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Our Honest Review of the latest iPad 10.2 from Apple


The new iPad 10.2 is Apple’s revitalized and still-reasonably-priced iPad with a marginally bigger screen, Smart Keyboard Cover compatibility, and additional RAM. Despite the fact that it’s not really different from last year’s iPad 9.7, which now also runs iPadOS upgrade, this 7th-gen iPad continues to be brilliant at the fundamentals.

Great rate for a brand-new iPad

Somewhat bigger screen

Works with Smart Keyboard Cover


Marginally much better than iPad 9.7

Older iPads might be more affordable

iPad Air transcends for sketching

The iPad 10.2 continues from where last year’s entry-level iPad 9.7 ended: using Apple’s best value for a new iPad at an extremely reasonable cost– and a cost that’s frequently marked down by third-party sellers.

We ‘d describe it in 3 concise ways: larger, budget and standard. New is the 10.2-inch display that’s marginally larger than the traditional 9.7-inch screen size. Every portion of an inch assists if you’re planning to use Split View on iPadOS, and the actual iPad measurements aren’t much larger.

There’s also compatibility with Apple’s material Smart Keyboard Cover, which we’ve always discovered to work better than often-unreliable Bluetooth keyboards, no syncing or charging required. It merely snaps onto Apple’s Smart Connector (the first time the pogo-pin port has actually appeared on a basic iPad). Note: the keyboard is sold separately, as is the Apple Pencil, and it’s quite expensive.

That’s essentially it. Besides having more RAM tucked into the iPad 10.2, you will not discover any other upgrades over the iPad 9.7 from March 2018, which’s all right. Most people don’t need all of the premium bells and whistles of the bezel-reduced iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9, or have a requirement for the thinner, laminated screen of the 10.5-inch iPad Air 2019 (though we highly suggest this version if you’re severe about sketching with the Pencil).

What’s important is that the iPad 10.2 can do all of the basics– and a bit more than you may realize thanks to the iPadOS update. In our tests, it ran all of the exact same apps, supported hardware-intensive increased reality (AR) games, showed the recently fine-tuned home screen, and even served as a second Mac display thanks to the macOS Catalina ‘SideCar’ feature.

Buying the iPad 10.2 is a no-brainer if all you need is a new iPad– and can discover it at the exact same rate as in 2015’s iPad. That’s going to be our one caution for everybody. Apple itself isn’t offering the iPad 9.7 any longer, however merchants may offload stock at Black Friday prices soon (we saw it decrease to $229 last Cyber Monday).

If you discover the older iPad model at a great rate it would make sense to purchase it, given so little bit has altered. But, on an even rate playingfield, there’s just enough here to guarantee that this year’s entry-level iPad continues to be fantastic at the basics.

The iPad 10.2 was a surprise announcement at Apple’s iPhone 11 launch occasion, and its official release date was scheduled for Monday, September 29. It really started delivering early for some people on Wednesday, September 25, the day after the iPadOS update came out.

The most crucial thing is just how much it costs: the iPad 10.2 price begins at $329 (₤ 329, AU$ 529) for the rather-limited 32GB version and $429 (₤ 479, AU$ 689) for the 128GB version. You can get away with just 32GB if you intend on streaming most things and using iCloud.

Severe work from the iPad 10.2, with a desire to save and edit photos and video, pleads for the 128GB version, and perhaps financial investment in the Smart Keyboard Cover $159 (₤ 159, AU$ 235), the Apple Pencil $99 (₤ 89, AU$ 145), or possibly the cellular version of this iPad beginning at $459 (₤ 479, AU$ 729). Even for the ‘low-cost iPad’ things can add up when you go for the extras.

Options nowadays: the iPad mini 5 (7.9 inches), iPad 10.2, iPad Air 10.5, and iPad Pro 11.

This is the 7th-generation iPad and it shows, with a solid-feeling, yet familiar style that, at first blush, looks as if it hasn’t altered in several years. There’s a long lasting aluminum shell, glass on top, and the standard house button. It comes in 3 colors: Silver, Gold and Area Gray.

New this year, Apple has actually made its iPad enclosure from 100% recycled aluminum, and it grew ever-so-slightly thanks to the 10.2-inch screen size. The height and width are really identical to the bigger 10.5-inch iPad Air 2019– it’s simply not as noticeably thin and light as the Air.

The Smart Adapter is the biggest perk if you prepare to upgrade. It makes the iPad 10.2 the most inexpensive iPad to work with Apple’s Smart Keyboard Cover, Logitech’s Slim Combo Keyboard Case and a few other accessories. They never need to be charged and they match quickly.

The iPad 10.2 uses the exact same Smart Keyboard as the new Air, so we currently knew we liked the one-piece laser-etched material keys. They’re water- and stain-resistant, and resistant to particles. Last iPad review we ate a crumbly croissant and easily wiped away the lots of pieces that didn’t make it into our mouths. This time, exact same deal, however with Doritos. Again, it has a look at by cleaning up nicely.

We do have reservations with Apple’s Smart Keyboard. It’s costly and none of the secrets are backlit. That makes it hard to utilize in the dark (think: college students who have roommates and are pulling all-nighters on tasks with the lights shut off). There are more faster ways as part of the iPadOS upgrade, however none of the 64 secrets are adjustable like they are on a MacBook.

There’s precisely half an inch of extra screen real estate on the iPad 10.2, and we discovered it to be a modest improvement over the traditional iPad screen size. It will not alter your life or your watching habits, however it’s nice to see more screen-to-body worth from the entry-level iPad.

What’s important is that Apple increased the LCD’s resolution to keep the exact same pixel density as its iPad predecessors, so it continues to look fantastic in its stretch to 10.2 inches. It’s colorful, brilliant and supports the Apple Pencil, the latter being a brand-new feature as of the iPad sixth gen.

This makes the brand-new iPad a great option for seeing Netflix and playing mobile games (see: our Apple Arcade review), and its 4:3 element ratio is primed for reading. That extra half-inch does be available in helpful with iPadOS altering the home screen and pushing Split View, or if you utilize macOS Catalina’s ‘Sidecar’ feature that turns your iPad into a 2nd Mac screen.

You are, however, going to get more out of the 10.5-inch iPad Air if you prepare to seriously use the Apple Pencil. Its completely laminated display decreases the gap between the screen and glass, so you feel as if you’re drawing straight on the screen. The iPad 10.2 screen isn’t pressed up against the glass so securely, making the Pencil idea feel as if it’s floating a bit.

Specs, performance and video camera.

We discovered the brand-new iPad 10.2 efficient in managing the exact same rigorous apps, high-end 3D games and light video modifying as the iPad 9.7 in our tests. That’s not a huge surprise given that it consists of the exact same A10 Fusion chipset, which also happens to power the iPhone 7 and iPod touch 7th gen.

Apple did increase the memory from 2GB to 3GB of RAM in a year’s time, and we did see much better Geekbench multi-score outcomes: (5,921 on the iPad 9.7 vs 6,047 on the iPad 10.2). So the A10 chipset is aged-but-completely-adequate for the standard iPad. Our desire is for more internal storage than the given 32GB or 128GB is more pressing and sorely missed.

Its additional RAM is a modest upgrade, however even more crucial as Apple pitches the 2-in-1 type aspect utilizing the Smart Keyboard as a laptop computer replacement for some people. Yes, you’ll get more grunt and video modifying power out of the iPad Air and iPad Pro, which have A12 and A12X chipsets, respectively. However at this price point, you can’t grumble about lag-free performance.

The iPad 10.2 has a the same 8MP rear electronic camera that’s functional for catching pictures and videos. But serious professional photographers ought to count on their smart-HDR-equipped iPhone and avoid using the 1.2 MP selfie video camera that looks soft and blows out backgrounds.

More notably for a tablet, the video camera functions as a fully operational AR video gaming tool. We evaluated it using brand-new Pokemon Go-like Harry Potter: Wizards Join and robot-filled multiplayer affair Machines. Soon, it’ll become a nicely-sized 10.2-inch window into the world of Minecraft Earth.

The iPad 10.2 provides the first taste of the iPadOS software application upgrade for a great deal of individuals, especially those updating from the iPad 4 and original iPad Air that are forever stuck with iOS 12.4.1.

iPadOS makes multi-window app assistance more robust with Slide Over and Split View much easier to control, and the brand-new App Exposé handy for understanding all of the apps that are open. Long past due: the ability to have 2 of the same apps open side-by-side. It’s finally here.

That brand-new house screen boils down to you being able to pin the Today View widgets, formerly on the left-most screen, ideal next to the first set of apps. It’s not as dramatic of a change as we ‘d hoped when first hearing the words ‘new house screen’, but seeing your next calendar appointment and the weather forecast at a glance is favorable nonetheless.

The biggest iPadOS change is in fact one that shows up with the macOS Catalina upgrade. It’s called ‘Sidecar’ and it made our iPad 10.2 a fully-functional second screen when we evaluated it with our MacBook Pro. We had the ability to offload Slack and spreadsheets from our primary screen to the iPad, treating it as a 2nd display in a tight New york city City cafe.

Sidecar makes bring an iPad a must for productivity-focused travelers. Ever wish your laptop computer had a second screen when you were on the road? This is the service you’ve been waiting on. And at its rock-bottom cost, the iPad 10.2 is going to make a perfect option to fill this need.

Here’s another way that the new iPad 10.2 hasn’t changed, and we’re thankful: it has the exact same outstanding battery life we found in the iPad 9.7. It’s again rated for 10 hours of video playback or web surfing, and we discovered that to be real in our tests.

Furthermore, the iPad lasted us a solid 3 days with periodic use– playing video games, viewing 2 programs on Netflix and composing this evaluation utilizing the Smart Keyboard. We did see that battery percentage took a struck when we were playing AR games, as expected, but in general it held up when we used it for half of our work day– approximately 4 hours a day.

We have great news and bad news to report based upon our charging tests: the iPad 10.2 takes permanently using the consisted of 12W charger. You’re going to require almost 4 hours to go from 0% to 100%. In an age where brand-new iPhone 11 Pro phones include an 18W fast-charger in the box and charge full in a little over 90 minutes, this feels painfully sluggish.

Here’s the good news: when we swapped out the 12W charger for Apple’s 30W USB-C battery charger, (the one that includes the iPad Pro) we had the ability to get much faster charging speeds. You can even utilize the 18W iPhone Pro charger to juice back up more quickly.

So the iPad 10.2 is fast-charge compatible, which is something we discovered the iPad Air and iPad mini 5 earlier this year. But all come with 12W iPad 4-era adapters, so you require to make a financial investment– or obtain a higher-watt iPhone, iPad or Mac battery charger.

( Image credit: Future).
Buy it if …

You require to replace an iPad for cheapIt’s an 10.2-inch iPad at an excellent rate. When upon of time we paid $499 (₤ 399, AU$ 539) for a brand-new iPad. That’s not the case anymore, so this seems like an outright steal.

You desire a second Mac monitorApple’s ‘Sidecar’ feature for macOS Catalina became a preferred feature of ours when testing the iPad 10.2. Need a second, travel-friendly display? This is an inexpensive solution.

You can’t update to iPadOS We’re speaking to you, iPad 4 and iPad Air 1 owners stuck on iOS 12.4.1. This is an excellent method to experience Dark Mode, better multitasking, and the new home screen.
Don’t purchase it if …

You want to do serious Apple Pencil drawingThe Apple Pencil works fine on this tablet, however serious sketchers need to update to the iPad Air for its laminated screen that seems like you’re drawing straight on the screen.

You see the older iPad 9.7 on saleBoth iPads gone for the very same fantastic price, but we frequently see merchants heavily mark down the older iPads for Black Friday. That’s when to attack if all you care about is price.

Your new-ish iPad works fine.

We still consider the 6th- and even 5th-gen iPads great values, so if you believe yours can hold up till March 2021 (Apple’s waited 18 months in between iPads), then sit tight for the next round.

Drew Simms
Drew has been a retail jockey, founded a professional photography business and a news blog covering the Apple ecosystem. He has served as News Editor and Managing Editor at The Next Web and is now Editor-In-Chief at Drew Reports News. He has made a name for himself in the tech media world as a writer and editor, relentlessly covering Apple and Twitter, in addition to a broad range of startups in the fields of robotics, computer vision, AI, fashion, VR, AR and more. Owns shares in ETFs. Contact Drew at drew@drewreportsnews.com

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