Apple iPad or iPad Pro – Which is better for You?

By Nitish Singh / March 30, 2018

Apple recently announced its new entry-level iPad which when compared to the higher-end iPad Pro, doesn’t spark much difference. For example, at an aesthetic level, the iPad Pro is a bit bigger, comes with slightly thinner bezels, and there are some metal dots on its edge. Surely this doesn’t warrant the $300 price gap between the two. Hence, the main difference must be under the hood, right?

Well, even at the hardware level, the spec sheet fails to show any huge difference. As far as handling day to day tasks go, both tablets are somewhat equally capable. However, the iPad Pro does provide some extra hardware facilities here and there which makes it extremely viable for some specific use cases.

--- iPad iPad Pro
Display 9.7-inch 10.5-inch
Resolution 2048 x 1536 2224 x 1668
Front camera 1.2 megapixels 7 megapixels
Rear camera 8 megapixels 12 megapixels with OIS
Stylus support Yes Yes
Keyboard support Bluetooth only Bluetooth or smart connector
Processor A10 A10X
Storage 32/128GB 64/256/512GB
Weight 1.03 pounds 1.03 pounds
Price $329/$429 $649/$799/$999
Touch ID First generation Second generation
Battery life 10 hours 10 hours
Misc. -- 120Hz refresh rate, True Tone display

For example, the iPad Pro has a slightly larger display coupled with a wider range of color gamut, anti-reflective coating, and True Tone support. So people who are planning to work with photos and video will fare much better with the Pro version.

Again, both devices support Apple Pencil. But thanks to the higher frame-rate on the Pro, the screen will appear more responsive when drawing. It won’t be a huge deal for regular users trying to take notes, but professional creatives will always prefer the extra frame-rates.

Next up, the iPad Pro comes with a smart connector. This means users can physically attach keyboards and keyboard cases to the device. The feature will be much welcome to users looking for a tablet that can double as a laptop. And finally, the Pro also has better cameras. The front-facing shooter is far suited for conference calls, and the rear camera is coupled with an optical image stabilizer and better autofocus.

Overall, the iPad Pro is targeted towards individuals looking to use their tablet for professional use, whereas regular users need not spend any excess hard earned cash, and can go for the regular iPad which will be more than enough to cope with their day to day needs.

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