If you want to know why I decided to get an Apple iPad Pro 10.5, you can read that here. This post is about the adventure we had getting the iPad Pro 10.5
I hadn’t expected to write this post today, but something unforeseen happened at lunch and necessitated a change in plans.
My old ASUS has been acting up a bit more and a couple of weeks ago I finally sat and talked with the wife about it. I had that hung dog look/feeling when I let her know that I was probably going to need a new computer fairly soon. She didn’t seem to phased or surprised by this, she had heard me whining, complaining and swearing at the ASUS more than a few times. I told her about the Apple iPad Pro 10.5 and she just rolled her eyes a little, but…
Fortunately, we had to go to the Apple Store in Portland to get SD1’s new iPhone, last weekend. Which gave me a chance to really look at the iPad Pro 10.5 one more time and Mary got to look at what I wanted. We talked about it while SD1 got her phone setup.
I didn’t argue.
Now I would have preferred to get it at the Apple Store, but for $125.00 off list price, we had to take advantage of that kind of savings.
After a LOT of research, I finally decided on the Zagg Rugged Messenger Case and Keyboard combination. Yes, it is Bluetooth, but it seemed to have a great track record regarding keeping connectivity to iPads, so I wasn’t as concerned about it as I was with other brands/styles. Getting it for $20 off helped too. Although the Brydge keyboard was in it to the end, but there were too many negative comments regarding how it had problems with missing keystrokes too often – not something I want to deal with.
So I had the combo that seemed like it was going to work the best for me, until some other accessories are available for the iPad Pro 10.5 or Brydge solves their perceived problems with Bluetooth.
All I had to do was hope that the ASUS made it to Christmas and then be able to enjoy learning something new.
Unfortunately today at lunch I was surfing the web and we heard a loud “pop” come from the ASUS. Then it some squirrelly stuff as far as showing characters, then went to black. Umm not good. When I attempted to do a hard re-start — nothing. So whatever was going on — happened. The ASUS has become a brick.
Which means that I needed a computer.
Mary graciously said I could use the iPad early, but that she would still wrap the boxes, to remind me that it was supposed to be a Christmas present.
So I have been setting it up and getting used to the quirks and differences an iPad has from a typical laptop. The biggest thing that I have to get used to is the lack of trackpad or a mouse to get things done, but I am adapting to the touchscreen. I can tell you that if I didn’t have the keyboard, this would not be a fun transition for me. I ain’t too crazy about that on-screen keyboard. The Zagg keyboard is doing everything I wanted and was easy to connect. Although there are some things that I have to get used to.
I am pretty excited about getting to use it early and while there are a few differences or different ways of doing things, it is still a computer and I am confident a week from now I will be flying right along with my new iPad Pro 10.5.
Actually I wrote this post on the iPad Pro and while it took a little longer than usual with differences, it wasn’t all that bad either. I think that this is going to be a lot of fun!
Now to find out if the iPad Pro 10.5 can replace a “real” PC for me.