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2021 Apple 10.2-Inch iPad Review: The Best Value Tablet Yet?

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The 2021 Apple 10.2-Inch iPad

The 2021 Apple 10.2-Inch iPad

The iPad has always been one of Apple's most popular products, and the 2021 version is no exception. The 10.2-inch iPad is thinner and lighter than previous versions, with a powerful processor and plenty of storage space. It also has a beautiful retina display and great audio.

So is the 2021 iPad worth buying? Keep reading for my full review!

Introducing the 2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad

The iPad has come a long way since it was first introduced in 2010. The latest version is thinner and lighter than ever before, making it even more portable. It also has a powerful A13 Bionic chip processor and plenty of storage space. Plus, the retina display is simply beautiful.

This iPad is available in two colors—Silver and Space Grey, which is pretty sparse compared to Apple's other line of products. But I think it looks sleek and modern. I have the Silver version, and I love it.

One of the best features of the iPad is its portability. It's so thin and light that you can easily take it wherever you go. And because it has a powerful processor, you can do pretty much anything on it that you could do on a computer—from browsing the web to editing videos.

I've been using the iPad for a few weeks now, and I absolutely love it. It's my go-to device for everything from checking email to watching Netflix. And because it's so portable, I can even take it with me on long trips.

Design and Features

The iPad's design is pretty much the same as it has been for the past few years—a metal unibody with rounded edges. But the new iPad does have a few minor changes. For example, the camera is now flush with the body instead of protruding slightly. And the home button has been replaced by a touch-sensitive area that allows you to use Apple Pay.

One of my favorite features of the iPad is its A13 Bionic chip processor. It's incredibly fast and makes using the iPad a breeze. Another great feature is the iPadOS, which is a special version of iOS explicitly designed for the iPad. It includes features like Picture in Picture mode, which allows you to watch videos while working on other things.

Apple also improved the retina display by incorporating a technology that they're calling True Tone Display. With it, the iPad automatically adjusts the display's white balance to match the lighting in your environment. So whether you're in a dimly lit room or outside in sunlight, the iPad will adjust accordingly. In my experience, it works remarkably well and helps reduce eye fatigue.

I also appreciate the upgraded selfie camera (12MP Ultrawide), which I found very useful for video calls and the occasional selfie with friends and family.

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There's also support for smart keyboards and the Apple pencil (1st generation). I haven't used these accessories personally, but I'd imagine that those features would be helpful for students and creative professionals.

How Does It Compare to Other Tablets on the Market?

Direct competitors of the 2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad include the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE and Lenovo Tab P11. In terms of specs, the iPad falls somewhere in the middle. The design is not as good as the Tab S7 (narrow bezels and higher body to screen ratio), but the iPad offers a faster and more polished user experience.

As for the Lenovo Tab P11, the iPad simply blows it out of the water. The iPad is thinner, lighter, has a better processor, and has a more premium design. Not to mention that the iPadOS offers a far superior user experience. But that's just my opinion, and you may feel differently.

The iPad has a starting price of $329, which is pretty reasonable considering all that you get. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE starts at $699, while the Lenovo Tab 11 Pro starts at $223. Given these prices, I believe that the 2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad offers better value.

Potential Disadvantages

Now that we've gone over the main features of the iPad, let's talk about some of the cons that you'd want to consider.

This iPad is so thin and light that it can be easy to drop and break. However, you can always address that by investing in a sturdy case. It's the first accessory I bought for myself, and while it takes away from the iPad's sleek design, it was a compromise that I was more than willing to make.

Another potential con is the iPad's battery life. It's not bad by any means (I could get around 8-9 hours of use on a single charge), but it's not as good as some other tablets on the market. I've found that I need to charge it every night if I want to use it throughout the day.

Another potential con is that this version of the iPad still doesn't have a headphone jack. So if you want to use headphones, you'll need to buy an adapter or use Bluetooth headphones.

Lastly, some people might find the iPad to be too expensive. But I believe that it's worth the price tag if you're looking for a high-quality tablet that can do a lot of things (and do them well).

Final Thoughts: Is It Worth Buying?

Overall, I think the iPad is a great investment and would highly recommend it to anyone in the market for a new tablet. It's fast, has a great display, and runs iPadOS, which is my favorite mobile operating system.

The 2021 Apple iPad might not be perfect, but it's close enough for me, and I'm confident you'll feel the same way if you decide to purchase one. Thanks for reading, and I hope this helped!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Daniel Edulan Melana

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