iPad (2018) vs iPad Pro 10.5 ". Is it worth the almost € 400 difference? - CYDIAPLUS.com


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Friday, 30 March 2018

iPad (2018) vs iPad Pro 10.5 ". Is it worth the almost € 400 difference?

er a keynote somewhat decaffeinated with respect to what was expected , the educational event of March 27 in Chicago had as an absolute star the iPad low cost of which so much had been spoken, in fact, the cheapest iPad that Apple has ever launched, but not the least attractive.

In fact, that is compatible with the Apple Pencil and that allows to use apps with Augmented Reality makes it a very alternative to consider. So much so that many have wondered if it really is worth paying for an iPad Pro having this new iPad 2018 . If you also have the same question, we will review the differences and assess whether it is worth a price difference of 400 euros.

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iPad (2018) vs iPad Pro 10.5: What are your differences?
iPad 2018 iPad Pro 10.5
Dimensions 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm
Weight 469 g. 469 g.
screen 9.7 inches, retina resolution 10.5 inches, resolution retina
Pixel density 2,048 × 1,536 pixels at 264 p / p 2,224 × 1,668 pixels at 264 p / p
Processor Chip A10 Fusion 64bits, support Augmented Reality A10X Fusion 64bit chip, support Augmented Reality
OS iOS 11 (now iOS 11.3 exclusive) iOS 11
Storage 32GB and 128 GB 64GB, 256 GB and 512 GB GB
Cameras Rear: 8 MP ƒ / 2.4, video recording at 1080p HD. Front: 1.2 MP, 720p HD video recording, Retina Flash Rear: 12 MP ƒ / 1.8, video recording at 4k HD, True Tone flash, OIS. Front: 7 MP, 1080p HD video recording, Retina Flash
Battery Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours
Others Support Apple Pencil, Bluetooth, Lightning Smart connector, Apple Pencil support, Bluetooth, Lightning
Starting price From 349 euros (299 euros students) From 729 euros
A similar design, but different

At first glance there are hardly any variations in terms of appearance - none of them has the long-awaited redesign that takes its inspiration from the iPhone X - although the edges of the Pro model are thinner, which has an impact on their better use of their dimensions and in a higher screen ratio: 78.3% versus 71.6% of the iPad 2018.

As expected, the iPad Pro 10.5 inches is taller and wider, but thinner and both weigh the same. So, the Pro model is more compact .
The screen of the iPad Pro sweeps the iPad 2018

No discussion is possible: the screen of the iPad Pro is larger and better than that of the iPad 2018 . And although both mount a backlit LED display, the iPad Pro panel is superior, completely laminated, with anti-glare coating, also integrating True Tone and ProMotion technologies. It is also superior in terms of resolution: 2224 x 1668 versus 2048 x 1536.

Although you do not know how to explain what it is when you use it , the transitions between images are softer due to a refresh rate of 120 Hz, just double that of the iPad low cost. The result? If you are going to spend hours and hours working with him, your eyes will appreciate investing in the iPad Pro.

Hardware: Pro comes from professional and it shows

One of the main novelties of the iPad 2018 is that it is compatible with the Apple Pencil, an attractive feature that until now was exclusive to Pro models and that makes it possible to work more accurately and quickly. Yes, it is not compatible with the smart keyboard or has a smart connector , and the accessories or the keyboard are essential if we want to work hours and hours with the iPad. Apart from this, the differences in hardware are notorious.

The last name Pro is not casual : the iPad Pro integrates the A10X processor, superior to the A10 that the iPad 2018 assembles. To give you an idea, the A10X fusion is 2.5 times faster than the A8 and the A10 only double of fast. It also has a faster GPU and twice the RAM. Similarly, while the most basic model of the iPad Pro is 64 GB, that of the iPad 2018 is only half, 32 GB.

    For everyday tasks, both iPads are more than enough

Beware, the low cost iPad technical specifications are more than enough for everyday tasks , but if we want to squeeze the iPad with heavy games or work with 4K video, the iPad Pro is the ideal option.

Also, both models have "Hey Siri", support Apple Pay both on the web and in Apps and integrate Touch ID.
Cameras and sound: the iPad Pro returns to take out chest

We have said before: both for screen quality and hardware, the iPad Pro is the ultimate tablet for audiovisual tasks , something that is endorsed in the optics and audio section.

While the iPad Pro integrates four speakers, the iPad 2018 only has two. The same happens with cameras, where the iPad Pro has the same as the iPhone 7 with identical characteristics. That is, in the back 12 MP f / 1.8, optical stabilizer and True Tone. In the video section, it is capable of recording at 4K. The selfies is 7MP with Full HD video recording.

If we are not very exquisite , the camera of the iPad 2018 will not be more than enough with 8MP f / 2.4 and video recording in Full HD quality. The front is 1.2 MP with video recording at 720p.
Connectivity and battery

Both tablets offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Lightning connector and the possibility of LTE, that is, you do not require Wi-Fi connection to surf the Internet. Of course, the LTE of the iPad Pro is faster. If you are going to restrict your iPad to working under a Wi-Fi network, there is no problem .

Where they are matched is in the battery, where both models have a range of up to 10 hours. We have said it before but we consider that it is an important factor: while the iPad Pro has a smart connector, the iPad 2018 does not.


The iPad 2018 is going to devastate and not only in the education sector . Whoever wants an iPad cheaper than ever but more functional than to date, will see in this tablet the model of their dreams and expectations. Many may discard the idea of ​​investing 100 euros more in buying an Apple Pencil, but the Augmented Reality is a hobby for both leisure and truly interesting apps.

    For what an iPad Pro costs, you can buy two iPad 2018 and an Apple Pencil

It is obvious that the iPad Pro is clearly superior to the iPad 2018 , but for what it costs an iPad Pro 10.5 "you can buy two iPad 2018 and an Apple Pencil, there is nothing. What I mean by this? That unless you are going to give a lot of cane to your iPad, recording at 4K, running tasks and heavy games continuously and spend hours and hours in front of him without taking your eyes off the tablet, the iPad low cost will be more than enough, both for work as for leisure.

Apple has made a smart move : the most gourmand and demanding users have in the iPad Pro its ideal tool, but for the rest, the iPad 2018 will satisfy your needs at a very competitive price for what it offers.

Of course, although the price in the Apple store is 729, you can get the iPad Pro 10.5 in your home and for total warranty on eBay for only 530 euros , and if you buy in the app before April 1 , you will have a discount additional 10%, that is, less than 480 euros. Another interesting option can be done with the iPad 2017 for less than 300 euros, which with the discount from the app, stays at less than 250 euros. to keep in mind. 

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