Apple iPad (2020) review: specs and price

Apple iPad (2020)
70
points
Apple iPad (2020)

Why is Apple iPad (2020) better than the average?

  • Resolution
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    1620 x 2160pxvs2.01MP
  • CPU speed
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    2 x 2.5GHz & 4 x 1.6GHzvs4.25GHz
  • Pixel density
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    264ppivs213.87ppi
  • Screen size
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    10.2"vs9.3"
  • Weight
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    495gvs511.89g
  • Internal storage
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    128GBvs52.28GB
  • Thickness
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    7.5mmvs9.11mm
  • Megapixels (main camera)
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    8MPvs6.07MP

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Design

1.weight

495g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
2.thickness

7.5mm

We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
3.Stylus included
Apple iPad (2020)
A stylus is a pen-like accessory that allows you to interact with the touchscreen with greater precision, and is particularly useful for drawing and writing.
4.height

174.1mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
5.is dustproof and water-resistant
Apple iPad (2020)
The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
6.width

250.6mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.

Display

1.resolution

1620 x 2160px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
2.pixel density

264ppi

Pixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
3.screen size

10.2"

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
4.has branded damage-resistant glass
Apple iPad (2020)
Damage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
5.has an IPS screen
Apple iPad (2020)
IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.
6.has a touch screen
Apple iPad (2020)
You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.

Performance

1.CPU speed

2 x 2.5GHz & 4 x 1.6GHz (Apple A12 Bionic)

The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
2.has an external memory slot
Apple iPad (2020)
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
3.internal storage

128GB

The internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
4.Supports 64-bit
Apple iPad (2020) (Apple A12 Bionic)
A 32-bit operating system can only support up to 4GB of RAM. 64-bit allows more than 4GB, giving increased performance. It also allows you to run 64-bit apps.
5.semiconductor size
Small semiconductors provide better performance and reduced power consumption. Chipsets with a higher number of transistors, semiconductor components of electronic devices, offer more computational power. A small form factor allows more transistors to fit on a chip, therefore increasing its performance.
6.Has integrated LTE
Apple iPad (2020) (Apple A12 Bionic)
The system on a chip (SoC) has an integrated LTE cellular chip. LTE is capable of downloading at faster speeds than older, 3G technology.

Cameras

1.megapixels (main camera)

8MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
2.megapixels (front camera)

1.2MP

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
3.video recording (main camera)

1080 x 30fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
4.has a flash
Apple iPad (2020)
A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
5.has a CMOS sensor
Apple iPad (2020)
CMOS image sensors are slowly replacing CCD sensors, due to reduced power consumption and better image quality. They can be very compact and cost relatively little to produce.
6.has touch autofocus
Apple iPad (2020)
The autofocus is immediately set to the subject by just touching it on the touch screen.

Audio

1.has stereo speakers
Apple iPad (2020)
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
2.has a socket for a 3.5 mm audio jack
Apple iPad (2020)
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.number of microphones

2

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
4.Has a radio
Apple iPad (2020)
A built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.
5.Has dedicated media keys
Apple iPad (2020)
Phones with physical keyboards have dedicated media keys, such as: play, stop, next, previous, volume up/down, etc.

Battery

1.Battery life

10h

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
2.Supports fast charging
Apple iPad (2020)
Fast charging technologies, like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge or MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
3.has a battery level indicator
Apple iPad (2020)
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
4.has a rechargeable battery
Apple iPad (2020)
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
5.has wireless charging
Apple iPad (2020)
The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.
6.has a removable battery
Apple iPad (2020)
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

Features

1.has an HDMI output
Apple iPad (2020)
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
2.supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Apple iPad (2020)
802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
3.Supports widgets
Apple iPad (2020) (iOS 14)
You can add widgets to the home screen. This allows you to have more flexibility and to see information at a glance, without going into the app.
4.has NFC
Apple iPad (2020)
NFC (near-field communication) allows a device to perform simple wireless transactions.
5.The browser has word wrap
Apple iPad (2020) (iOS 14)
The web browser has automatic word wrap when zooming, the user can easily read long lines without scrolling horizontally.
6.Bluetooth version

4.2

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.

Miscellaneous

1.Has an ultra power-saving mode
Apple iPad (2020) (iOS 14)
The ultra power-saving mode, also called low power mode, is an effective way to extend the battery life of the device. Usually, it involves limiting screen brightness and contrast, disabling location services, restricting connectivity, and turning off nonessential apps.

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