11” iPad Pro vs 12.9” iPad Pro from a guy with kids and not using it for college
So I am posting this in case there are people out there that are still trying to decide which new iPad Pro they want. I had 10.5, then went to the new 12.9 and back to the new 11”. Yes I know, probably didn’t need the newest one but gave my old one to my Dad who needed a new one. Also have an iPad Air 2 and 2nd gen 12.9 that my kids use so I think I have used enough of them to make an educated opinion.
So I guess the main thing for me that made up my mind was the size (as is the case obviously with most everyone). But when I mean size, not just considering the size of the screen but the other things that maybe you don’t think about when you buy it because the screen just engulfs you.
In bed I thought the 12.9 was terribly cumbersome even with the new redesign. And due to the weight I found myself having to prop my knees to handle it for a long period of time. Neither the Smart Keyboard, and folio really helped since no where on my body is flat enough for it to sit comfortably. Other people may have difference opinions, just my thought. Comparing to the old size, yes there is a big difference in size but not enough in my opinion to take the 12.9 to the point of being super portable or even really portable at all. It is still very large overall even with the smaller bezels. Basically if you are going to sit at a desk or on the couch and never leave your house with it, then it makes sense to go with this one if you can afford the price difference. Overall it’s an amazing device just the portability of the 11” almost in every situation is so much better in every way in my opinion.
The difference in weight was a huge thing for me. I watched a lot of reviews before buying and everyone said the big feels great in your hand to hold and use, and I think that’s just bullshit unless you are holding for about 2 minutes or less. With the smaller bezels is also makes the holding area much smaller and hard to distribute the weight evenly to where it’s comfortable to hold. I literally read a book just before posting this with the 11” I just got and I held it for a solid 30 minutes without any issues or cramping hands.
As far as uses go, I use mine to watch Netflix, stuff like that. I do take a lot of notes during the day for work while sitting at my desk and found the 11” or 12.9 meets these needs very well. The extra size of the 12.9 helped a bit but not enough to make me choose it over the 11”.
Last thing is going from 10.5 to 11, a lot of people I think may be wondering if it’s worth taking the plunge. In my opinion just from an aesthetic stand point without considering the slightly bigger screen, the 11” is so much better and the thinness of it helps a lot with the weight and handling so much compared to the 10.5.
I think that’s about all I got, this is the first one I have ever done of these so take it easy on me. If anyone has any specific questions or anything I’ll be checking the comments/inbox frequently so I’ll try to answer what I can.