After many half based negligible updates to the iPad line up, finally this got me excited. I managed to get hold of the iPad 10.5" on release day in Best Buy.
So there are a few points which I notice really sets this apart from my previous iPad Air 9.7". That small different of slightly less than an inch makes a huge difference to viewing the device. In fact, I've used it on a few plane journeys since having it, and fellow passengers in seats across the aisle commented on it, asking if it was an iPad, as they noticed it was bigger. This is a huge gain and although bezel-less would be best, is nicer to use. The screen is brighter and feels more vibrant and colour pops even more than previous generations.
The performance of the device is snappy and smooth, and obviously we're still officially on iOS 10. The launch of iOS 11 will probably bring the device to life even more. So this is a nice replacement and addition to my Apple line up.
Other things I noticed, some obvious, some not. That small difference to the screen size makes typing on the on-screen keyboard much easier with folks with big hands like me. The different is tiny but helps. From a more geeky perspective, the LTE chips in the iPad support faster LTE, and while they do not support the upcoming LTE-LAA (T-Mobile currently rolling out), they do support LTE-A Cat 11. What does this mean? Well it means if you have a fast enough network, you can get data around 600m/bit. A few networks in Europe are offering this at present.
I bought an Apple Pencil, just for S&Gs actually and I've found it quite useful for annotating and marking up designs for work.
So all in all very happy. If I need to mention a couple of small downsides, one would be that I'd really like an extra row of icons on each page as there is room and it would be useful. Secondly, I'm not sure exactly on this, but the battery seems to run down a bit quicker when watching heavily compressed video. This may be the GPU rendering H265 and needing to use more power. In layman's terms, this means if you've downloaded a load of Netflix stuff or even Vudu, expect the battery to run down a little quicker. You still get a very long time and I've not had it down to 10 hours, but a long day of flying with a lot of watching got me down to around 30%.
I recommend this to business users especially as the extra power and screen really help when running CRM apps and so on. Artists may benefit from the Apple Pencil as well.