Apple iPad Pro 9.7
This is the first Apple iPad Pro tablet I am doing a review of. The Apple iPad Pro 9.7 is a product of the Apple tech company. It was released recently in March 2016 in two versions. There is the Apple iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular (3G/LTE) and the Apple iPad Pro Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi, w/o GPS) version, both supported by LTE Networks. This review is a decision making overview of the Apple iPad Pro 9.7. Let us check it out.
Design and build
We see a typical Apple design on the Apple iPad Pro 9.7. It does borrow its design and build from the iPhone 5 and 6. We see a camera with a dual LED (dual tone) flash and Apple’s logo on the back. On the front we see a symmetrical face. It has a 9.7 inches display panel, a selfie camera at the centre of the top bezel and a home button on the bottom bezel that mounts up as a fingerprint scanner. It has these dimensions 240 mm x 169.6 mm x 6.1 mm. At 6.1 mm it is rather slim and in turn looks sleek. It only weighs 437 g – 444 g.
This tablet has a stylus which is a pen utility that one uses to navigate through the device and for other functions like highlighting, dragging and dropping, making selections, drawing and painting etc. It is a very handy tool that is easy to use and get used to.
The 9.7 inches display of the Apple iPad Pro 9.7 covers 72 percent of the face of the phone. It is an LED back light IPS LCD capacitive touch screen that supports 16 million colors and multi touch. It has a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels (264 ppi pixel density). It is a very appealing screen that is soft to the eye, has great viewing angles, is bright enough to see even in outdoor conditions and has good colors. It is a true tone display that is protected with a scratch resistant glass and oleophobic coating.
The cameras on the Apple iPad Pro 9.7 are super impressive. To the level of a flagship devices. Top notch and high quality. We see a 12 MP primary camera with an aperture of f/2.2, phase detection, autofocus and a dual LED (dual tone) flash. It has geo tagging, touch focus, face and or smile detection, HDR and panorama modes. The selfie camera is a very descent 5MP camera of f/2.2 aperture with face detection HDR and panorama. Video recording is at 2160p@30fps at most and there is 4K video recording capability. There is also simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording. If you are looking to buy this tablet for its camera then you will not go wrong. The cameras are great for both video and photo features.
Performance and memory
Apple iPad Pro 9.7 runs on IOS 9.3.2 which is upgradable to IOS 10.3.2. It comes with Apple’s own Apple A9X chipset, a dual core 2.16 GHz (Twister) CPU and a PowerVR Series 7 (12 core graphics) GPU.
Internal memory of this tablet is 32 GB or 128 GB or 256 GB all with 2GB of RAM. There is no option of expanding memory using an SD card. You however get iCloud service that allows you to save files on cloud incased you run out of space.
This tablet is very snappy and does not lag or hang even when many other applications are running on the background.
A non removable Li-on battery (27.9Wh). With it you get up to 10 h of multimedia.
The Apple iPad Pro 9.7 has four stereo speakers with give wonderful sound output. There is the 3.5mm jack with active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.
Connectivity and network
There is support for Wi-Fi 802.11, dual band, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.3, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC and a 2.0 reversible connector; magnetic connector.
Network: GSM 2G, CDMA, HSPA and EVDO.
I was impressed with this tablet device. It has great performance, a good build and wonderful camera. For those looking for a powerful tablet this is the way to go. It comes in four colors silver, gold, space grey and rose gold- have your choice.