iPhone and iPad Product Reviews

iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard & Apple Pencil Review

Tim Brookes 12-01-2016

If there’s one thing you should have learned about Apple by now, it’s to never take their absolute statements seriously. Not long after Jobs’ handed over control to Tim Cook, the iPad shrunk, the iPhone grew and now we’ve seen one of Apple’s boldest statements disappear into the ether with the arrival of an Apple-branded stylus.


Even a slightly larger iPad was unthinkable a few years ago — but now it’s here, and it’s big. The iPad Pro is a device that’s takes itself very seriously, with a steep price tag, commanding size and a set of pricey accessories designed to help you accomplish more with iOS.

The iPad Pro isn’t just a larger and faster tablet — it represents an entirely new way of using iOS. The real question is: does it work, and more importantly — do you really need one?

A Big Slab of Tablet

The first thing that hits you about the iPad Pro is its size. At first it seems massive, especially when compared to the standard 9.7″ iPad, dwarfing the iPad mini entirely with its 12.9″ display. Despite the astounding size, the iPad Pro didn’t feel as heavy as it looked when I first picked it up, though it is considerably heavier than Apple’s standard model, at 713g (compared to the iPad at 437g).

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The added weight still compares favourably to the smallest 11″ MacBook Air, which weighs in at 1,008g – so it’s essentially Apple’s lightest and thinnest workhorse, if you want to call it that. With a starting price of $799 for the 32GB model, I suspect Apple would rather you did.


There are very few other changes to the construction of the iPad Pro compared with the rest of the line-up, save for an extra set of speakers at the top of the unit — finally providing some semblance of stereo sound. Yes, they still point outwards rather than directly at you, but things are considerably louder this time round, and Apple even managed to work in a modicum of bass response too.

The unit is marginally (0.8mm) thicker than an iPad Air 2 (the original iPad Air is pictured below), at 6.9mm — and it is noticeable, but not enough to really matter. Everything else is the same size as a regular iPad or iPhone — the volume rockers, home button, front and rear facing cameras (8 and 1.2 megapixels, respectively), and even the size of the screen bezel.

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Such design considerations stop the iPad Pro looking comically big, and at a screen resolution of 2732 x 2048 packs in 264 pixels-per-inch (ppi) — it maintains pixel density parity with the iPad Air 2. If you love the iPad but have been dreaming of a larger screen that can help you get more done, it’s hard to see how you’d be disappointed with the form factor on offer here. Furthermore, it’s not necessarily just about screen size and additional real-estate — it’s all about how that extra room is utilised in the familiar iOS environment.


A New Way to iPad

The iPad Pro isn’t just a new tablet, it’s a combination of tablet and accessories that are dependent on some adjustments to the way iOS works. The biggest change is the ability to use multiple apps at once, in a side-by-side view. Regular iPad users can do this too by upgrading to iOS 9, but for proper split-screen support (where two apps occupy half of the screen each) you’ll need an iPad Pro.

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The reason the iPad Pro can do this so well is down to the raw grunt that Apple has provided under the hood. This takes the form of a brand new A9X chip, which according to Apple has 1.8 times the raw processing performance and twice the graphical processing performance of the A8X found in the iPhone 6s iPhone 6s Review and Giveaway Spoiler alert: if you like iPhones, you’re probably going to love the iPhone 6s. But are you really surprised? Read More and iPad Air 2 iPad Air 2 Review And Giveaway Read More . The brain of the operation also comes with 4GB of RAM, double that of the iPhone 6s and iPad Air 2; and benchmarks have put overall A9X performance on-par with Intel’s 2013 Core i5 processors — essentially a MacBook Air that’s a few years old.

For a tablet that’s 6.9mm thick with a battery life of 10 hours, that’s nothing short of incredible. As a result, the iPad Pro didn’t hiccup once in the whole time I was testing it. 4GB of RAM felt like a dream compared to the woeful 1GB I’m used to from my original iPad Air — allowing me to switch back and forth between four or five Safari tabs, while checking Slack conversations in a pinned window, sending texts using Messages, and making notes in Evernote without anything falling out of memory.


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Hardware considerations aside, the iPad Pro’s position as a tablet for getting things done is where the changes are most noticeable. Side-by-side windows, coupled with a proper hardware keyboard mean it’s possible to work on one thing without getting completely distracted by another. I actually felt like the restrictive nature of iOS, particularly compared with OS X, makes for a less distracting work environment — and that it might actually be possible to get more done with the iPad Pro, than on a better specced, more capable MacBook Pro.

Now that may say more about my OS X desktop than anything else, but forcing an app-based approach — in an ecosystem that already has plenty of dedicated apps for things you’d ordinarily use the web for on a Windows or OS X machine — feels like a more focused way of working. I’ve even found certain web apps (like WordPress, which I’m typing this review into using the Smart Keyboard, alongside a pinned Evernote window) are no longer tedious to use on an iPad.

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Unfortunately, the split view isn’t all plain sailing. Apps will need to be updated to support the feature, even using the smaller split view. That means older apps, some of which are perfectly suited to being used alongside a Safari window (like password manager MiniKeepass KeePassX & MiniKeePass: A Free, Secure iOS & Mac OS X Password Solution Your options for a truly free and secure password solution that syncs with iOS and OS X are limited, but thankfully a combination of KeyPassX and MiniKeePass makes it possible. Read More ) can’t make use of the new feature. Apple has also not yet (as of iOS 9.2) provided split view support for its Music app, so you can’t browse Apple Music while working. I can only assume support for Music is coming at some point, because leaving it out makes absolutely no sense.

A MacBook Replacement?

To answer the question of whether the iPad Pro can replace your laptop, you’re going to need to take a look at how you use your MacBook presently. As a MacBook Pro owner, I was skeptical — and truth be told I still am. I’ve used the iPad Pro for a full week in place of my MacBook, and though I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how capable the tablet is, it’s still nowhere near as capable as a powerful machine with a “proper OS”.

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I didn’t think I’d be able to edit RAW photos on the iPad, but using my trusty camera connection kit and ageing Nikon D50 digital SLR, I was able to import photos, edit them in LightRoom (for free, using a near-similar set of editing tools that I’m used to from Adobe Camera RAW on my MacBook) and export back to my Camera Roll. Of course, this takes a lot longer on the iPad Pro as it does in Photoshop. I couldn’t create presets and apply them en-masse to a set of photos, nor could I run Adobe’s Image Processor to generate two sets of images — one 640 px wide set for use on the web, and the other larger full-resolution set that my editor always requests.

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It’s also possible to edit video on the iPad Pro, but my preferred choice of video editor (Adobe Premier) isn’t available (yet), which means I’m stuck with Apple’s iMovie. Our video reviews are hardly complex productions, but I still feel like iMovie is a prosumer solution at best. Though it utilises Smart Keyboard shortcuts and supports 4K video in the latest update, it still feels lacking when it comes to getting serious work done. That said, turning in a finished production via BitTorrent Sync How To Sync Any Files To Your Smartphone Or Tablet Without The Cloud Learn how to directly sync any folders or files with your mobile device without having to deal with the annoyances of the Cloud. Read More and recording a voiceover using the camera connection kit and a Samson USB microphone posed no issues for the iPad Pro.

And then there’s all those other things you generally need a “proper OS” for — formatting USB drives, recovering data from corrupt memory cards, downloading things using BitTorrent, managing a media collection that doesn’t depend on iTunes or Photos, running old software and games, and pretty much anything for which no dedicated iOS app exists. If you’re dependent on some bespoke software, or are unwilling to adapt the way you work then you won’t find the iPad Pro to be a compelling laptop replacement.

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But I’m not sure the examples I’ve cited here are necessarily applicable to the vast majority of people. Regular users who don’t depend on hefty video editors or Adobe’s Image Processor won’t encounter the same resistance I did. Adding a full-sized keyboard to the iPad and letting you run multiple apps at once does wonders for your productivity, and if you mostly use your laptop for email, managing a schedule, liasing with clients, keeping in touch with your boss, and maybe some word processing or number crunching in a spreadsheet app; you’ll probably love the iPad Pro, its marvellous battery life, slim form factor and the way iOS encourages you to get more done.

A Very Smart Keyboard

There’s another upshot to the iPad Pro’s large 12.9″ screen — the fact that you can fit a comfortably-sized keyboard into the cover. If you’ve had the misfortune of using a regular iPad keyboard case, you’ll probably have a hard time forgetting the cramped keyboard and generally narrow workspace in front of you. The fact that most of those keyboards add serious weight and unwanted thickness to your otherwise svelte tablet, often means better off bringing your MacBook with you instead.

Not so with the iPad Pro and Apple’s incredibly thin and light Smart Keyboard. The accessory connects via a small, flat three-pin port that automatically clips into place like a regular Smart Cover. That means there’s no Bluetooth to worry about, no pairing codes, and no battery to charge.

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The keyboard is virtually identical to a regular MacBook keyboard, so if you’re used to typing on a Mac then the adjustment period is virtually non-existent. The main difference is the lack of “Esc” and “fn” — and the addition of a globe icon in the bottom left corner, for accessing emoji and other languages. You even get the typically compact set of arrow keys we’re used to from Apple input devices, though the row of function keys used to control things like volume and brightness on a Mac have been left out.

It’s possible to build up some serious typing speed using the Smart Keyboard. The keys are noticeably flat, but also satisfyingly clicky. First-gen Surface touch keyboard this is not, with just enough key feedback (and a satisfying pop) to make prolonged typing sessions a pleasant experience. You can even use all the usual OS X keyboard shortcuts you’re used to, including cmd+tab for switching between apps, cmd+c and v for copy and paste, and cmd+r for refreshing a tab in Safari.

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The lack of touchpad isn’t a problem either, as the keyboard is shallow enough that moving between screen and keyboard is not a jarring experience. The recently-introduced iOS 9 two-finger gesture for manipulating the on-screen cursor works well most of the time, though I did occasionally have trouble using this feature in certain web apps (notably WordPress).

I didn’t find typing on the iPad any less comfortable than typing on a MacBook Air, either on a flat surface like a desk or on my lap. I was especially concerned about the latter, particularly after Microsoft’s early Surface mistakes, but the folded Smart Cover construction is pretty rigid and overbalancing (so that the tablet falls backwards) didn’t seem like the issue I thought it might be.

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Of course, bulding a keyboard into a Smart Cover also comes with its drawbacks. The cover no longer sits completely flat, but that’s a relatively minor point. Of much greater concern is the fact that the underside (which sits against the iPad Pro’s screen when folded up) is made of the same soft, faux-suede stuff you find on a regular Smart Cover. Experience has taught me that this stuff attracts dirt and grime like a magnet, and it’s also impossible to clean completely.

This isn’t such a concern when you can replace a Smart Cover on a regular iPad for around $40 (or $59 for the iPad Pro equivalent), but the Smart Keyboard costs $169. My regular iPad Smart Cover was covered in crap within a year of me owning it. Considering the iPad Pro uses this soft suede as the main point of contact with surfaces, a rubberised underside might have been a better choice.

“If You See A Stylus, They Blew It”

I’m no artist, but I’ve used a few stylii in my time. Since getting my iPad I’ve had the displeasure of using everything from those free pen-stylus combinations you get given at trade shows, to the $99 Adonit Jot Touch I reviewed last year Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint Review & Giveaway Read More . I can’t say I’ve ever been massively keen on any of them, but I don’t deny that for a degree of exactitude when it comes to manipulating a digital canvas, they’re a necessary evil.

Apple’s Pencil is hands-down the best stylus I’ve ever used, and though I’d get little use out of one if I were to purchased my own iPad Pro, I’d heartily recommend it to any budding digital artist looking to turn the iPad Pro into a portable canvas.

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The pen itself uses two sensors in order to detect pressure sensitivity, without employing Apple’s recently-introduced Force Touch technology you’ll find in use on the iPhone 6s. On-board sensors help detect the angle at which you’re holding the pen, which enables you to shade and pull off impressive examples of calligraphy in supported apps. Fortunately the list of apps that support the new Pencil is strong from the get-go, including iOS heavyweight Procreate, sketchpad and brainstorming app Paper, and note-taking standard Evernote.

The Pencil isn’t a capacitive stylus that mimics the touch of your finger. It’s a Bluetooth accessory that needs to be paired (by plugging it in using the attached lightning connector) before use. Apple claims that the iPad Pro scans the Pencil input at “240 times per second” — collecting twice the number of data points than simply using the tablet with your finger. Such a level of accuracy is used to recreate your input on a millimetre perfect scale, and you’ll be hard-pressed to notice any input lag either.

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As a result the Pencil provides a stylus experience you simply won’t get elsewhere. Apple is able to marry accessory and hardware by virtue of the fact that they control the entire ecosystem, and the result puts similar competing accessories to shame. In my aforementioned review I noted how the Adonit Jot Touch sometimes didn’t adhere to the exact point of contact, despite its fine tip and steep price tag, but for the same price Apple’s Pencil does.

The tablet ignores multi-touch input from your digits when the stylus is close enough which means you can lean on the screen while drawing without creating a big mess. Battery life is impressive — I charged the accessory once, and even short 10 minute bursts provide you with a decent amount of playtime to get things done.

And Then There’s The Price

The iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB model, but quite frankly the 32GB model is a waste of your time. This is a serious tablet for getting serious work done, and the last thing you want to be doing is juggling space and apps. That means you should approach the iPad Pro as a $949 tablet for the 128GB version (or a $1,079 tablet if you want the cellular version). I’m surprised a 256GB (or even 512GB) variant doesn’t yet exist, but it’s probably only a matter of time.

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The Smart Keyboard will set you back $169, and the Pencil will run you $99. As the iPad Pro works best with the Smart Keyboard (I don’t really see the point in buying one if you’re not going to be using a keyboard with it), the very least you’ll probably be spending is $1,118 — or $1,217 if you want a stylus as well.

For that money you could buy a more capable 13″ MacBook Air (from $999), or you could spend a little more and pick up a much more capable 13″ MacBook Pro (from $1,299). This is an eye-watering realisation for anyone who feels taken by the iPad Pro, because you’re essentially paying top dollar for a “big screen” iOS experience, portability and an ultimately less capable device than many similarly-priced laptops. But honestly, what did you expect from Apple?

A Surface Pro 4 with a Core i5 ($999) will cost you slightly more when you factor in the cost of a Type Cover (a total expenditure of $1,229 on Amazon), but it comes with a “proper” desktop OS in the form of Windows 10. Whichever way you look at it, Apple is charging a premium — but at least the overall experience delivered when you factor in the accessories and surprisingly productive software environment reflects that of an equally premium product.

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It’s hard not to recommend the iPad Pro to anyone who feels at home using iOS and wants a slightly larger tablet which can still fulfill the “Netflix and chill” iPad experience in the evening, while providing a highly usable portable workspace in the day. The real question is whether you want to spend that much on a big iPad — and that will ultimately come down to personal preference.

Our verdict of the iPad Pro:
Buy it if you want a productive iPad and can stomach the cost, otherwise a MacBook Air will cost you less and provide a more capable OS at the expense of size and the iOS ecosystem.
9 10

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  1. itar
    January 31, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    so excited!

  2. Halley
    January 31, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Who is the lucky winner?

  3. Steven Lopez
    January 31, 2016 at 1:16 am

    OMGOMG so excited! lol

  4. Isabel (Izzy Marie Baker
    January 30, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    W????w what a review...I'm loving the fact of a better sound system/speaker...Also the pen looks fabulous as I adore to draw..Brilliant review...Thank you; )

  5. Gem
    January 30, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Why own a computer ! iPad pro is an excellent replacement :)

  6. Nadine F.
    January 30, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    would be great!

  7. Mark
    January 30, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Thank you for the positive, truthful and then painful/price review of the ipad pro. When you have an app addiction like mine the last thing you would consider is changing to a system that would not allow you to put all of those great ios apps to good use. I currently have a Macbook Pro that I purchased at the end of 2014. This thing works great and will do anything I need it to do. I sold my ipad air 2 with the specific intention of purchasing the ipad pro when it came out.

    FYI: This really was one of the better reviews for the ipad pro. I liked how the main focus was on the new ipad and not on other tablets of comparable size. Truth be told, that a true Mac, IPad, IOS user would never go back to a windows based blue screen of death system after engaging in the best user experience ever.

  8. sarah k
    January 30, 2016 at 12:50 am

    This sounds really great, I have a 4th gen iPod without wifi abilities and I used to use it every day, and I imagine a bigger version with an iPad that there are so many more fun and productive uses to have with it.

  9. Fiona Cambouropoulos
    January 29, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    I've never owned an i pad and always wanted one

  10. Thierry
    January 29, 2016 at 9:45 am

    This review convinced me, thanks!
    I sketch a lot, so the pencil is probably the major added value for me. And the first real paper replacement.

  11. Vinayak Jaiwant
    January 29, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Thanks for the review

  12. Diane O
    January 29, 2016 at 1:17 am

    We are Apple users in our family. Technology is changing so fast and it is impossible to keep up with the cost of the latest on offer! If I can't win this set of iPad Pro equipment, I'll just have to be satisfied with my 5 year old laptop! :)

  13. Brian Cieslar
    January 29, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I badly need an new ipad pro, I still have an ipad 2, i just can't afford to buy a new 1, so it be so awesome if i won a brand new ipad pro :)

  14. Marcin
    January 29, 2016 at 1:09 am

    this would go well together with my iMac

  15. Stuart Oates
    January 28, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Beautiful, fast, and, did I say beautiful?

  16. Riccardo
    January 28, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Awesome review.
    Definitely going to buy the iPad Pro 128g + the pencil! Only doubting on the smart keyboard, as I'm one of those guys having sweaty hands. I would ruin it in no time!
    Thanks for the review!

  17. Tina
    January 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    This would be nice to win. WoooHooo!

  18. Senait Tewolde
    January 27, 2016 at 2:17 am

    This would be AWESOME. I've had my macbook since 2008 and it takes about 15 mins for it to get started in the morning and it constantly freezes. I'm starting an a really exciting blog that I've been working on for years! Would love a faster device to upload, respond to comments, etc! Thanks!

  19. Rita
    January 27, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Yesssss please this would be wonderful!

  20. dan
    January 27, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Sweet review. i hope i win this will share with the family

    • dan
      January 27, 2016 at 12:25 am


  21. Steven Lopez
    January 26, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Maygad Im so excited for this! jajaja

  22. Jessica
    January 26, 2016 at 2:17 am

    I would love to win????????????????????????

  23. Karen
    January 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Never owned an Apple product ever - since 84 always been IBM's or HP's - but I am seriously considering the switch to Apple - the people who do own them say they last longer and are easier to maintain or repair and less costly.

  24. Colleen
    January 25, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Hmmm...worth trying....

  25. kate mckenzie
    January 25, 2016 at 5:27 am

    This review shows the versatility of the Pro. I certainly feel that it has potential to improve my ICT usage.I am an aged luddite and while the description/review allows for technically-savvy folk to see the benefits- having a tablet alone would be an advance for me. Looking forward to the "draw|"
    Kate Mckenzie.

  26. Gillian
    January 25, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Just in time, my laptop is dying!

  27. Bernard
    January 25, 2016 at 1:51 am

    I like to win and iPad pro

  28. Anonymous
    January 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    would replace my ipad 4 at school

  29. Kathy Terhaar
    January 24, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Sure hope that I win, what a great bunch of devises.

  30. Ridwan Abdur Rahman Olanrewaju
    January 24, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I can't wait to win this.

  31. Trish Pitts
    January 24, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I love that this version of the iPad is larger than most tablets, not to mention all the great features it offers. I spend a lot of time at doctors' offices getting medical treatments, and we all know how long the waiting can be to be seen. This tablet would allow me to do my computer duties easily with all the idle time spent sitting and waiting. Good luck to everyone!!

  32. Angelehm
    January 24, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I could makeuseof the iPad Pro big time! Its far more portable than my laptop,better for creating my art work than the shared tablet I had been using.... To have a dedicated device for working on my photography and online business to be would be creatively inspiring! A hand and leg up on making it so!

  33. chirag
    January 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Wish to win ipad pro

  34. itar
    January 23, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    hope i will win :3

  35. Ken Hansen
    January 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    My purpose for using the Pro is to edit pictures. I believe that the bigger screen will accomplish this by making it easer to see them. I won't be able to show the world my beautiful vision without one. So I'm hoping for the world's sake that I am the chosen one.

  36. Jonathan Paaso
    January 23, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Just what I need. I really hope I for once win something!

  37. john coban
    January 23, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Please, i would love this device more than anyone else. I am unemployed and trying to sell on ebay/amazon,etsy, etc and this ipad pro would really help out with that! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, I'M BEGGING

  38. Yvonne Hannah
    January 23, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Hope today is my lucky day

  39. Joel
    January 22, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Ohhhh I want this!!

  40. Rodel S. Mercurio
    January 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    That’s a nice giveaway. I hope to win.

  41. Clay
    January 22, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Much appreciation to the staff of MakeUseOf for allowing us (the readers and users) the opportunity and chance to own the review unit and accessories through this raffle. It's a great way to give back to the community and a lot of us have signed up! So some serious kudos to you guys for continuing to do this and I know it continues to draw folks back, great all around.

    Also, I appreciate you covering the accessories within the review as well which as I understand it have been hard to come by/obtain currently by Apple misjudging demand. This adds a lot value for you as several other sites have omitted including or showcasing the accessories like you have such in depth. Great work as always! Thanks again guys!

  42. noha waheed
    January 21, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Are you shipping to US, UK or Australia only? i don't live in any of these countries is my entry invalid

    • Connie
      January 22, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      If you click on Terms & Conditions TWICE, it says:

      If the prize is physical: Unless explicitly stated otherwise, Giveaways featuring physical prizes are open to eligible persons as stated above. We will deliver to any physical address for free but we reserve the right to refuse to acknowledge winners from countries where deliverability is a known issue/problem. If we refuse delivery to your provided address after you’ve submitted a claim, you have the option of providing us with a US, UK or Australian shipping address within a 72-hour grace period. You will bear the delivery cost to your country of residence. Upon expiry of the allocated grace period, the claim is void.

  43. Julie Greene
    January 21, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Fingers crossed.

  44. Fara Ferrea
    January 20, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    This is awesome to win! The price of $799, that is so much, beyond my budget, but definitely worth the money.

  45. Leanne
    January 20, 2016 at 8:14 am

    trying to put in the codeword for competition above but says invalid code - it is the one for the review of the Thesus N5810 Pro isn't it????

  46. Edwarsyah
    January 20, 2016 at 2:55 am

    I am looking for it. Hopefuly will be mine soon.

  47. Abrianna Ferrero
    January 20, 2016 at 1:28 am

    This would be the best thing for me. I have no electronics I would love love love to win this. I could be more active with my friends and do more games with them. Please Please Please :'(

  48. Mandy
    January 20, 2016 at 1:04 am

    I saw this in the Apple Store last week, looks awesome!

  49. Anonymous
    January 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I hope I get it, It looks great.

  50. Karen McHood
    January 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Wonder which one would be best for a visually impaired person (regardless of price): Surface Pro 4, or iPad Pro?

  51. Michael
    January 19, 2016 at 4:08 am

    where is the code watched whole vid but no code

  52. Carolyn Martin
    January 19, 2016 at 3:01 am

    I'd love to win this to have my students use it in my classroom. I'm always looking to bring technology into the classroom, but have a limited budget. Please consider me so my students get to use this.

  53. Cheryl
    January 18, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    a good educational review. This would work well for me. Thank you for the opportunity.

  54. josh
    January 18, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    I would love the iPad Pro. I have the macbook pro, but it is not mobile enough for my uses.

  55. Anonymous
    January 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    A very informative review...

  56. Katy McFadyen
    January 18, 2016 at 1:09 am

    I am so excited about this apple and the stylus. There"s no way I could afford it on my own, so I am crossing my fingers that I am the one to be chosen for the giveaway! Something great for the whole family to use! vespyr.kate@gmail.com.

  57. John
    January 17, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    I really want this iPad pro!!! Please pick me I want to use this for educational use.

  58. Paulette
    January 17, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Great review! A friend got an iPad Pro for Christmas, but I haven't been able to play around or explore it. You helped me learn a lot!

  59. Greg Frye
    January 17, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Perfect for music production apps, the extra screen real estate is gonna be handy!

  60. Teddy
    January 17, 2016 at 12:50 pm


  61. correyhope
    January 17, 2016 at 8:12 am

    writing a comment helps me with another apple!

  62. Jacob Hedrick
    January 17, 2016 at 6:47 am

    I would be very grateful to win this because I'm still using the iPad original it's sooo slow

  63. Anonymous
    January 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Oh if I could win this I could take my digital art beyond my desktop!! All my artists friends are raving about the capabilities of this new tablet!

  64. Hedwig
    January 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    WOW, i never taught iPad Pro was that good, damn you MakeUseOf, now I'm wondering about receiving a iPad Pro :(

    excelent review!! Your reviews are so informative and make me desire the products, all of them!! continue your great job :)

  65. Greg
    January 16, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Great review, please enter me into the drawing!

  66. Vj
    January 16, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    It sure would be wonderful to win. I love Apple products!!!!!

  67. Orville H
    January 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I hope to win or buy one of these in the future.

  68. Sara Shah
    January 15, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I wish I win this! <3

  69. Bea
    January 15, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Wow, looks great!

  70. Aleks
    January 15, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    APPLE is GOOOD !!!

  71. Alexia
    January 15, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I LOVE Apple! This looks amazing! Thanks for the review!

  72. Jgok
    January 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Never had one, would love to win.

  73. Bob
    January 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Looks like fun, love to win one

  74. C Tsosie
    January 15, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    This would be a Awesome Apple product to win. I use my iPad Air 2 for both home and work use and with the iPad Pro's larger screen, working on Visio VSD view would make my drawings much larger and creative drawings would be a breeze.

  75. Geo
    January 15, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I love Apple products! It would be great to own an iPad Pro!

  76. Mike
    January 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I've never owned a tablet so this would be a great intro.

  77. Prajwal G
    January 15, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    When is the result announced?

  78. Scott Mathews
    January 15, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Appreciate this opportunity to update my older iPad

  79. Emilie Howard
    January 15, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I think if u have a larger MacBook Pro then this would be a good medium between that and the iPad or iPad mini. Also thanks for the sweeps.

  80. Janet Padilla
    January 15, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Wow!!! such a wonderful giveaway.

  81. Diana Smith Hill
    January 15, 2016 at 6:18 am

    I would love this bigger ipad! Fingers crossed! I don't have a tablet right now to download your app but if I win this I will download it!

  82. Carol Harris
    January 15, 2016 at 6:11 am

    This looks so cool!! Would love to be able to work with this apple product!!

  83. Diana Smith Hill
    January 15, 2016 at 5:17 am

    My old first generation ipad isn't working anymore and I would really love this one!
    Thanks so much!

  84. Anonymous
    January 15, 2016 at 4:35 am

    Nice but a bit out of my reach

  85. Nuri Ufuk Durukan
    January 15, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Best review so far, thanks a lot. Will wait prices to go down :(

  86. conitor
    January 15, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Great...now I need a new iPad Pro ;)

  87. Wanda Tracey
    January 15, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway and opportunity to win!!
    All my fingers are crossed. :)

  88. Pat Johnson
    January 15, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Thanks for your thorough review. The cost will keep me from adding an iPad Pro to my collection anytime soon.

  89. Tom McArthur
    January 15, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Is this how we register to win? By commenting?

    This would make a great gift!

  90. Lori Bahn
    January 15, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Great review and would buy one in an instant if I had the money. Thanks so much for all these great opportunities to win

  91. Brian
    January 15, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Nice review - waiting for delivery :-)

  92. James Kania
    January 15, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Pretty cool review! Very complete.

    January 15, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Ubuntu tablet coming next month. I'm not a fan of anything Apple.

  94. Jesse
    January 15, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Have to admit, I'm intrigued by the iPad. I love my air, but this thing? Wow!

  95. Anonymous
    January 14, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Nothing is impossible. Just wish for the best!! Good luck everyone!!

  96. Seth
    January 14, 2016 at 2:13 am

    The code is BIGIPAD not BIGPAD !!! that is why it's not working for you Kim B.

  97. Brenda J. Caudle
    January 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I registered to win. Thank you for the opportunity.

  98. Tyler Stevens
    January 13, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    A fair and sensible review. The iPad Pro is still has that 1'st generation feel and has a very steep price tag for what it is, but I expect the second and third generations to be much more capable for their price bracket. My hope is that Apple will eventually introduce a hybrid OS like Windows 10, but stubbornness in their design philosophy may be a hindrance to that degree of functionality.

  99. esther
    January 13, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    How do I enter the contest - could use the products!

  100. Janet Lance
    January 13, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Entering the contest, but the bonus code from the video would not work when I entered it. Also I signed up and/or registered and my 5 extra ballots did not come up.

  101. Kim Propp Belcheff
    January 13, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    The code 'bigpad' keeps saying it is improperly formatted. I tried it all caps, no caps in quotes, in parenthesis, etc. It didn't work!

  102. Anonymous
    January 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    fab contest n prize

  103. Fred Guerrero
    January 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Oh boy.. This review is going to get me in trouble. I need one NOW!!! lol. How do you enter the giveaway?

    • Fred Guerrero
      January 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Found it.. Work was blocking the giveaway area

  104. Anonymous
    January 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    These reviews are very helpful in keeping up with what is available and making sensible choices. I like watching the videos vs. reading a lot of product information. Thanks.

  105. Nancy Raskauskas
    January 13, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    This is truly amazing. As a poor teacher, blogger and web and graphic designer I would surely love to test this out and own one of these. So much better portability than my drawing tablet to take around to clients.
    I am having issues completing all the entries however, such as I can not enter the code for the video.

  106. Chris Knopff
    January 13, 2016 at 4:57 am

    This would work wonders with my daughter and her online Math program for her grade 2 class. Oddly enough these programs are iOS only.

  107. Edmond
    January 13, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Yay. . Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :)

  108. Anonymous
    January 13, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Well, I haven't won anything yet, but I am always positive, but this time, I am little unsure as this giveaway is huge :P

  109. Justin K
    January 13, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Great review, thank you!

  110. Tim Q.
    January 12, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I've been looking into finding a new tablet to help organize my day to day activities. Thank you for the thorough review. It looks like a great productivity tool for anyone.

  111. jojo lamm
    January 12, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I could do so much with this..what an amazing prize!

  112. Daphne Mulrooney
    January 12, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    What a great prize ! Thank you !

  113. Debra Hutchison
    January 12, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    My son would LOVE this!

  114. Emo Castle
    January 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Wow, looks amazing.

  115. Jesse Lerma
    January 12, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity.

  116. Aleksandar
    January 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Wow! iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard & Apple Pencil giveaway?! Really? That's great!

  117. Anonymous
    January 12, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    My daughter would love this, very nice

  118. Gaurav kantrod
    January 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Nice !