Microsoft has a strategy for Windows that differs decidedly from Apple’s OS X and iOS. The latter two might have similar under-the-hood features as both are based on OS X, but one is a desktop and notebook OS, while the other only works as a touchscreen OS.
Windows, on the other hand, seems to try to be all things to all people, a failed strategy Microsoft employed years ago with Windows Everywhere. There’s Windows 10 for all sorts of PCs and tablets. And there’s Windows for the smartphone. Microsoft favors hybrid devices, while Apple favors specific devices for specific requirements.
Best. Tablet-cum-PC. Ever.
Apple’s new iPad Pro has been heralded as the tablet that can replace a notebook. Despite the rave reviews of early critics, and the positive reviews from owners who have used iPad Pro for a few months, the answer to whether or not an iPad Pro can replace a Mac or a Windows notebook is ‘it depends.’
It depends because everyone’s needs and requirements vary a bit. So do their experiences and capabilities. On the positive side, iPad Pro users can choose from more applications than Mac or Windows notebook users. Yes, there are that many iOS apps for iPads these days. On the negative side, an iPad Pro with keyboard, cover, pencil, and fully loaded, is priced at almost the same as a vastly more powerful MacBook model.
It’s smaller, too.
My unofficial survey of iPad Pro users in the canyons of Manhattan indicate Apple has a hit. For many, it’s a replacement for a Mac or a notebook. For others, it’s the ultimate creative device (with Pencil) that doubles as a notebook.
What do these users like best about iPad Pro? Here’s my unofficial survey list from co-workers, friends, and those I’ve seen in the wild (and in order):
- Power – it’s fast and fluid
- Split-Screen Mode – love it
- Replaces Notebook – varies among users
- Battery Life – better than iPad Air 2
- Pencil – not everyone needs one
- Sound – speakers are blasters
- Keyboard – universally good and expensive
- Weight – 1.5-pounds, yes, but not bad
Note that the Split Screen mode means the iPad Pro gets used in landscape mode more frequently than the iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 4, which are mostly used in portrait mode. No one I’ve talked with to date complains about the Smart Keyboard; other than the price tag.
What surprised me most was how often iPad Pro has come to replace a Mac or PC notebook. A Mac, even a new MacBook, is a powerful device, and though a comparably equipped iPad Pro is a bit less expensive, there isn’t much difference in weight or overall dimensions.
iPad Pro gets used as a tablet first, then as a replacement for notebook, but only if you don’t use a Mac notebook as a mobile desktop computer; for example, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Logic Pro, and other heavy duty apps which work well on the Mac don’t have full counterparts on iOS.