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    Question I need help in deciding whether to buy a new iPad or iPad Pro. I have an eight-year-old MacBook Pro and are looking for a more portable option for work. Create, edit, and print Word documents will be the main functions I need. I would also like to use it for watching videos, searching the Internet and reading, as well as for photos and editing photos. I plan to keep the one I choose for a long time. I would also like to use Microsoft Office as I have tons of Word documents which I would like to open in a new iPad, so Compatibility is the key. I also hope to use a USB flash drive.
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Question I need help in deciding whether to buy a new iPad or iPad Pro. I have an eight-year-old MacBook Pro and are looking for a more portable option for work. Create, edit, and print Word documents will be the main functions I need. I would also like to use it for watching videos, searching the Internet and reading, as well as for photos and editing photos. I plan to keep the one I choose for a long time. I would also like to use Microsoft Office as I have tons of Word documents which I would like to open in a new iPad, so Compatibility is the key. I also hope to use a USB flash drive.

And looking at the details of your inquiry, my first reaction would be to go for the iPad Pro (which, unfortunately, is about two times more expensive). One of the reasons is that you say that you plan to keep your new car “a long time”. In this case, buying a powerful machine now can guarantee that it will still be something adequately-powered, say, six years (a long time in the laptop or tablet). However, many people are still using iPads with four or five years ago, not a disadvantage. Tablets from Apple, of course, have a much higher survival rate than laptops. Therefore, the main iPad is still probably run fine for a few years because you say you want to do.

As to the individual merits of the two machines, I have both the iPad Pro and iPad Pro and that I use 90pc of the time. This is for two reasons.

First, the 10.5-inch screen is about 15pcs more, even if the device is about the same size. It makes a difference when you are trying to get a job and switching between different apps or pages.

Second, the Pro model has a custom keyboard cover that are specifically designed for the machine and connects using the iPad Pro in the “smart” (which is a normal iPad does not have). So, no need to make sure that third party keyboard is enabled. It is one less tech to worry about. (To be fair, there are lots of nice comfortable third-party keyboards for the iPad from Logitech and the best, many of which are cheaper than Smart Apple keyboard.)

Memory is a complex issue. For what you say you want, you should really be at least 128 GB. This means that either a higher level iPad with 128GB of memory (€459) or 256 GB iPad Pro (€919). (You can get the 64 GB version of the iPad Pro for $ 749, but I don’t think 64 GB is enough for five years). In Microsoft office word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPad is pretty good – you shouldn’t have much difficulty there.

You largely can’t use USB keys with an iPad exactly like you can with a PC. Yes, there is USB cable-adapter for iPad (about €30), but it is mostly aimed at the transfer of photos. For example, presentations or text documents, you will have to rely on e-mail from one computer to your iPad, or, in the case of very large files, free applications, such as WeTransfer.

Finally, if you go with 13-inch (or 15 inch) MacBook Pro laptop, you should consider whether you can really shift down a 9.7-inch and 10.5-inch display on the iPad. That may be half the size of the screen in which you are accustomed. If that seems like too much, you might want to seriously consider a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (€170 more). I have used this for years and absolutely loved it.

Recommendations: for the iPad Pro with 256 GB (left, €919)

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