iPad 9,7 2017 Review. To Buy or Not to Buy?

In April of 2017 Apple released a new iPad. As we know, Apple already has three models of tablets in its lineup:

  • iPad mini 7,9″
  • iPad Pro 9,7″
  • iPad Pro 12,9″

And then all of a sudden Apple releases a new iPad with the 9.7″ display with the features that are less impressive than those in the iPad Pro 9.7″. Why would they do that? Who needs two identical tablets anyway? The answer is that the new iPad 2017 is a budget option. If you find iPad Pro 9.7″ to be expensive, then you can buy a slightly worse bur a cheaper version.

iPad 2017 review - appearance

iPad 2017, as for to its features and appearance, can be compared with iPad Air 2 that has been already taken out of sale. And by the way iPad Air 2 is still even better in comparison to iPad 2017. Apple has released a new tablet with weak and quite outdated features. Hence the question, should you or should you not change iPad Air 2 to the iPad 2017? Well, I can assure you that you should NOT. iPad 2017 is almost the same as the previous model. So now we’ll see together what’s new in the iPad 2017.


The width of iPad 2017 is 7.5 mm, while the iPad Air 2 has 6.1 mm. There are three color options, namely Silver, Gold and Space Gray. On the front panel there are a front camera, a display and Touch ID. The back panel has a main camera and a microphone. There is nothing on the left side while on the right side there are a volume button and a SIM card slot in the cellular models. On top of iPad 2017 there is a Power button and a 3.5 mm audio jack. And in the bottom there are two speakers, a microphone and a Lightning charging port. The camera does not stick out of the tablet’s body.


iPad 2017 оснащен дисплеем Retina с диагональю 9,7 дюймов, подсветкой LED, технологией IPS и Multi-Touch. Разрешение дисплея 2048 x 1536 пикселей, 264 ppi. Так же имеется олеофобное покрытие, которое может похвастаться устойчивостью к появлению следов от пальцев.

The iPad 2017 is equipped with a Retina display with a 9.7 inches diagonal, LED backlighting, IPS and Multi-Touch technologies. The display resolution is 2048×1536 pixels, 264 ppi. There is also an oleophobic coating, which serves to protect the screen from fingerprints.


The heart of the iPad 2017 is the A9 processor with a 64-bit architecture and a built-in M9 coprocessor. This is the hardware of 2015 and to find it in a 2017 model is not the best thing ever. There are 2 GB of RAM and they could have installed only 1 GB to cut down on

expenses as much as possible. As for the memory the iPad 2017 has 32 and 128 GB depending on the chosen model.


The iPad 2017’s camera has 8 megapixels and 5 lenses. It supports Live Photos function and shoots in HDR mode as well as in continuous shooting mode. To install the ƒ/2.4 aperture was not the best decision in 2017, I think. The ƒ /2.0 apertures should be max, while ƒ/2.4 is way too much because it influences the quality of shooting in low light.

The video can be recorded in HD format with the 1080p resolution in 30 fps, and slow motion video can be shot in 120 fps.

FaceTime camera aka front camera takes photos with a resolution of 1.2 megapixels. It has BSI sensor and the ƒ/2.2 aperture, which is much cooler than the one in the main camera. This is something definitely new, because usually the main camera is better equipped that the front one. Also, the front camera has Retina Flash, which uses the display to illuminate the subject being taken picture of. It works like this the screen suddenly lights up at full brightness and illuminates your faces.

In the Kit

iPad 2017 is available with 32 GB and 128 GB memory and in three color options: Gray, Gold, and Space Gray.

The new iPad 2017 price

In the kit you’ve got:

  • Tablet
  • USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • The box

That’s it as for iPad 2017. To sum up, Apple just made a budget version with a 9.7″ display. In case iPad Pro 9.7 seems to be expensive for you then you can afford buying this less expensive model. If you already have iPad Air 2 then it is not worth changing it for iPad 2017, because they are almost identical. iPad Air is even better considering the fact that it is thinner. Anyway, it would be better to save up some money and then buy iPad Pro.

Май 15th, 2017
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