Re: Should I convert from an iPad2 to iPad Pro and why?
I asked myself the same question. I bought the original iPad years ago and didn't really get along with it, so sold it. I next bought the iPad 3 (the first one with a retina display) and much preferred it as the ecosystem had evolved to have more useful apps and more iPad specific uses. I then sold that to go travelling and purchased an iPad Mini 2 which I sold earlier this year to buy an iPad Pro 9.7".
So, that humongous bit of background out of the way, what will you really notice, going from an iPad 2 > iPad Pro?
You will see a MASSIVE increase in performance. Unless you're running a very old version of iOS, your iPad 2 is probably slowing significantly. Obviously that can be subjective if you've no basis for comparison, but iPad Pro will likely perform most of your day to day tasks no less than 6-10 times quicker.
iPad Pro has multitasking built-in. It's much more impressive as a demo rather than an explanation, but this effectively means that you can be writing an email on one half of the screen whilst reading the information you need for that email from a website or document on the other half of the screen. In addition to those two applications, you can also be playing music or even watching video, as the iPad Pro includes picture-in-picture video, meaning the video 'floats' on top of your other applications, so you can keep an eye on the news or watch a film or something whilst you work.
iPad Pro (and previous versions before it) all have retina display built-in as standard. Again this can be subjective without basis for comparison, but the screen on an iPad Pro is incomparable to an iPad 2. Everything will be crisper, clearer and easier to look at for long periods.
In addition to the clearer screen you also have an adaptive colour palette on the iPad Pro, so that if you're in a dark room lit say, by dim lamp light, you iPad screen automatically adjusts to a darker but warmer colour profile, meaning that you're not looking at an icy bright screen in a darkened room. It's much easier on the eye.
Depending how you use your iPad and which size you have, this is a biggie; the iPad Pro comes in two sizes - 32GB or 128GB - if you go for the larger variant, that's a much bigger storage size than even the maximum available on the iPad 2, meaning you're in the realm of being able to store most, if not all, of your family photos, emails, videos, movies and still have space to boot.
- Keyboard / Pencil
Depending how you use your iPad, this could be the killer feature. It was for me. Using the smart connector on the side of the iPad Pro, you can now have a full QWERTY keyboard case cover attached. It doesn't require batteries or charging, it doesn't connect via Bluetooth, and it also forms a perfectly protective cover for the front of the iPad. With the keyboard attached, you're effectively turning your tablet into a fully-fledged computer that is comfortable to type on. I use mine all the time. Additionally, if you have a need for drawing or complex photo editing, iPad Pro supports Apple Pencil, effectively this gives you a stylus and so much more if you do graphics work.
- Form Factor
You'll find the iPad Pro thinner and lighter, so if you regularly carry it for remote working/entertainment, you'll also be lightening your load compared to the iPad 2.
Your iPad 2 has lasted you a long time (assuming you didn't buy it this year!) but it's almost at the age where Apple will stop supporting it with many of the must-have features coming up in future iOS versions (iOS 10 will be released this week). If you go for the iPad Pro, you can be sure that your device supports all of the latest features for generations of iOS to come. I would expect the iPad Pro to last at least as long as your iPad 2 has, but it will probably last even longer because specifications on iPad have moved on so significantly, the hardware is powerful enough to cope with more future developments in iOS.
- Money Back
Your iPad 2 is still worth some money, you can trade it in with Apple or lots of other providers. It won't offset the entire price of your new iPad of course, but every little helps, and you're helping the environment at the same time.
Hope this helps, but any questions please fee free to let me know!