7 reasons not to buy the iPad Pro

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Swapnil Bhartiya

To buy or not to buy

The iPad Pro is a tempting device, thanks to the gorgeous display and lighter, thinner body. I bought one and I am keeping it -- for now. The thing is, despite Tim Cook’s claims that it can replace your laptop, I found that not only was the iPad Pro not up to the job of replacing my MacBook, it can't even replace my iPad AIR.

If you are considering buying the iPad Pro as a laptop or iPad AIR replacement, here are 7 reasons not to.

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1: Size does matter

The iPad Pro is as big as my MacBook Pro. And you are going to need a keyboard if you plan to use it as a laptop. There are two keyboards available for the device; I tried both, and each has its drawbacks: Apple’s Smart Keyboard is extremely basic and doesn’t deserve the $169 price tag. Logitech Create is a great keyboard but it makes the iPad almost as bulky and heavy as my Macbook.

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2: Closed app ecosystem

The iPad Pro has decent hardware, but the operating system is holding it back. On iOS devices, you are allowed to install only those apps that are available through the tightly controlled App Store. This is not what you'd expect from a device touted as a laptop replacement. On laptops running Mac OS X, Windows and Android, you can install any app, from anywhere.

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3: It’s not a desktop

Desktop applications that are available on iOS are stripped down mobile apps. Photoshop and Lightroom, for example, lack everything that’s good about them, including the built-in filters and support for 3rd party plugins, presets and actions. Google Docs has extremely limited functionality compared to the desktop version. And if you have been using Microsoft Office for free on your iPhone and iPad AIR, you will have to pay now as Microsoft charges for screens bigger than 9 inches.

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4: Not for graphic artists

The iPad Pro could be a nifty tool for artists, but the lack of full-fledged desktop apps is going to turn off serious artists who need powerful applications at their disposal.

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5: No trackpad or mouse support

If you are planning to use the iPad Pro as a laptop then you will hate the lack of support for trackpad and mouse. It’s extremely counterproductive to take your fingers off the physical keyboard to touch the screen to perform simple tasks like scrolling, clicking on links or copying text. And I should warn you that copy/paste is the most painful task on iOS devices.

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6: Old hardware?

The iPad Pro, despite its $1000 price tag, comes with old hardware. It has the first generation Touch ID fingerprint reader, not the second generation reader used in iPhone 6S. The display doesn’t support the much-talked-about 3D touch, which was introduced in iOS 9. Many apps and games have started to support the 3D touch feature and you are going to miss it on the iPad Pro.

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7: Limited hardware support

iOS has very limited support for accessories, peripherals and third party hardware. If you have tons of files stored on hard drives that you often plug into your laptop for backup, then you are out of luck. The iPad Pro it doesn’t support external hard drives, USB flash drives, or many other such devices.