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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.

iPad Pro is a great Uber station

"Whenever a client comes to our office and they have no transportation, we will order them Uber service," says Jesse Harrison, founder and CEO of Zeus Legal Funding. Before the company purchased a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, clients "would use their own phones to order Uber, creating an accounting mess," Harrison says. "Ordering was also sometimes delayed because everyone in the office was using their phone for some other purpose and couldn't order Uber at that moment."
The solution: set up an iPad Pro as an "Uber station," according to Harrison. "Now whenever anyone at our office needs to order Uber, they can just do it using the company iPad and Uber account." Harrison appreciates the lack of reflection on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro screen, as well. And Zeus employees also occasionally use the iPad Pro for company presentations, he says.

7 things business users hate about iPad Pro

Google apps don't work in iOS 9 Split View

As of this writing, Google's Docs, Sheets, and other productivity apps aren't compatible with the iPad Pro's Split View mode. That "may not sound like a huge problem," according to EZPR's Zitron, but he does "a ton of work on Google platforms," and the lack of Split View support limits his efficiency and productivity on his iPad Pro.

Server Density's Mytton agrees. The lack of Split View support is "a major hassle, as we use Google for everything," he says.

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard is subpar

Apple's optional Smart Keyboard is designed to work with iPad Pro, but it lacks certain buttons, such as a dedicated home key, that are commonly found on other external keyboard options, according to Zitron. He tried Logitech's Create keyboard, which also uses Apple's proprietary smart connector to link up with the iPad Pro, but says the keyboard was too large and bulky.

iPad Pro browser often displays mobile websites

The iPad Pro's biggest limitation, according to Foojee's Kosmala, is that its browser forces many websites to automatically display their mobile versions. "Often, the mobile sites have less capability or features than the desktop sites, but my iPad Pro can handle the desktop version of websites just fine, so I have to manually request the desktop version," he says.

iPad Pro is too pricey

The 128GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and LTE cellular connectivity costs $1,079, and Apple's optional Smart Keyboard adds another $169, for a total of $1,248, which is just too expensive, according to Goodnow the attorney. In comparison, a 13-inch MacBook Air with 128GB of storage and a built-in keyboard costs $999, though it lacks LTE connectivity. 

 

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