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.