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What program were you using on the Surface? I've played around with it at a few different stores and I've had nothing but great experiences when drawing on it. It was good enough for me to want to buy it on the spot. But with the issues it's having from home users, I'm still cautious until the next major patch fixes the problem. I think they've had 2 or 3 patches that have fixed some of the problems but have created new ones. Until I hear that all major problems have been fixed, I will just have to remain on the sideline and wait.
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So I got a gift certificate for the amount that an iPad Pro with a lot of storage costs, so... dilemma solved, right?  Well, not quite.  I still have my "old" iPad, which I don't think is even a year old.  Now, I THINK I can have my old iPad data duped into a new one, like a clone.  That's what back-ups are for, right?  Well, I have a lot of PDFed books on my current iPad, and it's such a great reading size, I don't know how comfortable I'll be reading on a bigger size.  Plus, the iPad Pro is so big, I don't know where I could put it.

I suppose I could have both, it does seem a bit extravagant (I'm not a particularly extravagant individual), but I suppose you can make a case for different tools for different uses, my current iPad for reading and leisure and the pro for "work."

The big crunch is that I got invited to Sicily next year, so I'm thinking "how much/little do I need to take?"  I suppose I could read books on a bigger screen if it was just for a week, and the storage space would work nice for vacation photos and videos... and the obvious use, drawing on a trip, I can see that but at the same time, I'm so used to "keep it simple" that I'd feel safer brining a sketchbook and some pens.  I SUPPOSE I can take that along in case of emergencies.

On top of that, while I suppose I COULD type on a screen, it's not as quick or intuitive as typing on a proper keyboard... plus I don't know how to transfer notes out of the iPad and into my computer where I can USE them.

I also don't know how long one of those things can hold a charge... or how long the plane trip IS from the US to Sicily and all the stops in between.

Plus web browsing on the iPad... well, the plug-ins are different, pages display differently, there's no adblock or trackers yet, and my gmail app stopped working right ages ago, so that's not acceptable.

I think it may become a thing of taking my laptop for work in the hotel room and plane, and my iPad for travelling about.  But combine that with my phone (since I can't make calls on my iPad) and my iPod cause that's got everything... that's a TON of electronics to take with me, one more than usual.

I dunno... just a lot of sh1t to consider and weigh before I make any sort of move.

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I'd keep both, buy the iPad Pro and then rub it in my face.  :P Definitely looking forward to your eventual review should you get the Pro.
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My dad also gifted me an iPad Pro case, which I thought was presumptuous (I'm real particular about these kinds of things), but it wound up being nice because it gives me a frame of reference to the size of the thing.  It would take up as much space as my clipboard, while the current iPad is the size of a hardcover book, so it fits on top of my pile of books, whereas I don't have a dedicated place to put my clipboard, it just goes wherever).  I did notice that the screen size is JUST right to display a comic book page, so that's a plus, but I read comic books on my current one no problem, the slightly smaller size is no big deal.  But pocket books, of which I have a couple, well, they could display as either 200% size, which would be weird, or two pages per screen, which would be like looking at galleys, which would be fine but it means keeping those blank pages in maybe, plus I don't know if/when the Kindle App would ever allow for that...

The real problem isn't just the size, it's that the sizes are so intentionally chosen.  The size of the iPad isn't random, it's specific, the work that they do to find the right size, right resolution... everything's precise, so now there's a new standard and that's also pretty much perfect but also noticeably different... it just makes making the decision harder, it's not like picking between a Honda and a Toyota, it's picking between a MBW or a Mercedes.

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... it just makes making the decision harder, it's not like picking between a Honda and a Toyota, it's picking between a MBW or a Mercedes.

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In addition to eventually getting an iPad Pro, I'm looking at this app called FilmicPro which is like a cinematography app, it was used to make the movie Tangerine and I would love to play with it.  Although I'm starting to think that the app might need a lens adapter in order to work right (and those cost money) and I don't really see any for the iPad, that can be an issue (my iPhone is too old and has too little storage to allow for something like that).

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Never heard of it. Is it exclusive to iPads?
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I'm more worried that it's more exclusive for iPhones... which I guess makes sense, iPhones are more portable and this is meant to be taking advantage of that.  But my iPhone is old (4s) and has little storage, my iPad would be new and hefty with empty space.

I'm really thinking about my trip this year... on one of the last trips, my brother, sister and I were stranded at the airport and I thought "we should have made a short movie together while we were waiting!"  Now we could if we wanted, in a viable picture quality.

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Article in The New Republic about why the iPad is going extinct, which I thought was interesting.  I definitely think that hybrid laptop/tablets are the future, but I still worry that it will lead to sh1ttier laptops instead of more enhanced tablets.  I like having a laptop that's as powerful as a desktop b/c I can take it anywhere without having a lack in ability.

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I like the idea of hybrids because of the "two birds with one stone" mentality it offers. But as you pointed out, it's never going to match a full-on Laptop when it comes to power. At least not yet anyway. I think they are heading in the right direction and we will get those sooner, rather than later. The problem is obviously going to be the price and that in itself delays me buying stuff like this, especially when I'm tight with my money. FYI, I've all but given up on the Surface Book. Been tracking reviews and watching a lot of YouTube videos and it's just not there for what I need. I'll just stick with my Surface 3 and just wait for the next generation of Surface Book and/or Surface 5.
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What I didn't read is how well the IPad is built. Meaning iPad folks unlike iPhone folks are keepin their equipment for a much longer time. Saturation has hit and the turn around has stagnated. I would think that would definitely have an effect on numbers and expectations. For instance, if Apple and investors calculate how Ellen the iWatch will sell... And it doesn't, it's reported as a loss (or flop). We all know neither are true when it sells well. So this article seems to me to want to grap your attention with the title and give an opinion on little info.


I've had my iPad now going on five years. I saw no major reason to upgrade. I wouldn't mind getting a lighter version, but it's not worth it at this time. In fact, I'll probably hold onto this until it dies.
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I finally got that iPad Pro that was gifted to me at X-mas.  Did I mention that?  Been trying it out.  Like it.  REALLY like it for reading comic books.  Scripts are almost 100% size, though to me that's a bit too big (my eyesight is too good for that, I used to print them at 60-80% size way back in the day).  The drawing is cool (the Adobe apps are free!), but I have to learn how to paint and colour again, it's been so long.

Anyway, I just downloaded Duet, which is this app that turns your iPad into a second screen for your Mac or laptop.  So once I put Daisy away, I'll hook it up and play around with it.  The big hope?  Real Photoshop with the Apple Pencil.  That would be freakin' dope.  We shall see.  The second hope is that I can run Netflix and auto-screencap it on one side, leaving me the other screen to type out my notes.  That's what I've been wanting for a long time.

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Sweet! Definitely let us know how it handles when it comes to art: Drawing, Coloring, etc....This is what I'm looking forward to hearing from you on this.
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Oh man, the Apple Pencil is a dream.  The only thing that gets me, and this just shows how hard I focus, is that there's that little bit of glass separating the tip from the pixel.  But it has to be there, no way around it.

But honestly, outside of last night, I haven't been in a draw-y mood recently so I haven't bene able to really gauge it.  But I will say that the Abobe apps are so easy to use, it's just so instinctual (more so than Photoshop or anything), the interface is so simple and easy to use... I love it.  The only issue is that there's no things like teardroppers so I can't recreate the colour I just used if I switch, that kind of thing.  I would LOVE to see a future Photoshop type app that married these two together: instinctive, minimal OS combined with a sh1t-ton of tools.

I can take video with one app, so I can record my drawing, but I don't know how to do that on my iPad as a whole.  I'm sure there's an app or something somewhere.

 

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