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iPad Pro early adopters share pros and cons

James A. Martin | June 30, 2016
A group of businesspeople and iPad Pro power users look back on their time with Apple's tablet and share favorite features, as well as the shortcomings that drive them mad.

Apple's optional Smart Keyboard lets Kosmala use his iPad Pro as he would a MacBook, but he can also fold the keyboard behind the tablet and use it to read ebooks. The iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard combo is still "light and easy to hold, even with one hand, and it's just as easy, if not easier, to store than a MacBook," Kosmala says.

iPad Pro's Retina display is beautiful

James Goodnow, one of the "techiest lawyers in America," according to the American Bar Association Journal, says all tablet displays are not created equal. The larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro's Retina display "shows you text and videos crisply and beautifully," he says. While the both 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the larger model offer similar Retina displays, the larger screen is "the clear winner," according to Goodnow. "There simply is no substitute for real estate," he says. "Whether it's fitting more information on the screen or watching movies on what amounts to a personal and portable cinema, it's nice to have a massive screen."

iPad Pro is speedy

Thanks to Apple's A9X 64-bit processor and 4GB of RAM, the iPad Pro "is lightning fast," according to Goodnow, and the speed of the tablet is "a huge improvement" over the earlier iPad Air 2. "When you're toggling between programs or trying to open a large program, [the iPad Air 2] is slow, and this iPad Pro solves that."

iOS Split View mode boosts productivity 

Goodnow is a big fan of iOS 9's Split View mode, which works on iPad Air 2 and newer Apple tablets. "How many times have you been in a meeting and you're using your email and need to flip over to the Web, or you need to see your notes, and you have to hit the Home button to do it?" he says. With Split View mode, "all you need to do is slide your finger over to the right to bring over different apps. You scroll through on the right and pick the app you want."

Goodnow also appreciates Slide Over, another iOS 9 multitasking feature, and calls it an "incredible feature that was long overdue."

iPad Pro is perfect for taking notes 

Peter McKay, senior vice president and general manager of sales in the Americas for VMware's end-user-computing business unit, says the iPad Pro hasn't replaced his laptop, but it is a valuable companion device that complements his smartphone in certain situations. For example, McKay uses the iPad Pro's (optional) Pencil stylus for taking notes, because the combo makes it easy to jot notes down and retrieve them later.

"I take all my notes on my [9.7-inch] iPad Pro using the Notes app," says entrepreneurJason Swenk. "I love how easy and visual it is, and that my notes are automatically shared among all devices."


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