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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 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.
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.
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.