The iPad (2019) is the cheapest of the current iPad generation, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't offer meaningful new features. The iPad (2019) has a larger 10.2-inch display and a Smart Connector, via which it can be connected to the Smart Keyboard Case from Apple. This is an accessory that the iPad could use to significantly increase productivity.
On the other hand, the iPad (2019) is based on the three-year-old Apple A10 Fusion processor and doesn't have the best display we've seen on an iPad. Are these compromises too big to ignore, or is the iPad (2019) the perfect entry-level tablet for most people? We'll answer that in our review.
iPad (2019) display and design
When you look at the iPad (2019), the larger display immediately stands out. The 10.2-inch display is larger than the 9.7-inch displays of all previous standard iPad models. It's great to have a bigger display, but there are three things to consider. First, the iPad (2019) lacks the anti-reflective coating that is available for the iPad mini (2019) (review) and all other iPads of the current generation. Second, it is not laminated, which means that there is a gap between the panel itself and the glass surface that you can see if you hold the iPad at an angle.
This second point won't bother most people, but the lack of an anti-reflective coating gets annoying after a while. When watching movies or games, you are more likely to see your own reflection on the iPad (2019), making the experience less haunting. Thanks to the aspect ratio of this screen, you will see black bars at the top and bottom while watching most movies or TV shows. However, this is a minor complaint.
Third, this iPad does not have the True Tone display function of its premium siblings, which means that the color temperature is not adjusted to the ambient lighting. That would have been nice, but it's not a big failure. Other than that, none of these factors will bother you if you buy this iPad for occasional use. The only reason we mention these points so extensively is that the iPad mini (2019) only costs Rs. 5,000 more and offers a much better, if smaller, display
The speaker is pretty loud, but we miss the stereo speakers of the iPad Pro models, especially when watching movies. Still, the speaker on the iPad (2019) is still pretty good.
While the design of the iPad (2019) isn't revolutionary, it retains everything that is good about previous iPad models. The build quality is excellent and it feels first class. The weight is evenly distributed. The display has thick edges. The selfie camera is at the top and the home button is at the bottom.
The iPad (2019) supports Touch ID to unlock fingerprints. In portrait mode, you have the volume buttons on the right side and the nano SIM bar on the mobile phone variant. You will find the Smart Connector in the back left. The power switch and 3.5mm headphone jack are on the top, while the Lightning connector and speaker are on the bottom of the iPad.
iPad (2019) performance and battery life
Yes, the iPad (2019) is equipped with the A10 Fusion SoC from Apple and is now out of date. To be fair to Apple, the A10 Fusion is still a really powerful chip and wouldn't look too old without Apple's constant annual growth in CPU and GPU performance. In our use, we did not encounter any delays or stuttering on the iPad (2019). We played some games like Asphalt 9: Legends, Alto & # 39; s Odyssey and Fieldrunners 2 and found the performance to be satisfactory. The switch between apps went smoothly.
The iPad (2019) is also suitable for basic applications such as watching movies, social media and surfing the Internet. Most people will find the iPad (2019) appropriate for everyday tasks, but if you plan to edit photos and videos, you'd ideally want at least the iPad Air (2019), if not one of the Pro models.
The iPad (2019) also impressed us with its battery life. We used it to watch a few TV shows on the go to surf the Internet, play a little and read something every day. With this type of use, the iPad (2019) ran out of energy about every four days. Apple has always set the battery life for iPads to around 10 hours per charge, and we managed to easily exceed that limit. The iPad (2019) comes with a 10 W charging adapter in the box, which took about three hours to charge, from zero to 100 percent.
The iPad (2019) has a single front camera and a rear camera, and we found both to be fairly average. The cameras are suitable for FaceTime calls, but not for much else. We don't use iPads for photography and we don't think anyone else should, unless there is no choice.
iPad (2019) software
When reviewing iPads in the past, we have often noticed that iOS is holding these devices back. This year, Apple decided to branch its operating system and developed iPadOS 13, a version of iOS with multiple functions, which was mainly developed for iPads. This is a good start and we hope to see regular, meaningful updates for iPadOS in the future.
The first change we noticed is the Today view, which includes all of your iOS widgets and Siri suggestions. Previously, you had to swipe left from the first home screen to access it, and it acted as a separate home screen. With iPadOS 13, you can add the Today view next to the app icons to the standard home screen. This is a great way to use the big screen, and it has made Today View more useful for us too.
You can also open multiple instances of the same app. This is a good step to make iPadOS a desktop operating system. You can touch and hold an app icon in the Dock, then tap Show All Windows to show all open windows of the same app. We used Safari alongside a number of apps like mail, messages and even music and found it very useful.
We also enjoyed that Safari was recognized as a desktop browser by various websites we use. Sites like Google Docs work much better with this, and we didn't have to figure out how to load desktop versions of different websites on an iPad, which is great.
Our experience with iPadOS was broadly pleasant, but we believe you won't get the most out of it without a keyboard. If you want to use the iPad (2019) for productivity purposes, you should probably buy a good Bluetooth keyboard or an Apple dockable Smart Keyboard Cover to get the most out of the keyboard shortcuts from iPadOS.
Unfortunately, the Smart Keyboard Cover costs Rs. 13,900, which is almost half the iPad price (2019). We used this cover with other iPads and found it excellent. The iPad is getting a bit heavier, but it is much lighter and more convenient to use than separate Bluetooth keyboards. Other options such as the Logitech K480 cost at least Rs. 2,200, but these must be carried separately and paired before use.
The iPad (2019) supports the Apple Pencil (1st generation only), which costs Rs. 8500. This could be an affordable iPad for those who want to take handwritten notes or sketch.
The iPad (2019) has a large display, quite good performance and an excellent battery life. It's nice to have the Smart Connector on this iPad in case you want to use Apple's excellent Smart Keyboard Cover accessories and you don't mind looking for them. Since the processor is older, there is a chance that the iPad (2019) may feel a bit sluggish a few years later.
The basic version of the iPad (2019) has 32 GB of storage space and costs Rs. 29,900. It would be easy to recommend this, if not for the iPad mini (2019) (review), which costs Rs. 34,900. The iPad mini (2019) has a smaller display and no Smart Connector, but has the much more powerful A12 bionic chip, a better display and 64 GB of storage space in the basic version.
If we were to pick up an iPad for occasional home use, we would choose the iPad (2019). If we wanted an iPad to be carried when commuting or traveling, the compact form factor of the iPad mini (2019) is far more appealing.
- iPad (2019) Wi-Fi 32 GB: Rs. 29,900
- iPad (2019) Wi-Fi 128 GB: Rs. 37,900
- iPad (2019) Wi-Fi + Cellular 32 GB: Rs. 40,900
- iPad (2019) Wi-Fi + Cellular 128 GB: Rs. 48,900
- Apple pencil (1st generation): Rs. 8,500
- Smart Keyboard Cover: Rs. 13,900