iPad Pro 10.5 Vs iPad 2018
Hello, Folks! Today I’m going to make a full specifications comparison between the iPad 2018 Vs iPad Pro 10.5. Apple just released their 2018 budget iPad retaining last year’s $329 price tag; the new iPad is a first non-iPad Pro model to support Apple Pencil. This is a huge deal for those who want to use the Apple Pencil but don’t want to pay upwards of $600 to do so. So, Let’s start-
Design & Build: –
Design wise, the iPad Pro 10.5 is gonna be a little bit taller, wider but it’s thinner and lighter, so it has a delicate balance to it that I really do like and it has a better canvas for doing drawings and illustrations because it’s wider, so it’s a better Pro tablet for illustrations and drawings and using the Apple Pencil this is definitely the better tablet here, not because of the latency both iPad have a very similar lag. Now, being a little bit lighter but only slightly lighter and thinner gives the iPad Pro a more premium feel.
Now, the iPad from 2018 is relatively thick in comparison to most of the Pro lines I think even the 9.7-inch from 2018 was thinner than this tablet. It has a hollower display that has non-lamination. The rear panel is very premium as we would expect, the aluminium from Apple this feels very similar but the back camera without having a flash it doesn’t look premium to me.
You still have a headphone jack up at the top and overall this is just a classic iPad design, it’s nothing out of the ordinary it’s the same iPad looking experience we’ve seen for years. Being that is a little bit heavier than the iPad Pro 10.5 that gives it a feeling of just being like a little bit of a chubbier small tablet then the sleeker slender. So, from a pure design standpoint, it’s an easy win to the iPad Pro.
They do both have a similar build, but I feel like Apple paid a little bit more attention to detail on the iPad Pro 10.5. You have precision grille speakers on the top and bottom. Everything just looks correctly made here on the 10.5, and that’s something that I could appreciate whereas the iPad 2018 kind of just threw in some old components and updated the internals like the Processor and things like that the iOS software but it feels like an old recycled product from years ago.
Both iPads way around a pound but the 2018 iPad is thicker than the 10.5-inch Pro. For having a screen that’s almost one inch larger, it’s not much more significant. The iPad Pro’s camera sticks out a little bit which may be annoying to some there’s also no rear-facing flash on the budget iPad.
The iPad Pro has four speakers instead of two on the 2018’s iPad, and they sound much better. The iPad 2018 does have stereo speakers, but they’re on the bottom edge of the device, so if you’re landscape mode, it won’t even matter. With the iPad Pro and landscape mode, you get real stereo sound. The Pro 10.5 also gets Apple Smart connector which transfers both power and data to a variety of Apple and Logitech accessories.
Fingerprint Scanner: –
We tested touch ID speed, and the Pro 10.5 unlocked much quicker and much more reliable than the budget iPad which would often fail to unlock unless you kept your finger on the sensor.
The iPad Pro 10.5 is priced at $649 to be exact. There are few differences in display technology that can make a difference while using the Apple Pencil. The 2017 iPad Pro has a promotion which means that the screen refreshes at 120Hz in a second compared to the usual 60Hz on all other iPad devices including the new 2018 iPad. The iPad Pro’s display is so much more fluid, and all interactions are smooth. The Apple Pencil response time is just how much longer it takes for marks to show up on the screen while using the budget iPad. It’s practically instant on the iPad Pro further blurring the line between real and digital drawing.
Another big difference is that the iPad Pro’s display is fully laminated, given the illusion that the screen is part of the cover glass. It also helps boost contrast and colour reproduction; the budget iPad has a non-laminated display which looks kind of grey compared to the deep black on the Pro. You can also easily notice a gap in between the screen and the glass on the 2018’s iPad. When using the Apple Pencil the gap becomes much more noticeable because you’re concentrating on the stylus’s tip, this can cause issues with accuracy. Especially when drawing detailed graphics when you’re not looking straight down at the iPad. However, on the iPad Pro, the gap is almost non-existent, so it pretty much feels like you’re drawing on a piece of paper. So, the Apple Pencil experience is better on the iPad Pro 10.5.
The 2017’s iPad Pro’s display has P3 wide colour gamut support, so colours pop compared to the budget iPad. The screen on the Pro is also noticeably brighter which is especially helpful when using the device outside. On top of that, the iPad Pro as an Anti-reflective coating and it seriously helps with glare. Another impressive display feature that comes on the Pro is True Tone which automatically tunes the displays white balance to match ambient light so your screen won’t look all blue while in a tungsten lit room.
The iPad 2018 has LCD and by the way, both of these look great. It has 264 Pixel per inch, and it seems very sharp as well. I don’t notice too much of a difference in sharpness, but I found the iPad Pro 10.5 is a little bit warmer than the iPad 2018 display.
Now, an area where the iPad Pro 10.5 just crushes the iPad 2018 is the Camera. So, this rear camera located on a top left corner, it is a single lens camera, so you don’t get portrait mode. This is the same lens you had on the iPhone 7, and while that’s not a Pro camera, it’s still a good camera for a tablet. If you go into camera settings, you will see you can record the video up to the 4K video, and you can also record slo-mo up to 1080p at 120 frames per second.
The iPad Pro 10.5 gets a 12-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K video. The iPad 2018 only gets 8 megapixels and can shoot up to 1080p video. The pictures look more detailed, and the colours look better on the iPad Pro 10.5. Also, the video on the iPad Pro looks much more detailed than on the iPad 2018, an even more significant difference you will see in the FaceTime camera. With 7-megapixels on the iPad Pro capable of 1080p video in an entirely weak 1.2-megapixels on the iPad 2018 with up to 720p recording.
The new 2018 iPad comes with Apple’s A10 Fusion processor, a 4-core processor pulled directly from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus whereas the 2017 iPad Pro is loaded with the A10X chip Apple 6-Core mobile processor.
Benchmarks score comparison; in Geekbench 4 the iPad Pro 10.5 got a 13% higher score in the single-core test which honestly isn’t much. However, there’s a massive difference in the multi-core test with a 57% better score for the Pro. The most prominent shocker was the graphics test the iPad Pro more than double the score put in by the 2018 iPad. This is going to translate into massive improvements in rendering and multi-core processes. In AnTuTu’s benchmark the Pro 10.5 scored 19% higher than the budget iPad which honestly isn’t much of a difference. We saw similar results in 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme benchmark with the iPad Pro 10.5 scoring 20% higher than the iPad 2018. We also tested the browser performance, and we didn’t see much of a difference. In Octane 2.0, the Pro 10.5 only scored about 10% higher than the iPad 2018.
However, when you start to add more and more tabs and switch between them, then the iPad Pro’s extra cores will make a difference. The iPad Pro 10.5 also has twice as much RAM as the budget iPad, so your apps will stay open for longer.
Since the iPad Pro did so well in the graphics test, we decided to play the newly released Fortnight on each device we noticed that the graphics quality on the Pro was higher and the game loaded quicker than on the 2018 iPad. Gameplay is very smooth, and we didn’t notice any frame drops, the colours popped more on the Pro, and the larger screen size made gameplay more immersive. On the other hand, it was much more comfortable to play on the 2018’s iPad since it isn’t as wide. We did notice that the screen was more reflective on the budget iPad which distracting at times.
After an hour Fortnight gameplay, the iPad Pro 10.5 battery dropped 20% on the 2018 iPad it only fell 13%. So, you can understand that the extra horsepower does drain more battery life while performing processor intensive tasks.
Other things: –
Both had the same Bluetooth v4.2, so Bluetooth connection speeds will be very similar on either. The iPad 2018 has a more extensive battery capacity than the iPad Pro 10.5, and that’s felt. I found the battery life to be better on the iPad 2018. You have more colour options on the Pro 10.5 you get Rose Gold versus three colours for the iPad 2018 that’s not a big deal unless you want that Rose Gold colour. They both have same codex support so files and things like that should all be very similar.
Finally, let’s answer the question that’s been on everybody’s mind-
Should you buy with the extra cash for the iPad Pro 10.5 or settle with the 2018 budget iPad?
Honestly, go with the budget iPad. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is better in pretty much every way, but they’re mostly luxury differences the 2018 iPad is good enough to satisfy the needs of most consumers. Not to mention, you’re probably going to get an Apple Pencil with either device so that’ll be 750 dollars if you go with iPad Pro. For that big of an investment, it’ll be foolish if you not to buy a protective case so you can add that in as well. If you go with the 2018 budget iPad, you can get the Apple Pencil in a case for less than the iPad Pro itself, and unless you compare both iPads at the same time, you’ll never know how much better the iPad Pro is. So, it’s all up to you.