Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch Review

April 13, 2016

No one beats the king.

The iPad was one of the products that no one initially believed in when it was first introduced by Steve Jobs in 2010 – fast forward to today and in some way, many users are slowly replacing their notebooks with this tablet in what Jobs always coined as the ‘Post-PC’ era.

The iPad Pro 9.7-inch is the latest addition to Apple’s current line of tablets that takes on a smaller form compared to its 12.9-inch bigger brother.

The iPad Pro 9.7-inch is meant to be a successor to the iPad Air 2 though technically it’s a smaller variation of the original iPad Pro – yes, we’re just as confused as you are.

Setting aside the confusing naming conventions, the iPad Pro 9.7-inch still resembles the iPad Air 2 in terms of thickness and upon first glance you won’t really notice any difference.

The iPad Pro 9.7-inch inherits much of the physical attributes of its bigger brother, like the four-way speakers and the Smart Connector along with support for accessories like the Pencil and the Smart Keyboard.

Inside, the iPad Pro 9.7-inch is powered by the A9X chip that should be able to push the 1536 x 2048 pixel display. Apps launch quickly without any hiccups and same goes for gaming, which looked great on the tablet. It runs on iOS 9.3, so all the new multitasking features are all included.

This is also the first iPad that has the same camera optics as the iPhone 6S – including the two tone LED flash. Now you don’t have an excuse to take images even on a big-screen device.

One of the new features debuting on the iPad Pro 9.7-inch is the inclusion of a True Tone display. This feature uses sensors that automatically gauge the lightning in your surrounding and appropriately adjusts the display to give the most accurate colors. It’s a feature I cared less at first, but somehow I keep looking for it when I’m using my iPhone.

The new camera optics and the A9X chip also mean that you can now shoot and edit 4K videos right from the iPad Pro 9.7-inch. You can also edit two 4K streams on the tablet without any lag.

But like all iOS devices, what makes this tablet great is the thousands of apps available from the App Store. The addition of the 256 GB variant (and a Rose Gold option) also mean that you can put more apps, images and video on the iPad Pro 9.7-inch.

Even with the new display and a more powerful processor, the iPad Pro 9.7-inch still manages to maintain the same battery life as its predecessors – lasting about 10 hours on a single charge. In real world tests, I managed to use it for three days on normal usage before I needed to plug it in, similar to the iPad Air 2.

While it has a considerable performance increase compared to the iPad Air 2, you don’t really have to upgrade right away since that tablet is still perfectly capable.

Putting the Pro name against the iPad somehow affected its price in some way, since this model starts at 2,299 AED and goes all the way up to 3,999 AED, which isn’t really on the affordable side.

Whatever size, shape or form, the iPad was always the best tablet and it still is. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro improves on the iPad Air 2 in every way but if you already have it, no need to rush in upgrading.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.