iPad Pro iPad Pro (2017) - worth buying in 2019?

nihil0

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In my country, official Apple reseller is offering refurbished 12.9” iPad Pro (2017) Wifi+Cell 64 GB for 700€. Is it still good buy in 2019? Here is what I would use it for:

- RAW photo catalogization / editing in Lightroom CC on the go
- Camera tethering (does it work with Lightning cable?)
- Document creation & editing in Pages
- Presentation of my portfolio to clients
- Sidecar (as Wacom alternative for Photoshop)
- Web browsing
- PS4 / Steam remote play
- Netflix

I now have 2018 9.7” iPad which I could probably sell around 200€ so I would have to pay 500€.
 

EasternGangsta

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Apr 28, 2019
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The price seems to be ok. Not stellar but ok. It's still a great device plagued with the dreaded "white spot" issue which developed on my 2017 10.5'' pro roughly after 18 months of usage. Nowadays, Apple is not big on quality control anyways so doesn't really matter what you buy, it won't last long.

120Hz screen makes a huge difference though. Apple pencil 1 is however really akward, especially charging.
 

rui no onna

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I thought the white spot issue was only with 10.5" models?

No idea what normal pricing is in Europe and how much more expensive the 2018 Pros are over there. Is 64GB sufficient space for your photos? In the US, the 2017 Pro 12.9 512GB LTE went on sale for $720 brand new on B&H Photo for a couple of weeks so that refurb pricing is far from being a good deal compared to pricing here.

Web browsing, document creation and editing, Netflix and I expect PS4/Steam remote play and sidecar (heavy lifting would on PS4/PC/Mac) should be easy enough for the A10X/4GB to handle.

Why not try camera tethering and Lightroom on your current iPad? It's certainly not as powerful but at least it should give you an idea in terms of software limitations.
 

nihil0

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I thought the white spot issue was only with 10.5" models?

No idea what normal pricing is in Europe and how much more expensive the 2018 Pros are over there. Is 64GB sufficient space for your photos? In the US, the 2017 Pro 12.9 512GB LTE went on sale for $720 brand new on B&H Photo for a couple of weeks so that refurb pricing is far from being a good deal compared to pricing here.

Web browsing, document creation and editing, Netflix and I expect PS4/Steam remote play and sidecar (heavy lifting would on PS4/PC/Mac) should be easy enough for the A10X/4GB to handle.

Why not try camera tethering and Lightroom on your current iPad? It's certainly not as powerful but at least it should give you an idea in terms of software limitations.
New 2018 12.9” iPad Pro Wifi+Cell 64 GB costs 1269€ And Wifi only version costs 1099€, so 569€ and 399€ differences.
 

LovingTeddy

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Oct 12, 2015
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I thought the white spot issue was only with 10.5" models?

No idea what normal pricing is in Europe and how much more expensive the 2018 Pros are over there. Is 64GB sufficient space for your photos? In the US, the 2017 Pro 12.9 512GB LTE went on sale for $720 brand new on B&H Photo for a couple of weeks so that refurb pricing is far from being a good deal compared to pricing here.

Web browsing, document creation and editing, Netflix and I expect PS4/Steam remote play and sidecar (heavy lifting would on PS4/PC/Mac) should be easy enough for the A10X/4GB to handle.

Why not try camera tethering and Lightroom on your current iPad? It's certainly not as powerful but at least it should give you an idea in terms of software limitations.
What white spot issue. I have my 10.5 inch iPad Pro which i brought around 2017. I don’t see any white spot on mine. I think the 2017 iPad Pro is perfectly capable devices and does all what 2018 iPad Pro does. If the price is good and saves lots of money, then why not.
 

StormTheFatCat

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Sep 3, 2019
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In my country, official Apple reseller is offering refurbished 12.9” iPad Pro (2017) Wifi+Cell 64 GB for 700€. Is it still good buy in 2019? Here is what I would use it for:

- RAW photo catalogization / editing in Lightroom CC on the go
- Camera tethering (does it work with Lightning cable?)
- Document creation & editing in Pages
- Presentation of my portfolio to clients
- Sidecar (as Wacom alternative for Photoshop)
- Web browsing
- PS4 / Steam remote play
- Netflix

I now have 2018 9.7” iPad which I could probably sell around 200€ so I would have to pay 500€.
Now I never bought an iPad Pro, but I have a friend who has one. She let me play on it and it's amazing, I don't know which model it's in though. Her iPad Pro is amazing and I'd say it's worth it.