iPad Pro 10.5.

    I don't have plan to buy pen or keyboard for iPad Pro, so is it worth to spend double price?

    I want to buy an iPad to use as long as I can, I love iPad Pro 10.5 as a flagship tablet but it's quite pricy. On the other side, iPad 2017 is a good bargain but it's somehow old fashion.

    What do you think about that? I really appreciate to hear your opinion
  2. NorthSeaBeach macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2014
    The Hague
    If you use it just for browsing, Netflix, movies, youtube, e-mail, the regular can't be beat imo. You don't need all the bells and whistles of the pro. It'll problably get slower sooner, but you save so much on your purchase that by that time, buying a new one is way easier to stomach.
  3. KrisLord macrumors 65816

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    There’s nothing wrong with the 2017 iPad, it’s the iPad equivalent of the iPhone SE.

    By that I mean it’s built using components from other models to achieve a lower price point. For example the 2017 iPad uses the same screen technology as the original iPad Air, rather than that from the air 2.
  4. Closingracer macrumors 68030

    Jul 13, 2010
    Actually I'll say it the other way. If all he wants is that and can afford to pay more upfront the iPad Pro 10.5 is a better deal. He can keep it longer than the iPad 2017 model.
  5. NorthSeaBeach macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2014
    The Hague
    True but my guess is that the pro 2 is going to be cut loose before the regular 2020 model that is already half paid for with the price difference.
  6. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    I bought the 2017 model aware that the new 10.5 would be a pro and there fore pricey. I think if i were to upgrade i'd go with the larger screen size of the 12.9. I mostly use mine to do the above and read comics. I could'nt justify double the price when the 2017 does all that fantastically. You should also consider that the screen technology will likely change next year to OLED for good or bad, and you might want to wait on all that to shake out and enjoy the 2017 in the meantime, that's what i'm doing
  7. AstroDrew macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2015
    Bay Area
    I've only owned one ipad since it first launch the very first one. I have the 3rd generation (2011), and it has served me well through out the years and this will still be handed down to my daughter. Personally iPad for me is a long term investment, it's not like an iPhone where I have to replace it every other year. So, I went for the Pro 10.5 256GB - I'm spending the money one something I think will have less lag and drag as updates and time goes compared to the 2017. Yes, it's twice the price but I do use the ipad allot (work, browsing, movies, games and my hobby astrophotography). I think it's worth the money if you plan to use it long term.
  8. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Yep. The 10.5 iPad Pro isn't going to have double the useful life of the 2017 iPad (5th gen) to justify the almost doubling in price.

    As an aside, can we just call the new 9.7 model the iPad 5 or something? Apple refers to it as iPad (5th generation) so the shortcut is similar to conventions for iPad (3rd generation) and iPad (4th generation).
  9. uwdude macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2014
    I'm calling it iPad 2017 (crappy screen) because I couldn't stand that tapping on the plastic feeling with the first iPad Air and now this one. I thought they finally got rid of that stupid screen. It must be really cheap to produce or something.
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I think that's partially because it's a much cheaper iPad then over the new current lineup. And it lacks the laminate display, which is also something else to consider. But I know what you're referring to, and others have mentioned it.
  11. aakshey macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2016
    Actually, I don't expect the iPad 2017 to be very fast after 1.5-2 yrs. The iPad Pro 2 will become equally slow but probably 3.5-4+ yrs from now.

    So possibly more than twice the life you'll get out of the vanilla one.
  12. Deadlake macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2012
    Really down to if you want the pencil support or not. In addition pro models have 4 gb memory, however I suspect 2 gb will be enough for next two years. 4 gb of memory will give you less page reloads in safari.
  13. enlightenmt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2014
    I won't spend any money on pencil or keyboard for sure, just want to buy an iPad to replace my old iPad 3 since it only have 16gb and very slow now.

    Curently, I am leaning to iPad 2017, but maybe I'll see them when it's available at store for final decision
  14. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    If you use the iPad to watch videos or play audio a lot, the speakers in the pro models are vastly superior the any other iPads since there are now four of them.

    Otherwise you can probably get the regular model based on what you already said.
  15. Royksöpp macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2013
    I use my iPad more than my Mac, if that wasn't the case then I would go for the 2017 iPad. For your usage I think the 2017 iPad will be a good choice. Just think of how much you use your current iPad. If you think that you'll be spending a significant amount of time on it then I would suggest the Pro. Otherwise the 2017 iPad will be perfect for casual use.
  16. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    I may be incorrect in the matter, as I havent had the regular sized iPad in a long time, but is Microsoft office free for tablets under 10"? And would that mean the 9.7" iPad has full MS office with no subscription while the 10.5" requires one?

    This is actually a factor for me also, as Ive been considering a 10" iPad and use word enough to want it, but not often enough to want to pay monthly for it.
  17. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Yup. Microsoft's cut off is 10.1" so regular iPads should have free MS Office. iPad Pros would need paid subscription. :rolleyes:
  18. iOSUser7 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2014
    I would say go for the iPad Pro 10.5, you used an iPad 3 for 5 years, to me it look like you are a person who keeps his/her electronics devices for a very long time so I recommand buying the most up to date iPad with the impressive performance of the A10X instead of buying the iPad 5 and thinking of upgrading in a year or two because of poor performance. The iPad 5 might be recent but it have a nearly 2 years old chip inside so keep that in mind.
  19. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    in exile
    Good idea.

    The 2017 iPad has fantastic battery life by all reports. Almost to the level that the iPad 4 achieved. IMO it is a great value for what it can do. It's easy to get caught up in the bells and whistles of the latest devices and for those who find value in those things the price is worth it. But if not, then buying the higher end device is money not wisely spent.

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