The iPad Pro is a confusing device. There's a lot to really like about it, but there's also definite differences from my first generation iPad Air.
The iPad Pro plus pencil is a great work device for me because I do a lot of sketching every day. The screen is the size of the paper pad I use. I go through 5 to 6 pages of paper a day. There are good ideas on those sheets, but mostly those ideas are in transit. I don't get them filed away and I don't have a system for tagging and finding them later. That's very wasteful and I don't like it. The iPad Pro (potentially) to the rescue.
I'm typing this entry on the iPad Pro in landscape on the software keyboard in regular typing mode. Not hunt and peck with a couple fingers, but full on real typing. Autocorrect is catching most of the problems, so I can type at nearly my normal typing speed, which is fairly fast. Unbelievable. I have bigger hands, so this is the first time I've felt comfortable doing this kind of onscreen typing. I'm betting that the extra horsepower in the iPad Pro is also helping the keyboard keep up with me. I expect my typing to get better over time as I adjust to the keyboard. Another thing is that I'm not looking at the keyboard as I'm typing, I'm looking at the text. I can quickly see when mistakes are made.
Part of my morning routine is to sit and noodle on Candy Crush games while I eat my yogurt breakfast and drink coffee while listening to a podcast. Candy Crush on the iPad Pro is comically big. Too big. There's also the weight. It is is a heavy iPad. Yes, the weight is better distributed, but with it resting in my lap, pulling it slightly forward with my hand, I notice the weight. I notice my hand getting fatigued. Not a big thing, but something to keep track of. With my iPad Air 1 I almost never noticed the weight. An iPad Air 2 felt even better. You just don't notice it. With the pro, you notice it.
Another curious thing is the battery. I was playing various games for about an hour this morning. The brightness was on the low-ish side and in that hour the battery went down 20%. That is considerably faster than with my iPad Air 1, which might have gone down 10%. This is concerning, especially since my intention is really for this to be an all day device.
It may turn out that the iPad Pro is more of a work/productivity device and I'll fall back to an iPad Air for doing casual browsing and games. I've only had the Pro for a few days, not even a week, so it's early. The iPad Pro isn't cheap. It's difficult to mentally justify having two iPads, so I want this pro to work for all occasions. It isn't a no-brainier conclusion yet.
UPDATE: I might need to make this into a series, but for the moment I wanted to do a quick "next day" update. My theory now about battery life is that the iPad Pro is much more sensitive to screen brightness. Honestly this would make sense as the screen is so large. Today's morning routine was similar to yesterday, but. I had the brightness much lower. Around 30% whereas yesterday was probably 50-60%. Today's battery is only. Down 9%. The screen. Is a little dimmer than I'm used to, but not bad.