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Disclaimer - I'm a spoiled executive who has had the chance to play with all the shiny new gadgets be they Windows, Apple or Google. I am also "old school" and I prefer to take my notes in a written fashion. I strayed away from Apple for the larger format & stylus of the Galaxy Note series. I absolutely loved the Galaxy Note 12.2. For all of my executive years, I have struggle with the a simply question - do I need a full OS anymore (aka Windows or MacOS). Since the iPad Pro 12 came out, I have pretty much stopped using anything other than my iMac 5k. I have a Surface Book and I have a 15" maxed out 2015 MacBook Pro. But the iPad Pro 12.9 is the only device I really use when I'm outside of my office any more. Great screen size (reminds me of a legal pad), light weight, slender form factor, great battery life, built in LTE, I keep a magic keyboard hidden in the briefcase is I have to pound out a longer email or actually work on a document or presentation, and last but not least the pencil.
I just don't need anything more that what the iPad Pro is able to do. 100% satisfied with the product and looking forward to the refresh hopefully this month.
At th risk of getting flamed. I don't think Windows is finished with the mobile world just finished with the Windows Mobile platform. Processors are getting smaller and smaller. Full blown Windows running on ARMs. Screens thinner and flexible. Hell, think about how beast the current iPad Pro is right now. Its only a matter of time before one of those amazing concept photos of a trifold slate that goes from being a phone to a decent size table becomes a reality. I think Microsoft is taking a step back from a floundering platform to get prepped for the next wave.Time will tell, but I think competition in the mobile tech marketplace is good for all of us.
I have to agree with the writer on the viewing angles. That said, I ordered a keyboard folio with my new iPad 12.9 to give it a test run even though I did not purchase the keyboard folio with my 2017 model. I just used an Apple Magic key board that I carried along with it because I hated the feel of the keys on the old Smart Folio. The keys on the new Smart folio feel much better. I also like the fact that the new folio now covers both sides of the iPad and doesn't have the odd lumpy look of the previous generation. When I'm using my iPad as jst a tablet, I tend to detach it from the folio. I have always loved that aspect fo the smart covers, ditch the extra weight and just tablet out. That is something you cannot easily do with any of the other 3rd party cases I've seen. My iPad 12.9 remains my goto mobile platform and this keyboard folio addresses my needs on the go.
I'm loving this iPad update. Sine iOS 11, I pretty much stopped carrying a laptop with me. I just travel with a good keyboard if I think I may have need to type something sizable while I'm on the road. On the rare occasion the I need to access my full Mac OS on my 5k iMac, I use Screens Connect for remote access. The more I hear about the event in 2 days, the less likely I am to change my mobile strategy.
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While this phone is attractive, it is also trying to distract you from the fundamental problem with an Android OS phone, which is that the tablet app experience is garbage. On a phablet the issues was not as noticeable because I think most of us considered the additional screen real estate a reasonable trade off for a phone that perhaps couldn't quite fit in your pocket. I am of the opinion that the reason Android phone use grew was a combination of Google literally giving them away & the fact that the additional screen size of the phablets did not created a noticeable change in the app experience. Fast forward to today, while all of us are wondering who's going to make a the first phone that unfolds into a tablet. Samsung & Huawei unveil 2 phones that unfold & transform from small chunky phones into phablets, which is exactly what no one asked for. Samsung bragged that Google helped them develop the apps that optimized the larger screen. LoL what they meant to say was the square screen. Why did they do this? Because Google knows that Android phablet that expands into a full sized tablet is DoA. Even Google Pixel doesn't use Android OS. Now maybe an Android phone that unfolds and is running Chrome on the bigger screen can work but that's a different story & this doesn't seem to be likely as Google tinkers with the idea of a brand new OS. The same problem need solved though, large screen apps of quality would need to be created as very few actually exist now.
Apple on the other had is well positioned for a phone that unfolds into a tablet for 2 reasons. First, the Apple focus on thin phones. We've all wondered why the Apple obsession with skinny phones. Well maybe because 2 very thin sides of a folded phone would avoid the chunky appearance of a future foldable iPhone. We all know Apple has a thing for aesthetics and an Apple foldable is not going to look like a iBrick when folded close. Second, the Apple tablet experience is great. iOS actually takes advantage of the additional screen real estate to give us a better app experience. I don't see any other provider who can reproduce an experience that takes advantage of the additional space to make something happen. Perhaps Microsoft will one day delivery on an ARM-base full version of Windows on a "micro-tablet" format but this just seems unlikely to happen anytime soon. Microsofts committed to mobile platform self-inflicted harm is legendary at this point. Anyone who says that are developing a phone for Windows should probably be put on suicide watch at this point.
Add to this madness the price point. It's as if Apple said "we will charge $1500 for a phablet" and the Android response was "hold my beer." This is complete and utter madness at this point. A $2000 phone better be able to connect to a screen, mouse & keyboard and run full desktop class OS, at least in my opinion. I think the $2000+ phone category has 1 cycle in it just like the $10,000 Apple watch category. Phone makers seem to have forgotten that then pushed the issue of new phones every year but this is no longer a sustainable cycle. I got an XS Max last year because on of my kids finally needed a replacement for him damaged 7 so I gave my 7s+. All of the sane people I know are only buying phones to replace damaged ones that are no longer under covered under warranties.
All that said I can think of one glaring reason Apple doesn't want to make the foldable phone that people seem to want. The golden rule of Tim Cook's Apple, Thou Shall NOT Compromise Profit. A phone that could replace the need to buy a phone & a tablet is an anathema of the current business model dominating Apple. This is the same reason why you will NEVER see an Apple equivalent of the Surface Book. By that I mean a device that is MacOS when the connected but iOS when you disconnect the screen (so not gonna happen). Apple will only engage in innovation when the threat of profitable tanking from stagnation outweighs the benefit of bleeding the consumers pockets for every possible dime. Don't get me wrong, this in not a SJW rant, but Apple doesn't seem to lean forward into R&D any more, it just fine tunes the advances of others these days. I find it odd that most Apple folks don't even notice that any more. I suppose that's just one more example of the bubbles we live in these days.
As always, just my $.02 on the topic. Everyone have a great day.
I have pre-order a maxed out 12.9. iPad Pro's have been my go-to mobile device since the 1st Gen of the 12.9. Things only got better after the release of iOS 11. 2nd Gen iPad Pro was even better and this continues the tradition. I haven't need a laptop since the first iPad Pro's were released. I still use a 5k iMac at home but I'm impressed with the evolution of the platform.