When Jon reviewed the iPad Pro last year, it left an underwhelming impression. There’s no doubt it’s a great iPad, much like the iPad Air and iPad mini before it. But, to him, the experience was nowhere near good enough to replace a laptop. That’s mostly down to iOS’s shortcomings, but that’s how Apple is marketing the device: as a champion for the post-laptop world.
Over the past few months, Jon has continued to use the iPad Pro to see if there was something he was missing, to see if maybe the experience would grow on him. He used it at home, at work, on the go, everywhere you’d use an iPad as a productivity device. So did his relationship with Apple’s expensive tablet end happily?
Not so much.
In Jon’s opinion, the iPad Pro is Apple’s lame attempt at a Surface Pro knockoff—but it falls well short of Microsoft’s hybrid. The iPad Pro works very well as a large iPad, but there’s no killer reason to pick up the more expensive device when the iPad Air is already a terrific slate (and it looks like the iPad Air 3 is imminent). Sure, you could argue that the Pencil, which is an additional accessory, elevates the iPad Pro to a different plane, but for someone like Jon, he rarely, if ever, used it.
It really comes down to whether or not the iPad Pro fits your needs. For Jon, the keyboard accessory offered a poor experience, while the iPad Pro’s size became more of a burden, especially in smaller spaces, like on an airplane.
To hear more of Jon’s thoughts on the iPad Pro, check out the video above. He doesn’t necessarily think the iPad Pro is a bad device. Jon just doesn’t see who it’s for, especially when tablets like the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini exist. (Or, if a laptop replacement is what you’re after, a Surface Pro 4.)