My wife and I mostly got cash for Christmas, and we would like to spend it on a nice gadget instead of just dumping it into the general household fund. Right now we’re trying to decide between a 12.9” iPad Pro and some flavor of Microsoft Surface, and we could use some good outside opinions.
We’re both pretty happy in the iPhone ecosystem. My iPhone SE is serving me well and I have no plans to replace it even though it’ll be paid off soon. My wife’s SE has had two screen replacements and is getting unreliable. She plans to get a new phone soon regardless of what we do on the tablet front. Right now my wife is playing WoW on a 2012 MacBook Pro with an Xbox controller (we have nice gaming desktops, but are still traveling for the holidays). WoW is big enough that it’s running off an external HD. I’m on an iPad Air 2 and its 16 gigs of storage are pretty tight. It’s only worth about $50 as a trade-in, so the current plan is to strip most of the books and stuff off of it and have it be a dedicated Hearthstone and web browsing device.
The main thing I want is a nice big portable screen for reading PDFs of art-heavy rpg books. Having a functional laptop upgrade would be nice too, but honestly what’s constraining us with the MacBook is the small amount of storage. I have a Bluetooth keyboard already so I’m not lookin to buy any keyboard covers or anything like that. I find myself tempted by the various stylus options but honestly don’t know what I would use them for. If the Microsoft option actually works ok for pc games then that’s a real upside, but not one that’s worth compromising on tablet quality.
So, gwjers with tablets, what devices have y’all been happy with? How are you using them? Have you any recommendations for us? Got any tips for evaluating display models in stores?