iPad Pro 11 after 2 weeks of usage (Photographer) – Thoughts and discussion
***(Follow up below)***
**TL;DR: Loving the iPad Pro 11 (although bad battery life) but not using the Pro features that much, debating to get the iPad Air or Mini.**
Got the iPad Pro 11 since I really wanted to be able to edit on the go in a Lightweight package and to office work + entertainment. (Tried the Surface Pro 6 before but it was big, heavy, Lightroom isn’t optimized and bad battery life).
Really digging the iPad Pro 11 so far. The pencil is awesome, I installed the iPadOS beta 3 days ago and absolutely loving it. The bending issue isn’t a thing… so don’t let it stop you from buying one. Love the screen, the speed, .. it’s perfect.
As a professional photographer, I thought I needed the best version but after two weeks I came to find out that I almost never use the Pro features on there.
I have a few points of discussion with myself and would like to share and hear your thoughts. Since I have been checking to get the Air 2019 or even the Mini 2019 to replace this one.
* I like the USB-C port but I never use it except for charging. I connected a display once, but is there any other reason to stay USB-C other then for charging? I might need to add an external HDD/USB drive to it later when iPad OS is final. **Will lightning to usb support this?**
* I get only about 6 hours of browsing, emailing, photo editing out of it.. and I’m not sure why. I already disabled tap to wake and I don’t leave the pencil attached… it improved the battery life but not to what others are experiencing.
* I find the iPad Pro 11 + case quite heavy to use on the couch for editing. The form factor is okay but the Mini just screams to me to try it out. Such a powerful device in a small package… But then I have less screen real estate.
* Apple pencil 2nd gen .. I love it.. didn’t try the 1st gen until yesterday and I must say.. for my needs the 1st gen (some tapping around on Lightroom and some quick marking) was more then enough. It charges fast and the battery life is long enough. As said, I can’t keep the 2nd gen pencil attached because it drains my iPad even more so the whole magnetic thing is kind of useless for me.
* Price difference… is the extra price really worth it..
* Had the chance to try the folio keyboard but didn’t really like the cramped keys – maybe I need time to adjust – so I’m looking into a Magic Keyboard / Logitech Keys-To-Go.
Other differences like the A12X, 2 vs 4 speakers, ProMotion doesn’t bother me that much
Thanks for all the replies, kind words, help and sharing your thoughts. Almost all points were “solved” by this, thanks you kind Redditors! **Here is a little follow up if you don’t have time to go through the comments**.
* I will contact my dealer to get the iPad **replaced** since it seems that it does have a faulty **battery** after reading numerous of posts, replies and watching YouTube videos. So the battery issue is probably isolated to my device. This also means the Apple pencil isn’t probably a problem either. I love the 2nd gen pencil but again, tried the 1st gen as well and liking it equally (for the people considering the 1st gen)
* Actually the **form factor** is quite okay, used an i**Pad Mini** today as well to try to edit some pictures and it does work well but I don’t think I would be able to work on it for long periods. The iPad for me is more of a laptop replacement (since no laptop suits my needs to be fair) and the iPad checks all the boxes. For lying in bed and watch YouTube or Netflix I still have my phone.I think the Mini is perfect for content consuming/gaming, drawing on the go in a small form factor and yes it is up to handle big tasks but for me it wouldn’t work as my main portable device. I can see myself getting an iPad Mini later on for just browsing and Netflix in bed.
* **Price** difference.. well it’s up to you. I use it for my business so it makes sense for me to get the Pro.
* **USB-C vs Lightning:** I didn’t see the benefit of USB-C first for me. I don’t have any USB-C devices except for my phone and I just found out my Sony A7 III has USB-C as well, this kind Redditor ([ellenich](https://www.reddit.com/user/ellenich/)) mentioned this in the comments and now I indeed only have to worry about using one charger and one cable. Quite convenient. I digged into all the pro’s of USB-C (speed, charging wattage etc) and it does make sense to stick with the Pro for that reason.
**Conclusion:** I will get the iPad Pro 11 replaced because of the battery and keep it this way. It’s a very fine device! I tried the Air 2019, Mini 5 as well and they are excellent devices as well if you don’t use any of the fancy features of the Pro version. I will probably get my girlfriend the iPad Air 2019 since she will only be using it with a keyboard for note taking in University.