I had purchased a Samsung Notebook 10.1 that I really loved. However, there was a problem with the power button being depressed and the screen went black. I had the screen replaced by a friend, but he said that it was only a temporary fix. Samsung would not replace the device so it barely lasted a year. The major things that I loved about that Samsung was the multi-tasking and the pen. I need the pen. I used to draw and annotate as much as I could. I was able to print from it, but I had issues accessing some of my files from my other computers. I loved watching movies and playing games on that thing too. When it died, I set it on a shelf with thoughts of buying something more substantial. I really wanted a iPad Pro when I heard about the Apple Pencil. I had gotten a few iPads from donations for school. They had held up pretty well for years. Sometimes if something got on the screen of my Samsung, it would malfunction.
So I started looking at the iPad Pro, but the price was just too much. I really didn't want to spend that much because I had just gotten my Mac Book Pro a year before. Did I really "need" a tablet? No. I really didn't. I went tablet-free for months. Then, around Black Friday, I started seeing ads for the 12.7 inch iPad for less than $800. I knew that I wanted the biggest "canvas" I could have. I really missed drawing and doing art work on a table. I visualized how organized I would be with the iPad pro. I would always keep it with me. I would use it for everything!
I really like just taking a screenshot and then altering those images. I haven't been writing as much as I would like, but I am amassing some ideas. I still am working with paper and in my other notebooks. The cost of this was huge. However, I think I am saving money on "real" art supplies. For example, I always am tempted to buy those coloring books. However, that is something I can do on my iPad. (Also, it keeps me in the lines!) I don't buy magazines or newspapers because I read a lot on my iPad. Now, my ONLY complaint is that my shoulder hurts from using it so much. I still read paper books in the bathtub, the day they come up with a waterproof iPad is the day I quit buying paperbacks (yeah, right!)
I love doing school work in bed and being able to print to my HP printer in the other room. I'm sure a lot of people don't use the Apple Pencil, but for me, it is a must. I frequently annotate PDFs. I do need to charge it quite a bit, but I keep the charger by my pen so it can charge at night. Again, I only wonder why I waited so long to get this device. Although it is costly, I just cut back on my grocery bill, going out to eat, movies, and buying clothes/shoes. I've been avoiding Michaels and buying any sewing fabric or supplies. I wonder if this iPad actually saved me money!