Apple iPad (2018)
Once again, Apple has squeezed a bunch of components from past iOS devices -- the processor from the iPhone 7, the Pencil-friendly touch sensor from the first iPad Pro -- into a familiar body. While that might not sound terribly exciting, it all comes together to offer one of the most pleasant experiences you'll find from a sub-$500 tablet. Whether schools will embrace this machine as enthusiastically as Apple hopes remains to be seen, but it's the best cheap iPad Apple has ever made and there's enough performance and polish here for everyone.
- Great performance for the price
- Apple Pencil support
- Lots of excellent tablet apps
- Classic design is getting old
- Still thicker than other iPads
- May be pricey for schools
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- 85AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsWired80REVIEW: APPLE IPAD (2018)As an in-classroom device, I think the iPad works perfectly fine for younger kids. Let them take pictures of insects and make fun movies about the Serengeti. But once they're composing 500-word papers and compiling research files and writing lab reports, they're probably going to want to step up to something more capable. Or maybe not. Maybe like so many of us, they'll just slap a keyboard on it and call it a laptop.Macworld90Apple’s tablet is 'pro' enough for many of usIn our review of last year’s 9.7-inch iPad, we said it was a "better choice than the iPad Pro for a lot of users," and the addition of Apple Pencil support and a faster processor makes that especially true for this year’s model. For $329, you’re getting a stellar tablet that feels as though it’s very capable, although without some quality-of-life features. For a general-purpose tablet for school, business, or pleasure, it currently doesn’t get any better than this.CNET90The iPad for everyoneThe 2018 entry-level iPad doesn't add much, but it makes an already excellent tablet a better buy than ever.SlashGear80This one's for my kidsThe Apple Pencil isn’t going to be a necessity for most users. My time with the iPad Pro has convinced me that Apple stylus makes the tablet experience as a whole more fruitful, certainly, but the fact that’s the accessory is almost a third the price of the 2018 iPad itself smarts. Still, that’s a small blot on a tablet that otherwise strikes a compelling balance between price and capabilities.Tech Advisor80iPad (2018) reviewThe 2018 iPad isn't close to a redesign or overhaul, but the iPad formula still works so we don't blame Apple for sticking to it.This isn't a perfect tablet, but it offers a very well-rounded experience that will appeal to most people. For just £319 you get that Apple build quality and a decent set of specs including Apple Pencil support so, for a change, Apple offers brilliant value for money.It doesn't have a laminated screen or the latest processor, but this won't matter for the vast majority of users.The iPad 2018 is a bargain.Macworld UK80iPad 9.7in (2018) reviewFor pickier and richer buyers, however, we would not recommend this device, mainly because the budget still doesn't stretch to a laminated screen, which we were taking for granted back in 2014 when the Air 2 came out. We really don't like the way unlaminated screens feel!Still, the unlaminated screen didn't put people off in 2017 and we don't suppose it will put people off now. And ultimately this is a fantastic deal for a decent (albeit flawed) tablet.Time80Apple's New, Cheaper iPad Is PerfectOverall, Apple’s newest iPad is worth considering if you don’t want to splurge on the iPad Pro and simply want a decent tablet for reading, browsing the web, checking emails, and streaming video. One of the biggest sacrifices you would have made by opting for the standard model over the Pro no longer exists now that Apple has added support for the Apple Pencil. Yes, there are little compromises here and there: The screen isn’t as nice as that of the iPad Pro, the speakers aren’t as loud, and you’ll have to settle for a Bluetooth keyboard if you’re planning to get any work done. But for all of the most common reasons you may want an iPad, Apple’s new model checks all the right boxes.phoneArena90Apple iPad (2018) ReviewThe new iPad, it's arguably one of Apple's least upgraded successive products in recent memory. Unlike the iPhone line that generally sees several additions while retaining the same design as its predecessor, Apple recycles the design to the teeth while offering only two major changes – support for the Apple Pencil and adding in the new A10 Fusion processor! Despite the minuscule upgrade, this is still the best all-around tablet you can get for your money.TechRadar90New iPad (2018) reviewThe new iPad is great tablet for those that want just that: a tablet. It's shorn of the power and performance of the iPad Pro range, but the addition of Apple Pencil compatibility and the A10 chipset bring it pretty close, and for a lot less cash. It irks that you need to buy the Pencil separately to unlock a key feature, and design-wise we're seeing something pretty old-school here… but for the price it's hard to criticize too much, and this is still the best tablet on the market.The Verge90PENCIL IT INThis is a very good tablet. The best, in fact, under $500. It’s too bad that nothing else comes close, because maybe that competition would have inspired Apple to make something a little better.
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