The 11” iPad Pro is possibly my favorite apple device of all time.

Jacoblee23

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It’s the perfect size and packed with power. I am rocking the smart folio and Apple Pencil with it. I also own the 12.9 LTE but prefer the 11 LTE. This is the iPad that i have always wanted. Does anyone else think so?
 
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It’s the perfect size and packed with power. I am rocking the smart folio and Apple Pencil with it. I also own the 12.9 but prefer the 11. This is the iPad that i have always wanted. Does anyone else think so?
My 11” iPad Pro hasn’t arrived in the mail yet...but yes...I agree! Perfect combo of speed & portability.
 

haruhiko

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I just tried to use the 11-inch as a notepad in my meeting yesterday and it was perfect. Perfect size, larger screen, pencil always charged and feels so nice on hand (the matt finish helps a lot), not to mention Face ID and overall performance.

The 12.9 will be too large in this use case.
 

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I bought the 12.9 and used it for almost two weeks. I was enamored by it but also overwhelmed at times by the amount of content on the screen at the distance in which I like to hold from my face. It was fine on a desk, bothersome everywhere else. I used split screen often on the 12.9, sometimes for productivity which was great, but at other times, just to break up the content to better process what I’m seeing. I purchased the 11 a few days ago, and while I feel embarrassed for purchasing two sizes, I’m glad I did. After a few days of using it and going about my day in school, the small and inconspicuous vibe I got from it helped me with my decision. I returned the 12.9 and kept the 11. The 11 is larger than my 9.7 pro, but still very much familiar in regards to how I like to use the iPad.
 

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Interesting... after using the iPad 1st gen, retina version, and Air since they were first announced, I can say my new 12.9” is the most exciting apple device I have ever owned.

Using iPads every day for a few hours of general “computing” tasks since 2010, I really think this one is perfect.

This week on my iPad Pro, I:
- created, edited and made speaker notes for 4 large ppt training presentations (office drive to sync, Powerpoint, email)
— I had PPT on one split screen, sharepoint on the other (70-30) and my email to copy paste from as a slide over
- reviewed 8 documents (3 PDFs, 5 PPTs) using the appple pencil to write comments directly on top (apple pencil)
- downloaded 26 short 4K videos from my sons soccer event via usb-c port
- created highlight clips for each kid and a 4 min trailer video for the team (LumaFusion)
- ran a brainstorming event at work for next years ideas (MindNote and USB-C projector mirroring)
- called in to 5 video meetings for work (Skype for business)
- watched a few movies
- did my usual evening web browsing emailing, etc
- played Civilization 6 while my daughters had 2 hour gymnastics practice (Civ 6)
- did our budget reports on our web interface

The only things I used my work laptop for all week was setting up files in one drive to sync.

AirPods are great. I swap them between my phone, watch and iPad effortlessly all day long.

It’s large enough, but stilll quite portable, fast and fun to use. I also have WaterField designs sleevecase for traveling solo and their dash sleeve for when I put the iPad in anther bag.
 

metalcyclone

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LOVING my new 11” iPad Pro!!! Admittedly, I don’t really push the limits of productivity on my iPads... I mainly just browse the web, read ebooks and watch shows and movies in various video streaming apps and the TV app. But I like to do these things in style!!! I do use it also as my primary email and note taking device, calendar and I use Evernote a lot!

I also use a MacBook Air hooked up to a 22” HD monitor w/ gaming mouse and keyboard. But if I absolutely had to, I could see using the Pro as my only computer. When I’m away from home, it essentially is my only computer, which is often, and sometimes for days or even weeks at a time.

Loving the form factor, the raw horsepower, the Liquid Retina display with 120Hz refresh rate and the new bezel-less design which has already gotten comments from strangers at the coffee shop!!

 

Never mind

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Had the generation 2 12.9 then I bought the generation 3 12.9 and send it back for the 11 inch not liking the larger size this time around. I really like the 11 inch size. I can see just as well on this one as I did with the larger one and that was my main concern. I know the 12.9 inch is portable, but not as well as the 11 inch. I am a happy camper.

Plus I saved over $200 :)
 

MisterSavage

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I bought the 12.9 and used it for almost two weeks. I was enamored by it but also overwhelmed at times by the amount of content on the screen at the distance in which I like to hold from my face. It was fine on a desk, bothersome everywhere else. I used split screen often on the 12.9, sometimes for productivity which was great, but at other times, just to break up the content to better process what I’m seeing. I purchased the 11 a few days ago, and while I feel embarrassed for purchasing two sizes, I’m glad I did. After a few days of using it and going about my day in school, the small and inconspicuous vibe I got from it helped me with my decision. I returned the 12.9 and kept the 11. The 11 is larger than my 9.7 pro, but still very much familiar in regards to how I like to use the iPad.
This was the case with me. I felt a little silly for having pre-ordered the 12.9 without taking it for a test drive. I've never returned a major Apple purchase before this one I don't feel bad.
 

RobinInOR

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It's brilliant. Our office is just moving into Office365, and I'm the project lead. It's much easier to carry around to all my meetings than my 12.9 or laptop and still has enough real estate so I can work on multiple applications. As iOS apps get more sophisticated and have the same features as their desktop brethren, it's a good substitute for generic business work (instead of a Surface). Everything runs smoothly.
 
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Aluminum213

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the thing is the 12.9 is still has a big enough a footprint that you might as well just carry your laptop, add the heavy keyboard case and it weighs more than a laptop lol
 

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Since neither sized iPad Pro is going to replace my laptop (15" MacBook Pro), I got the 11". I think it is a fantastic size for using as a reader, and when I feel like suffering with its inability to run full Word or utilize a trackpad, to use it for quick writing. Having had the first-gen 12.9" (probably my most frustrating Apple device), I am glad I got this size. It is a fantastic size.
 

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I went into Best Buy last weekend intent on possibly getting the 11 inch. I just wanted to check them out. I took one look at the 12.9 and bought it. Didn’t even touch it. Lol - I’m an easy sell.
 

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If I had a MacBook at home I would’ve gotten the 11, so the 12.9 was a step up from my air 2 to be both an iPad and MacBook “replacement”. Since I’ve had it from release day, it’s been pretty easy to bring around the house with the keyboard attached and Ive gotten used to the size.
My air 2 is still around in case I would need something of that size.
 

DougFNJ

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I’m going to agree with you. 9.7 to 10.5 was a nice move. The 10.5 to 11 really completed it. I am thinking this is the device they had in mind when they released the Pro from the beginning. This would probably be just about as perfect as one can ask for those that miss the MacBook Air 11”.

The thin symmetrical bezels on all sides, the more modern industrial look, the magnets for the portfolio style cases for rear protection and charging the Apple Pencil. I really appreciate the thought that went into this.

As far as the complaints about software handicapping it? There are points and counterpoints to those arguments. I don’t think they could keep the battery life as good with a full version of MacOS on this. When they release IOS versions of the pro apps, I think that will satisfy a lot of people. If they could tweek the file system a little more, I think that would satisfy the rest. I am finding myself pulling my iPad Pro out now a lot more in scenarios where I would pull out the MacBook Pro.

Microsoft Office Apps work great on these devices, I’ve been experimenting with iMovie. The killer app for me 100% though is GoodNotes. That App has removed physical notebooks from my life.
 

va1984

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It’s the perfect size and packed with power. I am rocking the smart folio and Apple Pencil with it. I also own the 12.9 LTE but prefer the 11 LTE. This is the iPad that i have always wanted. Does anyone else think so?
Sort of. I bought the 12.9” which will be my main computer (I might keep an iMac for the few things I cannot do on an iPad but in truth I lived over a years previously just doing my work on the 12.9” and I loved it — 95% of the time).

I am an academic and I tell you grading student essays with the 12.9” and the Apple Pencil makes student writing more digestible. Also if you read a lot of academic articles and annotate them, you’ll know that some don’t render well on the smaller screen.

Having said that, right now I own also the 11” — both 3rd gen. I am trying to see if I can justify keeping both. The 11” will always be the “companion” device for me, but it is a really beautiful, really compelling size. On the bus and sometimes on the armchair I can see picking it over the 12.9”. Basically, for portrait-orientation reading, I find the 11” better. But the 12.9” is a productivity workhorse in landscape. I can do work-related things on it better even than on a 13” laptop. They are basically two different categories of devices. See how close I am to convincing myself here??

I bought the 12.9 and used it for almost two weeks. I was enamored by it but also overwhelmed at times by the amount of content on the screen at the distance in which I like to hold from my face. It was fine on a desk, bothersome everywhere else. I used split screen often on the 12.9, sometimes for productivity which was great, but at other times, just to break up the content to better process what I’m seeing. I purchased the 11 a few days ago, and while I feel embarrassed for purchasing two sizes, I’m glad I did. After a few days of using it and going about my day in school, the small and inconspicuous vibe I got from it helped me with my decision. I returned the 12.9 and kept the 11. The 11 is larger than my 9.7 pro, but still very much familiar in regards to how I like to use the iPad.
Here, too, I’m reading this post and finding further evidence that I may have to keep both. You are absolutely right about the 12.9” being too big for certain kinds of content. And yet it is equally true that the 11” is too small for other kinds of content... there is only one viable solution here.

12.9 is too big and unwieldy to use in anything but landscape

So the 11 is perfect
This is simply not true in my experience. Again, grading students for example. The 12.9” in portrait is almost exactly like a sheet of paper, hence grading with the Pencil is almost exactly like printing out the essays and annotating them with an actual red pen.
Occasionally, when writing with a bluetooth keyboard, I prop the 12.9” in portrait mode, to see the whole page. But that’s more of a one-off.

the thing is the 12.9 is still has a big enough a footprint that you might as well just carry your laptop, add the heavy keyboard case and it weighs more than a laptop lol
This is also not true. The 12.9” has more screen area than Apple’s 13.3” laptops (because its aspect ratio is 4:3). And yet, with the Smart Keyboard Folio, it weighs 1.04kg, as opposed to 1.25kg for the MacBook Air 2018 and 1.37kg for the MacBook Pros. The only laptop lighter than a 12.9” iPad Pro + Smart Keyboard Folio is the 12” MacBook. But the 12” MacBook has roughly 60% the display area of the 12.9”.

You are right, of course, that the footprint of the 12.9” Pro is close to that of the 13” laptops. But I suspect most people who use it (myself included) either use with an iMac or, if they do have a 13” laptop, do not take both out at the same time on a regular basis. Yes, if you plan to use it as a companion device to a laptop, then probably the 11” makes the most sense.
 
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flur

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I’m very happy with my 11”. It’s a great step up in screen size from my Air 2 without being a huge increase in weight. The only thing that’s frustrating to me are the content companies (specifically Hulu, Amazon, and DirectvNOW) dragging their feet on updating their apps for the screen size. But that’s those companies, not the device itself.
 

haruhiko

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I’m very happy with my 11”. It’s a great step up in screen size from my Air 2 without being a huge increase in weight. The only thing that’s frustrating to me are the content companies (specifically Hulu, Amazon, and DirectvNOW) dragging their feet on updating their apps for the screen size. But that’s those companies, not the device itself.
Netflix updated the app very quickly, fortunately.
 

Aluminum213

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I’m very happy with my 11”. It’s a great step up in screen size from my Air 2 without being a huge increase in weight. The only thing that’s frustrating to me are the content companies (specifically Hulu, Amazon, and DirectvNOW) dragging their feet on updating their apps for the screen size. But that’s those companies, not the device itself.
Besides the google apps, just about all the apps I use have been updated for the 11 thankfully