Can the iPad Pro be your only computer as a digital nomad
For many people the iPad is just another device for consuming media. With the iPad Pro Apple is trying, at least in marketing, to change that. But has it evolved enough to be your only computer while traveling and working? Can it be your main companion when your a remote worker or digital nomad?
The iPad Pro isn’t radically different than previous iPads. It’s faster than previous iPads, but the iPhone 7 is also faster than the iPhone 6s. There is 9.7 inch version and a 12.9 inch. he latter is really big, but after a while it feels better and better.
The biggest changes with the iPad Pro are the addition of the smart keyboard, there were third party solutions before, and the pencil. Depending on your use, both are great additions and it makes the iPad more complete. The keyboard connects flawless thanks to is smart connector and the texture of the keys is very nice. It helps you to be more productive while typing, but the on screen keyboard does the job also pretty good.
The pencil isn’t a meaningful accessory for everyone, but if your an artist, designer, photographer or if you like handwritten notes than the pencil is a joy to use. It’s pressure sensitivity works seamlessly and there’s not a real delay in usage. With apps like Nebo you can make things like handwritten notes and Nebo can convert these notes into text.
“Professionals” tend to argue that the iPad Pro can’t be their main computer, because it runs IOS instead of MacOS and many mobile apps don’t have the same features as MacOS apps. It’s true that IOS is less powerfull than MacOS, but it’s also true that many users don’t need the power of a desktop OS. For those users it’s perhaps even better that there are less features. Less features often mean that someting is easier to use. Take Microsoft Word or Excel. The mobile versions don’t have features like macros or pivot tables, but there a lots of people who will never use these features.
iPad Pro apps
IOS has a great variety of apps. Many are aimed at gaming or media consumption. The iPad Pro is great media device and Netflix lets you download items nowadays. So you can Netflix on the go without WiFi!
Besides the media apps there are lots of apps for the iPad Pro that you can use for productivity like Dropbox, Evernote, Simplenote, Trello, ProCreate, Concepts, Skype, Pixelmator, Microsoft Office, Google Works or the productivity apps that are made by Apple. Serif will even bring his praised app Affinity Photo, and most likely Affinity Designer too, to the iPad. They promise to include almost all the desktop features. This will make Affinity Photo probably the most powerfull mobile photo editting app.
So there are apps for productivity, but there is a downside. The iPad Pro doesn’t have an option to save files directly to a folder like a PC does. Instead you will depend on apps like Dropbox or iCloud Drive. That’s fine but it doesn’t work when your opening Word from Dropbox without an internet connection. That sucks quite a bit, but luckily you don’t need that connection with the Apple or Google productivity apps. Another option is to take the LTE version of the iPad Pro to ensure that you always have an internet connection.
The iPad Pro is a great device for users who uses the computer for browsing, mail, text editing and some photo editing. It will fit their productivity needs in most cases. It’s fast, reliable, easy to carry arround, a great media device and you can use it for work.
If you’re a designer of a programmer it will be a bit of a challenge to use the iPad Pro as you only PC, due to the lack of the right apps. Perhaps that will change for designers with Affinity and Apple will keep improving the iPad, but for now it’s probably a no go.
- The iPad is a great media device.
- It’s fast and reliable.
- There are many apps.
- Apps are cheap or free.
- Easy to carry around.
- LTE option.
- Keyboard and pencil.
- It misses functionalities without an internet connecting while working between documents in Dropbox and Word.
- Many apps are missing the full desktop features.
- No traditional folders for saving files.