10.5 inch iPad Pro review: Bigger screen and bigger power

The 10.5 inch iPad Pro is an iPad that we all need from the Cupertino Company this year. The new tablet is designed for those users who are looking for a smaller-screened iPad model with advanced features and stunning design. The brand new 10.5 inch iPad Pro is packed with the best of Apple’s hardware and technologies, like ProMotion display technology, insane power, and iOS 11.

The 10.5 inch iPad Pro is not the device that you can buy to replace your laptop. Basically, the device can handle the most basic of laptop’s tasks, like watching high-res videos, playing video games, checking email, chatting with friends, or sending and receiving text messages. However, for a $649 price tag, you can get a better laptop that suits best your daily needs.

One of the best things about the Apple iPad lineup of tablets this year lies in iOS 11, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system. iOS 11 really shines on the iPad, as it comes with a lot of exciting things, like a new customizable Dock, multitasking features, new app switcher, and Drag and Drop feature. iOS 11 won’t be ready until fall, and the 10.5 inch iPad Pro undoubtedly ranks among the first to get the update.

So, if you now own a 9.7 inch iPad Pro, will the 10.5 inch iPad Pro be worth the upgrade? Let’s try to find out.

  1. Design

Apple barely changes the exterior look of its iPad, and it seems that there is no exception here. We still have the same metallic back with rounded corners. However, this time, Apple has officially removed the plastic cut-out at the top of the device, offering the device a more premium look when compared to the 9.7 inch model.

With the new 10.5 inch iPad Pro, Apple has made it even thinner and lighter. Specifically, the Cupertino Company has reduced the borders by nearly 40 percent, allowing the device to sit perfectly in a bag. Besides, thinner bezels allow for more comfortable hands-on experience even for a long period of time.

On the back of the device, you will find the protruding camera that sports the same sensor as the current iPhone 7. This year, it seems that Apple heavily focuses on audio quality. At the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced its first Siri-powered speaker, the HomePod, which delivers incredible audio quality.

With the 10.5 inch iPad Pro, there’s larger space for speakers. We have a four speaker setup that’s now much louder and clearer than past iPad models. All four speakers deliver impressive audio quality and adapt to how you are holding the device. On the front, there is a fingerprint scanner that allows you to unlock your device and authenticate purchases.

  1. Display

The display is really something that stands out on the new 10.5 inch iPad Pro. In reality, the screen on the 10.5 inch iPad Pro is among the best we have seen in recent years. It’s much brighter and sharper than the older iPad models.

What sets the 10.5 inch iPad Pro from other competitors out there lies in its refresh rate. This year, Apple has introduced ProMotion, a new screen technology that adjusts the screen’s refresh rates, up to 120Hz, allowing for a more responsive user interface. The screen responds quickly to touch without any lag.

The new iPad Pro sports a 10.5 inch display with a resolution of 1668 x 2224 pixels. Noticeably, the display now offers up to 600 nits of brightness, making it even brighter than the 5K iMac. Besides, the 600 nits of brightness gives the device the ability to show HDR movies.

TrueTone is also a standout feature of the 10.5 inch iPad Pro that adjusts the white balance of the display to matche with the lighting around you. In reality, TrueTone was expected to hit the 9.7 inch iPad Pro last year, however it was nowhere to be found at launch.

  1. Performance and Camera

This year, Apple has opted for the company’s A10X Fusion chip on its iPad models. The new chip offers faster performance and allows the device to handle more complex tasks at the same time, like editing photos, 4K video rendering, and playing intense graphics games.

Besides, the new iPad offers up to 40 percent graphics performance, mainly thanks to its new 12-core GPU and 4GB of RAM. A 12-core GPU is perfectly combined with a powerful six-core CPU to offer an incredible power, while maintaining an all-day battery life.

When it comes to cameras, a powerful CPU allows the device to shoot photos with much-enhanced quality. The new iPad Pro features a 12-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization. On the front, there is a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. Overall, the 10.5 inch iPad Pro offers great cameras, capturing natural-looking photos even in low-light conditions. Besides, you can easily spice up your pictures, thanks to a full set of editing tools, including crop, rotate your photos, effects, and much more.

Bottom line

The 10.5 inch iPad Pro is undoubtedly the most powerful iPad model that Apple has ever released to the public. With a great design, impressive performance, and excellent audio quality, the new iPad Pro should be your perfect start. For those users who now own a 9.7 inch iPad Pro, the 10.5’s benefits are really worth the extra cost.

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