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Apple iPad (2019)

Apple iPad (2019)

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86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Apple’s new entry-level iPad packs a new, bigger screen and a magnetic Smart Connector. It’s no faster than the model it replaces, which sometimes feels limiting, but its blend of improved software, long battery life and a great app ecosystem still mean it’s the best tablet you can buy for under $500.

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Pros
  • Reasonable price
  • Slightly bigger screen
  • The same good battery life
Cons
  • Older processor
  • Smart Connector still feels limited
  • Base model only has 32GB of storage
86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
84
Average Critic Score
 
90
Macworld
By including options such as the Smart Connector and improving the screen size, Apple has made the iPad as appealing as it probably can without changing the price, and as such, as I see this as a quiet and rare push to bring people to into Apple's wider ecosystem by making an extremely attractive entry-level device.
 
80
Gizmodo
The new cheap iPad could have felt amazing with a sleeker new design, perhaps one that replaced the iPad Air. The new cheap iPad could have been easier to use with the addition of FaceID, a feature that would have needed a beefier processor. Then again, these kinds of things would have driven up the price, which would have defeated the purpose.
 
80
AppleInsider
...if you have the fifth generation iPad, and certainly the sixth generation, there may not be enough here to upgrade unless you really want that bigger screen. Had Apple shifted to the A11 processor, this would be a different conversation, though.
 
80
PC Mag
With its larger display, support for Apple's Smart Keyboard, and iPadOS, the least-expensive iPad is a terrific tablet and potentially even a laptop replacement.
 
90
Digital Trends
The iPad is an excellent option as an affordable tablet or even entry-level 2-in-1. It's powerful, has a fantastic operating system, and serves solid battery life. Go for a third-party keyboard instead of Apple's expensive Smart Keyboard, though.
 
90
TechRadar
The new iPad 10.2 is Apple's refreshed and still-reasonably-priced iPad with a marginally bigger screen, Smart Keyboard Cover compatibility, and extra RAM. Even though it's not very different from last year's iPad 9.7, which now also runs iPadOS, this 7th-gen iPad continues to be brilliant at the basics.
 
80
The Verge
Even though the processor is getting a little long in the tooth and Apple's Smart Keyboard is too pricey, it remains impressive that you can get a computer this good for this price. It's not a device that I would recommend upgrading to if you have a tablet you're even moderately happy with, but it is a device I am sure you'll be happy with if you buy it.
 
80
Notebookcheck
Are iPads still fun to use? In our opinion, yes, but a large part of that is because of the new iPadOS, rather than any significant hardware changes that Apple has introduced with the iPad 7 2019.
 
90
Tech Advisor
The iPad 10.2in gives potential newcomers to the Apple ecosystem little to complain about and much to fall in love with. "Entry-level Apple" now looks more appealing than it has in a long time.