iPad Pro Which is a the better pencil or keyboard?

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  1. Themoth macrumors member

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    if you had to choose one, which would it be and why? Keyboard or pencil or neither?
     
  2. henrykkim macrumors newbie

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    Really. Both. I already have Pencil and love using it for brainstorming my ideas on Fifty-three's Paper, but iPad Pro also has a gigantic screen which can be so good with word-processing. I tried using a software keyboard but I'm still not getting used to it. Thankfully I ordered Smart Keyboard yesterday from best Buy and will certainly get it by next week. Then my iPad Pro will be perfect.
     
  3. Themoth thread starter macrumors member

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    Just hope the keyboard keeps its smaller profile. I tend to not use cases
     
  4. Macalway macrumors 68000

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    Too tough to call. The keyboard offers protection, the pen offers pen stuff...you know.

    As far as quality, who knows. (the keyboard is very cool, as far as that sort of thing goes, in case your wondering)

    Actually, I own the pen, but tried the keyboard.
     
  5. Themoth thread starter macrumors member

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    Wondering if I'll use the keyboard. I think the pencil will be more useful. Time will tell
     
  6. henrykkim macrumors newbie

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    I use Pencil quite a bit just for designing. But except that, Keyboard would be mostly used since it's also a dock. I can't use my hand to hold the iPad Pro's position while typing, and one of main reasons I got iPad Pro is to replace word-processing task from my laptop. So I probably will use Smart Keyboard way more.
     
  7. Themoth thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm thinking the same. Was hoping the pencil would be good for document edits and writing on reports. Is the pencil sold for design? Thought I remember the Microsoft demo with office and using the pencil. Just hope the case is sleek enough.
     
  8. hagalah macrumors member

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    I have both on hand. For a frequent typer, keyboard is much important to me. Pencil is just....for my daughter to draw..
     
  9. Themoth thread starter macrumors member

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    So no pencil only keyboard use for you? What type of work do you do? Doc edits?
     
  10. hagalah macrumors member

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    I usually use the pencil to replace my finger touching the screen, interact screen funcions, items, etc. The pencil is still quite useful even I am not a good drawer.

    I am a teacher so that I have to prepare lots of teaching materials and use ipad for presentation.
     
  11. DaveOP macrumors 6502a

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    The smart keyboard has been completely worth the money for me. I cant imagine trying to hold this ipad for any amount of time, and the keys have great travel and tactile feedback, which makes posting on sites like this a dream. I love having the command key, and being able to use OS X shortcuts on this ipad, such as opening and closing tabs, and switching between apps without even touching the screen.
     
  12. tatty27 macrumors 6502

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    I love the pencil, although plastic it doesn't feel cheap, it has a nice weight to it, the palm rejection is perfect and no noticeable lag in Notability but I still keep flipping the pencil round to try to use the none existent eraser at the end. Not too sure about the keyboard, I'm not keen on the feel of the fabric and since I started using it as a smart cover I've noticed that my ipad doesn't always wake up when I open the cover, I have to do a hard reboot with the power and home buttons.

    Admittedly the usability of the ipad is better with the keyboard when writing things such as code, emails or documents but it is definitely a 1st gen product. I suspect that fabric the keys are covered with was chosen because it will be much more hardwearing than another material as silicon which I imagine would get quite tatty after a short while.
     
  13. sracer macrumors 603

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    IMO, if I could only chose one it would be the Pencil. There's some technology in it that more warrants the $100 than the keyboard cover demanding $180. There are alternatives (some will be superior) to the keyboard cover, but there's only one Pencil.
     
  14. tatty27 macrumors 6502

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    I agree, the only other serious option for the keyboard is the logitech create but it adds a lot of bulk and the fabric cover has a horrible texture to it. I did think at first I was mad spending £80 on a stylus but now I have it I can say that it isn't a stylus and it is definitely worth the money, it feel like a piece of tech rather than a piece of plastic.

    I will be keeping my eye out for a better keyboard though.
     
  15. brianbunge macrumors 6502

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    I will get the pencil but am waiting for Zagg's keyboard. I like having the function keys.
     
  16. GrindedDown macrumors 6502a

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    The pencil for me all the way. I felt the same way too. I thought for a brief moment that $100 seems like quite a lot and that $60 seemed to be reasonable. I have seen advanced stylii in the past go for $100 before tho. After having used the pencil, I can say that it is 100% worth the price. It is easily the best stylus and quite possibly one of my favorite drawing tool ever. Having modularity (paintbrush, pen, pencil, tilt, pressure, etc...) all in one device is sorta remarkable. Not the first to do it and a lot of it is software, but this is the best to do it.

    I find the software keyboard to be pretty damn good even for long typing, especially using the trackpad feature. So much so that the hardware keyboard is maybe a 'nice to have' , at best, for me. The pencil however is a must.
     
  17. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    I've seen this comment a couple times. Curious...why not just use a cheap capacitive stylus?
     

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