Would the iPad Pro be good for me?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JerTheGeek, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. JerTheGeek macrumors 68000

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    So I have an iPad Air that I got in June I'm wanting to upgrade. I decided on the air 2, but now I'm thinking about the Pro. Maybe it's crazy, maybe it's a good idea. I'm wondering what you guys think. I already have a MacBook Air 13 inch and an iPhone 6. I mainly use my iPad as my textbooks for homeschool, web browsing, email, YouTube, music, occasional games, and photos. What do you guys think?
    Also I have 32gb now and was wanting more storage but not sure if I would be able to afford more than the base model. Is this a crazy idea? Or would it actually be a nice upgrade?
     
  2. Kal-037 macrumors 6502a

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    It would definitely be nice, but the price may make it not worth it. Is your current iPad Air serving your needs well? If the answer is yes, I'd stick with that for a bit longer. I think the greatest things about the iPad Pro are the speakers, specs, and pencil support. But even with all the cool new features and such, the iPad Pro is really stinking expensive. I say upgrade if you can afford to, and if it WON'T set you back, but otherwise if the Air isn't slowing you down and is working great, again, stick with that. You may not even like the huge size of the iPad Pro either. It really depends on what you want though.
    The iPad Pro is the latest and greatest iPad and will be able to do a lot of things that older iPads may not, but will those features be something you REALLY need?
    From what you've said I'd actually say the iPad Pro may be overkill for what you may use it for.


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  3. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    True, I probably will not like the size. In fact, I know I wouldn't. It would be much too hard to carry around even just around the house. I think the initial appeal is that huge display, I can just imagine watching NHL on it...... But the Air 2 is already plenty big, and for less money I can get a refurb air 2 with 128gb of storage which is what I want. So I think that is a wiser choice.
     
  4. Kal-037 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah and the Air 2 is a beast while being thin and light. :)
     
  5. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah for sure! I think it's the perfect blend of immersiveness and portability.
     
  6. pat500000 macrumors 604

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    Do you even have that kind of money to buy it? At least 128 gb? If so, then yes..it's for you...otherwise it's not.
     
  7. maxsix Suspended

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    This is likely to be the best iPad to date. Despite being light it may be rather cumbersome. Not in a bad way, just something to consider. I never hesitate to buy nearly every single product Apple creates. A decades long enthusiast who's very satisfied, I must say that this will be the exception. I'm choosing to pass on this one.

    Although I have always just overlooked Apples rather obscene prices, this is one that I find truly over the top. On principle alone I just won't hand this huge sum to a company in exchange for a modestly larger slab of glass aluminum and silicon. A premium price for a premium product is OK with me, I've done it for years. But the decline in both software and software quality and its impact on my user experience has never been more obvious.
     
  8. macguy90 macrumors member

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    You took the words right out of my mouth. I have been really struggling with a decision on whether or not to buy the iPad Pro. I have an iPad Air 2 that I'm generally happy with, but I feel rather limited as it's only the 16GB model. If I were to buy the Pro, I'd definitely go for 128GB. Its just that insane price tag that I can't wrap my mind around! $949 + tax (over $1000 total) for a large iPad seems a bit outrageous to me. But like you, I've been a devoted Apple enthusiast for years. I gladly accept the "Apple premium price" because I do believe their products have an amazing user experience & brilliant simplicity that I have yet to find in other devices, even if it has declined a bit in recent years. But I can't decide if this Pro should be where I draw the line. I could see myself enjoying the larger display for Microsoft OneNote, drawing/painting in Adobe, watching TV in the TWC app among other things. I have a little money that I set aside for tech purchases but I would still need to sell my Air 2. I guess I truly wish they had just released an awesome new iPad Air, but oh well.
     
  9. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Depends if you can handle the size of it. Will be a beast performance wise but I don’t think it’s something thats portable. Air 2 is
     
  10. AceFernalld macrumors 65816

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    I don't find the price points of the Pro to be obscene at all. There is a $250 price hike of the 128GB Pro over the Air 2, and that $250 gets you roughly double the CPU/GPU power, 78% more screen real estate, triple the sound output, double the RAM, and support for the useful new accessories such as the Pencil and Smart Keyboard. Well worth it IMO.
     
  11. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, which is why no iPad Air 3 this year. The biggest thing is the size, you either want it or not. I'm thrilled as I've been waiting a bigger iPad for a while.
     
  12. rcipriano macrumors newbie

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    I have an IPad mini 2, 128 GB with SIM card and I am very happy with it (I love my tablet portability and I do not want a Laptop (I have the 11" MacBook Air) and not a Surface 3, 4 or 5 as I do not want a laptop with touch screen , running Windows for my IPad use). I use it at work a lot e.g. reviewing engineering Standards and literature in PDF including making notes (using Acrobat app or iBook mainly); modifications to files in Ms Word, Excel or Power Point; presentations to VGA projectors or HDMI screens, scketching engineering drawings, etc. but the only reason that I am thinking in the Ipad Pro is my doubt if it is capable to take notes in a natural way as a paper and a pen does... This is my dream and I have expended a fortune with all handwriting apps available in the Apple Applications Store and all the major I-pen available in the market (my favourite is one of the simplest ones: The Adonit Jot-Pro) My problem is that I have never feel that taking an Ipad and a I-pen is even Similar than taken a Paper-Pen...sometime I Try to take important notes using the IPad but is not so easy and fast (I also have the Logitech keyboard) and normally I end using a Paper-pen solution...What do you think?? Is the IPad pro finally the paper-pen killer or is better stay in the iPad mini?? Unfortunately I am working in a remote area and I do not have an Apple Store to check it by myself before to buy one..
     
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    I am holding off, especially in light of the software issues. I returned an iPad Mini 4 and 2 iPod touch 6 gens because of serious WiFi problems and they're still prevalent in the 2nd iPad Mini 4 I bought yesterday and just upgraded to 9.1. A reset of the network improved the download speeds (from thousands of minutes down to two hours), but there's no way I am going to fork over a grand plus for the iPad Pro when Apple cannot get their iOS together.

    As far what the OP asked. Go for the Air 2.
     
  14. emembee macrumors regular

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    This is so true , no perfect apps or stylus, but I guess the Pro is more for artists than note takers, and how do you take notes on such a large screen, will It feel too cumbersome, well we will only know when we can try it out. I have the mini2 and like to markup documents but find the screen too small say compared to text. I guess the air2 would feel more normal as nearer a regular paper size. Surely the pro is too large unless the text you are marking up is using really large fonts?!
     
  15. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for all the input, the Pro is definitely not for me. Now still have to decide on either the mini 4 or air 2.
     
  16. Kal-037 macrumors 6502a

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    Go for Air 2! Mini 4 is good, but Air 2 is more powerful and all around better experience.


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  17. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Do you think it is worth the upgrade from the air 1? I know I don't really need an upgrade, but I would like to have a bit more of a future proof iPad, mainly I want enough storage and also performance to last a long time, unlike my air 1 which will probably be slowed down by the next iOS update, it's already slowed down by iOS 9 in some cases. I also want to use the split screen apps.
    The main reason I'm considering the mini 4 is because I hold the iPad for long periods of time as I read and study my textbooks, so I was thinking the mini 4 would be more comfy to hold.
     
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    iPad Air 2 or 3 is fine for you..you don't need iPad Pro based on what you are doing right now.
     
  19. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    Well said, guys. Me too. Just can't quite wrap my head around the cost which is even more of an issue for me since I must have LTE support and that requires the highest end model. Ouch. That's MacBook Pro territory or pretty much any other laptop they make. Just can't do it. The hardware is beefier and it does have some cool features but it's really just a bigger version of what I have now. Just not quite what I had in mind. The accessories are pretty pricey too. They should offer a bundle when you buy them all at once or something.
     
  20. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Now that the Pro is out, what does everyone think about using it for media consumption, like web browsing, watching NHL, YouTube, etc. also reading and using stuff like textbooks? Overkill?
     
  21. arftech99 macrumors regular

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    Try it out and see if you like it and if you can swing it get the 128 gig.
     
  22. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Just too expensive for me. I can get a 128gb Air 2 on Black Friday for $400 less than the Pro. $400 is simply not worth it just for a bigger screen, which would be the only advantage of the pro for me. And honestly, I think the size would be more of a disadvantage for me, since I often read and study outside on a swing, while holding the iPad. The pro would be too big for this and uncomfortable to hold. I'm still curious about the size, and if it was like $200 or so cheaper, I might go for it, but it is what it is, and I think the Air 2 is the perfect size for me (and most people )
     
  23. arftech99 macrumors regular

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    Your justification for the Air 2 is on point. Get that one and don't look back.
     

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