Ok, I just went ahead and purchased everything as well: 12.9, 256GB, cellular, space gray, folio keyboard, and pencil. I am blaming this post! I have heretofore been a small iPad owner (9.7 or 10.5). My main work area is my 27” iMac. This 12.9 now feels like I have my iMac in my hands (meant as a positive comment)…definitely loving the extra real estate. I was using my wife’s new 11” iPad Pro for a few days and just couldn’t go back to my “old” 10.5…the new iPads feel like the right match with the new XS/Max phones…love Face ID.
While I still don’t like Excel on iPad and it is a major part of my work life, I prefer just about every other aspect of the iPad over laptops (not trying to create controversy, just my view for me…I don’t code or video edit…just finance/numbers)…I almost always can limit my spreadsheet work to the iMac and I have a Surface Pro 4 from work that I can use for emergencies on the road.