After the release of the iPad Pro back in 2015, there had been some concerns in regards to the large screen size and why apple didn’t release a smaller version of it. Well the latest version that was released back in March 2016, Apple released two different sizes of the iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch as well as the 12.9-inch. The 9.7-inch initial price comes at £549.00 without the inclusion of cellular connectivity, the 12.9-inch however is priced from £729.00. There is a big price difference between the two different models, so we will recommend you to buy the smaller version.
In this article we’re going to focus more on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, because it has major differences and changes from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. If you logically think about it, the iPad Pro should really be the iPad Air 3 instead of the Pro, because in terms of size it’s similar to the iPad air. However due to the internal components, the iPad 9.7 inch is designed more towards, photographers, designers and illustrators which are on the go, therefore it enables them to do more powerful tasks.
In this article we're going to breakdown the good and bad features of this product and give our overall verdict.
Design & Screen
The overall design of the iPad Pro 9.7-Inch is very similar to the iPad Air 2. The dimensions and weight are both exactly the same, so you won't see much of a change when picking it up. If we look into the exterior specifications, we will see that the iPad Pro has 4 four speakers (two at the top and two at the bottom), the speakers will enable you to have a more surround sound instead of a output sound from one direction.
The screen resolution of the iPad Pro 9.7-inch is exactly the same as the iPad Air 2 which is 2048-by-1536. The colours on this iPad are more true toned, vibrant and engaging. The true tone feature matches the lighting of your surrounding, meaning you'll get the correct lighting if you are in a low lit surrounding or high lit surrounding.
There are some changes when it comes to the cameras. The rear camera now edges out of the back case which can cause scratches to the lens if the iPad is placed on the back, however if a decent case is bought, then there wouldn’t be any issue. The quality of the camera lens comes to a 12 megapixels which gives the pictures a better quality than the iPad Air 2 which consisted of an 8-megapixel camera lens. The iPad camera lens can also record 4K videos as well as have 3x the zoom when focusing in on a frame.
The front camera (FaceTime camera) lens has a much better improvement than the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Pro 12.9-inch. It comes with a 5-megapixel lens as well as having the retina flash which means you'll be able to take selfie pictures with great lighting.
Speed, Performance & Batter:
The new processor chip; A9X is much faster than the iPad Air 2, and almost as fast as the iPad Pro 12.9. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has half the RAM (memory) as the 12.9 inch iPad, which means that you'll see a slight difference in terms of running applications.
According to multiple reports, the battery testing was quite impressive, Apple's website specifies that that battery lasts up-to 10 hours, whereas different bench marking reports show that the iPad Pro 9.7 inch last for up to 11hrs
Our overall verdict is that this iPad is a bit pricey, however it is worth it if you look at what you get in return, but still we would have preferred the price to be a bit more low. The most expensive model costs £849.00. Another downside to this iPad model (like all other models) is that it doesn't come with a attachable keyboard, which is quite pricey as well. The camera could have possibly been placed in a better location within the back panel frame in order to prevent the lens the scratches when placed down.
The upside is that this iPad has a great speed and performs tasks much better compared to the iPad Air. Other than the speed and performance, the reduced size gives iPad users better portability.
If you're planning to buy this iPad for daily use, then we recommend you buying the iPad Air 2, it's cheaper and allows you to do everyday tasks. For those who want to design and illustrate, the iPad Pro would be a better option because it can handle more powerful tasks such as; photo editing and designing use apps such as; photoshop and CAD.
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