About a week ago, I sold my Pixel C and its keyboard for ~$500 on Swappa, and in return, I decided to purchase an iPad Pro 9.7″ with Apple’s Smart Keyboard. Why would an Android fanboy make such a move?
The biggest reason is the underwhelming development for such a promising tablet. Don’t get me wrong, I still think the Pixel C is the best Android tablet on the market now, but Google’s approach to a “hybrid” solution just didn’t meet my expectations. Despite Android being such an OS with so many degrees of freedom, the application experience is lacking and still feels awkward in a tablet form factor. Furthermore, Google has announced that all Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after will work with Android applications. In my opinion, this single feature obviates the need for an Android tablet.
So why the iPad Pro? Well, with a MacBook Air and Hackintosh as my two primary computers (both running the latest Mac OS), a mobile Apple product fit the ecosystem. Plus, I’ve not owned an iOS device for an extended period of time, so the iPad lets me keep up with iOS development.
…not to mention that this thing is awesome. The sound quality, the display, the battery life, and most importantly, the applications! In fact, it’s largely replacing my need for a laptop at this point. Let me know if you have any “must have” application recommendations! 🙂