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iPad Pro 10.5-inch (2017) Reviews RoundUp

Apple has shaken up its iPad Pro line-up this 2017, boosting the size of its smallest model’s screen to 10.5in from 9.7in, and we rather like it. From its blazing fast speed to its new variable refresh rate ProMotion feature, makes it sound like Apple’s latest model could be its most perfect tablet yet. But is it worth the hefty price tag? We collect the expert reviews from around the web.

Matthew Panzarino,Writing for TechCrunch

First things first, the size is great. With a 20 percent larger screen but an increase in physical size of only 7 percent, the sweet spot has been well and hit. The larger 12.9-inch size will stick around, but I’d expect to see all other iPads at 10.5 inches at some point. It’s just the right size.

The bezels are small but not invisible, which is important for a device that you need leverage to hold in your hand. At this point, Apple has pretty much given up on the “limited screen sizes for developers to build to” approach. It gave people building for iPad about three years to start thinking in this new resolution-independent way that allowed apps to scale to any size, and now it’s stepping off the ledge.

Chis Velzco, Writing for Engadget

iPad Pros have always been great options for people who need high-powered tablets, and the new 10.5-inch model is no exception. It’s a more exciting update than it might initially seem: The screen is bigger and brighter than before, and the new A10X Fusion chipset makes this model one of the most powerful in Apple’s Pro lineup. Throw in an excellent main camera and the same 10-hour battery life we’ve come to expect, and we’re left with a great — albeit expensive — tablet for users who crave excellent performance. It still won’t replace your laptop, but it might be able to soon.

Long story short, the Pro 10.5 acts the way you’d want an expensive tablet to. Nearly everything feels effortlessly fast — now we just need the software to catch up to the hardware. iOS 11 is set to launch this fall, and the update will make these new Pros even better for people who need to multitask. Apple calls iOS 11 a “monumental leap” for the iPad, with additions like a customizable dock for quick access to apps and the ability to drag and drop content between two apps running side-by-side. These may sound like minor changes, but they seem essential for anyone actually trying to get work done on an iPad Pro.

Dieter Bohn, Writing for The Verge

iPad Pro 10.5 is “overkill”, and Apple extends its tablet lead, but iOS 11 might end up being a bigger deal.

I think that most people need to go through a careful calculus of value before deciding to buy an iPad that costs this much, and I think the end of that equation should either be “the iPad Pro can be my main computer” or “I have plenty of money to spend on a nice thing.”

If you’re going to spend that much money on an iPad, you should know exactly what you’re going to do with it that takes advantage of all the Pro features. There are people who are already doing that, but I don’t think the majority of computer users can be comfortable using an iPad as their main device. For those who can, go out and buy the hell out of this thing.

Jim Dalrymple, Writing for the Loop

I do have a complaint about the size of the keys on the Smart Keyboard though. I’m a huge fan of Apple’s new MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards and their larger sized keys. There seems to be lots of room on this keyboard to have larger keys, but they haven’t done it yet.

It would be much more comfortable moving from a Mac to an iPad if the keys were more uniform. Having said all of that, the Smart Keyboard is still a convenient option when you’re working remotely and you need a compact solution to work with.

Oscar Raymundo, write From MacWorld

Initially, I wasn’t as impressed with the faster CPU and ProMotion. Having been satisfied with the performance, refresh rate, and battery life on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, these upgrades just seemed indulgent. However, as I use the new iPad Pro 10.5-inch more, I can definitely tell a difference in performance and responsiveness. With the new 10.5-inch model, Apple gave me something I didn’t know I needed, and I’ve grown very used to it.

This iPad Pro may be the closest I’ve gotten to a MacBook replacement, and for some people it could be their main computer in the future with “future” being the operative word here. Apple is betting on computers becoming more like mobile devices and completely wireless. But we’re not quiet at that future just yet. Heck, the iPad Pro still has a headphone jack for a reason.

Ashleigh Macro,Writing for Techadvisor

For many, the iPad Pro 10.5 will be appealing. It’s a delight on which to consume media, including your favourite Netflix shows and even the most powerful of iOS games. Better yet, designers will enjoy using apps like Procreate to start new projects wherever inspiration strikes, particularly when paired with the Apple Pencil.

And for the commuter or seasoned business traveller, the iPad Pro paired with the Smart Keyboard is a great productivity machine for working on documents and presentations while on the move.

Realistically, though, it can’t replace your computer. There’s still no full version of Photoshop for the iPad Pro, and even with the split screen features there are limits to how comfortable its productivity benefits are if you plan on using it all day every day. And with a starting price tag of at 619 for the WiFi-only 64GB model without the Pencil or Keyboard, it’s no small investment.

Dan Frakes, Writing for The Wire Cutter

Overall, using the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is like holding the 9.7-inch standard iPad but getting a bigger screen along with all the performance and features of the 12.9-inch Pro. Whereas the 12.9-inch iPad Pro feels huge, the 10.5-inch model still feels portable and can even be used one-handed—a bigger screen without a much bigger body is a good thing in our book. Performance is great—noticeably better than with the non-Pro models—and the Pencil works just as well as on the larger Pro, only with less on-screen room.

Is spending roughly $200 to $300 more for the Pro’s improvements worth it? You’ll get much better performance than with the 5th-generation iPad, a bigger and better screen, dramatically better cameras, better audio, and support for the Pencil and Smart Keyboard in a similarly sized tablet. The Pro is also the only way to get more than 128 GB of storage, if you need it. We think the Pro is overkill for most people—the 5th-generation iPad is plenty powerful enough for most tasks and costs considerably less—but if you’ll use your tablet often enough, or for demanding tasks enough to appreciate the Pro’s upgrades, the price premium will be worth it. And we think the more manageable size of the 10.5-inch Pro is better for everyday use most people than the 12.9-inch Pro.

Josh Ginter,Writing for The Sweet Setup

I find it hard to look at the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and find a problem with it. It has all-day battery life, a stylus that feels like a regular pen, a stunning display, and great speakers. It has — or will have — new software that feels more adapted to the larger iPad screen and which speeds up how you use the device. And, it has a screaming processor capable of burning through an impressive set of tasks.

Plus, for the first time, the iPad Pro makes short work of those mundane tasks I must complete each day — shorter work than any other computer I’ve tried.

Color me impressed.