I’m going to try and give an honest review for the iPad Pro 10.5 256GB. First let me say that I was coming from a iPad mini 2 (Retina Display) so the bar was set pretty low. Now, I am in the IT industry so i have a fairly good idea of when performance is limited by software, hardware or external factors like internet issues.
The reasons I wanted to get something new are as follows.
1) The iPad Mini 2 was really starting to show signs of age and running really slow.
2) Ever since Microsoft put out some security updates, Google SketchUp stopped working for me.
3) My laptop was not able to keep up with my Video editing demands, even though they may be minor.
My PC Specs: 3rd Gen i5, 12GB of RAM, 256SSD hard drive, 17.3” screen.
I looked at chrome books, smaller laptops with i7 CPUs and with dedicated video cards, and iPads. My Requirements were as follows:
1) Able to use some sort of 3D design software.
2) Able to use decent Video Editing Software.
3) Easy to move around and work off the couch or in the car.
4) Compact, light, good battery life and easy to move around.
5) Keyboard that is detachable or foldable for strict use as a tablet.
6) SSD Hard Drive
I finally decided the iPad was the way to go and it had to be the iPad Pro. My first impressions were, ok, it’s another iPad and everything is fast on it but what can it really do? The more I used it, the more i realized that it can do.
Webpages loaded fast and looked very clean. I was able to fit more on the screen without scrolling around. I found it to be highly compatible with most websites. Meaning, they actually function! The old iPad Mini 2 was very slow at browsing and things could take a long time. On the IPad Pro, web browsing seems faster than my PC.
It look me a few minutes to get used to the multitasking and screen splitting capabilities but it works really well. I can finally have two things on the screen so I can copy and past or enter key info from an email to a website.
I ended up using Shapr3D for design. It works extremely well and is fast and smooth.
For video editing I use LumaFusion. I used an SD card reader to import about 32 GB of video files. It only took what seemed like 2 minutes. It was much faster than when i imported to my PC.
Using the video editing software was also very smooth and quick. Everything i did in it was fast. Even when it came down to exporting the video. This is something that could take 30 to 40 minutes on my PC and the iPad did it in like 3 minutes.
Overall i could not be happier. I did get the Logitech keyboard, Apple Pencil and Zag Screen protector with the iPad. The Pencil and Keyboard are awesome. The Zag screen protector, ehh... Its very clear but seems to show a lot of glar and finger prints.