Recently I upgraded my old iPad and had a new decision to make – the new iPad vs iPad Pro.
I totally geek out when it comes to technology. I am an Apple fan and have the gadget triumvirate – Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
I thought I had it all figured out before I headed to our local Best Buy – but I changed my mind when I got there.
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Want to know which one I got?
I'll cut to the chase and tell you – it was the iPad Pro, 10.5 inch, wifi only.
This is why.
The New iPad
Earlier this year Apple announced their newest version of the iPad – called iPad.
Who comes up with these things?
So, the iPad is the newest new iPad. Got that?
Well, this new version costs considerably less than the older models did and it has more power under the hood.
It also works with the Apple pencil.
I totally thought this was the model that I was going to get.
Word on the street is that the new model is geared towards the education market. This is why it is being offered at a lower price point – to make it more affordable.
It seems like a great deal – and it is.
But, to make it more affordable, Apple took a few bells and whistles away.
The new iPad vs iPad Air 2
If you are upgrading from an older iPad you might not notice anything at all – unless you are upgrading from the iPad Air 2.
I had an iPad Air 2 which I handed down to one of my kids.
That particular model had an anti-reflective coating and the display is laminated to the cover glass.
This means, in extremely non-technical terms, that there is no air gap between the surface of the iPad glass and the actual screen that is below the glass.
There are a few other differences between the two models as well.
I didn't think this would be a big deal really.
But when I actually held the new iPad – you could tell the difference.
The new iPad vs iPad Pro
So, I turned my attention to the iPad Pro – with it's substantially heftier price tag.
There were 3 things that primarily caught my attention:
- the screen was similar to the iPad Air 2, with the anti-reflective coating and no air gap
- the refresh rate is higher than the new iPad – so writing with the pencil was very smooth
- you can use the Apple Smart Keyboard with the iPad Pro – this connects automatically, not over bluetooth.
Just a note that the Apple Pencil works with the iPad Pro as well.
I spent a very long time scribbling on both the iPad and the iPad Pro – because I really, really, really wanted to like the new iPad.
Why I Chose the iPad Pro
At the end of the day, the iPad Pro won out for me for a number of reasons.
The iPad Pro Felt More Solid
The screen was a big deal for me. I liked the look of the fused display.
The iPad Pro is also thinner than the iPad Air 2.
Day in and day out – I knew I would put the iPad Pro to good use. However, I felt that I would only use the new iPad on occasion because it wasn't as enjoyable.
Blogging Would Be Easier On the iPad Pro
I did not use my old iPad for blogging.
All my content creation was done on my computer.
But if I had the Apple Smart Keyboard, I thought that I might actually do some blogging with the iPad.
I loved this idea because the iPad is certainly more portable than a clunky laptop.
Notetaking is Fun on the iPad Pro
Handwriting is a big thing for me.
I have stacks of notebooks around my house.
All my notes for online courses like Elite Blog Academy are all hand written.
There are stacks of notebooks all around my house.
They are necessary clutter – but they are clutter.
So, I really wanted to give note taking on the iPad a good effort.
Even though the Apple pencil works with the new iPad, it's a lot more fun to write on the iPad Pro.
This is because the refresh rate is higher, and writing is so smooth – as close to a regular pencil as I have experienced using a stylus.
Who Is the iPad Pro good For?
Because I use the iPad for my business – I decided to splurge and go with the iPad Pro because of the keyboard and smoother writing.
But if you are just going to use your iPad on occasion or if it's for the kids – then the new iPad is a great option.
I honestly recommend that you try out both models before you buy. Go to a Best Buy or an Apple Store and write on both of the models side by side. Hold them both and try out the Apple Smart Keyboard, too.
How To Save Money for a New iPad
I know the price tag on a new iPad or iPad Pro can be a burden. So, here are some options you can use to save money for a new iPad:
Trade In Your Old Device
A few things made my decision to get the iPad Pro a little easier.
First, Best Buy was offering a great deal on an iPad trade in at the time. Even though I wasn't trading in my iPad Air 2, I had an older device lying around the house that brought in a good value.
I recommend comparing the trade in value that you can get on an old iPad. You can also check the trade in value of your old iPad on sites like Gazelle.
Take Online Surveys
Taking online surveys in your spare time is a good way to bring in a little extra cash for updating your electronics.
You can actually earn gift cards to Best Buy and other retailers by taking online surveys. Some great options are:
- Opinion Outpost
- American Consumer Opinion
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Start a Blog
For my iPad Pro, I was able to accumulate some Best Buy gift cards through my blogging business.
Which iPad Will You Choose?
So, do tell – in the new iPad vs iPad Pro debate – which one did you decide to go with? Do you use it for business or just for fun?