Battery

The battery life is average, but its charging time is painstakingly long.

No doubt, the iPad Pro is an engineering marvel, but even with its svelte and uniform profile, those Apple engineers manage to embed a 10,307 mAh battery cell into its chassis. That’s one of the largest capacities around, delivering more than a full day of normal, real-world usage on several occasions. While we were hoping to see it achieve longer results, especially one that’s endowed with such a hefty battery capacity, we can’t neglect how much screen space we’re dealing with here – so the results are nothing short of average. In fact, its tally of 8 hours and 8 minutes in our custom benchmark test is a stark indication of that. Shockingly, it takes a ridiculous 297 minutes to recharge its battery back to full capacity using the included charger.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Apple iPad Pro 8h 8 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 8h 58 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Apple iPad Pro 297
Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 353

Conclusion


Apple has enjoyed, for several years now, how its iPad line cruised over the competition with ease – the iPad Air and iPad mini tablets were and remain among the best offerings in their respective categories. To broaden its presence, Apple is now giving us the iPad Pro – a productivity-oriented tablet, and one that's portable and powerful, one that creative and artistic individuals might have their attention drawn by.
But for an iPad, it’s one expensive piece of tech goodness that makes for a tough sell with its starting cost of $799 for the base 32GB Wi-Fi model, while the 128 GB model retails for $949. This makes it $200 more expensive than a 32 GB iPad Air 2, which is a considerable price gap. And that's if you don't buy any of Apple's accessories. By itself, the main distinction between an iPad Pro and Apple’s existing line of iPads is its larger size, offering more screen real estate to work with.

Sure, the iPad Pro makes some gains thanks to software additions, such as the enhanced multitasking features and picture in picture, but these are also available on the iPad Air 2. And as it currently stands, many of the apps have yet to be optimized to take advantage of these multitasking capabilities or the extra screen space the tablet offers.

To be fair, the iPad Pro leverages its extra screen space with a couple of new accessories not available to the other iPads – the Apple Pencil or the Smart Keyboard – giving it more of that laptop-hybrid look and feel, but that puts its total price into the notebook range at around $1100.
 
So yeah, the iPad Pro is, in a way, little more than a larger iPad. If you're looking for a laptop replacement, this probably isn't it. Investing in an iPad Pro is not worth it seeing that it can’t pull out the same level of utility and productivity we get from traditional laptops, ultrabooks, or hybrids. It makes more sense to view the iPad Pro as a niche product – one made for digital artists and drawing enthusiasts or for professionals who need a large, portable, and beautiful display to show off their projects. That's the kind of folks who would best appreciate and make use of what the iPad Pro has to offer.

Apple isn’t afraid of taking chances, that’s for sure. In this particular case, however, they don’t have as much of a convincing tablet. As a standalone product, it’s expensive. With the included accessories, it’s even more expensive.

Software version of the review unit: iOS 9.1



Pros

  • Signature iPad design with premium built quality
  • Lightweight & svelte given its large footprint
  • True side-by-side multitasking with iOS 9
  • New features with on-screen keyboard
  • Impressive processing power
  • Best sounding speakers in a tablet

Cons

  • Pricey starting cost of $799
  • Few apps are optimized to take advantage of its larger screen
  • Not all apps are supported by its enhanced multitasking features
  • Battery life could’ve been longer
  • Extremely long recharge time

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

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102 Comments

99. Gautham386

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

i wanna want to know the gaming performance of it

98. penguinbelly

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

I have seen 3 of them in person at stores and all of them were bent, not "sloped." I know that because they are all bent in different shapes.

97. Gautham386

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

will it support to remotly access my tv?

91. Gautham386

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

keep it bro from

90. pt020

Posts: 192; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

They even didn't bother to put more icons on the huge screen.

88. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Not worth it at all!

79. Droids-R-us

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

What about the Gamma figure? Higher is better I just found out so why is that not stated in this review?

80. Crossblade

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

Reference value is 2.2. Higher than 2.2 is inaccurate, and so is less than 2.2.

77. Dreamboat

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Still can't fathom why something that has just a large screen and limited OS costs so much

76. xuerantiger

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

i can see how this is useful to digital artists and stuff, but in the end it's really just a big ipad with a stylus support (that you have to buy separately) not too much innovation here

71. Felixkin

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Such a big screen. Lol. iPad gotta be next PC?

69. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

If apple so proudly said the ipad pro was more powerful than 80% of portable PCs... then WHY in the world PhoneArena is comparing it with a galaxy note? WHY? If according to apple this thing will replace your PC, WHY don't you use PC Benchmarks? This note is a little slanted to me

67. mixedfish

Posts: 1578; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Overpriced, useful pen gimped by lack of serious creative software, screen calibration useless for professionals, absurd pen charging method, lack of ports to utilize potential of processor, no mouse support, no kick stand... So who was this product for again? If a crap Apple products gets an 8 and an incompetent Apple product gets a 9 on PA, what happens when Apple makes something average?

50. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

I lol'd after seeing techie's multiple essays.

75. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Right? That pathetic troll is always on anything apple related articles spewing his hatred for the company. What a loser.

41. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

8 It Deserves That Because Of The A9X Alone LOL Pretty Accurate Review I'd Say. The New Galaxy Tab S2 Got An 8 As Well. John V Isn't So Biased After All.

45. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

It totally fine of a review. Its an amazing product in many areas and has the best ecosystem of any android tablet. Of course few negatives including price but 8 seems fair.

47. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Couldn't Agree More.

84. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Tab S2 is very well designed and performs great, has the best screen ever, and is a reasonable size though, so yeah this shouldn't get an 8 because its too big. The TAB S2 is expensive and overpriced as well but not as badly as this is overpriced.

85. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

True.

40. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

To be honest I think that if you don't take in consideration the apple pencil this is on par if not superior to any android tablet in specs!!! When you talk about an apple device this means is at least 2x better in performance, so I don't know why people complain besides the price, the ipad pro is much better than any other tablet of it's size (with the exeption of Microsoft surface that's a beats) I think that the best part when you buy a device like the note pro 12.2 (750 original prize) is that you get software support, so that's what makes this a better offering cuz you will probably have it for a long time , I'll go apple any time when it's comes to tablets .

62. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

iPad air 2 has way better cpu/gpu than any android tablet, iPad pro is miles away and you will have at least 5 years of softwar support.

96. iushnt

Posts: 3191; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I think that doesn't outdo anything by the way. The sand-boxing nature of iOS definitely makes the experience smoother and secured but even if it has support of software updates for 10 years, there are certain things better on android even without any updates.

38. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Nothing more than a pricier, over zealous ipad. Apple can get away with nonsense like this though.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Here are the iPad Pro and the Surface pro LTE compared side-by-side: http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?&idPhone2=7562&idPhone1=5945 The Ipad Pro is only slightly lighter and thinner. The Note Pro overall is a smaller device housing only a 12.2" display. 247PPI for the NotePro vs 264 for the iPad pro, so you wont notice the difference here. The Note Pro allows multi-Touch up to 10 fingers, the Ipad pro doesn't. 2560x1600 vs 2048x2732, the iPad wins here, but the Note has better color reporoduction. The Note pro has to variation with SnapDragon 800 and Exynos, but obviously the A9X will beat them in benchmarks, but in actual usage both tablets would perform great, but the Note pro actually has applications which show it power, while the iPad doesn't yet. The Note has a 9500MAH vs the iPad at 10,300; but the Note has better battery life at closer to 11hours for the LTE model, and just over 11hours for the non-LTE model. What I was trying to see if how much better Apple did vs Samsung who has been making tablets since 2011 vs Apple since 2010. Both should be a lot better since both have 5 years experience basically. The Note Pro came out in Jan of 2014 and Apple over a year later, really only just one upped by by a small margin. The Note has lots of advantages mostly because Android has an open file system, you can add more storage, with Android 5.1, the battery life is even better as I got nearly 12 hours of screen time with my VZW model and it comes with a pen and the rear camera will likely take better shots since it has a flashbulb. Not sure why you need slow-motion cameras on a tablet, I've never taken a picture with a tablet. Its just stupid. I have used Skype and the 2MP on the Note is better than 1.2MP on the iPad Pro an at leats 2MP is capable of 1080p recording while the 1.2MP isnt. The last comparison is what it can do out the box. The Note has productivity apps included. It comes with nearly $300 in free applications like an Office Suite (not MS Office), it comes with the ability to split 4 apps on the screen, resize them to whatever and you can still use S-Pen apps on top of those. Open file system for storing your own stuff and extra memory capability for storage and charges faster than the iPad Pro because it comes with USB 3.0 standard which means faster charging and faster file transfers. Other than size, the Note pro has no advantage of the Note 2014 Edition. Other than size and speed the iPad pro offers no advantage over the iPad Air 2 or the Note Pro. With apps like Apple's own office suite being free on mobile and Microsoft offering Office free on iOS and Android, neither really has an app advantage over the other. The biggest problem with both is the price. The Note Pro without LTE was $700, but you can get them now with LTE for $550. Teh iPad Pro starts at 799 with LTE costs more than $1000. For $600 you can get a Surface Pro 3, or spend an extra $100 and get the 4 and you can buy...

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

a LTE model or just use your smartphones hotspot vs paying $300 extra for the iPad pro with LTE. Both the Note and Surface some with a pen saving you $100. Buying your own Bluetooth keyboard is cheaper than buy a Microsoft or Apple branded one. But Apple's price at 169 is ridiculous, and Microsoft's price at $125 isn't as bad but its ridiculous too considering I can buy a non-branded one that will work for 1/2. The Surface has the better OS advantage because no OS on the planet does what Windows does out the box. Also the Surface won't be obsolete in 5 years, while the iPad Pro is already dated and so is the Note Pro due to the ARM platform. Samsung also didn't have great sales with the Note Pro, the Surface Pro will outsell the Note Pro and likely the iPad pro 2 seeing its been on the market for 4 years. I would say Microsoft is the winner here, Apple is surely second and Samsung will is last, but not because they didnt offer the better ARM idea, they just didnt market the device and it just isnt as attractive as the iPad will be or the Surface. I love my Surface Pro 4. Any ARM tablet is a joke. I think the Note pro and iPad pro should both score a 7.5 at the highest with the Surface Pro being a 9.5 or better.

49. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Please just shut the hell up. We get it, you hate the iPad. Others love it, so respect their opinion while they respect yours.

66. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I dont hate the iPad Pro...I actually praised it. But you failed to see the praise because you're ignorant. I praised it for the pen being as precise as the N-Trig used on the Surface and the WACOM I use on the Note pro. I bought a fancier Bamboo Feel for my old Note Pro, not talking about the included small stylus...that thing is junk and I blasted Samsung for not including a larger stylus with a bigger device. I praised the ipad pro for being smooth and accurate. But there is nothing else I can praise because it doesn't offer anything above previous models. I've used a Surface before, I've never owned one until now. All ARM tablets for me are useless because of their limiatations. But the NotePro has far less limitations vs iOS and thus it is more better and nearly as good as "some" Windows Tablets. But the Surface is just king because it offers all the benefit of ARM and x86 in one device for the same price as the ipad pro and note pro.

103. relic74

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

You know that's not true, Apple users are all over the Pixel C forum stating how much it sucks and how great the iPad Pro is. When in reality it doesn't matter what you use as long as it fills a need. I'm sure if I looked through your posts I would find many examples of you stating similar things about devices you hate.

51. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

I have never seen someone write so much nonsense before. Do yourself a favor and read everything you wrote and I dare you to try to tell me it's written well.

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iPad Pro
  • Display 12.9 inches
    2732 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9X, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 10307 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x

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