A funny thing happened while I was reviewing the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. I forgot my computer at home and only brought the iPad to work. This wasn’t intentional. I’m not doing the “Can the iPad Pro replace my laptop?” challenge. I tried that briefly with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and didn’t have the best results, constantly running into annoying little roadblocks and workarounds that slowed down my workflow.
The reason I didn’t notice that my laptop wasn’t in my backpack that morning is simple: I’m carrying two iPads right now, both the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and its big old 12.9-inch sibling, and the larger iPad Pro is almost as big as my laptop. Yes, at 1.5 pounds, the big iPad Pro is lighter than my 2.4-pound 13-inch MacBook Air, but I didn’t feel those missing ounces in the context of the rest of the junk in my bag, and the footprint of the big iPad versus my laptop is nearly the same. I find the big iPad Pro unwieldy—I’d rather just bring my computer, thanks—but the new 9.7-inch version is sized just right, and with nearly all the power, it’s definitely the iPad for me. (And no, I didn’t notice the difference in RAM, but more about that later.)