10.5 inch iPad Pro vs. 9.7 inch iPad

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I plan to use an iPad with SmartSDR for iOS in connection with the Flex 6600 that I have on order.  For this specific purpose, are there significant advantages to the 10.5 inch iPad Pro over the less expensive 9.7 inch iPad (other than the larger screen size)?  Thanks for any help.  
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Neil D Friedman N3DF

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David Ahrendts

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Just my own bias, but a little bigger is a lot better in the world of Apple iPad Pros. Plus, I believe there are four speakers on 10.5 - a real advantage. That said, it will all certainly sing on the 9.7 especially sitting on the terrace with a libation operating the world on your iPad. Very cool.

David A., KK6DA, LA
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I've run SSDR on a 9.7 inch Air, 9.7 inch original Pro, and the new 10.5 inch Pro. The new Pro is the smoothest experience. 6 cores and double the memory makes for a nice performance boost that shows up in the audio quality and (especially) the panadapter display. The four speakers in the Pro also allow for a better listening experience. The size increase may seem small, but it is actually quite noticeable. The new video rendering improves long-term usability and comfort.  
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I find that the 10.5 Pro gives a much nicer user experience with Flex 6700. I used to have the little 9.7, but dumped on eBay, and never looked back.
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The 10.5 pro is really nice using SDR for iOS. The screen is a bit larger, but the resolution and sharpness pop. The new prosessor speed and screen drivers make it fast on the refresh. Audio on the 10.5 is really good. That said, I never had a problem using my 9.7 iPad Air as a client. I have used it remote via VPN (Thank you Ria) and have had many QSOs away from my station location. I find the iPad foot print to be an optimal user interface.

PC, Maestro, iPad each have their niche, but for portability and remote use the 10.5 iPad in my opinion shines.
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David's (KK6DA) comment is dead-on accurate.  The bigger the screen, the better.  I have a 1st Generation 12.9" iPad Pro and once I tried it, I can't imagine going back to a smaller iPad screen for operating my Flex.  Whether operating portable or from a desk (I use an inclined stand to put the iPad at the perfect angle for operation), the larger screen makes all of the difference.Get the 10.5" or the full-size one and you won't regret it.  
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I have been using the 12.9" iPad and love it. Have a few smaller iPads too but nowhere near as good as the 12.9'

Frankly that 10
" model is too small

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