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martosprint

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I was thinking about getting the larger iPad pro soon but I was wondering if it can easily be used with the touch screen only without the pencil. Is the screen too big to be used with just by moving my finger around? I really don't want or need to use the pencil.. anyone here just using the finger and how do you find it?
thanks for a reply
 

alecgold

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I have no trouble using my iPP 12.9
But if possible try to borrow a pencil for a day or two. I was a bit "meh-nice-gadget" when I bought it, but ordered it anyway and it has really changed the way I work. I often annotated with the pencil now, I write down meeting notes and have a written week schedule/to-do list.
I got the bigger screen because reading old documents (3-column badly scanned) is a pain on any horizontal screen or small tablet, but doable or even really good on my 12.9"
I also find writing on an almost-A4 sized screen much more practical than a bit-bigger-then-A5 screen.
 
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OneMike

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I have the 12.9 and use it fine with and without the pencil.

I really think you need to add to your question though as it's not really clear what you mean by use.

I don't want to type a whole bunch of things you may not even be talking about, but in general as said above. If anything the big screen makes it easier to use with your finger.
 

martosprint

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Thanks for all the responses I believe that I can live without the pencil.
OneMike, yeah I realize now that I should have worded it differently, but you all understood what I meant. thanks
 

Charlie74

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I was thinking about getting the larger iPad pro soon but I was wondering if it can easily be used with the touch screen only without the pencil. Is the screen too big to be used with just by moving my finger around? I really don't want or need to use the pencil.. anyone here just using the finger and how do you find it?
thanks for a reply

I'm not sure what you mean by your question as the Pencil is neutered, as in it doesn't work within the system itself, just those apps that have specifically been programmed to support it. Yes, pretty ridiculous I know. So the answer to your quesrion is yes, as in you have no other choice but to use your fingers, there isn't even support for a mouse. IOS is simply one compromise after another.
 

Synergie

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The pencil is not really for navigating apps etc. (a'la old Pocket PC stylus method)

I use the pencil only for illustration / sketching or signing things / handwriting.

Rest of the time, I use the iPad like a normal iPad.
 

Charlie74

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The pencil is not really for navigating apps etc. (a'la old Pocket PC stylus method)

I use the pencil only for illustration / sketching or signing things / handwriting.

Rest of the time, I use the iPad like a normal iPad.

Yes of course as you have no other choice. I personally don't really use the Pencil much anymore, I prefer using my Adonit Pixel. The performance is brilliant, as in on par with the Pencil. Palm rejection, pressure sensitivity and I can use it everywhere, even the desktop. It's the best accessory I've bought so far for the iPad Pro and is the closest thing to a mouse I have found until a proper JailBreak option is available. Which is really why I bought the iPad Pro in the first place, the anticipation of JailBreak, which will give me my full multitasking using OS Experience, mouse support, Open GL, UNIX applications (Perl, PHP, MySQL, Apache, Python, Ruby, etc.) and a whole lot more.
 

Newtons Apple

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I was thinking about getting the larger iPad pro soon but I was wondering if it can easily be used with the touch screen only without the pencil. Is the screen too big to be used with just by moving my finger around? I really don't want or need to use the pencil.. anyone here just using the finger and how do you find it?
thanks for a reply


You do not need a pencil unless you are drawing or taking notes. You finger will do nicely and I do not even know where my pencil is anymore. Some here say they use the pencil as their pointing device and it is faster but I do not think so.
 

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I'm not sure what you mean by your question as the Pencil is neutered, as in it doesn't work within the system itself, just those apps that have specifically been programmed to support it. Yes, pretty ridiculous I know. So the answer to your quesrion is yes, as in you have no other choice but to use your fingers, there isn't even support for a mouse. IOS is simply one compromise after another.

what do you mean doesn't work within the system?
 

Synergie

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Jan 15, 2011
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Halifax, Canada
Yes of course as you have no other choice. I personally don't really use the Pencil much anymore, I prefer using my Adonit Pixel. The performance is brilliant, as in on par with the Pencil. Palm rejection, pressure sensitivity and I can use it everywhere, even the desktop. It's the best accessory I've bought so far for the iPad Pro and is the closest thing to a mouse I have found until a proper JailBreak option is available. Which is really why I bought the iPad Pro in the first place, the anticipation of JailBreak, which will give me my full multitasking using OS Experience, mouse support, Open GL, UNIX applications (Perl, PHP, MySQL, Apache, Python, Ruby, etc.) and a whole lot more.

I can't jailbreak because I often use the TV GO apps... they all have JB detection and wont load videos. I used to JB my iPhone all the time when I required Lock Info to have weather and calendar on my lock screen, but don't need it anymore obviously...
 
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