The iPad 8 has been out for a few weeks now. I’ve had the chance to drive it daily and put it through the ringtone. I have concluded that this is the best value of tablet you can buy and here is why.
Physically, this iPad 8 is identical to the 7th generation model. Thinness, weight and feeling in the hand are essentially the same. There are also no new color choices. Normally I want to mention how I got tired of this design. But you pay $ 329 for this tablet, which is incredibly good overall. One must also consider the fact that older people like to use iPads because of the physical home button. It makes usability so much easier for people who are not hip to Apple̵
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Performance is featured on the 8th generation iPad, since this model has been upgraded to the A12 Bionic chip. This is the same chip found in the 3rd generation iPad Air and 5th generation iPad Mini, as well as the iPhone XR and XS. If you have ever used any of these devices, you can expect this iPad to perform the same task for many tasks.
In my use, the iPad 8 works significantly better than the 7th generation. Applications load a little faster, game performance is much better, and overall multitasking performance has seen an increase. Is it in line with the iPad Pro or the upcoming Air? Absolutely not. But for the $ 329 price point, this will probably be the best option you can buy.
Gaming on the iPad 8 has also been a great experience. I tested several titles, varying in graphic intensity. The iPad 8 was buttery slippery throughout. I did not think I would like to play on iPad 8 as much due to lack of ProMotion. Surprisingly, I found it quite adequate to play on the iPad. And not all games fully support the iPad Pro’s 120Hz refresh rate, so that’s something to consider.
The iPad 8 has the same 10.2-inch retina display found on the iPad 7. It has a resolution of 1620 x 2160 and a 264 PPI, which has the same pixel density as the 11 ”iPad Pro. Just like the iPad 7, it has a really nice screen. It appears to be almost as sharp as the screen of an iPad Pro. While the iPad 8 definitely does not look as sleek as the iPad Pro, it is perfectly usable for daily content consumption and creation.
Improved Apple Pencil Experience
Apple Pencil is noticeably more responsive than previous models. You do not really feel the small delay in the same way as you could on the previous iPad model. And this is something that is extremely important for artists, religious note takers, or if you are playing some kind of game with Apple Pencil. It can be annoying to have that delay, and it’s not something I experience on the iPad 8. It’s been great for me to take notes or even browse Twitter occasionally.
And of course, you have all the amazing iPadOS 14 features. You can draw in any text field with Scribble, copy handwritten notes as text, and generally there is more precision when drawing or writing. If you are a student who constantly needs to take notes or are looking for a cheap iOS device for illustration, this is the best way to go. However, if there’s one thing I want for the next generation iPad, it’s to update Apple Pencil or design iPad 9 to support Apple Pencil 2.
When it comes to the iPad 8’s cameras, there’s not much to get excited about. It has an 8MP rear camera that can shoot 1080p or 720p video at 30 frames per second, which is definitely not impressive, but most people who buy iPads are not concerned about the performance of the rear camera. However, it is disappointing to see that the FaceTime camera is still quite poor quality. There’s a 1.2 MP camera here, and it’s just awful. And it’s disappointing because a lot of people are probably iPads for schoolwork, and do a lot of zooming. Given that, I do not think improving the FaceTime camera was a missed opportunity for Apple.
One of the best-selling items on the iPad at entry level is battery life. And this year, the A12 Bionic has given even more improvements to the 8th generation iPad. With this processor upgrade, there has been an improvement in overall battery efficiency. Apple claims here that you can get up to 10 hours of use out of the iPad 8. And I can certainly attest to that.
Battery life has been excellent for my daily use. I can easily end the day with 30-40% battery, depending on how hard I push it. And once again, when you put the price in perspective; You pay $ 329 for a device that you can take off the charger in the morning and use all day if you want. It’s a pretty good value proposition in my eyes.
The iPad 8 was never meant to be a major update. But even, I think this is easily the best tablet you can buy. For $ 329, this tablet has so much to offer: the performance, the great battery life and the Apple pencil functionality. I would highly recommend that you get the iPad 8 if you just need a cheap tablet today that will last for three to four years with no hassle.
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