If you need a few reasons why Apple’s 10.2″ iPad is a great idea, you’re in luck, because I’ve got five of them. The 7th generation iPad is a third of the price of most laptops, and it has a lot of features for home, entertainment, and business.
The seventh generation iPad was released in late 2019, and I’m still impressed at the quality of the tablet, the range of features, and how much you can do with it, whether it’s for fun, gaming, videos, or a bit of work.
The price is one of the biggest reasons the iPad is such a great buy. Starting at just $429, the 7th generation iPad is hard to beat. By comparison, the iPad Air starts at $499, and most competitor tablets start at over $519.
The full package, including the excellent Smart Keyboard ($219) and Apple Pencil ($129), comes to $777, which is less than the alternatives, and the keyboard doubles as a cover too. (I’ll get into why the keyboard is so great further down.)
For anyone with an older iPad they want to replace, or looking for a tablet for the family to use, the new iPad 10.2″ is an overall great deal.
Excellent Display & Design
The iPad’s 10.2″ Retina display is bigger than the iPads of the past, and because it’s Retina, movies, TV shows, and games look excellent.
The tablet is bright, with colours that make everything pop, and it’s easy to read books or news, watch your own videos or look at photos, or stream content.
And on top of that, the design is familiar, with the added bonus that the home button doubles as a fingerprint sensor for Touch ID.
Entertainment value and content is where the iPad and Apple shine. Of course there’s iTunes, and the App Store, as well as Books, but you also need to try Apple Arcade and Apple TV+.
Apple Arcade is a subscription service with loads of games, and it’s only $5.99 per month.
New to the service, Crossy Road Castle is available is only available in Apple Arcade, and it’s ridiculously fun with multiplayer for extra mayhem.
For TV lovers, Apple TV+ is free for the first year when you purchase a new iPad or iPhone, and it includes a number of incredible series, like The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston, and See starring Jason Momoa.
Two accessories for the iPad make it an excellent choice for anyone who needs to work on email, write, or even draw.
The Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil make the iPad similar to a laptop, for half the price.
The Smart Keyboard in particular can fold away, it’s a cover for the iPad, and you don’t need to charge it since it’s powered through the Smart Connector along the edge of the tablet.
For drawing, photo editing, sketching, or just precise control, the Apple Pencil is a fantastic upgrade, and it changes how you’ll use the iPad, opening up a lot of creativity whether you paint, draw, or play games.
Multi-tasking & iPadOS improvements
The new iPad also makes it easier to stay organized, and to multitask.
On the home screen, you can swipe right to show the time, date, calendar, news, and other top apps and suggestions, alongside your home screen apps, or swipe left to hide the panel.
Slide Over lets you keep one app open in a smaller window that floats over other apps, so you can have a Safari open with iTunes over top, or mix and match any apps you need to work on together.
Or with Split View, divide the screen in half to make it easy to work on two things at once, which I love for following a Twitter stream, and typing up notes at the same time.
The iPad comes in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold with 32 GB or 128 GB of storage. Battery life will last up to 10 hours, and the enclosure is made from 100% recycled aluminum.
While the iPad does include a nano SIM slot, it also includes eSIM support, so you can add the tablet to your existing cellular plan without buying or inserting a SIM card.
The iPad 10.2″ uses the Apple A10 Fusion chip, with 2160 x 1620 resolution, and an 8-megapixel camera.