iPad Pro Which iPad Pro do you prefer? 10.5 or 12.9 inch? [Poll]

Which iPad Pro do you prefer?

  • iPad Pro 10.5"

    Votes: 250 55.1%
  • iPad Pro 12.9"

    Votes: 204 44.9%

  • Total voters
    454

marpixct

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I saw a lot of post about the new iPad Pro 10.5 or 12.9 inch. But any with a comprensive poll on user's preferences.

So let's make a poll.

Which do you prefer? And Why?

For me, I like the bigger one. It guarantee me the extra space needed for my work.
And I think also that iOS 11 will fit on it like a tailored dress.
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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I saw a lot of post about the new iPad Pro 10.5 or 12.9 inch. But any with a comprensive poll on user's preferences.

So let's make a poll.

Which do you prefer? And Why?

For me, I like the bigger one. It guarantee me the extra space needed for my work.
And I think also that iOS 11 will fit on it like a tailored dress.
I prefer the 12.9 iPad. Mainly because of the larger display size, battery life, and also utilizes the full iPad user interface, where as the 10.5 iPad you sizes 50/50 iPhone user interface. Also, the sound on the 12.9 iPad is outstanding. I don't have an issue with the larger size, being I can adapt to it and ultimately it offers a better viewing experience.
 

SDColorado

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Nov 6, 2011
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How is the typing experience for those who use the 10.5" with a keyboard? I never could get on with the keyboard on my 9.7", I found it way too cramped. I figured if I was going to replace it, it would definitely be with the 12.9 vs 10.5, as I didn't think the 10.5 would improve the keyboard size that much. Granted my only experience with the 12.9 and keyboard is in store, but side by side I much preferred the larger keyboard/tablet combo.
 

spiderman0616

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How is the typing experience for those who use the 10.5" with a keyboard? I never could get on with the keyboard on my 9.7", I found it way too cramped. I figured if I was going to replace it, it would definitely be with the 12.9 vs 10.5, as I didn't think the 10.5 would improve the keyboard size that much. Granted my only experience with the 12.9 and keyboard is in store, but side by side I much preferred the larger keyboard/tablet combo.
I originally thought the switch from 9.7" to 10.5" Smart Keyboard made a minimal difference, but after I spent a few days using it, I realized that it really made typing more comfortable and didn't make my hands cramp up after extended use. With the 9.7" keyboard I felt like I had to angle my hands inward to type at full speed, and that would make my hands and fingers tired and sore after a while. That does not happen to me at all with the 10.5".
 

SDColorado

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I originally thought the switch from 9.7" to 10.5" Smart Keyboard made a minimal difference, but after I spent a few days using it, I realized that it really made typing more comfortable and didn't make my hands cramp up after extended use. With the 9.7" keyboard I felt like I had to angle my hands inward to type at full speed, and that would make my hands and fingers tired and sore after a while. That does not happen to me at all with the 10.5".
Good to know! What you described was exactly the issue I was having with the 9.7 as well. I have fairly large hands and would have to test drive it myself, but your feedback gives me a compelling reason to try, should I decide on upgrading my 9.7 Pro. Thanks!
 
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FrankySavvy

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I have pondered this question myself. As an artist you would think I would prefer the larger 12.9" screen, but I find it overwhelming and the 10.5" allows me to focus. I also like the ability to one hand while i sketch,which is a little bit more difficult on the 12.9". I also don't do full size paintings, I do more vector/logo design. It is funny though since you can zoom in and out, the size of the space you draw doesn't matter as much, a 10.5" inch iPad could draw the same resolution/size image as the 12.9". I think the 12.9" would be for someone needing a complete laptop replacement. The iPad for me is more of an artists tool!
 

ColdShadow

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Sep 25, 2013
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Un-decided.
Never owned 12.9 or 10.5
But when I played with both in Apple store I felt 12.9 is better,the 10.5 felt just like 9.7

in fact I probably wouldn't even notice it's a new larger size if I didn't know about 10.5.

a little dissppointed with 10.5 as I was expecting noticeable larger size.

That being said I have some concerns regarding using 12.9 long time on couch,while lying in bed etc so not sure yet
 

seadragon

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Mar 10, 2009
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Un-decided.
Never owned 12.9 or 10.5
But when I played with both in Apple store I felt 12.9 is better,the 10.5 felt just like 9.7

in fact I probably wouldn't even notice it's a new larger size if I didn't know about 10.5.

a little dissppointed with 10.5 as I was expecting noticeable larger size.

That being said I have some concerns regarding using 12.9 long time on couch,while lying in bed etc so not sure yet
The only sure way to know how well you'll get along with the 12.9 is to buy one and try it out for a week or so. I've had mine for over a week now and it's just great. Using it everywhere without issues.
 

sboychuck

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Went with the 12.9 and added the ASK to it and it becomes a laptop computer for our family. My 10-year old daughter is having a blast with her artwork on it using the AP. We are coming from an Air2 and this is a huge step. Screen is beautiful and it is lighter than I thought it would be. Went with a SG 512GB LTE and no regrets, although the price was a bit steep. We have the Apple ecosystem at our house, so it fits in great. Will enjoy it for years though, and no need for a laptop at this point.
 

SDColorado

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Un-decided.
Never owned 12.9 or 10.5
But when I played with both in Apple store I felt 12.9 is better,the 10.5 felt just like 9.7

in fact I probably wouldn't even notice it's a new larger size if I didn't know about 10.5.

a little dissppointed with 10.5 as I was expecting noticeable larger size.

That being said I have some concerns regarding using 12.9 long time on couch,while lying in bed etc so not sure yet
I think you will be OK as long as you don’t fall asleep and drop it on yourself. That will wake you up quick! :)
 
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MrEcted

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Apr 21, 2011
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Choosing between the two was extremely difficult! On one hand I use my iPad for reading sheet music, reading and annotating PDFs, as a second mobile monitor so I can have dual-displays on the go therefor the 12.9 seemed perfect for these tasks. However, I also use it as a consumption device, I tend to one-hand it quite a bit, and I love featherweight ultra-portability so the 10.5 seemed perfect.

Originally I started with the 10.5 but then I drove aaaaalll the way to the nearest Apple store that had a 12.9 in stock (115 miles away) and it took me four hours to get there (major accident on the way). I finally get to the store and play with the 12.9 and 10.5 back-to-back for at least 45 minutes and ultimately I decided to stick with the 10.5. The 12.9 is just so damn big and it feels like I'm carrying a cookie sheet, but that screen is darn beautiful and would work so well with some of the tasks I do, though ultimately portability won out for me.
 
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SDColorado

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The 12.9 is just so damn big and it feels like I'm carrying a cookie sheet, but that screen is darn beautiful and would work so well with some of the tasks I do, though ultimately portability won out for me.
Nothing wrong with cookie sheets. The 12.9" is big, beautiful and makes awesome cookies! As the saying goes "Go Big or Stay Home!" ;)

 

jigzaw

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I'm torn on this, too. On the one hand the 10.5 doesn't look any bigger to me unless I place it next to a 9.7.. on the other hand, the 12.9 just feels unwieldy for a portable tablet. I have a 15 inch mbp so I don't know if I really need a 13 inch iPad. I've also heard that many apps just aren't optimized or look very good at that size.. Since I mostly use it in bed or to walk around with, I'm leaning towards the 10.5 and thinking I'll wait a couple years for them to do their bezel-reducing magic to the 12.9 so that it has a less awkward footprint to carry around.
 
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maflynn

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I have the 10.5, since its something that I want to travel, keep with me, not just stay home and its a nice holdable size. Plus the I couldn't justify the price difference.
 
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willmtaylor

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I saw a lot of post about the new iPad Pro 10.5 or 12.9 inch. But any with a comprensive poll on user's preferences.

So let's make a poll.

Which do you prefer? And Why?

For me, I like the bigger one. It guarantee me the extra space needed for my work.
And I think also that iOS 11 will fit on it like a tailored dress.
Here are several other threads discussing exactly the same thing, and several also have polls:
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/which-do-you-prefer-12-9-or-10-5.2049850/
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/buy-ipad-pro-12-9-or-10-5.2051671/
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/10-5-or-12-9-ipad-pro-for-a-student.2049561/
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/are-you-returning-your-10-5-for-an-12-9-ipad-pro.2050954/
 
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