Battle of the pros: Apple iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Pro 12.9

Having experimented with new generation iPads, iPad Airs and iPad Minis, Apple has finally decided to give its iPads the premium makeover they deserved by launching two new iPad Pros, one of them among the largest tablets in the world.

We decided to take a look at both new iPad Pros, the 9.7-inch one and the 12.9-inch one and see for ourselves if Apple had indeed created new beasts of an iPad like it had claimed.

The first problem that one encounters with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is its size. Almost the same size as the MacBook Pro, the tablet makes one wonder if it's really a replacement for laptops like the MacBook Pro or if it is just a large multimedia device offering a brilliant streaming experience.

Apple iPad Pro in-depth review - Beauty without a purpose

Our Editor decided to review it and didn't take long to figure out that it was the latter. If you are thinking of using it as a workstation, the first issues you will face is the lack of storage space to save your high-res images or large company documents along with the absence of a USB port. Even though the iPad comes with a large 10,307 mAh battery which lasts over a day, the smart keyboard is quite unstable when put to work on your lap, a sofa arm or a tray table in a train. So if you've decided to junk your laptop for an iPad Pro, we would suggest you don't.

However, if your work doesn't involve saving tonnes of data on the hard drive, the iPad Pro can still be a good work companion with its brilliant Retina display, long battery life, the split screen mode, up to 128GB of internal storage for basic stuff, a fingerprint sensor for security and the latest iOS 9 operating system for smooth and quick performance.

As an entertainment device, the iPad Pro has it all. It comes with popular apps by Apple like iMovie, Numbers, GarageBand and Pages as well as iTunes. The iPad Pro's sharp viewing angles, beautiful colour reproduction and the large display with oleophobic coating makes it a great streaming devicefor both videos and audios.

Apple iPad Pro 9.7 in-depth review - The tablet perfected

On the other hand, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro creates no illusions as to its role. Thin as a biscuit, it is the slimmest tablet on this planet with a seamlessly curved metal jacket and chamfered edges that gleam under the sun. Weighing at 437-444 grams, it can easily be operated one-handed and offers a brilliant streaming experience.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro features a display with a relatively low pixel per inch density (264ppi) but with True Tone and Wide colour settings which cover a wider range of colours. The four Hi-Fi stereo speakers at each curve of the iPad Pro deliver good quality music and do not let out that tinny noise when the volume is raised from high to full.

The iPad Pro also comes with the same cameras as iPhone 6s with Live Photos and Optical Image Stabilization. As per our Editor, "the camera tech on tablets has always been inferior than the one on phones, and not just on Apple's devices- Samsung and Sony are guilty of this too. Not such issue here. The iPad Pro 9.7 has the same camera as the iPhone 6S and includes live photos and all the bells and whistles you will otherwise find on its flagship smartphone." The iPad can also record 4K videos and slo-mo video support is included for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps.

Unlike the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch one offers a larger storage variant with 256GB of in-house storage, especially for your videos, audios and pictures. The tablet is available in Wi-Fi + cellular variants and is the only iPad that comes with an embedded Apple SIM.

Verdict

With impressive looks, simple one-handed usage, powerful battery, cameras and the latest OS on-board, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro stands out as an incredible product. While it doesn't claim to be a replacement for laptops, it can still be a premium handy device that can offer the best streaming experience in the planet.

As for the larger iPad Pro, despite its powerful battery and large display, it doesn't really suit the ideal workaholic or even the regular business user. It also won't be ideal for the artistic kind who love photoshopping or like to save works of art measured in tonnes. However, it would simply dazzle you when you take a look at it and could offer a superlative streaming or gaming experience when on the go. In short, it is a strictly multimedia device but in our opinion, the 9.7-inch one can do all that with as much grace and power, while costing a loss less.

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