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Apple iPad Pro WiFi 9.7-inch (128GB)


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Apple iPad Pro WiFi 9.7-inch (256GB)


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Apple iPad Pro WiFi + Cellular 9.7-inch (32GB)


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Apple iPad Pro WiFi + Cellular 9.7-inch (128GB)


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Apple iPad Pro WiFi + Cellular 9.7-inch (256GB)


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If you’ve read my review of the iPad Pro 12.9-inch tablet, then you can guess which way I’m going to swing with the 9.7-inch. I had what some people may call a bit of an ‘obsession’ with the 12.9-inch, and I might have talked about wanting to caress it’s ‘sublimely crafted curves’ (urgh, did I really say that?). Whatever. It’s no secret, I love the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but the big size was a bit awkward at times (ooo-err!).

 

In practice, the 12.9-inch really wasn’t very portable (which is the whole reason for getting a tablet rather than a laptop), but the 9.7-inch addresses this nicely. It’s more like an iPad Air 2 in terms of how it looks, but fortunately it doesn’t behave like an Air 2 (that battery life? No thanks!). The 9.7-inch Pro weighs just over half that of the 12.9 (437 grams compared to 713 grams), and you can tell as soon as you pick it up. It’s much easier to use one handed, and overall it just seems to be a bit more… I don’t know… tidy?

Is the Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch a revolutionary masterpiece? Is it breaking the mould? Erm…I don’t know! I’m sorry, I know that’s probably not much help, but I’m feeling more conflicted than a recovering shopaholic in the January sales. In some ways, the 9.7-inch is very similar to the 12.9-inch, and obviously Apple think so too if they’ve designed this as the 12.9-inch’s little sister. Battery life is the same (even though it’s a different battery), it’s got the same A9X chip and M9 coprocessor, and all that jazz. But in some ways it feels as if it’s an entirely new product. There’s a lot of differences, it’s not just about size (that’s what he said).

 

The 9.7-inch – What’s Different?

Considering this is essentially marketed as the same product with a different screen size, there’s a lot of differences between the 12.9 and the 9.7. For starters, you’ve got the option of a whole new colour with the 9.7 – rose gold. Does it affect the tech side of things? Does it heck. But that doesn’t mean it’s not pretty. Apple have really been putting a lot of effort into creating great-looking products (come on, anyone who says that Julie Newmar was statuesque in her day clearly hasn’t seen the iPad Pro 12.9-inch!), so this new colour choice is a good sign that they’re continuing to focus on aesthetics.

Another difference is the 12mp iSight camera, which is a big upgrade on the 8mp camera on the 12.9 iPad Pro. Technically speaking, this is nothing short of brilliant, genius even, but is it encouraging a new generation of people who think it’s OK to take photos with a tablet during a wedding ceremony? I like to think I’m pretty laid back but those guys really rub me up the wrong way. Sit down, you’re blocking the view.

The screen is well worth a mention. Apple say it’s the ‘brightest and least reflective’ screen in the world. I’ll have to take their word for that one, but one thing I can say is that the colour saturation is amazing. If you’re the sort of person who spends hours adjusting the colours on their holiday photos to make it look like you went to Jamaica instead of Blackpool, you’ll love this screen. It’s also got ‘True Tone’ technology. I can’t count the number of times I’ve almost burned my retinas trying to use my 12.9-inch iPad Pro when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night. Man, that thing is bright. True Tone adjusts the screen brightness depending on the light level where you are. It’s the only reason I still have my eyesight!

There’s a few more ‘extras’ with the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, too. There’s an option for 32gb WiFi + cellular, there’s 4k HD video recording, a 5mp Facetime camera, and an embedded Apple SIM. But there’s also a few areas where big is a little better. CPU, for example. The 12.9 CPU is 2.5 x faster than the iPad Mini 2, and graphics are 5 x faster. With the 9.7, the CPU is 2.4 x faster and graphics are 4.3 x faster. Honestly, who’s going to notice? For ‘normal people’ usage, it’s not an issue. It’s just nitpicking, really.

 

iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs. Apple iPad Air 2

If you look at the iPad Pro 9.7 and the Air 2, there’s really not that much between them, so be careful you don’t pick up the wrong one – you’ll only be disappointed. As you’ll know if you’ve read my iPad Air 2 review, I thought it was fine, but it didn’t knock me off my feet. Feet were firmly grounded at all times – promise. The iPad Pro 9.7-inch is more groundbreaking, and it’s a big step up from the Air 2. It’s faster for a start (1.8 x faster CPU and 2 x faster graphics), and it’s finally got that 4 speaker audio. Hurrah!

 

The End of 3D Touch?

I know not all of you will agree with me, but I think that the absolute best thing about the iPad Pro 9.7-inch is that it doesn’t have 3D Touch. I’m taking this to be a strong sign that Apple are finally moving away from this and aren’t trying to push it on us any longer. 3D touch was like a cakepop maker. You know, that gimmicky kitchen gadget that you reeeeeeally wanted, the gadget that you just couldn’t live without, then you used it once and stuck it in the back of the cupboard to gather cobwebs. I was getting really tired of developers including 3D Touch in their apps even though not all devices had it. Hopefully this is being taken as a subtle hint to forget about it and move on. 3D Touch? What 3D Touch?

 

Any Good?

You can’t go wrong. No, it’s not as tall and sleek as the 12.9-inch, but if you found the bigger iPad Pro a bit difficult to handle, then this is the perfect solution. And with its little extras that you don’t get with the 12.9-inch tablet, I’m even tempted to say it’s the perfect solution – even if the size of the 12.9 Pro didn’t bother you. Yes, I do feel like a traitor, and I’m sorry, but this little thing is a seductive little minx! And what can I say… technology is a fickle beast and as a gadget lover, I guess that makes me one too.

What’s in the Box…

  • Apple iPad Pro Tablet (9.7-inch)
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter

Apple iPad Pro (9.7-inch)
This new fun-sized version of the iPad Pro is perfect for the non-committal digital nomad who wants to do away with tradition, ditch the laptop and opt for a professional tablet that does it all, on the go.
Design95%
Usability90%
Battery Life87%
Display95%
Sound Quality95%
92%Overall Score
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