I found myself using my 1st generation iPod Pro 12.9” from 2015 and 5th generation iPad from 2017 a lot and decided it was about time to upgrade.
I am using the iPad for:
- Read books from Amazon using the Kindle app and technical books with the O’Reilly app
- Write notes and manage tasks with Obsidian
- Read comic books with ComiXology, the Marvel app, YAC Reader, and Smart Comics
- Web Surfing with Chrome
- Email with Fastmail
- Reading Reddit
- Watching videos using various streaming services
- A game here and there, primarily Pinball, Chess, Solitaire, and Soduku
- And other Internet “stuff”
None of these require a “Pro” iPad, but I have learned from my experience with the 1st generation iPad Pro that in an Apple product, a Pro device will be useful longer than the non-Pro version. We go through an iPad about every 2 years with our son, he doesn’t abuse them, but they get used 18 hours or so a day which really stresses out the battery causing it to begin to fail after about 2 years.
I’m not sure that the battery in the Pro devices is any better than those in the non-pro devices and I don’t use my iPads as much as Eli but I do no the 6-year old iPad Pro is still running strong where the 4 year old iPad only works for a couple of hours before needing charged.
Here are the other features that made me want the Pro over the non-Pro iPad:
- Better screen
- Better sound
- USB-C charging and accessories
- M1 processor which will hopefully mean that its usefulness will be 5 or more years
- A good keyboard so it can be used to easily take notes
I picked the 11-inch iPad Pro over the 12.9-inch due to weight and bulkiness. The larger one is amazing for reading comics and watching movies, but the extra bulk and weight make it harder to use. I really like the idea of the larger screen, but I spend a lot of time holding the iPad and taking it from room-to-room, and the increased weight and bulkiness is enough to cause me to leave it behind. With the smaller one I find myself taking it everywhere.
Combined with a keybooard it is delivering on the promise of a lightweight portable with long battery life that NetBooks and the MacBook Air made, although it feels like it weighs more than the MacBook Air.
I’ve had the 2021 11-inch iPad Pro for a couple of weeks now and absolutely love it. With the right software and keyboard it is an amazing productivity and entertainment tool.