If you've been keeping abreast of our iPad Pro tests here at Entropy, you know that I've been attempting to use the new Apple super-tablet as my 'daily driver' for the past week, meaning my primary 'mobile' computing device when away from office-bound iMac setup is no longer my lovely 12-inch MacBook, but a silicone-clad 12.9-inch iPad.
And so far - I have to say, the MacBook may be in serious trouble.
Almost without a hitch, I've been adjusting my daily workflow to iOS 'workarounds' - such as the prodigious use of Readdle's Documents 5 app for document management, Dropbox as a main desktop, and even hand-written notes in meetings using the Apple Pencil. OK, that last example wasn't really a workaround, but heck, it sure is a lot of fun!
But for me, the real test of a new mobile laptop (or iPad Pro in this case) is how well it performs when travelling, and especially when travelling abroad on a business trip. Luckily, I have a 3-day trip planned smack dab in the middle of our 2-week challenge as tomorrow I am off to Poland, and will need this tablet to do it all - from the daily grind of presentations, conference calls (which it hasn't really excelled at) and document management - to even a few light in-flight and 'evening duties' of reading and entertainment.
For a normal 2-3 day business trip of this kind, I would typically bring my laptop (12-inch MacBook), a tablet (either an iPad or Nexus 9), smartphone or two (iPhone 6s Plus/Nexus 6P), and a wearable (Apple Watch/Moto 360).
But on this occasion, I'm slimming down to the iPad Pro, iPhone, and Apple Watch. Yes, it's a little Apple-overboard, but the three seem to go well together. That means the iPad Pro will need to be both tablet and laptop - and perform each task REALLY well.
It's all fine and good running around the UK when my iMac is only a small train journey away. But now I will be fully adrift* with the iPad Pro in Europe, with nothing but an Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard to keep me productive.
Needless to say, I will no doubt report back on all my key findings.
*Luckily the iPad Pro is as large and (hopefully) buoyant as a small emergency life-raft