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Apple iPad 2018 Unboxing: 9.7 inch Affordable Slate, With a Taste of Apple Pencil (Video)

By James A.

I know it’s been a long while since we last unboxed or reviewed anything, so it’s time to get back to it. We’re doing it in style with the iPad (2018), the affordable 9.7 incher unveiled last month. It’s an affordable tablet for students and pupils, who can purchase it for $299. The regular people get it for $329.

This product has the advantage of also working with an Apple Pencil, which is sold separately for $99. We also got hold of one and played with it in the unboxing video. We also did a short tutorial of how to get the stylus to work with the device. You just activate Bluetooth, connect the stylus via Lightning and you’re all set. The stylus is pressure sensitive and lets you apply various degrees of pressure for input/drawing/editing.

This 9.7 inch tablet has a metal unibody design, with a 7.5 mm waistline and it’s got the typical 9.7 inch glass facade. It’s got big bezels, which we welcome, since we’ve got room to rest our thumbs. Inside the device’s box there’s the Lightning cable, hefty charger, manual and stickers. A pretty tall box, for not so many accessories. As far as this 6th gen iPad is concerned, it sports the Apple A10 CPU, the same CPU we’ve seen on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

 

There’s also 2 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32 GB or 128 GB of storage, as well as a 9.7 inch screen of the LCD variety, with a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. Available in silver, gold and space gray, the device is all metal, premium build and it keeps the Touch ID enabled Home button. You should enjoy it, since we’re going to miss it from the iPad Pro 2018. The iPAd (2018) offers a main 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, Panorama, HDR, F/2.4 aperture, plus Full HD video capture.

Upfront there’s a 1.2 MP camera for FaceTime and selfies and the list of specs ends with a 32.4 Whr Li-Po unit, which promises up to 10 hours of usage. By the way, this tablet also has AR features enabled, useful for the classroom, so you can dissect frogs in augmented reality without hurting real creatures. As far as the Apple Pencil is concerned, it feels like a combo of a crayon and pen, it’s a bit thicker at first feel, but it’s very comfy.

It’s compatible with the full suite of Apple productivity apps and Adobe ones. Can’t wait to play with it. It’s also bundled with a tip and a special accessory used to juice it up via Lightning cable. You can get it for $329 and we’ll be back with a full review.

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Apple iPad (2018) Review Roundup: Great for Productivity and PUBG, Screen Gap Spoils it a Bit

By Radu Iorga

The Apple iPad (2018) reviews are in and they’re positive for sure. Well, not God of War positive, but still Apple must be pleased. This is pretty much the slate to beat right now, especially thanks to the price and productivity features. We rounded up the best and most detailed designs and we’ve summed them up below. Let’s have a look via a roundup.

The Verge – Quality, but no laptop replacement

The Verge are traditionally considered as Pro Apple folks, so they didn’t stray far from the usual praise pattern. They praise the simple fact it’s an iPad and it’s fast. I’ll admit what from what I’ve seen the device is truly fast and snappy. The Apple Pencil support goes into the Pros as well, while the lack of smart connector is a bummer. The editors see this as the logical choice, the cheaper iPad for the people, the average users.

It doesn’t even want to be a laptop replacement apparently, unlike the iPad Pro. The thing you’re going to miss the most here is the lack of the ability to run 3 apps at once like the Pro does. The screen is praised, as is the waistline.

CNET – praise for work features

CNET also gave the product praise, for its faster A10 CPU and the use of the Apple Pencil for work and annotation. iOS remains king of app selection on tablets, hands down. The problem is that people may want a bigger and better screen, plus quad speakers, since we’ve been spoiled by the iPad Pros. They also remind people that also buying a Pencil, case and keyboard will bring you closer to laptop pricing levels. Food for thought…

The editors praise the integration of the Pencil experience into the iWork suite. They also say that games run great, the apps will load fast and the battery life even beat expectations. LTE speeds are also improved, it seems. One of the drawbacks is that the Apple Pencil is not exactly kid friendly, having a rear cap that get lost easily.

Engadget – Great price, great Pencil support

Engadget sees this as the best tablet at the $329 price tag and praised its great performance and Apple Pencil support. The many tablet apps are also a big plus, but the design is seen as “getting old” by this review. The thickness is also a downer, compared to the other iPads. The return of the gap between the Retina Display and the glass that covers it may annoy some people, accustomed to the newest format.

Engadget actually played some solid PUBG Mobile sessions on the tablet and came up satisfied with the way it ran, even with the graphics tuned all the way up. Fortnite also ran fine and the multiple apps running side by side provided solid multitasking. As far as the stylus goes, the experience is very similar to the $650 iPad Pro 10.5 one with pencil, but the screen gap kind of changes it.

Ars Technica –  Some compromises, especially the screen

Ars Technica takes a more cautious approach and asks just how creative the device is. They also bring up the screen gap and the way it influences Apple Pencil interaction. The design is the same as the cheap iPad from last year and it’s really getting dated. Bezels are also considered a bummer now. The screen isn’t laminated in the same way as the iPad Pro, which is a bummer.

Also, if you’re coming from the iPad Pro you may find the screen being too small. The camera is considered forgettable basically and the benchmarks are good enough to compete with the first iPad Pro or even beat it. In some tests it’s even close to the iPhone X.

Techradar  – Going into detail, loving the screen

Techradar considers this device a great tablet for people who want a basic tablet and to serve that basic purpose. They praise the screen, CPU power and price, but the design and extra priced Apple Pencil gets some backlash. They seem happy with the way to express artistry through the pen and you can also do quite a bit of work via the Notes app. The multi level pressure of the Pencil si very useful and put to work properly on this device, even though not on iPad Pro level.

2 GB of RAM may feel like too little, but it’s enough for drawing, PUBG, email and some educational apps. Techradar praised low screen reflectance, nice contrast, but the gap and bezels kill the mood a little.

In the end I feel that the latest iPad is just Apple being Apple. Some incremental updates, much of the package from last year, a newer CPU and a gimmick: the stylus. They cut some corners here and there, but hey, you can dissect frogs virtually and schools will buy this in bulk, so sales are going to go crazy.

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