How does the iPad Pro compare to a laptop of a similar cost?

    By Alisha
    September 20, 2020
    2 min read

    The iPad Pro is not a cheap tablet. For a similar cost, you can find pretty powerful laptops, including those from Apple itself. So, in terms of raw power, if you include Windows laptops as well, the iPad Pro may not compare very well given that its software limitation (it runs iOS as opposed to a traditional desktop operating system).

    However, where the iPad Pro shines is when it fits the type of work that you expect to do on it. You’ll need to take a deep dive into the app store to see what kind of apps are available for the iPad Pro (and iPads in general) and whether those apps will fulfill your work needs.

    For most general productivity and consumption tasks, the iPad Pro works just fine. Coupled with the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, it can be a great creative tool for writing and drawing as well. But it’s important that you realize early on whether this ‘style’ of work will suit you. I know many for whom the iPad Pro has replaced their laptop in 90% of the cases. I also know some, including myself, who loved the iPad Pro but found that they still need/want to work with a traditional desktop environment.

    Your mileage may vary, so you need to research early on whether the iPad Pro will suit your work style. I have an extensive article on the iPad Pro that I wrote after a year of use that you can read here to find out whether the iPad Pro is worth it for you.

    In the end, it’s a great device. It was incredible raw power and many apps that take great advantage of it. But only you can decide whether it fares better than laptops of similar price ranges.

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