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What it’s like using the iPad Pro as your primary PC

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Apple would love for you to trash your old PC and replace it with an iPad Pro. Early reviews have indicated that while the iPad Pro is a terrific device in its own right, it’s not good enough for many users to be a full-on PC replacement.

Now one iPad Pro user has taken to Reddit to post a detailed account of what it’s like to use the device as your primary PC. Long story short: Apple still has a lot of work to do before the iPad Pro can be a full-fledged PC killer.

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That’s not to say there’s nothing to like about the iPad Pro. Obviously, it’s a great device and the user praises its “amazing” display, its incredibly light frame, its battery life and its Smart Keyboard functionality. They were also pleasantly surprised by how much they liked the Apple Pencil stylus. If you’re looking for a great tablet that can double as a PC in a pinch, the iPad Pro is the best around.

But as a full PC replacement, it’s just not there yet. Here are some of the user’s main complaints:

  • “iOS doesn’t support mice. While I got used to touching my screen for everything (it became quite natural after a short while), it would have been nice to use a mouse for certain things.”
  • “A lot of webpages don’t really work right on Mobile Safari. Anything that requires you to click and hold does not work yet. Also, keyboard shortcuts that typically work on online IDEs don’t work at all on the iPad. This became incredibly frustrating without a mouse.”
  • “CMD + TAB is REALLY janky on the Smart Keyboard. Some icons will bring you to the wrong applications. Other apps will attempt to activate the on-screen keyboard when you switch into them (including Prompt) which has led to some unexpected behavior. This was a HUGE pain.”

In the end, they decided to go with a 2015 Retina MacBook as their primary PC instead of the iPad Pro.

Check out their full impressions at this link.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.