Is going from 9.7 to 10.5 an easy adjustment?

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  1. Fishels, Oct 7, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2017

    Fishels macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2015
    i feel like my Air 2 is just the perfect size. Especially when I’m carrying it around the house in my hands as I’m looking down at it. It’s the reason I never wanted a 12.9 inch for a second.

    Is the 10.5 easy to get used to? Asking because if you’ve seen my other thread my Air 2 may be cooked.

    The 9.7 also only has 2 GB Ram which I think I understand is pretty important in “future proofing”. While the 10.5 has 4.

    Edit: also the Bezel on the sides had me a bit concerned. Like it feels as though my finger barely fit on the 9.7. Seems like my fingers would be touching the screen.
  2. bmclaurin macrumors member


    Nov 10, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV
    I didn’t notice much of a difference in usability or portability when I switched. But I picked up my 9.7 the other day for the first time in quite a while and couldn’t believe how much smaller the screen seemed. I haven’t had a single problem with the bezels on the 10.5, and it require no change to how I hold the device.
  3. MacInTO, Oct 7, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2017

    MacInTO macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2005
    Canada, eh!
    I've had both the 9.7 and 12.9. I found the 9.7 too small and the 12.9 too big. But the 10.5 is just right (said the baby bear). The 9.7 feels like the mini compared to the 10.5. The 10.5 is bigger and heavier, but that will fade away when you realize you have more screen space.

    I have also owned the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and I really liked this size so moving to the iPad Pro 10.5 felt right to me.
  4. Legendts macrumors regular


    Apr 3, 2012
    Victoria Australia

    Just one word....YES
  5. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    If you use the Smart Keyboard, it is a much better experience on the 10.5. The keys are not cramped.
  6. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    I don’t think the switch will be too much of an issue. I’ve probably missed your previous post but 2GB RAM shouldn’t be any concern for now as Apple keeps churning out brand new devices with 2GB RAM even this year. So if you can still use the air as your daily driver then I’d suggest to stick with it and only upgrade only when you need to.
  7. danny842003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2017
    I honestly believe the size and weight increase is totally insignificant.
    It’s not like going from a normal iPhone to a plus or anything like that.
  8. Leo90 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014

    Once you start using the 10.5, the 9.7 inch iPad will look very dated. I came from a 2017 iPad to a 10.5 iPad Pro and due to its increased screen size, iPad Pro is my main computer now.
  9. ejin222 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    The hardest adjustment is probably the increase in price ;)
  10. Booji macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
  11. lockerc18 macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2012
    IPad3 here, moved to an iPP 10.5. I thougt the ergonomics of the 10.5 weren’t good, since the screen seemed just a little too big, the side bezels were too thin, and the device itself was too thin. I got a portfolio case for it, and all those issues went away. And I got a tempered glass screen protector, and the smudges went away, too. I knew the case would make a difference since I had one on my old iPad, but I didn’t expect the improvement with the screen protector to be as much as it was. It really makes a major difference.

    Net, for me, the 10.5 is the perfect size, but the case really made the difference for that. I had no issues at all moving up from the 9.7. Well, except for the price. And the incredible performance of the 10.5, too. And the upgrade to the display. And... well, you get the point.
  12. Fishels thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2015
    Thanks for the insight. I’m mainly worried about my fingers touching the side of the screen on this thing. Big fingers.

    Anyway you could link me the case you got please?
  13. lockerc18 macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2012
  14. kipwheeler macrumors regular


    Nov 1, 2016
    I had no problems switching to 10.5 from 9.7. I liked the new size so much, I gave away the old 9.7.
  15. jazz1 macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2002
    Mid-West USA
    Sold my 9.7 and 12.9 Pros for the 10.5. I don't miss them at all. As people have said it is the "sweet spot".
  16. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Now you know how she felt..... :D

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