It’s no secret that tablet time is running out. If you paid attention to the trends of recent years, then at present wide-diagonal phones have practically replaced tablets from the market, as they are endowed with the same functions and capabilities.
But if you are looking for just a tablet, the new representative from the “apple” family. The iPad of 2018. Is an interesting option to study.
If you like to watch movies on the device’s big screen, play high-quality games or processs or photos.
Perhaps you want to watch movies on the go on the big screen?
In any case, the new model of the company deserves to be considered as an option for all of the above. And there are several reasons for this:
- Tablets of this particular company hold leading positions for many years and are an important segment of the tablet market as a whole;
- It was this tablet that came out in an unexpectedly affordable (cheap here is not a synonym) price category, which is an unusual step for the company as a whole; and many consider this device to be the best tablet in 2018.
Fig. 2: Appearance of the device.
For fans of the brand, the new tablet is “just” a good iPad.
We will tell the rest of what is new in this version, what you should pay attention to when buying. All this will be in one article below.
Fig. 3: Colors for every taste.
- Unpacking and packaging
- Design and Build
- Pros and cons
- YouTube review
- IOS 11.3 (sales start time);
- 9.7-inch screen (IPS, 2048 × 1536 pixels, 264 ppi, oleophobic coating, Apple Pencil support);
- A10 Fusion processor, 4-core, integrated M10 coprocessor;
- 2 GB OP;
- Memory 32 or 128 GB;
- Li-Pol battery, capacity 32.4 Wh, up to 10 hours of watchings or browsing the Internet;
- Cameras. 8 megapixels, 1.2 megapixels;
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, HT80 MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2;
- For the LTE version, support for the following frequencies (no voice). 1.5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17-20, 25-30, 38-41-nanoSIM;
- Digital compass;
- GPS / GLONASS (LTE version only)
- Fingerprint sensor of the first generation, inscribed in a mechanical button;
- Three-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, barometer, ambient light sensor;
- Apple Pay
- The colors of the case are silver, gold and gray space;
- Dimensions. 240×169.5×7.5 mm, weight. 469/478 grams (Wi-Fi / LTE).
The photo shows in detail the comparative characteristics of three well-known tablet models of the American brand. The corresponding columns show only those indicators in which they differ.
Fig. 4 power button
It is worth noting that the company, as usual, does not stand still and updates the “stuffing” of its products.
Of course, all the best will surely fall into the Pro release, however, the company has not deprived this new product either.
They installed a modern Apple A10 Fusion processor, as in the iPhone 7, and 2 GB of RAM.
Applications for games and programs are compatible with the device. They load well from the App Store and there are no problems at startup.
Fig. 5 Model Comparison
Fig. 6. Comparison of cameras in iPad
If you have a passion for games, watching movies, or to work on a tablet you need to store a lot of information on it. In this case, it is recommended to consider a more advanced option.
Remember that most iOS apps consume a lot of memory.
The A10 Fusion processor is familiar to Apple fans. A similar one was installed on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
For the rest, we mention that this is a powerful 64-bit processor manufactured using the 16 nm process technology.
We add that the new Apple received 2 GB of RAM LPDDR 4.
Do not forget about its unexpectedly low price. It will be especially joyful for schoolchildren and students.
In addition, using a special stylus (it must be bought separately), this tablet can become not only a companion in games, but also a good learning assistant.
Note that this was a wonderful marketing decision by the company.
Unpacking and packaging
The packaging itself is not fundamentally different from the packaging of previous models of this company. Everything is simple and simple.
Fig. 8 Rear view
It is worth noting that the charger has the same power as the iPad Pro 9.7. 10 W (2.1 A, 5.1 V).
Design and Build
This tablet model was introduced by the company at the end of March of the current year. There was little new.
Experts note that the design is almost the same, but the filling is slightly improved, a more affordable price tag and a small plus. The ability to use the Apple Pencil.
Finding the connectors in the tablet and their appearance also remained standard. You can familiarize yourself with them in the diagram:
Fig. 9: Device specifications.
Screen resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. Which means a density of 264 pixels per inch.
There is no significant progress recently, however, this will not be felt strongly when using the device. The tablet, as a rule, is further from the eyes than the phone screen. Therefore, the image will be clear and contrast.
The screen itself is bright when used, with such a high resolution all the icons and text are clearly visible in any situation.
The oleophobic coating mentioned is wonderful. However, it is worth noting that there is a big difference with more expensive models of the brand, for example, with the same Pro series.
In the budget version of the iPad 2018, the screen gets dirty very quickly despite the coverage.
Perhaps this is again due to the budget quality of this tablet.
Perhaps the owners of pages with popular photo content on social networks will find this a serious minus; someone may even say that this is a degradation of the product.
But, in the light of reducing company costs and lowering the price of the device, this step is justified and in our opinion is not a drawback.
As we mentioned above, this tablet has a system installed on the excellent 64-bit quad-core A10 Fusion processor, which was produced using a 16 nm process.
This was done to increase the operating time of the device without recharging, but, in the end, the iPad will work about 10 hours anyway.
Experts expected that they would repeat the successful experience with installing the same A9 chipset as on the iPad (2018). Which would also reduce the price.
However, manufacturers exceeded all our expectations by installing a new chipset 10.
At the same time, its performance on the updated device of 2018 will be sufficient for each task (here we note: performance slowdowns from viewing mail, or surfing the network will not be noticeable at all).
In general terms, there are no complaints about the operation of the device. Of course, if you previously worked on the well-known Pro version, the difference may be noticeable, but for the rest it will not be significant.
The device is equipped with a 4-core A10 processor, while the RAM is 2 GB. This is already remarkable, and if you compare the class of the device and the price. It can be considered quite fast. But we warn that over time, iOS version updates occur. Because of this, the device may become slower; whenever possible, you should advise avoiding unnecessary ads.
We bring to your attention the results of synthetic tests:
Figure 10. Results of the Geekbench 4 benchmark, in which
The new iPad (2018) scored 3254 points and 5857 points in single-core and multi-core tests, respectively (the result is better than the iPhone 7 with exactly the same chip and RAM. Then there were 3295 and 5387 points).
When testing a new Apple product, a similar runtime is shown as with the iPad Pro 10.5. Great, right?
It also depends on how often you use the tablet.
Usually it is used much less often than a phone, so there are fewer problems with charging the battery. In average, it works for 3-4 days with such work.
We tested the new iPad 2018, and compared it with the Pro 10.5 version for performance in Geekbench 4.
As a result, it turned out that the new tablet version 9.7 returned almost identical 2620 points, against 2690 points of his powerful and much more expensive brother.
The usual test was carried out (Full HD is played at high brightness for 90 minutes on a fully charged battery).
The new tablet is discharged by 77%, leaving 23% of the charge. This is a very good result. Again, in this the battery characteristics are comparable with other versions of Apple (for example, iPad Pro 9.7)
The picture shows the dependence of the time and battery shrinkage during the test:
Figure 11. Battery Performance
Fig. 12 Single-Core Score Test
Fig. 13 Multi-core Comparison
Fig. 14 Metal score
Fig. 15 Compute comparison
Fig. 16 Compute comparison. 2
Fig. 17 Summary
Fig. 18 Comparison of test results
Manufacturers promised us 10 hours of work on the tablet for viewing web pages ands.
Based on the test results, their promises came true: even after 5 hours watching a YouTube channel with active Wi-Fi, the battery had more than half the charge.
For such purposes, it is especially important for the device to have a long operating time so that there is no problem of recharging during classes and, judging by the results of the testing, the company also coped with this task.
During active work (for example, shooting a or launching games with high graphics). The tablet may become slightly warm.
But do not worry. It will just become a little warmer than usual. And here you should not expect too much battery life.
If you consider the tablet as a replacement for a laptop (in this case, there are pluses, for example, it is much more convenient and easier to carry, and the price is lower; so are your minuses. There is no convenient keyboard, less screen. You better know for what tasks use it, and what may suit you better). Of course, it is better to pay attention to a more progressive model of the company’s tablets. For example, iPad Pro 10.5.
The novelty is more suitable for everyday not difficult tasks. Adjusting photos, watching movies, searching the Internet, etc.
The main camera is 8 megapixels. As a result. Very saturated and bright photos are obtained in good light conditions with a sufficient amount of detail.
And just scaling a photo can indicate a lack of detail.
Look at examples of photos taken with this camera:
Fig. 19: Example photo on the device
Beautiful colors, brightness and saturation of the photo. Is not it? Of course, in this sense, Apple does not offer anything that its previous products did not have. But after all, it is not necessary to discuss the quality of the cameras of these devices. The company has already proven itself very well.
There are a large number of modes that deserve to be talked about. For example, panoramic shooting, with variable resolution, full-fledged with high resolution. And a large screen will be more convenient than a telephone for choosing settings and scenes.
The photo shows the main camera features of the new Apple product.
Fig. 21: Camera specifications
The main advantages that developers offer customers are essentially the same.
Secondly. This is iOS. Also established itself as the best platform for tablets. Version 11.3 was introduced precisely by the 2018 iPad.
Fig. 22 iPad Desktop
Pros and cons
- Affordable price while maintaining brand quality and functionality.
- Brand quality screen and photos.
- High performance.
- The metal “indestructible” case and the ergonomics thought over to trifles.
- Dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth version 4.2.
- Apple Pencil is not included in the basic package. You need to buy it separately.
- There are no significant changes to the device.
Roma. M. The difference between wi-fi and a SIM card is 10K rubles. On the one hand, such pricing has been typical for Apple tablets and Android devices for several years, on the other hand, I still can’t understand, the wwan module more than 5 USD, large companies buy such pieces of iron in bulk, which means the cost is even lower. Thus, in order to be constantly in touch, you need to overpay about 170 dollars, take care of the choice of tariff, operator, monthly pay for a SIM card, etc. And all this for the sake of the convenience of always online, which is still not needed 7/24 even for busy people. The question arises, Apple marketers (and not only Apple) what place do they think, in the hope of increasing sales of Cellular versions? Or this “barrage price tag” was made intentionally, on the principle. “We will not stand for the show-offs”.
Tanya. N. I wonder why new versions are not released with a 64 GB version of the amount of memory? As for me, 32 is too little, 128 is too much. 64, IMHO, the optimum, but alas.
Summarizing all of the above, we can say that this is a great gadget for those who are looking for a tablet.
Against the background of passivity of other manufacturers, even a minimal update of the trending model of a popular company can be quite successful.
In addition, for a lower price, focused on the budget layers of the population. And even more so.
It saddens the need to buy a separate Apple Pencil and the lack of dramatic changes in the new model. But ceteris paribus it is still the best tablet in 2018.
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