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Apple iPad Pro gets its first batch of reviews

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The Apple iPad Pro is now on sale and the first batch of reviews are already in. Our colleagues have shared their thoughts on the 12.9″ tablet and, naturally, have compared it how it competes with modern laptops.

The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB option, but if you want more storage as well as the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, you’re looking at a nudge over $1200.

Apple iPad Pro gets its first batch of reviews

Over at ArsTechnica, Andrew Cunningham summarizes the iPad Pro experience like so:

Even with a bigger screen and new accessories, the iPad still feels like a sometimes computer. I can take it with me on vacation instead of a MacBook and do pretty much everything I want, and I can even get quite a bit of work done on one (the majority of this review was written on an iPad Pro, usually while also chatting in Slack or Messages or firing off e-mails). But what really does it in for me are the many small ways in which the iPad Pro is not quite a traditional computer and iOS is not quite OS X.

Walt Mossberg from TheVerge isn’t quite happy with Apple’s Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro, but confirms it’s killer for graphics use, especially with the Apple Pencil:

But, for me a person already using his laptop a lot less in favor of the iPad the Pro is just not likely to eliminate my laptop use entirely. And I say that knowing that, for instance, there will be better keyboard covers and cases. There already is one: I prefer the the Logitech Create I used to write part of this column. But it still doesnt work nearly as well in my lap as a MacBook Air, partly because, like Apples keyboard, it only has one angle. But, even if the iPad Pro doesnt fully replace a laptop, it does have a killer app: graphics, in all its forms, when used with the optional $99 Apple Pencil.

Daring Fireball’s Jon Gruber concedes with Mossberg that the iPad Pro is suitable for graphics professionals:

The iPad Pro is pro in the way MacBook Pros are. Genuine professionals with a professional need visual artists in particular are going to line up for them. But its also a perfectly reasonable choice for casual iPad users who just want a bigger display, louder (and now stereo) speakers, and faster performance.

Overall, reviewers agree that the iPad Pro has an amazing display, a great battery life and the Apple A9x chipset is devilishly fast, but it inexplicably lacks 3D Touch and it’s way too expensive for a casual user to pick for couch entertainment.

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Apple however have done a great job with the stylus, especially for their first attempt and direct comparison to the Surface 4 stylus are well in its favor.

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Interested to know more? Here’s a list of nice reviews of the device:

-CNET iPad Pro review

-TheVerge iPad Pro review

-DaringFireball iPad Pro review

-ArsTechnica iPad Pro review

-StuffTV iPad Pro review

-Wired iPad Pro video review

-9to5Mac unboxing and impressions

Source: gsmarena.com

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14 thoughts on “Apple iPad Pro gets its first batch of reviews

  1. Those reviews have so much do to with review… Those are more preview of “how cool apple is for providing us those devices”

    Because if you would review it you would compare it to surface pro, especially new one and other bigger tablets.

    And how amazing is that they call writing “work” try to REALLY WORK on any mobile device like android or iOS. You gonna fail really fast. I tried it many times.

    Those devices are made for media consumption and simple tasks like writing. Try to plug your pendrive/hdd modify files. Make some data compilation and create presentation. This is work. I could write review on my old se k800i and put it on web with images…

    This iPad pro is his overpriced ipad, that is cool for casual use but for work is useless.

    And graphic work? For simple painting and drawing is cool but try to work on huge file with more than 30 layers. It’s annoying and slow.

    Systems is limiting those devices. All power of modern devices is going to just to run fancy system…

  2. This ipad will be a failure just like the surface RT. This is an iphone with bigger screen some outdated multitasking. You be the judge of that! MacBook Air or this?!

  3. Akinaro, 13 hours agoThose reviews have so much do to with review… Those are more preview of “how cool apple… moreThese journalists who write the reviews… you know, those who write articles and search the web, not doing anything really technical… Tend to skew the reviews favouring Apple’s products. Not sure why they would pay double to type articles and search webs, I haven’t a clue, but they do. And anyone reading those articles will have the idea that paying double for their meaningless tasks is a good idea too.

  4. At the end, this is just a bigger iPad and the Pro moniker is only about size and nothing more, and of course, very expensive to be considered as productivity device… with just a mobile OS and apps.

  5. joonius, 12 hours agoThese journalists who write the reviews… you know, those who write articles and search the w… moreThere is difference between journalist and reviewer/ blogger.

    Most do of bloggers do anything to make more views and be more famous. I’m not saying that its some sort of conspiracy and all that people are amateurs in this. No, I mean that most of reviews like those are made quick and in favor of product. This is how world work if people like it or not.

    But if someone want to be real Internet “journalist” should at least gather ALL facts, compare, analyze every aspect and at the end say about personal feel.

    Because for most of time those bloggers spend 80% of space for personal “how I like”.
    As a journalist you need make your text universal for everyone and not be biased.

    So if someone say that its good for work… Compare it to other work, not only working on text and simple images.
    And most important if you say that device is good for graphic take in to the accout that working on graphic is not only painting and simple photoshop effects. As a graphic artist you work with lots of graphic formats and big files(even 1-2gb) that have even 50 of layers.

    And working on such device with such graphic would be pain. Because if it was pain/impossible to do on normal iPad why it would be possible on just bigger version of it? Stylus… I mean pen would help? No.
    Apps and system it self is

  6. Akinaro, 12 hours agoThere is difference between journalist and reviewer/ blogger.

    Most do of bloggers do anyth… moreCont.
    Apps and os is limiting everything.
    It’s media consumption system. Android or iOS. The same bag.

    In terms of work its the same level as old symbian.
    Working between apps is pain, no compatibility at all and most of options are made for quick editing not creating or modifying.

  7. Arix, 7 hours agoThis ipad will be a failure just like the surface RT. This is an iphone with bigger screen som… morethe what uptodated multitask android did ?

  8. I do not find such device as a productive and versatile tool. It is just a fun toy. Without a file manager and proper keyboard and mouse you cannot do much. Fine control by pen is painful, only some painters can handle it. It is about the ability to handle a pen with precision in movements. Computer assisted designers will step into the past and fail in the future.

  9. “Apple however have done a great job with the stylus, especially for their first attempt and direct comparison to the Surface 4 stylus are well in its favour.”
    How many times do we need to tell you guys?
    It’s not a stylus, It’s a lot more than that…..

  10. 4:3 aspect ratio is OK for small tablet like iPad mini, but on 12.9″ screen it look huge and so 80’s . I don’t know why they call it PRO, it is just a giant iPhone seriously.

  11. Jealousy levels from the iHaters are as they should be :) hehe as expected.

  12. Akinaro, 2 hours agoThose reviews have so much do to with review… Those are more preview of “how cool apple… more”And graphic work? For simple painting and drawing is cool but try to work on huge file with more than 30 layers. It’s annoying and slow. ”

    how do you know this ? You tried that on a iPad Pro or just pulling these out of your …. pocket ?

  13. Honest Observation, 2 hours ago”And graphic work? For simple painting and drawing is cool but try to work on huge file with m… moreThere is a 99.99% chance that he hasn’t even had the pleasure of seeing one, let alone using one, therefore, he is obviously thumbsucking. Manbabies are great at thumbsucking.

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