The Apple iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is a tablet/stylus combo from Apple aimed at consumers looking for a general tablet that works for artists too!
Let's see if Apple has captured lightning in a bottle yet again or if they've finally stumbled in their path to greatness.
Apple iPad Pro Specifications
|Camera Resolution||8.0 MP|
|Size||12.0 x 8.7 in|
|Storage||32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB|
|Resolution||2732 x 2048|
|Warranty||30 day return|
The Apple iPad Pro came packaged with the tablet itself, lighting to USB connector, USB power adapter and tablet documentation.
You will have to buy the Apple Pencil separately if you want to use this tablet to draw on!
I have included an extra button at the bottom of this review to take you to the Amazon page for the Apple Pencil.
The setup was just like setting up any other Apple product, except for that I had to download an app(I used ProCreate) in order to use the tablet for artistic purposes rather than just to post on Facebook.
Let's get onto the review.
The Apple iPad Pro model I purchased came with a 12.0 x 8.7 inch display that seemed like the perfect size for use as a drawing tablet.
There is also a smaller 9 inch model as well, which I feel may be a bit too small for my tastes. However, everyone is different and I have friends that have bought the smaller model and have said it worked just fine for them.
The tablet has a 10-hour battery life which is reduced even further when the stylus is connected via Bluetooth. If you charge this thing all the way and just use it for drawing you may be able to get 8 hours out of it but I suspect most people will be using this for more than just drawing. This battery life is disappointing but you have to keep in mind that this tablet wasn't made exclusively for artists.
This tablet can also be converted into a laptop using the Apple Smart Keyboard. This is obviously an optional add-on but could be good for someone looking for a 3-in-1 deal: Drawing tablet, regular tablet, laptop.
The stylus that came with the iPad Pro, called the Apple Pencil, is Apple's first attempt at creating a pressure-sensitive stylus and I think they did an pretty good job in that department.
The sensitivity of the stylus and responsiveness of the tablet is great for a commercial tablet. I was able to draw things in pretty good detail that I thought would be impossible without sitting on a computer with a graphics tablet.
However, there were a few technical problems that need to be addressed. Firstly, there's no indicator that the Apple Pencil is connected to the iPad. It always takes a few seconds to connect and you're always unsure if it's the pencil not working or if the Bluetooth connection is bad.
There's also no battery indicator so the stylus can run out of battery on you mid-drawing and you have no warning that it's coming. You also charge the stylus by plugging it into the end of the tablet, which is really awkward. There's an adapter you can get but it's easily lost and there's no place to really keep it.
Lastly, the stylus doesn't magnetically stick to the side of the iPad Pro like some other commercial tablets with stylus' do. This makes it hard to keep the stylus and tablet together without sometimes losing track of the stylus for a little while. This thing is expensive and small, we should have a place to put it!
The Apple iPad Pro with Apple Pencil was a mostly great tablet with some significant flaws in the stylus department.
The tablet has a 12.0 x 8.7 inch display as well as a smaller 9-inch model. The tablet has a fairly short 10-hour battery life that is further shortened by the Apple Pencil. You can turn the Apple iPad Pro into a laptop using the Apple Smart Keyboard.
The pressure-sensitivity on the Apple Pencil is great and pleasantly surprised me. There were no indicators for successful Bluetooth connection or battery status of the stylus. The Apple Pencil connects to the Apple iPad Pro for charging in an awkward and fragile way. The stylus also does not attach to the tablet magnetically making it hard to keep the stylus and tablet together. The Apple iPad Pro with Apple Pencil was a great first venture into the stylus market for Apple.
The Apple Pencil may have its flubs but it draws great and at the end of the day isn't that what a stylus is supposed to do?
4.0 out of 5.0 – Fantastic