This time, we’re gonna talk about the new 2017 iPad. Coming in at a mere 329 dollars for the 32gig model, it’s the cheapest iPad Apple currently manufactures. But is it worth it? Let’s take a look at the specifications.
9.7 Inch IPS Panel 1536 x 2048 pixels AppleA9 Dual-core Processor, clocked at 1.84 GHz 2 GB RAM 8 MP, f/2.4 Aperture, 31mm lens at the back And 1.2 MP, f/2.2 Aperture, 31mm lens on the front Stereo Speakers And A Headphone jack Before we move ahead Let’s get the naming system straight.
The 2017 iPad is an update to iPad Air 2, which was announced in 2014 and by no means an update to the iPad Pro 9.7 which was announced last year. Instead of calling the 2017 iPad as iPad Air3, they are simply calling it ‘The iPad”, which makes total sense if you take a look at the MacBook lineup. Apple discontinued their MacBook Air series and replaced it with “The MacBook”.
So now we have “The MacBook”, as the entry model, and “MacBook Pro” as the flagship device. Same goes with the iPad. “The iPad” which is the new 2017 iPad, is the entry model, and we have “iPad Pro” as the flagship device. This may hint that Apple may call this year’s anniversary edition iPhone as “iPhone Pro”, but only time will tell.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”, a thing that we have been seeing in the past Apple & HTC Devices, continues here as well. The 2017 iPad packs an iPad Air 1 chassis,and a spec bump on the inside, similar to what we saw on the iPhone SE. iPad Air 1’schassis isn’t necessarily bad, but it has its flaws, which were fixed in iPad Air 2, but those upgrades weren’t exactly carried over to the 2017 iPad.
It has a huge air gap under the display and when you press a button you can actually feel that. Apart from that, it doesn’t have the anti-reflective coating which may produce some glare. Apple claims that they have increased the brightness, well that should help with the glare & the reflections.
The 2017 iPad is both thicker and heavier than it’s predecessor iPad Air 2, but I won’t complain about that too much as it packs way more juice. Apple claims, that the 2017 iPad lasts 10hours on a single charge. The funny thing is that most of the reviewers who tested it found that it lasted 13 hours which is 30% more than what Apple claims. Thumbs up to Apple for that. The 2017 iPad rocks an Apple A9 chip, similar to what we saw on iPhone 6S & 6S Plus.
It’s a huge improvement over Apple A8 & A8Xchipset, but keep in mind that it’s a mobile processor. iPad Air 2 was rocking A8X, and iPad Pro 9.7 was rocking A9X chipset, both of which are tablet grade processors. And as the naming suggests, A9 comes in between. But the difference between A9 and A9X isn’t really big. So what is it lacking compared to iPad Pro9.7? It has stereo speakers compared to iPad Pro9.7’s 4 speakers.
iPad Pro also boasts a true tone display,Smart Connector, Camera Flash, Apple Pencil compatibility, & a laminated digitizer, all of which are absent on the 2017 iPad. But we can’t really compare an entry level329 dollar tablet to a 600 dollar flagship device, which is almost double, can we? Wrapping it up, so is it value for money? Absolutely. At 329 dollars, it may not be hard to get one of the budget tablets with greater specifications, but the 2017 iPad at this price is a steal.
But why should you choose iPad over those better on paper tablets’? Well, There are actually a lot of reasons. At this price point, you can either get a Chromebook, or an Android Tablet, or maybe a low spec windows tablet. The iOS ecosystem uses a lot less memory and can give you a lot of multitasking with just 2GB of ram, compared to the memory hog nature of Android & other Operating Systems mentioned in the list.
Even the iPad Pro 9.7 comes with just 2GBRAM, and is an absolute monster when it comes to performance. Apart from that, iOS has a way bigger selection of useful & tablet optimized apps compared to any other Touchscreen OS. Apart from all these things, the Apple A9chip, even though it is slightly slower than the A9X present in the 600 dollar iPad Pro9.7, it is still a beast of a processor. And last but not the least, it’s hard to get13 hours of battery life on a single charge with any of the other tablets available on the market.
If you’re a student, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that 2017 iPad might be best tablet under 350 dollars for you. Just considering the app ecosystem makes it a value for money option yet alone other perks. Complete Anatomy, Ummo, you name it! I may have said a lot of cons for the 2017 iPad, but that’s just me nitpicking, as I want you guys to know everything before buying. It’s not easy to answer if you should get the new iPad or not.
It all comes down to the type of tablet you want. If you want an absolute beast of a tablet and budget isn’t a problem then you should probably wait for the new iPad Pro to arrive. If you are someone who wants to buy a new tablet on a budget, or want to upgrade your iPad Air 1 or maybe just want to try an iPad for the first time,the 2017 iPad might be the best option for you.
If you’re someone who prefers customization, OTG & Memory Card Support, 4G calling and other features, the whole iPad line may not be right for you.
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