It’s Almost Poetic

November 19, 2015: My Next “Mac” Could be an iPad – BirchTree

I am due to upgrade my Mac in 2016 sometime. I was looking at the 13 inch MacBook Pro ($1,499) or the 5K iMac ($1,799), but now I’m thinking the iPad Pro ($949) might be the best upgrade I can make. Not only will it let me work on the platform I prefer, but it will cut my investment nearly in half. I’ll just keep my Mac mini running for all the little things I still need it around for. It’s an exciting prospect, and I’m very happy that we’ve gotten to the point where I can seriously considering upgrading my Mac with an iPad.

It’s been almost exactly 3 years since that post, and it’s kind of funny to look at today in 2018. I ended up balking on the iPad Pro then and got a MacBook Pro.

Today I’m selling that MacBook Pro and will use the cash I get from that to buy the latest iPad Pro, and that Mac mini is still kicking and will continue to serve the role of “backup Mac.” It’s interesting how these things go.

OnePlus 6 Charges Fast, But Only with It’s Proprietary Charger

Note, these results seem almost too bad to be true, but replicated the results across numerous charging setups. Let me know if there is a charging brick out there that will work better.

When I looked at the OnePlus 6 fast charging (don’t call it Dash Charge anymore) last week, I found it was very fast. When put up against the iPhone Xs’s fastest charging option, it was the winner, even if only by a few percentage points. All the better, it won with the charging brick that came in the box, not one that you needed to either have from a Mac you already own or just bought from Apple.

But what if you don’t use OnePlus’s proprietary fast charger? What if you have the fast charger they give you in your bedroom and want another charger elsewhere? I wanted to know, so I ran a couple more tests to see how well it played with standard fast chargers.

I tried 2 other chargers, both of which have previously charged my iPhones, Pixels, Galaxys, and even Motorola phones quite quickly. These were the Apple 30W USB-C Power Adapter and the Aukey Quick Charge 3.0…(long Amazon keyword listing name).

The results are not what I was expecting.

Not only were these charge times far slower than the OnePlus charger, they were almost exactly in line with what my iPhone Xs does when plugged into the 5W charger that comes in the box.

My Takeaway

Basically, if you want fast charging, you really need to use the charging brick from OnePlus directly and anything else will deliver far worse results. Effectively, it turns those fast charging bricks you might have for other devices into the 5W adapter that everyone is grumpy about shipping with the new iPhones.

The good news is that OnePlus sells additional fast charge power bricks for just $19.99 on their online store. It would be nice to be able to use anything you want, but at least their prices for proprietary charging bricks is reasonable.

About Those iPad Pro Reviews (podcast #137)

Nothing gets people in the Apple community riled up quite like an iPad Pro review. I’m one of the biggest proponents of the iPad Pro as a work machine and I use mine that way literally every single day. I use it because it’s the best platform for me and makes me the happiest when using my computer. That said, I try to keep an open mind about what is still missing from iOS and why it keeps some people away.