The iPad 7th gen is a great deal, but consider this before buying one

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The iPad 7th gen is a great deal, but consider this before buying one
Yesterday, Apple announced — among other things — a new iPad. That's the entry-level iPad, the cheapest $330 one. Apple calls it "7th generation iPad" and it comes as an upgrade to last year's affordable tablet. What's new, you ask? The display is slightly bigger and we now have support for the Smart Keyboard next to the Apple Pencil support.

That's pretty awesome, not going to lie — this could be a very effective laptop replacement for casual users. It's powerful, it's fast, it now has a full-fledged keyboard (for $160 extra), and it's pretty affordable at $330. Nice! But I think you can spend your money on something slightly better.

See, the iPad 7th Gen is powered by an Apple A10 Fusion chip. That's the iPhone 7 processor! You know what else has the same generation of hardware? The long-forgotten iPad Pro 10.5. But it's kind of better — it has the enhanced Apple A10X version. The logical next step is to shuffle through some marketplaces and see if the iPad Pro 10.5 can be bought and how much it could cost.

Well, look at that — you can actually get one. From the Apple Clearance Store, to Amazon and Ebay, there are plenty of deals to pick from. Granted, a refurbished unit will still run you north of $450, though, there are some direct second-hand deals for less than $400. Some may even come with an Apple Pencil as a bonus! This eBay listing will give you a good idea of how much iPad Pro 10.5 units run for right now.

Now, why am I suggesting you spend a bit more or even go for a second-hand iPad Pro 10.5 when you can buy a perfectly good, brand-new iPad 7th Gen directly from Apple? Well, let's see here:


So, there you have it. There's this ever-present question in the world of mobile: "Should I buy a brand-new midrange device, or get a flagship from yesteryear". In the case of the iPad, I highly suggest you try the latter.

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iPad 10.2-inch
  • Display 10.2" 1620 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB

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5 Comments

2. KingSam

Posts: 1446; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I still have my 9.7 which I might sell. The mini is where it’s at.

3. gadgetpower

Posts: 130; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

This is the budget ipad. It will destroy its android competition in large margin. I love my iPad Pro, it gets powerful with the new iPad OS. Multitasking and pencil use is really suited in this large screen estate.

4. Jrod99

Posts: 726; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I have the Pro 10.5 which is good enough for next couple years. May try a surface Pro next.

5. yalokiy

Posts: 993; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Perhaps not ipad pro 10.5 2017. Too many are affected by a display issue:https://www.phonearena.com/news/White-light-above-home-button-mars-iPad-Pro-displays_id112236

6. yalokiy

Posts: 993; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Perhaps ipad air 2019 is the better choice and matches the price too.

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