iPad Pro,  Review

iPad Pro Artist 2019 Review: I Will Never Buy A Wacom Again!

DISCLAIMER: I am not sponsored by Apple, all opinions are my own!

In this iPad Pro Artist Review, I’ll be discussing is the latest iPad Pro 2019 3rd generation.

We’ll be reviewing both the 11″ & 12.9″ because they are basically the same product besides a few differences that I highlighted in the Tec Spec section of this post. 

Because this is an Artist Review,  I won’t discuss things like speakers, productivity, etc.

If you’d like to skip to a specific section of this post, feel free to use the table of contents below to do so. 

APPLE PENCIL

1. What’s In The Box

  • iPad Pro
  • USB-C Charge Cable (1 meter)
  • 18W USB-C Power Adapter

2. Tech Specs

3. Review

Touch

5/5

Best touch I’ve ever experienced  w/ a drawing tablet.

The multitouch is phenomenal; it’s lightyears ahead of any screen drawing tablet on the market. Apple’s been working with touch screens far longer than Wacom, Huion, Xp, etc.

Therefore, it makes sense its multitouch is the most accurate & advanced. 

Zooming was accurate & the multitouch functions worked well for the apps I own– even the non-drawing apps. 

APPLE PENCIL

Apple Pencil (Gen 2)

3/5

Mediocre Drawing Stylus.

It gets the job done, but it’s nowhere close to Wacom’s Pro Pen 2. It has decent pen pressure, good tilt, and it’s slightly easier to hold than the previous Apple Pencil.

There’s little to no parallax. That said, I wish the tip was slightly pointier. It feels about twice the thickness of a Wacom nib. 

It does come w/ some notable updates–like the ability to magnetically attach itself, during which the Apple Pencil charges & pairs to your iPad Pro (see photo below).

Apple Pencil Charging

Battery 

5/5

About 10-hour battery depending on the app.

I mainly use my iPad Pro for Drawing, blogging, or viewing my analytics, and the battery life does hold up. However, I prefer to use the Procreate app on full brightness & that does eat up the battery life slightly quicker.

If you want to charge your iPad Pro while using an app like Procreate, you have to have the iPad at 60% or lower screen brightness. Otherwise, it will neutralize charging or actually end up using more battery than it charges.

Performance

5/5

The new A12x chip has a faster GPU than previous models.

It’s important to note that the 2018 iPad Pro is the first time Apple created its own GPU. In the past, Apple outsourced its GPU for iPads.

GPU stands for Graphics Processing Unit & serves the purpose of rendering images, animations & video for a computer’s screen. The better the GPU, the smoother & higher the graphic quality.

iAppleGeek has a phenomenal video comparing the performance of different iPad generations. 

The images/videos were rendered a little more robust. Even the split-screen feature seemed smoother. Overall, the performance was fast & rich. 

Apps

4/5

Good range of free & premium art apps.

I usually just use Procreate, but there are other apps out there that have the tools to create professional art on the iPad Pro.

They’re not as full-featured as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop on desktop, but they’re still very competitive to their desktop counterparts. 

ipad pro 2018 apps

They’re easier to find than downloading programs on a desktop & there’s a huge pool of diversity to choose from. 

Accessories

5/5

Great accessories.

Apple does a great job of creating tons of accessories to get the most out of its products. I use the Apple Pencil, AirPods & Smart Keyboard the most. I do wish the iPad Pro came with certain accessories, like the pencil. But it is what is.

Screen

5/5

Best brightness & color screen available. 

The iPad Pro has, by far, the best color accuracy & brightness I’ve experienced on a tablet/drawing tablet. 

The screen reflectivity is very low; however, it is not as good as the Cintiq Pro. 

4.

Pros

  • Easy learning curve
  • Intuitive UA
  • 4k recording capabilities 
  • Best multitouch on the market
  • Wirelessly charges ApplePencil
  • Great pixel density
  • Comes w/ camera
  • Allows for internet access
  • Perfect for traveling
  • Great drawing experience 
  • Procreate comes w/ screen recording capabilities
  • Dozens of accessories
  • Dozens of Drawing apps free/paid

Cons

  • Pen sold separately
  • Apps are a close second to their desktop counterparts but not as full-featured.
  • Pen pressure could be better
  • You have to purchase Procreate ($7.99)

5. Where To Find The Best Price

Below is a list of where to find the best iPad Pro price online. 

11″ Model (64gb, 256 gb, 512gb, 1tb)

Save 5% ($50) to 10% ($150)

12.9″ Model (64gb, 256 gb, 512gb, 1tb)

Save 5% ($54) to & 7% ($127)

Apple Pencil (Gen 2)

Save $4.00

6. What I Made W/ It

7. What You Should Do Now

 

Follow me on Instagram & Youtube

to see what I’m currently working on

Also, feel free to check out some related posts below. I have a lot of content based around art, drawing tablet sales, drawing apps & more. 

Let me know any other relevant questions or thoughts you might have in the comment section.

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14 Comments

  • Sonia

    I’ve always wanted to take up art, this makes my fingers itch. Love your artwork and style. Would love to see some timelaspe videos from you!

  • Nate

    Thanks for the really good review. I had not heard about the recent version of the ipad pro. I think what i like most about it is the pretty screen and the app features. Their seem to be quite a few options.

    I could see myself getting lost in time enjoying this ipad. I had to bookmark this one because I already know someone who I can buy this for.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Dovey

    Thank you for such a detailed review. My youngest is into art and loves to draw. She is even determined she is going to an animator when she grows up.

    I was looking for Christmas presents ideas for her when I stumbled across your review. I appreciate the level of information you go into.

    Forgive me if this a nieve question as I am new to all this technology. Will she be able to transfer drawings between her Windows PC and this Ipad?

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Gaius

      Hey Dovey, thanks so much for the kind words. & that’s awesome to hear she’s into art & animation.

      On the topic of Compatability, the iPad is compatible with windows. But, it can be more difficult sending files to a windows. You’re better off getting Wacom Drawing Tablet for 1/8 of the price.

      I have a post where you can find some.
      https://blogbygaius.com/best-cheap-drawing-tablets-under-100/

      it won’t have a screen. But It will allow her to draw directly on her computer. disclaimer they dont come with drawing programs so you’d have to download a free one or buy one but its still alot cheaper & probably a better fit for your daughter.

  • ty Chan

    I really want one now. Especially considering they’re so cheap. It’s nice, Your drawings are really beautiful. What I like most about Ipad pro is the beautiful screen and the numerous apps with it. I am also a blogger. Maybe the 11 inch is a nice option.

    • Gaius

      Thanks for the kind words! Yeah, the apps are amazing, I’ll be sure to check out your blog as well, & lmk how it goes with the 11″ model.

  • Carol Celestine

    A really in-depth review and I love your honesty in there. Which size and storage would you suggest for someone who does art as a hobby?

    • Gaius

      Hi Carol,
      Thanks for the kind words!

      I think the 64 GB is more than enough, I know a lot of people laugh at storage that low. But I think its enough for all your apps.

  • Carol Celestine

    Oh one last thing Gaius, sorry for double commenting. Do you sell prints? I showed my co-worker your site yesterday and we were kind of wondering if you did. Would love to support an artist as talented as yourself.

    • Gaius

      No need to apologize, I’m just happy people are taking the time to engage with my content. Two comments is a compliment to me, & I’m happy to help anyone who took the time to read my post. As of now, I’m not producing prints, my goal is to create a bigger more engage following before I sell a product.

      But thanks for asking!

  • Dawn

    I’m not in the market for an iPad but this looks pretty sweet and I can buy one as a gift for my cousin who’s an artist. Good looking out!

    Thanks,
    Dawn

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