Should I get an iPad if I don’t own any Apple products?
I know that there’s a specific “what should I buy” thread for this, however my post got kind of long + I think my situation is kind of specific in this regard. If this doesn’t belong here, feel free to delete and sorry for the inconvenience!
For the better half of the year I’ve been wondering whether I should buy myself an iPad or not. I’m an artist and own an old Cintiq 13HD. Originally I was planning on using the iPad for art only as it has an incredible pencil and Procreate is very enticing, + it’s portable. I would still use the Cintiq for most stuff (since I use Clip Studio) but I think having an iPad would boost my productivity to the max because it’s so easy to just pick up and start drawing, instead of setting up (and as a person with moderate depression, that makes a world of a difference). Also its accuracy and lack of latency is godly. Later I’ve also heard it’s great at notetaking, and have been curious about trying it out for the same purpose. I write notes regularly but find it hard to organise them and my bag is often stuffed with too many books.
What I’m most worried about with the notetaking and art is that I own no other Apple devices. Everyone in my family has an Android phone, save for my mom. I have a Windows PC and we have several HP laptops. Would the lack of a pre-existing ecosystem in my case make the iPad more trouble than it’s worth? Or do you think it’s worth it? I also find issue with the price increase as the storage memory goes up, however I’ve heard that soon USB support will be implemented?
As a side note, I’m planning on becoming a game design and programming student. I’ve been looking into getting a Surface because it uses a full Windows OS, but it’s inaccuracy and unavailability for testing in Croatia made it unappealing. Also heard about lots of quality issues with it, although these may be exaggerated.
I’m looking into an 12.9″ Pro + Pencil + case combo for Christmas.
Edit: Thank you all so much for the answers! 🙂 I’ll definitely be getting one later!