When Apple announced the smaller iPhone SE back in March, they also launched the smaller iPad pro with a 9.7-inch display. Priced at Rs. 85,000 in Nepal, is this the best iPad ever? Or perhaps the best tablet to buy right now? Let’s find out in our review.
Just like the iPhone SE, what Apple did here is put the internals from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro into a 9.7-inch casing. However, Apple has added some improvements in this smaller variant making it one of the most powerful tablets ever, and unlike its bigger sibling, the 9.7-inch iPad pro is now easy to carry around wherever you like.
Talking about the display, Fantastic is the word to describe its IPS panel. Although the resolution remains the same as seen on the iPad Air 2, but the iPad pro is much brighter and less reflective. Moreover, it has a True Tone display, which houses new sensors that dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light of your environment. It might look gimmickry on papers, but it’s a really useful thing to have on a bigger display. The Colors look more natural with the true tone display mode on. It’s currently running iOS 9.3, and we all know this version brings the Night Shift feature that uses the timeclock to change the color tone. Personally, I felt it’s a good thing to have if you’re an eBook reader.
The iPad pro now features 4 speakers and the sound is really good and is perfect for watching movies and listening to the song. As far as performance is concerned, it’s the best we’ve seen on a tablet. The Apple A9X 64bit chipset is indeed faster than the S7 Edge that we are currently using. Apps opening is blazingly fast, and the gaming performance is just breathtaking. You will barely notice any lags while playing heavy games, and with the wider surface area there are no heating issues.
While most of the tablet’s weakness is its mediocre camera, this one has the same 12MP camera of iPhone 6s. Yes, it’s very difficult to capture images while carrying this one, but the camera is just as good as 6s. This brings to the 5MP front camera which takes decent selfies and is useful while video calling. The battery on this tablet is excellent, and it takes around 3.5 hours to fully charge from 0 to 100%. Overall, the iPad pro is easily the best tablet you can buy right now. It sports everything you want in a tablet- Great screen, Fast performance, and excellent battery.