Let me start this off by stating I'm deeply invested in Apple's ecosystem; four iPhones, an iPad 4th generation, '13 27" iMac and a 2015 MBP. I also use a reconditioned HP as a Linux box. Last semester I decided to buy a Surface Pro 4 (i5/128gb) solely for note taking in class. For the most part it worked for my needs except for frequent hard restarts due to Windows 10 issues. Since I gave up my iPad Mini 2 for SP4 I can say that the Surface is flat out garbage as a tablet. No matter how I adjusted usage the device, it was just not comfortable. I toyed with iPad Pros both sizes at the store and I felt the 12" version would be just as unwieldy as my Surface. The smaller iPad Pro (9.7") was just really more comfortable to use. This gets me back to my intended use. Back in November last year Apple did not have Pencil so the SP4's pen made sense. I mean the device, for me, was intended to replace several notebooks for college note taking. I decided to go the Microsoft route. During the semester I encountered multiple issues from the universities Cisco NAC agent, to having to force restart the SP4 even after utilizing the community workaround. This just made note taking that much more cumbersome. I recently had a friend ask me if I'd be willing to trade him my SP4 with extra keyboard ($150) for his 128gb iPad Pro LTE with some case. After thinking about how invested I am in 's ecosystem I have decided to trade him. I will be gaining a SG iPad Pro 9.7", an Apple Pencil, and some incipio case. I will be losing the extended BB warranty (valid until 12-17). I'm hoping the iPad Pro will be more user friendly and the note taking function will at least meet what I had with the SP4. One thing I'm not excited about is the non-eraser with a the Pencil, hopefully they release a revised version with a similar function as the one on the Surface Pen. Do any of you use the iPad Pro for note taking? If so how does the Pencils tip perform compared to writing on paper with a real pencil. M$ added different tips to reduce drag and simulate a more natural pencil-in-paper feel which I like and I'm hoping Apple will too!