This is Warenotice's review of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
The following is a transcript of our 9.7-inch iPad Pro video shown above.
The iPad is well-known as the device that revolutionized the tablet industry. But, that happened many many years ago. Now, Apple’s latest iPad, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is here. Will this device restore the iPad lineup to its former glory after a long streak of declining sales? Well, let's find out if this device is even good enough for you to buy. This is the Warenotice review of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro - Image Credit: Warenotice
Let’s go through what’s supposed to make this device better than the iPad Air 2, which is the 9.7-inch iPad that came before the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. First, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s four speakers: they look good and everything, but you have to ask yourself if it's absolutely necessary to have four speakers when the iPad Air 2 already has two.
Support for the Apple Pencil is new in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and nonexistent in the iPad Air 2. But, it certainly doesn’t make the 9.7-inch iPad Pro as great as Apple says it is. The Apple Pencil worked no better than a standard stylus when I tested it. A standard stylus would actually be more preferable since the Apple Pencil costs $99 and you have to charge it.
Compatibility with the Smart Keyboard is another ‘great’ new feature of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro that wasn’t included in the iPad Air 2. Well, the Smart Keyboard feels pretty awkward to type on. It feels like you have to hit the keys harder than you do on Apple’s standard bluetooth keyboard, the Magic Keyboard. The strange thing is you’d think that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard would be good, or at least better than Apple’s Magic Keyboard, since the Smart Keyboard is $50 more expensive, with its price of $149.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also has some nice new chips, which are the A9X chip and the M9 motion coprocessor. The iPad Air 2 only has the the A8X chip and the A8 motion coprocessor. You may not think this is much of an improvement, but Apple claims that it is, as the new chips increase the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s CPU performance by at most 1.8 times the amount of the iPad Air 2, according to Apple. Hey, finally a new feature in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro that doesn’t cost any extra money or isn’t a total gimmick.
Speaking of good features in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro that the iPad Air 2 doesn’t have, let’s discuss the camera. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a 12 MP rear camera, which is the highest resolution camera in an iPad and the same resolution as the rear cameras in the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and SE. Its rear camera can also record 4K videos, which is again the same as the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and SE’s rear cameras. Also, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s rear camera has a flash. Finally! It’s the very first iPad with a flash!
The device also has a 5 MP front-facing camera, which like its rear-facing camera is the highest resolution front-facing camera in an iPad and the same resolution as the latest iPhones’ front-facing cameras. If you couldn’t tell by now, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has the best cameras of any iPad so far.
What about the True Tone display? Well, its another feature exclusive to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but it quite honestly isn’t something that’s going to give you the sudden urge to go out and buy the device. Basically, the True Tone display’s purpose is to allow the color of the content on the iPad’s display to change to match the lighting of the iPad’s environment. So, if you’re in a room with warm light and a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the iPad’s display’s colors are going to be slightly warmer. This feature isn’t for everyone and you may not even notice it, so it’s definitely not a selling point of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
So, those are all of the most notable new features in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro when it's compared to the iPad Air 2. When compared to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch version is arguably much better. It’s less expensive, it has the cameras that I mentioned earlier, it's 0.8 mm thinner, and it’s close to half the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s weight. It’s all around a better device than its 12.9-inch counterpart, unless you’re looking for an iPad with a bigger screen.
However, that’s only if you don’t have an iPad and you want to buy an iPad Pro. Then, without a question, you should buy the 9.7-inch version. But, if you already have an iPad Air 2 and you’re thinking about upgrading to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, I’d tell you not to buy it and wait until Apple comes out with a better device. The only groundbreaking feature that would be upgraded for you is the camera, and there’s no point in spending at least $599 to get an iPad with a better camera. If you have the older, first generation iPad Air, I would still advise you not to purchase the 9.7-inch iPad Pro since the only major new features you’d get are a Touch ID sensor and the better cameras.
Even if you want the 9.7-inch iPad Pro because you think the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard look cool, your wallet probably wouldn’t share the same desire with you. Again, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s price starts at $599 in addition to the Apple Pencil’s cost of $99 and the Smart Keyboard’s price of $149. When you add these together, you have to pay $847 if you get the cheapest 9.7-inch iPad Pro in combination with those two accessories. And that price doesn’t even include taxes or AppleCare.
In summary, only buy the 9.7-inch iPad Pro if you like its size and you don’t already have a functional iPad Air or iPad Air 2.