Wednesday, February 3, 2016

iPad Pro review: awkward as tablet, limited as a laptop replacement –

keyboard there is the iPad Pro expensive than the cheapest MacBook that Apple sells. The mega tablet versatile enough to justify its high price? You read it in our iPad Pro review.

The test model for this review is provided by Cool Blue .


The iPad Pro with its 12.9-inch screen, the largest tablet that Apple has ever released. The format is also very getting used to; Pro is a big blow exceeds the iPad Air 2 (9.7 inches) and weighs 713 grams, so he is not exactly light. The iPad is more than its predecessors meant for productivity, although you before still need to purchase the optional keyboard case (179 euros). Without accessory iPad Pro is much more than a larger iPad, despite the powerful hardware offers less distinctive features than hoped.

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another interesting accessory – and so far exclusive to the iPad Pro – the 99 euro-dollar Apple Pencil. The stylus, which we unfortunately were not available for this review, is especially recommended for creatives. With the pen, you can make very precise sketches and drawings, in which you can just rest the palm of your hand on the screen. The touch screen of the iPad Pro has the advantage that you can press harder as you draw thicker lines. The functionality is similar to that of a (semi-) professional graphics tablet eg Wacom.

Screen and hardware

The iPad Pro is an impressive device, both in terms of (screen) format as hardware. The tablet screen is larger than that of many a laptop and looks sharp thanks to the Retina resolution of 2732 by 2048 pixels. Compared with the iPad Air 2 is the number of pixels per inch and are virtually identical individual pixels indistinguishable. The screen quality of the iPad Pro is also phenomenal, especially when you watch 1440p videos in the YouTube app for example. Brightness, color and contrast are excellent, making the tablet is a delight to use.

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This is also thanks to the speakers, which Apple has this time has built four. In every corner there is to find one and together they produce an impressively loud and clear sound. When watching movies or listening to music is not necessarily required to do in headphones, and that was in previous iPads different. The stereo speakers are one of the biggest pluses of the iPad Pro and reportedly they also make their appearance in the nieuwe iPad Air .

The new speakers sound great

Despite the gorgeous display and excellent speakers the iPad Pro is not really suitable for home use on the bank. While you can leave on your lap rest the tablet with a pillow for support, just use one or two hands on the size and weight tricky. Want to tap with one hand something on the screen, then touch your other hand quickly tired. Use your iPad Pro with a stylus, it could also just as the tablet lies somewhere or clamped on the table. The format is simply impractical.

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Smart keyboard

Just like the Surface Pro 4 Microsoft, the iPad Pro with an optional keyboard, the Smart keyboard that you connect to the tablet to him to transform into a compact laptop with iOS. And as we are accustomed to Apple, the accessory is a lot to the price. The Smart Keyboard will cost 179 euros, making it more expensive than comparable keyboard cases that offer better protection in some cases. Once folded it only covers the front of the iPad.

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the difference with third-party keyboards is that you Smart Keyboard not via bluetooth, but with the new Smart Connector connects to the iPad Pro. This connector is located on the side of the tablet and can carry both power and data. Because the Smart Keyboard does not depend on bluetooth include battery and connection problems of the past. And that is particularly fine.

Smart Keyboard is expensive, but a nice touch

The keyboard itself has a built-in stand and five rows of keys. It’s an almost full QWERTY keyboard that is ticking as fast and enjoyable as the Magic Keyboard for Mac. In fact, this whole review is tapped with the Smart Keyboard, and that did not last longer than usual. The accessory is admittedly expensive, but nicely finished and a must for anyone who wants to be productive with the iPad Pro. Only a pad is missing, but basically you do not need because the touchscreen is within reach.

Specifications and performance

iOS is optimized to also less powerful hardware to run smoothly, but that does not mean that Apple has done in this area concessions. The ipad Pro is the first tablet with 4GB of RAM and the faster LPDDR4 is driven by a A9X-chip and a M9-coprocessor. By default, there is 32GB onboard storage, though you can also go for the 128GB version for an additional cost of 180 euros. The most expensive iPad Pro is the 128GB model with 4G, which you no less than 1249 euros will have to pay.

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The basic model is however a suggested retail price of 919 euros not cheap. For that amount you expect the best performance and the iPad Pro does not disappoint happy. The tablet responds quickly to touch, running effortlessly recent apps and heavy 3D games and multitask with Splitview goes smoothly. In practice, however, feels the tablet does not significantly faster or better than the iPad Air 2, which is mainly due to the limited supply optimized apps (more on that later). Unlike the Surface Pro 4 iPad Pro can not run desktop software, making you leaner app versions get from your favorite desktop apps. The hardware is or future-proof, but as yet the full potential of the tablet is not used.

Software, apps and battery life

Apple shows on its website that the iPad Pro and iOS are made for each other. That is only partly true. Of course the device thanks to the big screen is ideally suited for running two full applications together, but apart from the Apple apps and some third-party applications there are few who really make the most of the extra space. Popular applications such as Facebook, YouTube and Gmail are not optimized and therefore stretched eyes.

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Would you like to work with photo and video editing then you’re on the thin app versions in Adobe Photoshop and Premiere. Apple has a special section in the App Store created with optimized apps for the iPad Pro, but the offer is quite limited. While you can get started with Microsoft’s Office suite and various notes and to sign apps, but really big names are missing in the area of ​​productivity.

Few apps really make best use to pick up the big screen

also, iOS does not yet own everything from the iPad Pro. Multitasking While working fine, but otherwise the format is the same as the normal iPad (Air). And that’s not exactly a productivity machine. In combination with the keyboard, the iPad Pro suitable for occasional ticking of a mail or Word document, but if you want more than that it is smarter to go for a MacBook or a convertible with Windows 10.

Compared with most laptops, the iPad Pro, however, the advantage of a long battery life, especially if you’re not hours continuously used the device. The standby time is in light use, say, a week and a full (working) day keeps the tablet with ease vol. After about 9.5 hours of use is the end in sight, though you can stretch a little battery life by saving mode.

Conclusion iPad Pro Review

The iPad Pro is the largest, most powerful and most expensive tablet that Apple has made so far. It is a powerful device with some nice features, but also one with distinct disadvantages. Due to the size and weight of the iPad Pro is not handy and unfit to hold a longer period. The tablet is more convenient to use with the keyboard case, typing fine, but it is quite pricey. Even with the keyboard there is however no Pro productivity machine, which is due to the lack of optimized apps and iOS, which does not really make use of the extra screen space. For now, the iPad Pro is therefore between two stools; He is too big for home use and too limited as a replacement for your (business) laptop.


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