About a year and half ago I gave my iPad Air 2 to the wife so she could use it in her classroom. I did this because I had upgraded from an iPhone 6 to an 8 Plus and thought the additional screen size was enough. I managed without an iPad well enough. Fast forward to the last few weeks and I found myself in a situation where having an iPad would be extremely useful. I started off with the Mini as the form factor was extremely appealing to me. I mostly enjoyed it for a few days, but ultimately decided to return it as the fonts on some ups was just too damn small. That left me with the decision of what to do next. Forget getting an iPad and saving some cash, going with the Air 3 or gunning for a Pro 11? I very much debated gunning for the Pro 11, but there’s a few reasons I didn’t. 1. Concerns over durability. I checked it out in store and was surprised how ‘fragile’ it felt. The Air3 feels like sturdier device. Also, hearing about ‘bendgate’ and watching drop tests videos has me really concerned about dropping $1000 on a tablet… 2. Lack of a Smart Keyboard. Yes, there’s the Smart Keyboard Cover, but that doesn’t offer enough protection for me, and at $180, the cost is just too much, considering how how much a Pro 11 costs. With an Air 3 I can have a separate back case in addition to the Smart Keyboard, giving me the flexibility for productivity and portable protection. 3. Lack of split keyboard. This is a huge must have for me. While I love the Smart Keyboards, I don’t always want to use my iPad in landscape mode, on a table. Sometimes I just want to type something out while holding in portrait mode, and split keyboard is perfect for this. 4. Cost. Amazon sells the 256GB Air for $30 off right now and the Smart Keyboard is 50% off. Decent savings right there. A comparable pro is $400 more. For that price I could buy a Mini 5 to complement the Air 3… 5. Pro-motion is not a concern for me, nor is Apple Pencil 2 (or pencil 1 for that matter). Quad speakers would be nice, but my Sony noise cancelling headphones are better… So who else decided the Air 3 is the way to go?