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11/29/2015
12:06 PM
Eric Zeman
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iPad Pro Review: Bigger Isn't Always Better

Apple's professional-grade tablet is a massive slate that may replace a laptop for some -- but definitely not all -- mobile professionals. Here's a look at where the iPad Pro rises to the occasion and where it falls flat.
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Conclusion
I do like the iPad Pro, but I am on the fence about keeping it. Bigger isn't always better. The Apple iPad Air 2 is just as capable (and limited) as the iPad Pro when it comes to running apps and multitasking. Apple's tablets are on even footing with respect to battery life. The iPad Pro offers more screen real estate, better sound, and the Apple Pencil. The iPad Pro's benefits are overshadowed by the increase in size and weight, which, when paired with a keyboard, are equal to that of laptops.
Can the iPad Pro really replace a full laptop computer? Well, it costs just as much -- and sometimes more. With a starting price of $799, the iPad Pro is not cheap. Bulking up the storage to 128 GB and adding in the Logitech Create keyboard raise the price significantly to $1099. I still believe laptops are better at multitasking, and faster at many other tasks. 
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Conclusion

I do like the iPad Pro, but I am on the fence about keeping it. Bigger isn't always better. The Apple iPad Air 2 is just as capable (and limited) as the iPad Pro when it comes to running apps and multitasking. Apple's tablets are on even footing with respect to battery life. The iPad Pro offers more screen real estate, better sound, and the Apple Pencil. The iPad Pro's benefits are overshadowed by the increase in size and weight, which, when paired with a keyboard, are equal to that of laptops.

Can the iPad Pro really replace a full laptop computer? Well, it costs just as much -- and sometimes more. With a starting price of $799, the iPad Pro is not cheap. Bulking up the storage to 128 GB and adding in the Logitech Create keyboard raise the price significantly to $1099. I still believe laptops are better at multitasking, and faster at many other tasks.

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DDURBIN1
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DDURBIN1,
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12/1/2015 | 12:43:22 PM
The iPad I've been waiting for
Almost all the negatives here are not directly on the iPad Pro but iPad's in general.  Take these out and you're down to one or two.  The Gmail app doesn't work right, so what, the Apple mail app works just fine to retrieve all my mail, work and personal.  Google docs don't work right, so what, MS Word & MS Excel work just fine.  I'm having a great time using my iPad Pro as a laptop combined with a third party keyboard case (which Best Buy gave me for free).  My Surface Pro 3 is now collecting dust in the corner.  BTW, who uses multi-tasking as a priority for Safari and Twitter?   It must be nice to have your productivity measured by internet surfing and tweeting.  How about a work document and email instead.   
Joe Stanganelli
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11/30/2015 | 7:15:01 PM
Re: Bigger is not always better
@Angel: Yes, smaller was better until companies began to realize that nobody over 35 could read the screens!
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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11/30/2015 | 7:13:57 PM
Re: Size and apps
@jagibbons: Preach!

My fear is that, rather than sensibly installing OSX on enterprise-grade iPads, Apple will replace OSX with iOS.

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