One month and I still have not charged the keyboard since its initial charge when I first purchased it
Lightweight, compact and comfortable. Despite the plastic finish, the keyboard is well built and is equipped with rubber pads on the bottom of the keyboard, which allow for it to have a slightly raised profile when on a table. Upon typing the keys are designed to withstand some pressure, but upon too much, the plastic dips/flexes, but on a regular day to day basis it is hardly noticeable. The keys present pleasant travel and are not too mushy when pressed, providing an audible and satisfying click. My only wish is that if it were backlit, as it would increase the usability of the keyboard.
Bluetooth works like a dream on PC but upon pairing with an iPad I ran into a few nibbles here and there. There is a slight lag when using google docs and the keyboard, where you find yourself waiting one second to see if your press has been registered, whilst it is not frustrating it can be a bit of a pain. This issue only occurred a few times after the keyboard went to sleep due to inactivity and perhaps the lag is the keyboard “waking up”. Whilst the Bluetooth method drains the battery, it is not done at a considerable rate, rather at an understandable rate.
The battery life
Great. Used it on a daily basis pretty much, and have not had to charge it. The sleep feature is also handy if you are not using it for a short period of time as it conserves battery life.
At the current price it is a bargain for a compact keyboard. The battery life alone makes it a great keyboard for on the go. Bluetooth is the only concern for those who will want to conserve battery life, and if you are using an iPad, a smart connector is the other option, but also at a price increase. Overall I am pleased with the keyboard and for the price of £17, it is certainly one of the best. The only major let-down is the lack of backlit keys, but for the price point it is reasonable.
Apple has done it again, they have created the benchmark and have left their competition light years behind
Beatuiful, elegant and light. The industry elading aluminium design is timeless, capturing a persona that Apple has developed over the years. Thin it is aswell, coming in at 6.1mm, paired with the iconic chamfer edges we saw debut with the iPhone 5. The iPad feels great to hold in the hand and to use, it is no doubt one of the best built devices ever. But not all is smooth, there is a concerning amount of flex when pressure is applied to the screen, and this is purely due to the thickness of the device, whilst the design is stunning it is also risky. Borders of the screen are slightly large but with the space gray model it is not as noticeable, as it is with the sliver,gold and rose gold variants. Overall, the design and structure is very pleasing aesthetically, bar the camera bump and the screen flex.
Vivid, retina and gorgeous. Words defy the true-tone display, it is a feature that every device should have, after switching to another device, I immdeaitely missed the handiness of the true tone display. Paired with 1440p resolution, this display is one to die for. The only downside to the screen is that it is not OLED, so the blacks arent the blackest, despite this the screen is still one of the best non-OLED I have ever used.
Flagship chip Apple A9X is far ahead of any snapdragon competitor, with only the Tegra chip coming even close to the performance of the A9X. The SoC is on par with the 2013 Intel i5 chip, which comes to show how far the product has come. The Geekbench 3 single core score is at 3,000 ahead of almost every other android tablet, and only behind it's elder brother the iPad Pro 12.9 which comes with 4GB of RAM. Talking about RAM the iPad Pro 9.7 comes with only 2GB of RAM which limits it's future proofing, but after seeing the perfomance of the SoC I do not doubt it's performance with age.
Identical to the camera on the iPhone 6S, and this makes it one to buy. 4K video recording and great pictures mean that it is one of the best you can get on a tablet. No complaints in this sector, but who will use the camera on a regular basis?
The Battery Life
Great. In the past few months that I have used the product, I have managed to get 200+ hours on standby. This is amazing. Along with this, I have managed to get consistent 10 hours of screen on time, and the battery life when web browsing is special, it really saves battery life in a manner that you will thank it for. Charging time from 0 to 100 takes a little over 2 hours but it is worth it, I manage to get a week of usage on a single charge,a dn with very heavy usage it can last over two days. Streaming a full HD 90 minute video at full brightness takes just over 15% of the battery life, even though this will go up over time, the iPad will be a tank in terms of battery life.
If you are looking for a big screen tablet, then this is the one to buy. The peformance and design is incredible, the battery life is leading in terms of competition. There are only very few limitations, such as the incremental price, but it is worth the investment. We have no doubt that the iPad will lead for sometime to come, the only chance of it being dethroned is if Google launch a Pixel tablet. The very few limitations are overshadowed by the strengths it offers, and I cannot recommend it enough.
Since its inaugration in April 2010, and 250 million total sales later, Apple came up with the iPad Pro 9.7". From a thickness of 13.4mm to 6.1mm in the space of four years. Everyday education apps are being created, Khan Academy began a digital stage of educating the younger generation, and in America, iPads are being used to educate people. But here in the UK, traditional PCs and laptops are being used, and over time they will too become obsolete, and lacking, in this area; Apple is top dog. The IOS software works flawlessly alongside educational apps, and its simple interface allows for it to be child friendly. However many health experts are questioning the effect of technology on younger children, and I too find myself agreeing on what they believe. That technology can affect their life and health massively. Obesity among young children is on the rise, junk food and indoor media consumption is seriously affecting their social lives, as they want to play games on their computers or mobile devices, rather than have a kick about at the park.
In terms of infrastructure, the iPad has come far enough to be used for a long time without being needed to be replaced. The friendly touch screen will make it easier for children who unfortunately suffer from conditions such as autism and ADHD. Subjects such as media or art would be more interesting with allowing children to experiment with an iPad. Efficiency can be improved, as many families would have access to a mobile device of sorts, and a child could complete their work on the device and have it sent through an app. Some children struggle due to dyslexia, and it is complicated for them to write, an iPad could offer a more interactive experience.
For secondary schools, an iPad would allow for more mature students, to utilise the iPad when learning in lessons, with note taking functions, the internet would allow for a more immediate access to information. Students from less priveleged backgrounds, may not have the latest of technology, and for the school to provide an iPad for their education, would allow for them to stay up to touch in classes. Foreign students who may have trouble with the English Language, applications would allow for information they do not understant to be translated. Their English skills can be improved, and their potential can also be extended.
The cost would however be an issue depending on which model would be purchased. The budget could be extended to cover the costs, and there are cheaper variants of the iPad that are available. Insurance options can be offered by various companies, and these would cover the costs of any damages that may occur to any iPads. Rugged and shockproof cases can defend iPads from falls from a height, and would be immune to any damage a child could throw at it. Overall I believe that iPads could change the education system as we know it, and for the better, as long as the screen exposure to children is limited to an extent.
Since its birth in 2014, Apple Pay has been making major movements in the payment industry. Many have followed suit but none to the extent that Apple has. The security that is incorporated into Apple Pay shows how far technology has advanced, to the point where the pay limit has been barred. The usual £30 contactless limit does not apply to Apple due to the complexity of the Apple Pay system. In fact during October this year (coincidentally the 2nd anniversary of Apple Pay) an anonymous buyer used Apple Pay to buy a vintage Aston Martin. The price? A mere £825,000, done simply through the app on which the car was being sold. This is how far modern civilisation has gone to, only 10 years ago we would have to use cash to pay for a car of such price. Soon enough we could use Apple Pay to put a deposit down for a house, gone is the gimmicky appeal of Apple Pay, seriousness of the threat it poses to cash has arrived.
The adoption numbers are also positive. The magnitude at which they are pacing is just water in a pond, they show amazing growth since the release of Apple Pay. The number of retailers that have adopted Apple Pay has risen seven fold since the release. When Apple Pay released in China, within three days, 1 million people had registered to the system. Sheep? You might say so, but the system brings undeniable ease of use to the lazy nature of many humans, and a sense of satisfaction in paying with your phone, the cool factor is very high. For an old person, it will eliminate any trouble they have making payments of cash, which can be time consuming for them. The motives have been questioned by conspiracists, but in my opinion it is just another advance of technology, first cash then cards then contactless and now payments with phones. A lot of people have phones, it was just convienent to be able to pay with your phone since you have it at with you at most times. However statistics show that the age range of people using Apple Pay hovers at 25-34 but in the future I expect the dominant age range to lower, with teenagers becoming besotted by technology.
Conclusively I believe Apple Pay its the way forward, but I do hope that cash payment stays since every has cash on them, and to go paper less does not seem to be the ideal way forward. It is a step back, even though money has been symbolised through cash and has existed for since civilization can go back. Apple Pay is the best payment system at the moment, well ahead of Android Pay in terms of reputation and adoptability.