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Apple iPad (2019) review: Probably all the tablet you'd ever need

By Kenny Yeo - 30 Oct 2019
Launch SRP: S$499

Performance & battery life

How powerful is the A10?

On paper, the A10 Fusion sounds like an underwhelming choice for the new iPad. After all, it made its debut over three years ago. However, as you will see in the charts below, it’s still a very capable processor and it will even outperform Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 processor in some benchmarks.

 

How is the battery life?

To begin, our battery test has the following parameters:

  • Looping a 720p video with screen brightness and volume at 100%
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity turned on
  • Constant data streaming through email and Twitter

The iPad lasted 5 hours and 8 minutes (308 minutes) in our battery test. That’s 50 minutes less than the iPad Air but 43 minutes more than the iPad Mini. It’s a decent amount of time considering the brightness of the display and how loud the speakers go. However, it’s a long way short of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4, which has a comparable 10.5-inch display.

8.5
  • Design 7.5
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 9
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 9
The Good
Good performance
Nice display
Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support
Attractively priced
Long battery life
More functionality thanks to iPadOS
The Bad
Dated design with large bezels
Display prone to reflection and glare
Speakers only on one side in landscape
Accessories sold separately
Accessories are pricey