Just bought a 12.9″ iPad Pro, and I wonder if my purchase is worth it…
[I just opened the 2018 iPad Pro](https://i.redd.it/hyj5mjtos3931.png)
tl;dr: I love the 12.9″ iPad Pro so much, but I miss the portability from my 10.5″. Hear me out.
I’ve been thinking about it for days, so I would like to place my thoughts here.
I had the 10.5″ iPad Pro since its launch in 2017. I bought it because back then I love the idea of how iOS11 become closer to replace my laptop (was MBP 13″ 2015), so I fully equipped the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard for my daily usage. I love it so much, I honestly think that the multitasking gestures is the best, and I grew to love that feature the most.
Moving to a year later in early 2019, and I nearly changed my behavior of iPad usage almost completely. Initially I tried to use it for my work and personal use, but eventually I just used it for YouTube, browsing, and gaming, as work is still being done with my laptop (now MBP 15″ 2018). To put matters worse, my smart keyboard is broken, so I can’t use it anymore except to be a stand where I can watch YouTube while taking shower lol.
I’m an investment associate, and my role would be creating and editing documents, sourcing deals, create meetings through calendar, reading and replying emails, taking notes, and lots of communication; which is why I think the multitasking feature is extremely helpful. The tools of choice in my office is Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides), and I think the Google Apps is quite limited as to what the desktop can do. I used to use it on my 10.5″ iPad Pro but now I got back to my laptop to do most of my work.
After a successful project, I got extra allowance for me to purchase the newer iPad Pro, even more incentive to purchase one due to iPadOS. I love all the things about the new feature, especially on features such as desktop-class browsing, same-app multitasking, and external SSD support. Hoping to finally be able to replace my laptop on the day-to-day workflow, I made my purchase, and fully equipped it with Apple Pencil 2 and Smart Keyboard.
I love the usage as I put iPadOS in the new iPad, and I am able to do a lot of work related things (except for creating documents from scratch). The multitasking is amazing and I really love the larger screen real estate compared to the 10.5″ iPad Pro. However, one thing that I do miss is the portability. This iPad, although functionally useful, is not too portable in a sense that I use it on my older iPad.
I still do have my 10.5″ with me, I use it for everyday media consumption, but I have to bring my laptop with me for work. I can’t really work without smart keyboard if you ask me, since it’s broken and I can’t type there anymore.
So in the end, I miss the portability, but I know I’m going to like the 12.9″ iPad Pro. I don’t plan to switch to the 11″ iPad Pro, although it has occurred to me for a while now if I should buy that one instead. My argument is that if I purchased the 11″ iPad Pro, I would get the same experience with the 10.5″ iPad Pro, and does not justify my upgrade (I’d rather buy another smart keyboard for it).
My initial plan is to sell my 10.5″ iPad Pro, but now I’m considering keeping it for my daily consumption or just trade it with the iPad Mini 5.
So that’s my thoughts, but I really need second opinion on this. What do you guys think about it? Thank you.