Big or Small iPad Pros?

Posted by Matt Birchler
— 1 min read

Josh Ginter on the 12.9" iPad Pro:

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro excels on a desk, but grinds to a halt everywhere else. I haven’t picked up or walked around with the big iPad Pro in about six months and haven’t read with it on the couch in even longer. I often use the big iPad Pro at the office to digitally sign PDFs, but even that feels like a rewrite of all those clipboard adventures from sixth grade science class.

And then Greg Morris in response:

I just can’t agree with this at all. I understand that a bigger iPad means you have to make allowances and it isn’t as portable as the 11” version. However that doesn’t mean it “grinds to a halt everywhere else”. I read on my iPad most days sat on the couch or in bed catching up on RSS feeds or reading lists.

I own a 12.9" 2018 iPad Pro and it's my main computer. I get where Josh is coming from in terms of the larger iPad being unweildy when not using it outside of the Smart Keyboard, but like Greg says, I don't find it to be that big of an issue.

Most days after work I take the iPad out of its keyboard case and hold it on the couch to read the news, watch some videos, and read my emails…standard iPad stuff. It is a little big for that, and typing with the thing in two hands is neigh impossible, but it works for me. An 11" iPad Pro would certainly be more ergonomic on the couch, but iuf I had to choose one iPad for everything, I think the 12.9" is the right one for me.

But as with most things, this is all a matter of opinion, and Josh's frustrations are totally valid for him. Now how about a foldable iPad that I can fold in half for when I'm reading on the couch, and full size when I go back to the keyboard? I would buy that product in a heartbeat 😃