Whether you already find a tablet indispensable for your MSN administration degree and are looking to buy a new one, or want to buy your first one and start getting all the benefits of tablet computing, the Apple iPad Pro is one of the leading choices. Apple were, of course, the first brand to come out with touch screen tablets, with the first generation iPad back in 2010. In the years since then, all of the other leading tech brands have created tablets that compete, but for many students, the iPad is still the go-to tablet option. The latest gen iPad Pro is the flagship version of Apple’s iconic tablet, and has loads to offer, but is it the right one for you to buy? Here, we put the Apple iPad Pro under review:
It is hard to talk about Apple products without discussing how they look, so let’s get the iPad Pro’s aesthetic design out of the way before we move on to talking about its technical capabilities and general usability.
This iPad is available in silver, gold or ‘Space Gray’, offering a good choice of color for all nursing students. It is extremely slim, with its 22.1 x 0.7 x 30.6 cm dimensions, but still feels ‘substantial’ and nice to use. The screen is a stunning 12.9 inch retina display, with 2732 x 2048 pixel resolution. In real terms, this amounts to a very clear, crisp display that makes HD media look fantastic. High definition screens are something we have gotten used to with tablets since Apple first introduced the retina display a few generations ago, but this device’s screen still has the ability to really wow you when looking at images or watching video demonstrations by your tutors.
If you are in the market for a high end professional device like the iPad Pro, looks may not be the biggest selling point for you, but this really is a gorgeous device that reminds you just why Apple are so highly regarded in design circles. You’ll love getting this iPad out to use every single time you have to study, because it looks so stylish.
‘Best in Class’ Features
As you would expect from the top tier version of the latest iPad, the iPad Pro packs some impressive features, and uses the best hardware currently featured on a tablet, like the 8-megapixel iSight camera. 8-megapixels may seem low compared with what is usually now installed on flagship phones, but for a tablet it is extremely good and you can capture some great shots with it. This iPad also features a 1.2-megapixel front camera, designed to be used for Facetime calls (but also good for when you need to talk to your lecturers). The iPad Pro also features dual microphones. It has a Lithium Polymer (LiPol) battery that will give out a good 10 hours of use – this is very high for a tablet – so it’ll give you more than enough juice for your late night study sessions, or the times when you want to study outside.
Which to Choose?
The iPad Pro is a device we really loved using, but it is not a small investment so if you’re going to buy one, you need to choose the right spec for you, to make sure you get the most for your money. The 32GB Wi-Fi only model packs quite a lot of storage and is, we think, fine if you just want a good tablet with reasonable media storage for your books and study materials. If you store a lot of media the 128GB Wi-Fi version gives you more room for apps, but really if you are going for the larger size it may be worth getting the 128GB cellular model that will allow you to use a SIM to connect it to a phone network, so you can have data when you’re out and about. This is really the best option if you are planning to use it for studying your RN to MSN online outside of the house.
This iPad is potentially the best Apple have produced, and having lived with one for a while now, we’d certainly recommend it if you want a professional class, high end tablet.