9.7-inch iPad (2018) vs 10.5 inch iPad Pro: Which one is right for you

At this year’s education event, Apple announced a new 9.7 inch iPad following months of endless rumors. The new iPad serves as one of Apple’s major plans to expand its devices in schools worldwide, giving students and teachers a new way of learning and interaction.

One of the biggest additions to the 9.7 inch iPad lies in Apple Pencil support, something that comes pre-loaded in the iPad Pro lineup. Apple’s move is widely welcome by users and tech experts worldwide, allowing them to take notes and sketch ideas.

Apple’s new 9.7 inch iPad is not the best iPad in the market, as Apple is also offering 10.5 inch iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is specifically designed for pro users who are looking for something more powerful.

If you are planning to grab a new iPad but confused between 9.7 inch iPad (2018) and 10.5 inch iPad Pro, then we are here to help. In the section below, we are going to put both devices in head to head comparison to find out which one is right for you.

9.7 inch iPad (2018) vs 10.5 inch iPad Pro

  1. Screen

With the new iPad (2018), Apple retains its traditional screen size from its previous models. That means that we still have a 9.7 inch Retina display with 2048×1536 resolution. Basically, the display is amazing for watching movies and playing games.

The iPad Pro, on the other hand, features a 10.5 inch Retina display with 2224×1668 resolution. However, higher resolution does not come with higher pixel density, as both offer the same 264 PPI.

While there is not much difference between screen sizes and pixel density, display technologies set the Pro apart from its sibling. In reality, the 10.5 inch iPad Pro features a lot of exclusive technologies. One such thing lies in True Tone, a new screen technology that adjusts the iPad’s display to match the light in the room.

The iPad Pro also features ProMotion tech that boosts the display refresh rate up to 120 Hz, allowing for smoother scrolling and movements. Besides, the Pro supports P3 Wide Color for better picture quality and more colors.

In reality, you won’t see the difference in everyday use. However, you frequently use your iPad outdoors, then the iPad Pro’s screen really stands out.

  1. Touch ID

Touch ID was first introduced alongside the iPhone 5s, offering a new way to unlock a smartphone. Apple’s biometric security measure has become the standard feature on every iPhone and helps boost adoption of fingerprint scanner among big brands.

With the 9.7 inch iPad, Apple retains the first generation Touch ID sensor, the same sensor we saw in the iPhone 5s. The 10.5 inch iPad, on the other hand, features the second-gen Touch ID for fast unlock. In reality, you won’t see the difference, as both sensors are really fast. However, Apple’s adoption of older sensor may disappoint some users.

  1. Cameras

If you are looking for an iPad with multiple camera options, then the iPad Pro should be your choice. The 2018 iPad features an 8MP rear shooter with f/2.4 aperture, but it lacks optical image stabilization and flash.

Basically, the 9.7 inch iPad offers better photos in light conditions when compared to other Android rivals. However, low-light picture quality is poor. In contrast, the 10.5 inch iPad Pro features 12 MP shooter with f/2.4 aperture on the back. The camera supports optical image stabilization, Focus Pixels, and True Tone flash. Besides, the iPad Pro supports 4K video recording and P3 wide color.

  1. Speakers and radios

The iPad Pro has 4 speakers that produce good sound quality. During our test, we played the same YouTube video on both devices, and the Pro’s speakers deliver surprisingly good quality. The 2018 iPad, on the other hand, features only two speakers on the bottom of the device.

  1. Storage and pricing

The 10.5 inch iPad Pro is now available in three storage options, including 64GB ($649), 256 GB ($799), and 512GB ($999). The new 9.7 inch iPad (2018) comes with a much affordable price tag, ranging from $329 to $439.

In short, both devices offer great value, with exciting features and excellent performance. If you are looking for an iPad with more power and better camera, the iPad Pro should be your choice.

Also read: Apple iPad: 8 features you should know about

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