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    Mini review video: Our verdict on the iPad Pro in under a minute

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    Had trouble reading every single word of my iPad Pro review? It's okay, writing all of those words was kind of hard, too. For those of you with shorter attention spans, here's the abridged version: Apple's biggest-ever tablet isn't for me, but it could be a compelling choice for two types of people. Namely, creative types who want to get work done on the go and plan to make good use of the optional Apple Pencil; and early adopters who just want the biggest, fastest possible iPad, and are willing to pay a premium for it. With no mouse support, a non-adjustable screen angle and an OS that isn't as well-suited to multitasking as OS X or Windows 10, it doesn't come close to replacing your laptop. But depending on your needs, it could serve as a decent stand-in when you're away from your primary machine.

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    Pros
    • Well-built
    • Robust performance
    • Bright, pixel-dense screen
    • Lighter than you'd expect
    • Smooth, precise pen input
    • Surprisingly good audio
    • Long battery life
    Cons
    • Expensive, especially with the accessories sold separately
    • Still heavy compared to other tablets
    • No mouse support; none of the keyboards have touchpads
    • Screen angle isn't adjustable on any of the keyboards
    • iOS 9 doesn'tmultitask as wellas desktop operating systems
    • Nowhere to store the Pencil

    Summary

    The iPad Pro isn't for everyone: It performs well, but iOS 9 isn't as adept at multitasking as a laptop operating system, and the lack of any mouse input can get tiresome. That said, its fast performance and smooth pen input could be useful for creative pros who need a way to stay productive while on the go. The Pro won't replace your computer, but for a certain kind of user, it could be a handy supplement.

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