iPad Pro - who's got one?

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Decided I need an iPad Pro. Thinking I can clag it up to a wireless keyboard and use it like a laptop for work and uni and shit, then use it for glorious HD 12.9" pornography of an evening. I'll also buy a projector and use it to stream Netflix / Amazon Prime etc. onto the wall in my dining room.

Anyone got one? Any good?

Someone convince me this is silly idea.
 

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Decided I need an iPad Pro. Thinking I can clag it up to a wireless keyboard and use it like a laptop for work and uni and shit, then use it for glorious HD 12.9" pornography of an evening. I'll also buy a projector and use it to stream Netflix / Amazon Prime etc. onto the wall in my dining room.

Anyone got one? Any good?

Someone convince me this is silly idea.
All I know is after my partner bought an iPad he then bought a new laptop and I don't see him using the square waste of cash now.
 
I've got an iPad mini retina. Not a pro, but I use it all the time for watching movies, reading books (including the odd comic/graphic novel), listening to music, playing the occasional game etc. Have also used Word on it for writing long documents (PhD thesis long - really good for working on train journeys, and sometimes preferred editing docs on here than my MacBook air) . It's three years old but definitely more capable than my girlfriends three year old Samsung tablet.
 

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All I know is after my partner bought an iPad he then bought a new laptop and I don't see him using the square waste of cash now.
You can attach a proper keyboard to the new one and use it like a lap top.

The idea is that this will replace an old shite laptop I've got and also act as my TV while attached to the projector.
 
Decided I need an iPad Pro. Thinking I can clag it up to a wireless keyboard and use it like a laptop for work and uni and shit, then use it for glorious HD 12.9" pornography of an evening. I'll also buy a projector and use it to stream Netflix / Amazon Prime etc. onto the wall in my dining room.

Anyone got one? Any good?

Someone convince me this is silly idea.
If you want a laptop, buy a laptop.
 

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I've got an iPad mini retina. Not a pro, but I use it all the time for watching movies, reading books (including the odd comic/graphic novel), listening to music, playing the occasional game etc. Have also used Word on it for writing long documents. It's three years old but definitely more capable than my girlfriends three year old Samsung tablet.
Sold.

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You can attach a proper keyboard to the new one and use it like a lap top.

The idea is that this will replace an old shite laptop I've got and also act as my TV while attached to the projector.
He had a keyboard it attached to.
 

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If you want a laptop, buy a laptop.
I don't want a laptop. I want exactly as A_L has described above. Very occasional word / powerpoint (or Apple equivalent) capability, films, music. Internet browsing, email. That's about it.

I can't be dealing with Android / Windows junk. Been on Apple for about 8 years now with no snags. Phone is Apple, missus has a macbook air, sprogs have early generation iPads for games and Disney films, I'm writing this post from a an iMac etc. etc.
 

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I don't want a laptop. I want exactly as A_L has described above. Very occasional word / powerpoint (or Apple equivalent) capability, films, music. Internet browsing, email. That's about it.

I can't be dealing with Android / Windows junk. Been on Apple for about 8 years now with no snags. Phone is Apple, missus has a macbook air, sprogs have early generation iPads for games and Disney films, I'm writing this post from a an iMac etc. etc.
Think it was a slim Lenovo he bought.
 
I don't want a laptop. I want exactly as A_L has described above. Very occasional word / powerpoint (or Apple equivalent) capability, films, music. Internet browsing, email. That's about it.

I can't be dealing with Android / Windows junk. Been on Apple for about 8 years now with no snags. Phone is Apple, missus has a macbook air, sprogs have early generation iPads for games and Disney films, I'm writing this post from a an iMac etc. etc.
It has full Powerpoint and Word on it anway - and they're free (I think in order to encourage people to pay the subscription fee for the desktop version). I also think it's a better writing tool in some instances than a laptop, certainly I think it's better for editing an already written doc - as it's like holding a piece a paper. I used it to edit my PhD thesis, and also for writing some sections when on the train etc. You can also get Scrivener on it which is a fantastic piece of writing software.

I rarely use my MacBook air now, just for writing MATLAB code to analyse data really, or analysing data, but even then I'll sometimes use the iPad for formulating the logic to write the code, using the notes tool where you can write using your finger.
 
I have one. It's ace.

I tried the Logitech keyboard/cover thing, I didn't get on with it and returned it. I would have got the Apple one, but it wasn't available when the iPad itself came out. When I took the Logitech one back, I had the brainwave of getting the Magic keyboard (i.e. iMac type) and a cover, rather than the integrated keyboard/cover. This has worked very well. The advantage being that you can leave the keyboard at home and just use the soft keyboard like any other iPad if you wanted to. The keyboard itself is very good, and slim. It also charges with the Lightning cable, so there are no batteries to buy, and a charge lasts a long time.

I find myself pressing the screen on my MBP now, and oddly enough, it doesn't respond :)

The Pencil's quite good too. By far the best stylus I've used.
 
Currently typing this in an old IPad 2 & does exactly what it says on the tin.

IIRC Most tablets can be linked to a wireless keyboard via Bluetooth.

The IPad Pro seems good but rather expensive considering other brands have beaten it a few years ago offering the same functions.
 
Currently typing this in an old IPad 2 & does exactly what it says on the tin.

IIRC Most tablets can be linked to a wireless keyboard via Bluetooth.

The IPad Pro seems good but rather expensive considering other brands have beaten it a few years ago offering the same functions.
I have the mini 2. Don't think I'll be upgrading it anytime soon - does everything I need it for. I prefer it over the pro, because I think it's small size is what makes it so versatile.
 
One thing to point out - You should get AppleCare on it at the time of purchase.

I did not get it on mine, I thought you had a year to add it, as per laptops. Not so. You have 90 days.

The reason I know this is because the button broke on mine, and so I returned it and got it replaced - a whole new iPad. If it had been over 12 months old (which it will next month) then it would have been unrepairable. At least by Apple.
 
If you do buy one, don't forget to go through the apple education site, which you have to do from a computer linked to your university network. You'll get some cash off. With macbooks etc, you also get a three year warranty as standard but not sure if that applies to the iPads.
 

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Awesome. Cheers chaps.

My reasons for going for the pro are as follows:

1. It's new so should last longer (obsolescence will be further down the line)
2. I want the big one.
3. Apparently it's awesome for Auto Cad and other engineering software.
 
I have the mini 2. Don't think I'll be upgrading it anytime soon - does everything I need it for. I prefer it over the pro, because I think it's small size is what makes it so versatile.
I bought Mrs B the mini 2 last Xmas & she loves it, although all she uses it for is streaming movies, YouTube and other social media stuff.

Versatile & portability isn't something I'd think of on a iPad Pro.
 

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One thing to point out - You should get AppleCare on it at the time of purchase.

I did not get it on mine, I thought you had a year to add it, as per laptops. Not so. You have 90 days.

The reason I know this is because the button broke on mine, and so I returned it and got it replaced - a whole new iPad. If it had been over 12 months old (which it will next month) then it would have been unrepairable. At least by Apple.
Yep. I think we've got AppleCare for the iMac and it covers all the other devices too.

Touchwood, haven't had to use it. iMac is 4 years old now and never missed a beat. Even the kid's secondhand, totally battered iPad 1s are still going on strong.
 
Awesome. Cheers chaps.

My reasons for going for the pro are as follows:

1. It's new so should last longer (obsolescence will be further down the line)
2. I want the big one.
3. Apparently it's awesome for Auto Cad and other engineering software.
If the Apple apps/software suit your needs and requirements & the bulky size don't bother you then go for it mate.

Don't forget to leave a review in the meantime ;-)
 

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If the Apple apps/software suit your needs and requirements & the bulky size don't bother you then go for it mate.

Don't forget to leave a review in the meantime ;-)
Will do. ;)
 

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