Two years with the iPad Pro. It was the stupidest and at the same time the best purchase

I spent two years with the iPad Pro. This is one of the purchases I have not been able to justify for a long time. I was prepared to throw the equipment into a corner in a week and never go back to it, and here it is … a surprise.

It’s been two years since I started my adventure with the iPad Pro in April. I was fascinated by the updated tablet version in 2020, and last year I replaced it with a newer model with an M1 processor. It’s only been a few days since I’ve used the tablet for more than two years – the time between selling the tablet and receiving a new one. And I can honestly say that it was the wildest – and it was one of the most satisfying purchases of electronics I’ve made since then … I don’t know when.

He had to be there for a while, he stayed forever. And he became my absolute favorite

I wanted the iPad Pro from 2018, when Apple said goodbye to the Home button in the fall and offered 120 Hz. But I could not justify such an expensive purchase. I could not do in 2019. But the beginning of the pandemic and the beginning of 2020 was a very crazy time, I thought you live once – and you have to try new things. The iPad Pro that came with the Apple Pen went to my straw and I lost. According to speculation – first to breed and try to learn something new. Then – to all the rest.

In short: after leaving the computer, I try not to return to it. It’s important for me to surf the Internet or talk to communicators on my smartphone – and I can’t imagine it having access to more convenient devices. Here’s a laptop and … a tablet. But this is just the beginning, because the iPad has become a brilliant companion anytime, anywhere, and has saved me from situations that were previously hopeless.

A friend every day. At home and outside

At home, on the iPad, I … basically do everything that the lion’s share of the modern world uses smartphones. I communicate with my family and friends, surf the internet, look at Instagram (of course in the browser) and even look at YouTube. Thanks to an ever-better database of digital comics – a place where I break the volume of notebooks and graphic stories – not only cheaper, but also available in the form of subscriptions. And sometimes I write something on it – because the abandonment of Bluetooth keyboards and their replacement with Smart Keyboard Folio was a real revolution. To be honest, this is the first iPad keyboard that makes sense.

As the modern world looks, both large and small trips have been significantly reduced. I haven’t flown much in the last two years, but something happened. Whether it was a trip I had to work with (at the time, of course, I had a laptop with me) or 100% for leisure, the iPad Pro was the first device I assembled. When it comes to multimedia consumption on the road – it is invaluable. Podcasts, movies, series, comics – all at your fingertips on one device.

But the iPad is not just for me fun and content consumption.

IPad apps may be weaker, but they are not useless

For many years, there was a belief that mobile versions of the application were just toys. You know how to quickly decorate something there and post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It was like that. But that has changed.

I will not try to defend every industry and all applications – because I can apply what I use. And beyond Procreate on the iPad to create I use two: Photoshop and Lightroom. And yes – none is as beautiful as it is available on computers (Photoshop is still far behind, with Lightroom it is complicated – because it is 1: 1 with the “ordinary” LR, perfectly synchronized in the cloud. But the “regular” LR is weaker. Lightroom Classic- and this is only available in the desktop version). However, this does not change the fact that I actively use each of them. I edit most of the photos I edit – especially on trips – in the mobile Lightroom, which may not be as cool as the LR Classic, but it does have a hidden weapon. Masking with the Apple Pencil is more convenient than doing it with a mouse or trackpad on your computer.

As for Photoshop – we try to mask it as much as possible every day, but no matter how hard we try to clean them when taking photos of the equipment (often “close”), there will always be particles. from dust. And if you were cleaning You know how much time and effort it takes to take photos on a computer in the past. Here, too, I’ve been doing it for a while only on the iPad: fast, comfortable, intuitive – of course, with a pen.

I do not take the monitor with me on trips. I’m buying an iPad, that’s enough

The last element I LIKE on the iPad: Sidecar function, ie turn it into an additional screen for your computer. Every day I work behind a desk with two screens (laptop + 27 “monitor). When I work outside the house – whether in a hotel, on a trip or visiting my parents – I always miss this extra monitor. The whole work process is disrupted, and as a result everything is more It lasts a long time. The iPad is the perfect companion here, replacing the shortcomings of the second screen. Its simplicity and perfect solution allow me to work efficiently outside the home.

And while we’re at Sidecar, I will also point out that mobile Photoshop is such a solid solution, even at home, with more advanced retouching and usage options that are lacking. Since I don’t have access to graphics tablets – pairing an iPad and using an Apple Pencil is a bull’s eye.

I couldn’t believe I wanted so much from the tablet

I haven’t seen a place for a tablet for many years. Computers and smartphones were 100% enough. In the world of tablets, a lot has changed over the years (mostly: the internet we surf. work desk, not mobile). Apparently, my needs and expectations for this equipment have also changed. If I could figure out what the time spent doing and spending something was like, it would probably be 50/50 for me. It seems to me that the result is very strong. And for me, it is no longer just an additional gadget for games and multimedia, but also a daily companion.

I still think that (especially in Polish realities) the iPad Pro is very expensive – especially when you add the price of a keyboard with Apple Pencil and Smart Connector (which doesn’t have to be from Apple). But as for me, I can’t imagine choosing a lower model, except for the slight difference in price – the iPad Air doesn’t have the two elements that made me decide to buy the iPad Pro in the first place: the 120 Hz update. screen and Face ID. Looking back, I think this impulsive purchase is really stupid, but on the other hand – if it weren’t for me, I would probably still be wondering if it’s really worth it and if I really need it.

It’s not a device I can’t imagine my life without, it’s a device that makes it pleasant and easy. It is not designed to replace a computer (a Samsung tablet with Dex mode will definitely be closer to it), but at best it is designed to complement the ecosystem. When using other Apple devices – the choice of a tablet was clear to me thanks to the collaboration of devices (and a library of apps that have been built up over the years).

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