Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

Introduction


More than most tech companies out there, Apple is a manufacturer that really gets set in its ways: no doubt after a long period of careful consideration, Apple tends to decide, “this is how we're going to do things,” and keeps on doing that same thing, over and over, for years and years.

That's especially true when it comes to the form factor of its mobile iOS devices, and something as simple as trying out a new screen size can feel like the biggest ask in the world when we're talking about Apple. And certainly when we're looking at Apple's tablets, there's ample evidence for the company really getting locked in to particular shapes and sizes.

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review
Ever since the iPad was introduced all the way back in 2010, the tablet's featured a 9.7-inch display in iteration after iteration. And from the moment the iPad mini launched in 2012, it's represented a 7.9-inch option.

For years, that was all we had, until Apple unveiled the iPad Pro in 2015, with its big 12.9-inch display. Since then, we've also seen that Pro designation come to 9.7-inch iPads, but now we're finally ready for something new, and Apple's giving us just that as it begins sales of its first new iPad size in years, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

With this new screen size, is the 10.5-inch iPad Pro a good trade-off between the portability of the now-discontinued 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the sheer bulk of the 12.9-inch headlining model? Let's take a look.

In the box:

  • iPad Pro 10.5
  • Lightning to USB standard-A cable
  • Wall charger
  • Quick start guide
  • Apple decals

Design

A bigger screen doesn't mean an uncomfortably larger tablet

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

While the screen size of this new iPad Pro option may be a first for Apple, the company's hardly going back to the drawing board for the tablet's design. Instead, what we get with the iPad Pro 10.5 is a scaled-up version of the old 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Compared to that existing model, the 10.5-incher doesn't feel significantly bigger. It's just 10mm taller than the 9.7-inch model, and less than 5mm wider. And while both generations of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro measure 6.9mm thick, this tablet sticks with the very same 6.1mm thickness we saw on the 9.7-inch tablet.

One factor that helps Apple keep sizes down here is a slightly smaller bezel than we saw with the 9.7-inch model, such that a larger screen doesn't translate linearly into a larger tablet face.

Apple offers the same sort of color options as it did with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. While all iPad Pro hardware has been available in your choice of silver, space gray, and gold, the 9.7-inch model also offered a rose-gold choice – and that option's back for this tablet.

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Display

Apple's perfectionism shines with an exceptionally well-executed screen

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

Let's pretend for a moment that this isn't the first 10.5-inch iPad, and so we're not super-interested in the tablet just because of the new size it represents for Apple. And while we always love a mobile device featuring the latest and greatest processing tech, let's choose to ignore that this iPad Pro is running Apple's latest silicon.

With those two big hooks out of the way, why else should you care about this iPad? One big reason: the tablet's display.

Both this and the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro feature what Apple's calling ProMotion, a technology that allows the screens on these devices to achieve refresh rates as high as 120Hz, for silky-smooth animation.

That sounds really good, but don't expect it to change every aspect of your iPad user experience. For while the screen's now capable of such high-refresh-rate feats, your actual ability to see them is going to pop up a little less frequently. For one, don't expect to see the sort of motion interpolation you get on some 120Hz television sets; videos are going to look just like they always did. And with many apps, too, you're probably going to see great frame rates as a result of the upgraded GPU, but don't hold your breath for something game-changing here.

Instead, expect more interface-driven improvements like smooth scrolling between screens. And while this review is focusing specifically on the new iPad Pro, and not accessories like the Apple Pencil, that higher refresh-rate should spell more natural-feeling input for users who do take advantage of such hardware.

We have to commend Apple for delivering one of the best-balanced screens we've seen in several months, with near spot-on color accuracy. The tablet also has one hell of a bright display, with output coming in brighter than many smartphones. Sadly, the very brightest output is reserved for the iPad's auto-brightness mode, but this is still easily brighter than models like the iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 4.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 592
(Excellent)
3
(Excellent)
1:1323
(Excellent)
6896
(Excellent)
2.22
3.44
(Good)
2.08
(Good)
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 522
(Excellent)
2
(Excellent)
1:881
(Average)
7054
(Good)
2.21
1.65
(Excellent)
4.64
(Average)
Apple iPad Air 2 410
(Good)
4
(Excellent)
1:1063
(Good)
7001
(Good)
2.22
4.23
(Average)
2.72
(Good)
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The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.

These measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.

These measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.

These measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

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Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

Introduction


More than most tech companies out there, Apple is a manufacturer that really gets set in its ways: no doubt after a long period of careful consideration, Apple tends to decide, “this is how we're going to do things,” and keeps on doing that same thing, over and over, for years and years.

That's especially true when it comes to the form factor of its mobile iOS devices, and something as simple as trying out a new screen size can feel like the biggest ask in the world when we're talking about Apple. And certainly when we're looking at Apple's tablets, there's ample evidence for the company really getting locked in to particular shapes and sizes.

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review
Ever since the iPad was introduced all the way back in 2010, the tablet's featured a 9.7-inch display in iteration after iteration. And from the moment the iPad mini launched in 2012, it's represented a 7.9-inch option.

For years, that was all we had, until Apple unveiled the iPad Pro in 2015, with its big 12.9-inch display. Since then, we've also seen that Pro designation come to 9.7-inch iPads, but now we're finally ready for something new, and Apple's giving us just that as it begins sales of its first new iPad size in years, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

With this new screen size, is the 10.5-inch iPad Pro a good trade-off between the portability of the now-discontinued 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the sheer bulk of the 12.9-inch headlining model? Let's take a look.

In the box:

  • iPad Pro 10.5
  • Lightning to USB standard-A cable
  • Wall charger
  • Quick start guide
  • Apple decals

Design

A bigger screen doesn't mean an uncomfortably larger tablet

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

While the screen size of this new iPad Pro option may be a first for Apple, the company's hardly going back to the drawing board for the tablet's design. Instead, what we get with the iPad Pro 10.5 is a scaled-up version of the old 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Compared to that existing model, the 10.5-incher doesn't feel significantly bigger. It's just 10mm taller than the 9.7-inch model, and less than 5mm wider. And while both generations of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro measure 6.9mm thick, this tablet sticks with the very same 6.1mm thickness we saw on the 9.7-inch tablet.

One factor that helps Apple keep sizes down here is a slightly smaller bezel than we saw with the 9.7-inch model, such that a larger screen doesn't translate linearly into a larger tablet face.

Apple offers the same sort of color options as it did with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. While all iPad Pro hardware has been available in your choice of silver, space gray, and gold, the 9.7-inch model also offered a rose-gold choice – and that option's back for this tablet.

Display

Apple's perfectionism shines with an exceptionally well-executed screen

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

Let's pretend for a moment that this isn't the first 10.5-inch iPad, and so we're not super-interested in the tablet just because of the new size it represents for Apple. And while we always love a mobile device featuring the latest and greatest processing tech, let's choose to ignore that this iPad Pro is running Apple's latest silicon.

With those two big hooks out of the way, why else should you care about this iPad? One big reason: the tablet's display.

Both this and the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro feature what Apple's calling ProMotion, a technology that allows the screens on these devices to achieve refresh rates as high as 120Hz, for silky-smooth animation.

That sounds really good, but don't expect it to change every aspect of your iPad user experience. For while the screen's now capable of such high-refresh-rate feats, your actual ability to see them is going to pop up a little less frequently. For one, don't expect to see the sort of motion interpolation you get on some 120Hz television sets; videos are going to look just like they always did. And with many apps, too, you're probably going to see great frame rates as a result of the upgraded GPU, but don't hold your breath for something game-changing here.

Instead, expect more interface-driven improvements like smooth scrolling between screens. And while this review is focusing specifically on the new iPad Pro, and not accessories like the Apple Pencil, that higher refresh-rate should spell more natural-feeling input for users who do take advantage of such hardware.

We have to commend Apple for delivering one of the best-balanced screens we've seen in several months, with near spot-on color accuracy. The tablet also has one hell of a bright display, with output coming in brighter than many smartphones. Sadly, the very brightest output is reserved for the iPad's auto-brightness mode, but this is still easily brighter than models like the iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 4.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 592
(Excellent)
3
(Excellent)
1:1323
(Excellent)
6896
(Excellent)
2.22
3.44
(Good)
2.08
(Good)
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 522
(Excellent)
2
(Excellent)
1:881
(Average)
7054
(Good)
2.21
1.65
(Excellent)
4.64
(Average)
Apple iPad Air 2 410
(Good)
4
(Excellent)
1:1063
(Good)
7001
(Good)
2.22
4.23
(Average)
2.72
(Good)
View all

The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.

These measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.

These measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.

These measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

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Interface and Functionality

Apple's tablet support has come a long way, but iOS still has few issues left unresolved

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

Right now, there's not a lot unique and special going on with the interface you're going to find on the iPad Pro – if you're familiar with iOS 10 already, expect more of the same. Mind you, iOS 11 is just around the corner, and we can look forward to a number of upgrades and new features focused specifically on Apple's tablet lineup – but that's still a few months away.

For the moment, we can reflect on how Apple's mobile OS responds to larger-screen devices than the typical 9.7-inch iPad fare. On a very basic level, iOS still doesn't feel particularly optimized for tablets, and that's made clear the moment you power the tablet on and see the operating system's home screen with the same paltry 4 x 5 array of app icons you get on a much, much smaller iPhone display.

Sure, they're not much worse here than on a 9.7-inch iPad, and the situation is far more pronounced on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but it's still just a bit infuriating that – with the default wallpaper – we literally have tiny icons floating on a vast sea of empty space between them. Some users may find serenity in the low-density layout, but for those who thought that a big-screen Pro-branded tablet would be all about optimizing the tablet's interface with a focus on productivity, it's something in the neighborhood of maddening.


What works better is split-screen and picture-in-picture support, letting you view two apps side-by-side or superimpose a video thumbnail over another full-screen app. The limited screen real estate compared to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro does make split-screen a little less functional here, but it's still handy in a decent number of scenarios, like viewing a map to a restaurant while checking out its menu to the side.

With both of these features, though, we wish there were more flexibility. You're highly limited in terms of how you can resize apps, as well as video windows. And there's still the issue that PIP isn't supported at all in popular third-party apps like YouTube.

Processor and Memory

With some of the best performance we've ever seen, the new iPad Pro is in a league of its own

A new generation of iPads is more often than not an opportunity to get to know Apple's latest silicon, and that's very much the case this time around. For both the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the now-discontinued 9.7-inch edition, Apple used its A9X chip, which was already a quite powerful processor. With this new wave of tablets, the company's introducing the beefed-up A10X, which produces what Apple claims to be a 30 boost in processing power, and 40 percent increase to graphics computational speed.

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

Not content to just take Apple's word for it, we ran the 10.5-inch iPad Pro through our full assault of benchmark tests, and it's done nothing less than utterly blow away the competition. While each test we run measures a slightly different array of variables, we're looking at performance that's roughly 20 to 25% better than you'll get from an iPhone 7. Put simply, we've yet to see another tablet with speeds anything like this.

That's not just a benchmark determination, either, and subjectively the iPad Pro is phenomenally fast. The speed has a way of sneaking up on you, not always leaving you aware of the improvements – and that's a very good thing. Rather than thinking to yourself, “my stars, this app is fast,” it's more like you don't think about the speed at all – things are just running so smoothly that you never see those slowdown moments that get you pondering performance bottlenecks in the first place.

While Apple continues to play coy about the topic of RAM in its mobile devices, teardowns have confirmed that the new iPad Pro is equipped with 4GB of LPDDR4 memory. We might look for more on a full-blown laptop, but for an iOS device, that capacity feels more than sufficient to keep app-multitasking running smoothly.

As far as storage is concerned, Apple offers 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB editions of the tablet, starting at about $650, $750, and $950 as WiFi-only editions, respectively. For the purposes of this review, we're looking at the 64GB model, but if we had to pick a sweet spot on that storage/pricing curve, 256GB is feeling like a pretty nice balance.

Performance benchmarks

AnTuTu
Higher is better
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 220321
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 156667
Apple iPad Air 2 62856
JetStream
Higher is better
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 203.63
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 142.93
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 60
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 59.8
Apple iPad Air 2 52.2
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
Higher is better
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 50
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 35
Apple iPad Air 2 24.1
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 3983
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 2765
Apple iPad Air 2 1880
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Connectivity


As per usual, Apple offers its latest iPads in both WiFi-only and cellular equipped models, and no matter which storage configuration you go with, opting for cellular connectivity will add $130 to your final cost.

But perhaps the more relevant connectivity concerns accessories, and as an iPad Pro model, this tablet supports both the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. While the former is obviously a wireless devices, the keyboard connects to the iPad Pro through a proprietary edge interface. We didn't evaluate the Smart Keyboard as part of this review, but if you want to pick one up, Apple's got a new edition custom-sized for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, priced at just about $160.

Camera

A camera this good will have you reconsidering tablets as legitimate photo-taking hardware

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

Using a camera on a tablet can feel like the mobile-photography equivalent of wearing socks with sandals, but just because it can be a little socially awkward doesn't mean it's not a useful feature to have – nor an area where it necessarily makes sense to skimp on hardware. And if you're of the better-off-being-prepared mentality, you'll be pleased to know that the latest iPad Pros have some exceptional camera components.

Apple gives this tablet a 12MP main camera with an f/1.8 aperture and optical stabilization – and if that package sounds familiar, it should, because it's the same setup we saw (and loved) on the iPhone 7. That _phone_ (to say nothing of the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus) offered an utterly fantastic image-taking experience; are we in for more of the same here? Let's take a look.

Camera interface - Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review
Camera interface - Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

Camera interface

Image quality


Here's the weird thing about taking pictures with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, its preposterous tablet size be damned: it's a lot of fun. Sure, it can be more than a bit unwieldy, and especially when you're dealing with a device this large, it's a bit weird to have the camera so tucked away in one corner, rather than in a more natural-feeling centered spot on the tablet's back, but there's a legitimate appeal to having a gargantuan viewfinder to work with: it just makes framing your shots and anticipating how they're going to turn out a bit easier.

And for the record, yes, they turn out great. Sure, there's no future where we see ourselves ditching our smartphones and their extremely capable cameras to rely primarily on a tablet, but when the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is all you have on hand, you've got no excuse not to be capturing some utterly beautiful shots.

Much of our same comments about the iPhone 7's camera apply here, and particularly, if you're used to super-saturated, high-contrast pics, there's a risk you'll interpret the iPad's camera output as slightly washed-out. Really, though, we don't think that's the case, and the camera here does do an admirable job of reflecting the real-world makeup of a scene, rather than to over-gloss it with heavy-handed processing. Also like the iPhone, the auto-HDR mode does a good job at salvaging otherwise complicated exposures, but the tablet's software is quite conservative in how it's deployed, saving its effects for when they matter post.


Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 1.21
1.56
No data
No data
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 1.6
1.9
No data
No data
Apple iPad Air 2 2.5
3
No data
No data
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Video recording


As is the case for still-image photography on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, your experience here is largely going to mirror what you get on an iPhone. We say “largely,” but there really is some divergence with video that's much less true with stills.

As far as what the iPad can capture, you've got your popular shooting modes covered: 4K, 1080p, and even a 60fps mode for the latter – which looks beautiful on the iPad's ProMotion display.

But there is a pronounced difference here and it's a negative one: the iPad isn't great when it comes to recording audio for your videos. That's a shame because they look really great, but the sound has a really far-away, muddled quality to it, almost like what you think things would sound like if you were recording underwater. We don't know if overly-aggressive noise-cancellation is to blame, or just the placement of the tablet's microphones, but it's a real disappointment compared to everything else this camera package delivers.

Multimedia

With speakers this rich and pleasing, you can feel confident leaving your headphones at home

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

OK, we know the tablet has “Pro” in its name, and between the stylus and keyboard accessories available, is well equipped to handle all variety of serious, laptop-replacing business tasks. That's well and good, but sometimes you need to kick back with a little Netflix, or get caught up on the latest movie trailers – and if that's the afternoon you've got planned, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is nicely outfitted to entertain.

We've already spent some time talking about the beautiful screen on this tablet, but it's worth reiterating here: colors are accurately reproduced, screen brightness is as good as you'll find on some of the best phones out there, and between the ProMotion display and the heavy-duty GPU on the new A10X chip, this iPad is armed to display some really, really great-looking video.

The only downside there, and it's a small one, is the 3:2 aspect ratio of the tablet's screen, in a world where the vast majority of content being consumed is 16:9 widescreen. That's no huge problem, but it does make the iPad slightly less than ideal for video-watching. Then again, this is an issue that's existed since the dawn of Apple's tablet's existence – but just because it's familiar doesn't mean it's not worth mentioning.

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review
But this is all dancing around the big draw of consuming media on the iPad Pro: its speakers. The quad-speaker layout we were introduced to with the original iPad Pro is back, and it still sounds nothing short of phenomenal.

Beyond those four speakers always making sure that there's audio piping-out at the ideal angle for listening, they deliver some frequency coverage that sounds more in line with a dedicated stereo system than what you're used to expecting from a compact mobile device – and particularly, that comes though in the form of some really earthy, aurally satisfying bass reproduction.

And even if you need a little discretion in your audio consumption, the iPad Pro has you covered with a good-old analog headphone jack; Apple's efforts to re-write your expectations when it comes to headphone support haven't yet corrupted the company's tablet lineup.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 0.996
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 1.00
Apple iPad Air 2 0.97
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 81.5
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 80
Apple iPad Air 2 77.9
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Battery Life

Even with a big screen and blistering performance, battery life remains all sorts of solid

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

For users who lament the existence of phones that trade battery life for compact sizes on a daily basis, tablets can be a godsend, and even with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro measuring in as thin as it does, Apple still finds room to squeeze in a decently sized 8,100mAh battery.

With our custom battery-endurance test, the same we use to evaluate smartphones, the iPad Pro gave us about ten-and-a-half hours of continuous screen-on time. That's pretty good by most standards, and especially so when you consider the sheer surface area of screen must be illuminated that whole time.

Apple really seems to have decided on bringing parity to its tablet lineup, and though we'll be discussing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in a separate review, it's interesting to note that with its larger battery (and correspondingly larger screen), that tablet enjoys roughly similar battery life to this, its smaller cousin.

Battery life may be no issue for the iPad, but recharging is a different story altogether. While you wouldn't be wrong to expect a smartphone – even one that pulls 10 hours of battery life – to charge in two hours or less, this iPad takes about three-and-a-half hours with its included charger to restore its battery to capacity. For tablets, that's not horrible, but make sure you've got the time to kill.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 10h 38 min (Excellent)
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 9h 55 min (Excellent)
Apple iPad Air 2 7h 27 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 204
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 215
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Conclusion


Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

Apple strikes a very attractive balance with the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The larger screen size over the typical 9.7-inch variety gives you a tad more elbow room than you'd have on a smaller tablet, making things like reading text-dense websites slightly more comfortable. The bigger deal here is that Apple was able to give us such a screen without making the tablet's dimensions significantly larger than before.

But really, the screen size isn't the big draw here – we're just glad there's a smaller option than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and whether that spells 10.5 inches or 9.7 inches is mostly immaterial. This tablet succeeds because of how high-quality the rest of its hardware is.

The display looks great and is bright enough for even outdoor usage. The speakers sound fantastic, and will make you wonder how you ever settled for less. Battery life will easily stretch throughout a full day, even if recharge times are a little lengthy. And the tablet's performance is literally second-to-none, outclassing every other mobile device we've looked at.

You can pay a lot for a fully-equipped iPad Pro, adding on extra storage, picking up cellular connectivity, and pairing the tablet with its stylus and keyboard accessories. But even if you opt for the simplest configuration Apple sells, you're still going to get a fantastically well-outfitted tablet for a price that is still relatively competitive. And while you're stuck with your choices of flash space and radio, you can always circle back around and add even more capability to the tablet with those accessories at a future date.

If you feel that a larger screen would add an extra dimension of productivity to your tablet-using experience, do think about dropping the extra $150 on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. But if you all you want is a really well-rounded tablet that delivers one of the best overall experiences we've seen from a mobile device in a long while, you won't go wrong with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.