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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.
1. What’s In The Box
- iPad Pro
- USB-C Charge Cable (1 meter)
- 18W USB-C Power Adapter
2. Tech Specs
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 (Gen 2)
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).
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.
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.
The images/videos were rendered a little more robust. Even the split-screen feature seemed smoother. Overall, the performance was fast & rich.
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.
They’re easier to find than downloading programs on a desktop & there’s a huge pool of diversity to choose from.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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)
6. What I Made W/ It
7. What You Should Do Now
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