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Apple iPad 10.2 Review

iPad 10.2 (2021) is Apple’s affordable iPad featuring an all-screen design with 10.2-inch Liquid Retina display supported by the true tone technology, 8MP rear camera, 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, and TouchID-enabled home button for fingerprint login. This iPad is equipped with the new Apple A13 Bionic processor and packed with 64 GB and 256 GB internal storage with Neural Engine. It runs on Apple iPadOS 15 for user-friendly experience.

Apple iPad 10.2

Apple iPad 10.2

The Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) comes with 32.4 Wh non-removable battery that can offer up to 10 hours of battery life. It also comes with support for smart Keyboard with trackpad and 1st Gen Apple Pencil. There is support for Wi-Fi 6 for wireless connection, as well as, cellular option up to LTE model.

 Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) Key Specs & Features

  • 10.2 inches Retina IPS LCD display (1620 x 2160) pixels
  • Apple A13 Bionic chipset
  • Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • iPadOS 15
  • 8MP Rear Camera
  • 12 MP (ultrawide) front camera + Centre Stage
  • 64GB or 256GB Internal storage
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi 6
  • Fingerprint / TouchID
  • 5 Gigabit-class LTE cellular data
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • 1st Gen Apple Pencil

Design

Apple hasn’t made any changes in regard to the iPad 10.2 (2021) design. Compared to the previous model, it can be easily mistaken for each other. It still sports the same all metal-backed chassis with 10.2in display, the same size body, Touch ID positioned in the home button, and Lightning charging port.

It is available in two different model, the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + LTE cellular model. They sports similar design of glass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame, however, the cellular models have a black panel across the top which differentiate it from the regular model.

This 9th Gen Apple iPad 10.2 measures a dimension of 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5 mm and it weighs 487 gram (Wi-Fi) / 498 gram (LTE).

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Furthermore, at the front this tablet comes with thin bezels surrounding the large 10.2 display screen. At the top bezel sits an upgraded 12MP camera for selfie lovers, and a home button at the bottom, integrated with touchID, while at the back is an 8MP main camera with dual flash.

On the side of this tablet is the SIM slot, and Pen holder, while at the bottom is the Lightning charging port. Above all, the iPad 10.2 (2021) is sleek, slim and portable, hence, suitable for various use. It is available in various colors such as Silver and Space Gray.

Display

Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) features 10.2 inches Liquid Retina display with like last year’s model. It has a resolution of 2160 x 1620 pixel which results in 265 ppi density, thus, offering immersive sharp, bright and vibrant display.

Thanks to the thin bezels, this tablet measures 77.4% screen-to-body ratio, thus offering wide viewing experience. The screen is covered by a scratch-resistant glass, with  oleophobic coating to safeguide the screen from bright daylight.

iPad 10.2 (2021) display also support the true tone display technology, a sensors that measure the ambient light colour and brightness, so as to adjusts the colour temperature of your surroundings to the screen.

It also comes with 500 nits colour brightness to offers better image quality and colour saturation even in bright sunlight.

Camera

Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) has the same 8 MP rear camera as its predecessor. The rear camera can shoot 4K videos and HDR photos, it also comes with a dual true-tone flash, to help take better photos in low light conditions.

Thanks to the back camera focus pixels and a larger aperture, it can easily capture sharp, vivid photos. The back camera can also capture and improve image quality by recovering details in shadows and highlights.

At the front, the 12MP ultra wide front camera supports centre stage which automatically pans the camera to keep users in view as they move around. The camera widen to centre on all faces during group shots or video. Finally, it features 1080p HD video recording, auto focus with HDR support.

Performance

Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) is powered by Apple A13 Bionic Hexa-core processor built on the 7nm+ architecture with a 6 core. Apple claims that A13 Bionic chip, delivers up to 20 percent performance boost over the previous generation. Hence, it is 3x faster than the most Chromebook, and up to 6x faster than the best-selling Android tablet.

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Furthermore, the A13 chip also has a Neural Engine which offers up to 15x faster machine learning (ML) capabilities. The custom image signal processor (ISP) helps improve visualization and optics. It also supports a 4-core GPU that delivers an 80 percent leap in graphics performance compared to its predecessor.

The iPad 10.2 (2021) also offers 4GB RAM with either 64GB or 256GB Internal storage.

Operating System

The Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) runs on iOS 15 which helps make navigating the tablet easier. It brings new features and designs that take advantage of the unique capabilities of iPad, such as its large Multi-Touch display, and versatile accessories. iPadOS 15 further integrates Apple Pencil into the iPad experience for better note-taking capabilities, and new ways to work with handwritten notes.

This OS also brings Scribble to iPad, allowing Apple Pencil users to handwrite directly in any text field, making actions like replying to a quick iMessage or searching in Safari fast and easy all without ever needing to put Apple Pencil away.

Other Features

The Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) offers support for Apple Pencil (1st Gen), which is great for sketching and note-taking. There’s also a Smart Connector for adding accessories, such as Apple’s smart keyboard.

This laptop also comes with a Touch ID sensor integrated into the home button for secure authentication.

Furthermore, the iPad 10.2 (2021) is superfast featuring dual-band 802.11ac WLAN on 2.4GHz and 5GHz, so as to enjoy fast internet for power browsing, video streaming, and video calling.

According to Apple, the tablet can last up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music. It also has a built-in stereo speakers for great audio experience.

Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) Price and Availability

The iPad 10.2 (2021) has a starting price of $329 for the Wi-Fi model and $459 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version. There is also the Apple Pencil available for purchase separately, at $99.

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 iPad 10.2 (2021) Specs

Here are a few specs of the iPad 10.2 (2021):

General Features

  • Platform: iPadOS 15
  • Processor: Apple A13 Bionic
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Memory: 64GB or 256GB
  • Colors: Silver and Space Gray.
  • Dimension: 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5 mm (9.87 x 6.85 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight: 487 g (Wi-Fi) / 498 g (LTE)
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM, eSIM
  • SIM Count: 1 SIM

Display

  • Display: 10.2 inches Liquid Retina IPS LCD, 500 nits
  • Screen Protection: Scratch-resistant glass, Oleophobic coating
  • Resolution: 1620 x 2160 pixels, 4:3 ratio (~265 ppi density)

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 8 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, AF
  • Rear Camera Features: HDR, panorama [email protected]/30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS
  • Front Camera: 12 MP, f/2.4, 122˚ (ultrawide)

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 64GB / 256GB
  • Memory Card Support: No
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 2G CDMA 1X: –
  • 3G WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • 5G: Yes

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: –
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • 5G: Yes
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, 4.2, A2DP
  • NFC: –
  • Infrared Blaster: –
  • USB Port: Yes, Lightning, USB 2.0; magnetic connector

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: –
  • Push Emails: –
  • Email Protocol: –

Entertainment

  • Music Player: Yes
  • Video Player: Yes
  • FM Radio: No
  • Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm Jack: No

Navigation

  • Navigation: A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS (Wi‑Fi + Cellular model only)
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: –
  • Barometer: –
  • SpO2: –
  • Pedometer: –
  • Heart Rate Monitor: –
  • Gyroscope: –
  • Fingerprint Sensor: Yes, (front-mounted)
  • Iris Scanner: –
  • Face Unlock: –
  • Stylus Pen: Yes
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: –
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
  • Voice Control: Yes, Siri natural language commands and dictation

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer
  • Wireless Charging: –
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: –
  • Water Resistant: –
  • Dust Resistant: –
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: –
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: –

Battery

  • Battery: Li-Ion, non-removable (32.4 Wh)
  • Talktime: –
  • Standby Time: Up to 10 hours
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