Received my iPad Pro last Wednesday.. Still trying to decide if I want to keep it.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mbrink12, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. mbrink12 macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2017
    I ordered the 10.5" iPad Pro and got it on Wednesday. Still trying to decide if I want to keep it or not. I don't have iOS 11 downloaded to it. I'm not an artist, no picture editor, and just use it for professional studies (physical therapy student) and for fun. I will admit the Pencil is really slick to write with, a cool novelty, and its screen was the first thing I noticed. It's incredibly gorgeous. I have a couple tests this week, but I do plan on using it more and more.

    Granted, I would love to keep it, but I don't want to get buyers remorse. I normally am an early adapter when it comes to Apple Products (plan on getting the iPhone 8 at launch). I currently have the 2017 iPad (the non-Pro 9.7"), and it has been great for me so far.

    Would it be better to send the iPad Pro back and continue using what I have, or sell the iPad I own and keep the Pro? I would only use the Pencil for writing notes, highlighting PDFs (textbooks) and just other use.

    Also, are there any apps that I must try out that will help my decision this week?
  2. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    If you weren't sure if you even wanted it when you bought it, that's already not a great sign. If you got it and have been playing with it and still aren't sure, that's definitely not a good sign either.

    If you're super casual and already have and enjoy the 2017 iPad, what made you want to get the pro in the first place? You don't seem too excited about it whereas when I ordered mine, I was checking the FedEx tracker a million times a day to see when it would arrive lol
  3. skaertus macrumors 68040


    Feb 23, 2009
    If you are going to use it, then go ahead and keep it. It has a larger and better screen than the 2017 iPad, and support for the Apple pencil. I would keep the Pro and sell the 2017 iPad.
  4. justinTlME macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2014
    I would suggest you decide how future proofed you want the device. The iPad 2017 is running older tech. Slower, no laminated display, no fingerprint coating, no smart connector, lack of 4 speakers. New pros have 4GB or ram too!

    This is where you need to decide. Personally, I have my 12.9" new pro and I cant imagine having anything else. I use it like my laptop replacement and it does everything I need. I am just like you with the pencil, where I take notes etc when I bring my pro with me to work. I also had an iPad mini 2 that I used for random video/podcast listening, but I sold that and upgraded it to an iPad mini 4 so it was slightly updated tech as well.

    For the most part I want my Apple devices to be as future proofed as possible so I can keep them longer if I decided to.
  5. roccobladr macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2011
    I work in health care (registered dietitian working in corporate nutrition counseling) and just bought the 10.5" to replace my aging 2011 MacBook Air. I'm not sure exactly what type of work you'd be doing with it, but so far today I've been able to open up a bunch of various safari tabs and perform electronic charting with ease. I have the Smart Keyboard and it works great.

    For me, it was an easier sell: less expensive and more powerful than the base MacBook I could afford and would still be able to get all of my work done. My only other ipad is an old ipad 4. No buyers remorse here, but if you don't necessarily NEED the thing, then I would take advantage of the return policy and get your money back. You can always buy it again in the future. But if you have to question it, then you probably already know the answer.
  6. mbrink12 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2017
    Lol I was doing the same thing with the FedEX tracker. I figured that I would upgrade to get the iPad Pro for my clinical rotations, since I am headed that way from August until May. I was 100% sure a couple weeks ago before ordering it, then realized I don't "NEED" it but I wanted it. I havent used it as much, since I was busy over the weekend.

    I figured the upgrade to the Pencil would be really cool and useful. I've used it to write notes and browse. I'll add books and some apps this week and make a conscious effort to use it. Money isn't a huge issue (Loans + eBay sales = covered. ~$300 in PayPal now, plus hopefully $375 for the 128GB iPad I have now).

    I just don't want to have major buyers remorse a month later. Granted, I have downloaded an adult coloring book and want to give that a shot this week.
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    That's an excellent way to put it. That changes the thought process. What is the life expectancy of the iPad 2017? 2 years maybe?

    I doubt I'll use it at work (major healthcare rules there/confidentiality/etc), but the fact that I could use it for probably 3-4 more years as a complement to my MBPro makes it more intriguing to keep.

    As you can see, I have done this thought process probably 50 times over the last month. I walked into an Apple Store in Kansas City with the intent of buying one, and walked out without getting it after talking to the Apple Store worker. I've never been back and forth on an Apple Product and yet, here I am now on the Pro. lol
  7. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    These really are not difficult decisions. To me it sounds like you already have pangs of guilt and buyers remorse. You've explained why you don't need it and that you have a 2017 iPad which you like and "have been great."

    If you are having a hard time justifying a purchase -- any purchase -- then it's not something you really want, so yes, you'll end have buyer's remorse if you keep it.

    From your original post it seems like you've tried to justify why you should keep it but can't convince yourself. That's all the feedback you need.

    My suggestion is, these things are not rare, limited edition devices. They are commodities. Return it now while you can. If you get new feelings in a week or two or eight you can always buy another -- probably on sale by that time.

    Just a bit of personal experience if it helps though. I have 3 iPads, a 9.7iPP WiFi+Cellular and 2 iPad mini 4s. (The 9.7 iPP will be sold as soon as my 12.9 arrives). Do I need 3 iPads? Absolutely not. It's sheer gluttony and laziness on my part. I use the mini mostly as a reader and remote control. They stay in the room they are docked in, never leave. My iPP is my "travel" iPad that I uses everywhere and travel with.

    My point here is I don't need 3 iPads but I have a use for each one of them. That is my justification and I'm good with it. If your heart can justify your two great, if not, again, return while you can and then mull it over a bit more.
  8. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    You have to decide if money wise it's what you are happy with. If you use it no different and the money side of things bother you then return it.

    That said it's a fantastic device that will last you a long time.
  9. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010


    Seriously though, I think that the 2017 iPad (non-Pro) is a terrific device. The only reason to consider keeping the 10.5 is if you plan on really using the Pencil. I used a powered capacitive stylus (thin tip) DotPen with my Air 2. Although it doesn't have any kind of pressure sensitivity or palm rejection, I managed to use it in a variety of scenarios. I bought a pair of cotton gloves from the pharmacy (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid) for $2, and made an "artist glove" (cut off the thumb, index, and middle fingers). It works perfectly... old school palm rejection.

    I currently use the Apple Pencil on the 12.9 Pro but I've been considering going back to a non-Pro iPad (the 2017) and using the DotPen with it.
  10. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    Normally I would say if you dont have a need for the new one, return it. I'm truly craving buying the 10.5, but with my mini and the 12", I just cant justify it. However, the one thing I would consider before returning it are the speakers. Like the screen and pencil support are nice to have, but they dont seem necessary for you. But if you are one to watch a lot of media on an iPad, I would consider this as a factor as the 4 Pro speakers are louder compared to the 2 in the 2017 model. If not a factor, my suggestion would be to return the pro to get your full refund, and buy a new iPad in 2-3 years or whenever you truly need an upgrade. I'm all for keeping the cash.
  11. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    I make all my purchase decisions after I buy the product and use it for awhile. Packaging and reshelf waste. Its not problem! Hey, Apple can afford it! I advise you send it back and then repeat the process every 3 months. Your awesome!
  12. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    Should I buy a Lamborghini? I already bought it but I'm questioning if I should have it or not
  13. businezguy macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    Wow, looks like I have an interesting opportunity to contribute to a thread.

    So I worked for a dot com for some years and did very well and socked away some money. Yet I didn't find the work to be fulfilling because I didn't feel like I was helping people directly. So I decided to cash in with the money/stocks I have and go to school for physical therapy.

    Now that I'm back in school, I'm finding I do a really good job of understanding new concepts quickly and applying them on the fly, but I have an extremely poor memory. I attribute all of this to working in the dot com field where I had to learn new concepts, but always had access to information I needed instead of committing stuff to memory (or maybe that's just the way my brain works).

    Anyway, I still type my notes and such, but I also handwrite digitally on a regular basis. I use handwriting for memorization. Studies indicate that when you handwrite information instead of typing it or even speaking it, you are far more likely to remember it. So when I was studying things like bony prominences and origin/insertion, etc. I had pictures in Onenote and I was constantly filling information on each picture based on memory. This worked very well for me.

    If you think you'd find that useful in your studies and you believe you'll make use of your iPad in that way, I'd recommend you keep it. Otherwise, I don't see the iPad being any value to you. I do suggest this method of study if you have trouble with memory, it helps out a lot and is a good reason to justify keeping your new iPad

    Good luck!
  14. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    Cotton gloves are a must for any heavy tablet artist. Even where palm rejection is good--like the ipp's--gloves make it 100% and provide the extra benefit of making your hand glide over glass.
  15. mbrink12 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2017
    After using it yesterday, and watching a few videos on reviews, I'm leaning like 60-40 or 70-30 on keeping it. I thought about the way justinTIME put it and it makes a lot of sense from that point of view. Trying to use it as much as possible before the 2 week return period is up.
  16. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    I'd just keep using what you have now. You can always buy the 10.5" when you 'need' it. I bought a 10.5" Pro for work and it is certainly nice, but still far and away prefer my Mini2 for personal use. I'm still hoping for a Mini Pro.

  17. Mainsail, Jul 25, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2017

    Mainsail macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2010
    In terms of future proofing, it depends on your expectations. The iPad Air 2 is entering its 4th year and will get the iOS 11 update. By all accounts from beta testing, it seems to handle the update just fine. So, I think you can reasonably expect about 4 years from the iPad 5th generation. My experience is that people tend to upgrade for additional features and other reasons.....not necessarily because their older generation iPad is not functioning or performing. Anyway, if I bought a Pro, I would probably not expect much more than 4 years from it either.

    BTW- I would be interested to know if consumers of Pro models upgrade more or less often than buyers of the standard models. While you would anticipate that the Pro model is more future proof, this is not necessarily true for the Pro consumer, who wants to have the latest technology. These buyers are more likely to replace their existing device for a new one with additional features. For example, if Apple came out with mouse support for the next gen Pro only, many of the current pro owners might be enticed to buy. Many standard iPad owners would probably not know about the latest features or care, since they are perfectly happy to use their tablets as tablets. They bought a touch first device, and dagnabit, they are going to touch the darn pesky mouse or pointing device needed.
  18. mbrink12 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2017
    That's what I was thinking too, but the chip in the plain iPad is barely better than the Air 2. I've used it some this week and have started to like it more and more. The speakers, the screen, the camera have all made me a believer. Yeah, the pencil is cool, and I'm no artist but I use it to write my notes down when I study (since research shows writing helps you memorize things better)
  19. infernoguy macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    You could keep the 10.5 and get an ASK for it. Then you can use the 10.5 for school and like a mini laptop if necessary and the 9.7 non Pro for personal use/entertainment.
  20. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    iOS 11 adds good functionality for multitasking as well, which should factor into your decision. Dragging and dropping text, links, photos, and being able to select multiple items is great, as is having split windows and picture in picture.
  21. mbrink12 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2017
    I talked with an Apple Store rep via chat yesterday and used it a lot over the last couple days and I'm leaning more and more on keeping it as I can see myself using it more than I have with my 9.7" because of iOS 11.
  22. mbrink12 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2017
    After using it all week, I decided to keep it. You guys were spot on with your help, so thank you. No remorse here!

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