With the release of the iPad Pro, Apple has really been pushing the iPad as a potential desktop replacement. The new, large screened iPad is pretty impressive to behold, and the keyboard and Pencil make it even more useful. However, just because Apple says it’s right for you, doesn’t make it so. For some, it can be a valuable tool and could even replace your desktop. However, for others, it may not be the best choice.
It really all comes down to how you use it. You will find that depending on how you want to use it and what you want to do, it could be a desktop replacement. However, if what you need to do is a little more than basic, it may not be a good fit. As good as the iPad Pro is, it’s not for everyone. Today, we will take a look at several reasons why an iPad Pro may not be the best choice for you.
No Desktop Apps
Despite the keyboard and the pencil, you still only have access to apps on the App Store. There you will only find mobile friendly apps. That means that there are only apps made for iPads and iPhones and no desktop apps. This may be okay if your usage is only basic. But if you need access to desktop apps such as Photoshop, then the iPad Pro simply won’t work for you. You will yourself struggling to find suitable replacements for many of the best desktop apps. In the end, you will probably just go back to your laptop. If you need desktop apps, remember there are other tablets out there that provide a better experience, such as the Surface Pro 4. If you don’t want to get a different type of tablet, then just be prepared to hang onto your laptop.
No Mouse Support
One of the things that makes a tablet a suitable laptop replacement is support for a mouse or a trackpad. Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t built in any support for these control peripherals. Even Android has had this support for years now and all the Windows based tablets come with it right out the box. Over long periods of time, using the touchscreen or the pencil isn’t a very good option. You will find it tedious and your hand and wrist could even begin to hurt. A true laptop replacement would have support for these accessories, but Apple opted instead to completely leave out this support.
Even the cheapest iPad Pro is still pretty expensive when you really take a closer look at things. That means that you will have to spend a premium amount of money just to get your hands on one. That may not fit into your budget. Today a basic laptop can be bought for as little as $300, but an iPad Pro will run about double that. When you think about the features you have to give up for an iPad Pro, that makes swallowing this device as a laptop replacement pretty difficult. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t make a good addition to your workflow, but you really have to look at the price of the device if you are shopping on a budget.
If there is one thing Microsoft does have going for it over all the other platforms, it is instant compatibility with desktop apps. The apps you will find on the App Store will work for some cases. However, in others you will find that you have issues with compatibility with desktop apps. This presents a huge problem when you are trying to create a seamless workflow between tablet and computer, and could really cause you problems when it comes to work.
Lack of Storage
Why Apple hasn’t included a microSD card on the iPad Pro I will never know. That seems like one thing that is key if you want a true desktop replacement. Instead, you are stuck with the storage that you buy with your iPad. If you get 128GB of storage, you will have that much storage for the life of your product. Yes you can resort to cloud storage for your files, but we all know how handy it is to store files on our tablets. The more stuff you store, the less space you will have for apps. If you run out of space, get ready to spend some time deleting stuff or moving it to the cloud. You simply won’t have any other choice.
Limited Hardware Support
This one really gets me. Do you have an external hard drive filled with your important data? If so, forget about it if you use an iPad Pro. You are very limited as to what type of hardware you can connect to it and use. Because the system is so closed, you don’t have easy access to the file system either making it difficult to use any type of storage media, if not impossible.
This article may make it seem like I’m down on the iPad Pro. That isn’t the case at all. The fact is it is one of the best tablets on the market today, but that doesn’t mean it is right for everyone. Apple gets some things right with the device, but in a world where you want to completely replace your laptop, you may have a hard time if you choose the iPad Pro. Sure in some cases it will work perfectly, but in others you will find yourself wishing you still had your laptop handy.
It really comes down to how you use it. If you only use your laptop for basic tasks such as checking email, Facebook, surfing the web, and the like, then you may be alright using an iPad Pro instead of a laptop. However, if you want to get any real work done, then you may want to consider a different type of tablet such as one powered by Android or even Microsoft. The end goal isn’t to use Apple for Apple’s sake, but to find the best tablet for your needs. So look at how you use it and then try to make a decision that is right for you.
Do you use an iPad Pro as a desktop replacement? If so, what has your experience been like? Tell me about your experience in the comments below.