The allure of iPad Pro 9.7

darkgremio

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I have an iPad Pro 12.7, iPad Mini 4, and iPad Air 2. I am considering that the iPad Pro 12.7 is relatively to big for portability sakes, but I love the use of the pencil. I stuck in the stalemate of selling off my 12.7 and Air 2, for the iPad 9.7. The question I have is, is there much of difference between the Pro 9.7 and Air 2?

And those differences are they notable? In terms of performance rather than aesthetic appeal
 

wolfedude88

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There are key differences between the air 2 and the 9.7. I generally wouldn't recommend people switching from the air 2 to the pro 9.7 because the air 2 is a great tablet and isn't a ton different than the pro 9.7.

But since you love the pencil I would say it is a no brainier and would recommend switching.

Along with pencil support you will see some performance gains, better display, and better speakers, and cameras if that's your thing.

So it's a worthy upgrade and if you love the pencil I think it's a easier choice.
 

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I have an iPad Pro 12.7, iPad Mini 4, and iPad Air 2. I am considering that the iPad Pro 12.7 is relatively to big for portability sakes, but I love the use of the pencil. I stuck in the stalemate of selling off my 12.7 and Air 2, for the iPad 9.7. The question I have is, is there much of difference between the Pro 9.7 and Air 2?

And those differences are they notable? In terms of performance rather than aesthetic appeal
I returned my 12.9 Pro and bought another 9.7. The screen was big and nice but just bigger than I wanted to deal with.
 

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I returned my 12.9 Pro and bought another 9.7. The screen was big and nice but just bigger than I wanted to deal with.
This isn't usually the case. I have a 12.9, bought a 9.7 because of the "allure" and portability I thought. Soon after I realized I didn't feel I was saving that much in weight and portability yet I was sacrificing much more in terms of screen real estate and speed. I got the 'allure" out of my system by trying it and realized what I figured all along, that the 12.9 was the one to keep.
 

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This isn't usually the case. I have a 12.9, bought a 9.7 because of the "allure" and portability I thought. Soon after I realized I didn't feel I was saving that much in weight and portability yet I was sacrificing much more in terms of screen real estate and speed. I got the 'allure" out of my system by trying it and realized what I figured all along, that the 12.9 was the one to keep.
It is good Apple gives us all choices.
 

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I have an iPad Pro 12.7, iPad Mini 4, and iPad Air 2. I am considering that the iPad Pro 12.7 is relatively to big for portability sakes, but I love the use of the pencil. I stuck in the stalemate of selling off my 12.7 and Air 2, for the iPad 9.7. The question I have is, is there much of difference between the Pro 9.7 and Air 2?

And those differences are they notable? In terms of performance rather than aesthetic appeal

I love the thread title the "allure" I imagined a lady taking of her stocking seducing a gadget geek.

Anyways what the Allure well the 12.9 Pro and iPad Air 2 had a baby and the 9.7 Pro was born. It never leaves my side and if your drawing with an Apple Pencil at Starbucks you are gonna meet new people. They just want to see what your doing or ask questions. The 12.9 who carries that around ? Its not a portable tablet. Its not a tablet period. And the A8X CPU After iOS 10 thats gonna chug, heck even now try loading heavy webpages like TMZ.com the Pro is instant and iPAd Air 2 is slow on heavy webpages like that.
The 1.5Ghz just does not cut it.

So in short the Allure of the 9.7 Pro is that it has everything possible a tablet can possibly have there is no higher pinnacle. It represents the utmost in technological advancement and will remain so for a while. Its the best tablet there is its the 707 Horsepower Dodge Hellcat in a Porsche body.
 

dannyar

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I love the thread title the "allure" I imagined a lady taking of her stocking seducing a gadget geek.

Anyways what the Allure well the 12.9 Pro and iPad Air 2 had a baby and the 9.7 Pro was born. It never leaves my side and if your drawing with an Apple Pencil at Starbucks you are gonna meet new people. They just want to see what your doing or ask questions. The 12.9 who carries that around ? Its not a portable tablet. Its not a tablet period. And the A8X CPU After iOS 10 thats gonna chug, heck even now try loading heavy webpages like TMZ.com the Pro is instant and iPAd Air 2 is slow on heavy webpages like that.
The 1.5Ghz just does not cut it.

So in short the Allure of the 9.7 Pro is that it has everything possible a tablet can possibly have there is no higher pinnacle. It represents the utmost in technological advancement and will remain so for a while. Its the best tablet there is its the 707 Horsepower Dodge Hellcat in a Porsche body.
This is not true. The 12.9 may not be portable to YOU but it is way more portable than any small laptop and people carry them everywhere. It may be big for a tablet but is far from not portable. The pinnacle of horsepower remains the 12.9. Double the ram, still scoring higher in all benchmarks than the 9.7 which has a slower clocked version of the A9X. Fact.
 

dannyar

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The iPad size issue reminds me the Macbook Air 11 vs a full 15 inch Macbook Pro. To carry around in a bag, the Air wins hands down. But when you reach your destination and actually use the thing for a couple of hours then you wish you had your larger Macbook Pro.
Exactly. For actual use , one cant argue the fact the 12.9 is more functional. If youre biggest concern is lugging it around all day and actually using it for only an hour or so then by all means go for the 9.7, but don't come here arguing facts that put the 12.9 as the more powerful machine.
 
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The Smart Keyboard is a huge upgrade for me. It makes typing great and as a stand it's much secure than the regular cover.
 

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I did think of exchanging my 12.9 and getting the 9.7 but I'm glad I didn't now. After thinking about it, I realised that the bigger iPad is better. It's like TV's right? You can't get a too big one. I have an iPad mini 4 that I take to the office with me and when at home I have the Pro. I have taken it out with me and yes, it is heavier but seeing I have the mini it a no brainier for me. Biggest the better is what I say.
 
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dannyar

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People will always mask their reasoning for getting the smaller, cheaper, not as good option with the " its better for me" excuse. Yes, some actually do want a smaller tablet to carry around but the majority are looking for a way to justify their decision when really it all comes down to money. Its like saying, well " I don't really need a truck so even though this is a way better vehicle, and way more for my money id rather have a 2001 corolla because its smaller and suits me better" GTFOH.
 

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This is not true. The 12.9 may not be portable to YOU but it is way more portable than any small laptop and people carry them everywhere. It may be big for a tablet but is far from not portable. The pinnacle of horsepower remains the 12.9. Double the ram, still scoring higher in all benchmarks than the 9.7 which has a slower clocked version of the A9X. Fact.
the 12.9" is simply unwieldily and is less convenient to carry around then my 15" MBP. You can't hold it in portrait because it's too big, which forces you to put it in landscape, you then might as well have a laptop.

the iPad pro in landscape on your lap isn't comfortable and the with the keyboard the screen isn't adjustable so the laptop is far better experience
 

rui no onna

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People will always mask their reasoning for getting the smaller, cheaper, not as good option with the " its better for me" excuse. Yes, some actually do want a smaller tablet to carry around but the majority are looking for a way to justify their decision when really it all comes down to money. Its like saying, well " I don't really need a truck so even though this is a way better vehicle, and way more for my money id rather have a 2001 corolla because its smaller and suits me better" GTFOH.
Except you can find brand new iPP 12.9" 128GB LTE on sale for $859.99 while the iPP 9.7" 128GB LTE still goes for full retail of $879.

As for Corolla vs truck, when you have to deal with tiny parking spaces, you tend to appreciate smaller cars. If we had extra parking available, I'd get a Fit or Prius C for my daily commute.
 

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I love the thread title the "allure" I imagined a lady taking of her stocking seducing a gadget geek.

Anyways what the Allure well the 12.9 Pro and iPad Air 2 had a baby and the 9.7 Pro was born. It never leaves my side and if your drawing with an Apple Pencil at Starbucks you are gonna meet new people. They just want to see what your doing or ask questions. The 12.9 who carries that around ? Its not a portable tablet. Its not a tablet period. And the A8X CPU After iOS 10 thats gonna chug, heck even now try loading heavy webpages like TMZ.com the Pro is instant and iPAd Air 2 is slow on heavy webpages like that.
The 1.5Ghz just does not cut it.

So in short the Allure of the 9.7 Pro is that it has everything possible a tablet can possibly have there is no higher pinnacle. It represents the utmost in technological advancement and will remain so for a while. Its the best tablet there is its the 707 Horsepower Dodge Hellcat in a Porsche body.
Lol my wife and I both carry around the 12.9"...

Some people are nuts!
 

dannyar

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Except you can find brand new iPP 12.9" 128GB LTE on sale for $859.99 while the iPP 9.7" 128GB LTE still goes for full retail of $879.

As for Corolla vs truck, when you have to deal with tiny parking spaces, you tend to appreciate smaller cars. If we had extra parking available, I'd get a Fit or Prius C for my daily commute.
Im not referring to recent sales, because in general the larger 12.9 will be the more expensive tablet in most cases. The car was an analogy, but it can be applied any which way you want when it comes to people going with the lower priced, less powerful version of something only to claim its because it "fits their life stye" when in reality given the choice where money is no object they would choose the better option everytime.
 

rui no onna

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Im not referring to recent sales, because in general the larger 12.9 will be the more expensive tablet in most cases. The car was an analogy, but it can be applied any which way you want when it comes to people going with the lower priced, less powerful version of something only to claim its because it "fits their life stye" when in reality given the choice where money is no object they would choose the better option everytime.
And better is subjective. I have to drive pickup trucks for work and I hate them. Certainly wouldn't want one for my personal vehicle. Now Lexus GS vs Toyota Corolla, yeah that's a money thing.

Mind, while the $220 off sale on the bigger iPad is more recent, you can actually get it for $949 or just $70 more than the Pro 9.7" 128GB LTE while the Pro was on pre-order so certainly not a make or break decision.

I'm nowhere near the "money is no object" camp but I'm fortunate enough that getting both 9.7" and 12.9" models won't cause any hardship. For now, I still prefer the 9.7" form factor. When software has improved and most apps are actually optimized for 12.9", I'll reconsider.
 

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Im not referring to recent sales, because in general the larger 12.9 will be the more expensive tablet in most cases. The car was an analogy, but it can be applied any which way you want when it comes to people going with the lower priced, less powerful version of something only to claim its because it "fits their life stye" when in reality given the choice where money is no object they would choose the better option everytime.
There are several areas where the 12.9 pro is weaker than the new 9.7 pro. What if someone values the camera quality more than they value the screen size? What if someone really wants true tone capability? Not available on the 12.9 iPad. Also, the screen quality is better on the 9.7 pro. I'm not making a justification for not spending more on the 12.9. It's the simple fact that the 9.7 pro has features that I desire that are not available on the 12.9. I live in the Midwest and make 150k a year. You can rest assured knowing that I have plenty of disposable income.