The iPad 2017 is a pleasant surprise that we are excited about more than one title. Because this tablet knows how to stick to the fundamentals that made its success at a very competitive price to start at 409 euros for the 32 GB Wi-Fi model and up to 669 euros for the Wi-Fi / cellular version with 128 GB. ‘is the most affordable iPad ever released.
This makes it an ideal choice for someone who is discovering the brand or a good excuse for those who want to change iPad if theirs is not eligible for the iOS 10 update.
We will call it iPad SE
More comment Apple has managed to cut the price without yielding on its legendary margins? Simply using a proven recipe with the Apple Watch Series 1 and the iPad SE which consists of integrating recent components into a design that hardly evolves and reserving the most elaborate functionalities to the iPad more expensive.
iPad 2 left vs iPad 2017 right
So this iPad 2017 will replace the iPad Air 2 in the range while being physically closer to the original iPad Air with sharing the thickness of 7.5mm and a weight of 469g. The iPad Air 2 is 6.1mm for 437gr. The difference is therefore minimal and it would be necessary to put the two models side by side to distinguish it. But for all that there is a difference that probably justifies the return to the name iPad rather than iPad Air.
Apple specifies that the new cases and accessories for this iPad are compatible with the iPad Air range, but the reverse is not true.
A Better Screen
Although this new iPad, the iPad Pro 9.7 inches and the old iPad Air 2 have a screen of a resolution of 2,048×1,536 pixels, yet it is there that one notices the biggest difference. For example, the Air 2 has an antireflective coating that is missing on this iPad 2017. But, according to Apple, the latter offers a brightness of 25% higher. As a result, the image is brighter but reflections are also stronger.
As for the 9.7-inch iPad that costs a lot more, it has the same resolution with a larger P3 compatible tonal range. It is aimed primarily at creators, specialists in photography and video. Its design is truly superb and it stands out clearly from the iPad 2017. But its price starts at 689 euros against 409 euros. At this rate, the iPad offers a very good screen.
And it is precisely from this that we did not profit more during our trial by consuming videos on Netflix, YouTube and iOS applications. The iPad has always been an excellent mobile multimedia player and it is still the case.
However, be aware that competition a catch up. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 for example offers an Amoled screen that is even superior for watching videos, especially once HDR content is available. But she baked 679 euros …
New under the hood
The new iPad receives an A9 processor identical to that of the iPhone SE and the iPhone 6s. The iPad Pro is equipped with an A9X chip. As we stand, our test benches have confirmed the performance gain compared to the iPad Air 2 and the superiority of the Pro.
The longest performance bars listed the best
The iPad remains a tablet for the nomadic video game, as long as the titles you like about the iOS. The Microsoft Pro Surface 4 with its Intel Core i5 processor offers better results, but is much more expensive.
An excellent tablet, but do not look for the pro side
This new iPad presents itself as a cheaper and more elaborate development of previous models. This is a very good thing, but this category has evolved a lot in recent years. And by comparing, you could easily opt for an iPad Pro or another high-end tablet that would offer you a stylus, a first-rate display and a powerful sound system.
But you will have to pay 689 euros for an iPad Pro plus 109 euros for the stylus and 169 euros for its keyboard case. It should be said that the Apple stylus is fantastic, as good or even better than that of the Surface Pro and compatible iOS applications are excellent.
This is mainly what will make the difference if you opt for an iPad rather than an iPad Pro. If your purchase is meant to satisfy everyday intensive use to work and communicate, then feel free to make the extra expense for the iPad Pro and its accessories. But keep in mind that the Pro models already have a year and a new version may be already in the pipes.
If instead you are looking for an iPad to watch videos, play, surf the web and read, iPad 2017 offers the best possible price / performance ratio. Just know that you can still find the excellent iPad Air 2 at 400 euros on the Internet, which is a very good deal if you are willing to sacrifice some performance for a finer and lighter design.