Apple iPad Pro 9.7

Last updated date: May 6, 2019

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8.8

Apple iPad Pro 9.7

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We looked at the top iPads and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best iPad you should buy.

Update as September 3, 2019:
Checkout The Best Apple iPad for a detailed review of all the top ipads.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 87 expert reviews, the Apple iPad Pro 9.7 placed 7th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

iPad Pro 9.7-inch (128GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray) 2016 Model

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.5
6 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.2
1,748 user reviews

What experts liked

True, it's the same resolution as the older iPad Air 2, but it's gotten markedly better glare reduction, brightness boost and Apple's weird-but-strangely-good-for-reading TrueTone automatic color adjustment.
- CNET
March 21, 2017 | Full review
The iPad Pro 9.7 has the same sub-pencil-thin dimensions of 240 x 168 x 6.1mm, making it a natural fit for two hands and easy to stow in a backpack.
- Tech Radar
November 13, 2018 | Full review
This tablet scored excellent, with most tasks easy to perform.
- Consumer Reports
The 9.7-inch LED display runs at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536, so it's not any crisper than the Air 2 or original Pro, but whatever: It's still sharp and beautifully saturated.
- Engadget
March 31, 2016 | Full review
Top-notch Pencil stylus and keyboard accessories.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
It has the same A9X processor as the larger Pro, which competes well with some of Intel’s laptop chips.
- Digital Trends
April 1, 2016 | Full review

What experts didn't like

That said, while it's less expensive than the larger Pro, the 9.7-incher is still expensive compared with most other tablets.
- CNET
March 21, 2017 | Full review
Finally, I can't use this keyboard case in every situation, as much as I like the fabric design.
- Tech Radar
November 13, 2018 | Full review
There were limitations when transferring files to and from different computers, and you may need to use a flash drive or similar intermediary storage solution.
- Consumer Reports
Sadly, that means multitasking can feel clumsy and inelegant -- not quite what I hoped for out of a device Apple claims can replace a traditional laptop.
- Engadget
March 31, 2016 | Full review
iOS apps fall short of Mac and Windows apps in traditional business functionality
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
Sadly it has only 2GB of RAM instead of 4GB, which is a shame and will hurt multitasking some, though we haven’t noticed lag on our unit yet.
- Digital Trends
April 1, 2016 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 inch

2. Apple iPad Pro 10.5 inch

Overall Score: 9.2
Apple iPad, 9.7-inch (128GB)

3. Apple iPad, 9.7-inch (128GB)

Overall Score: 9.0
Apple iPad with WiFi

6. Apple iPad with WiFi

Overall Score: 8.8
Apple iPad Pro 9.7

7. Apple iPad Pro 9.7

Overall Score: 8.8
Apple iPad MP2G2LL/A

8. Apple iPad MP2G2LL/A

Overall Score: 8.8
Apple iPad Air 2 MGLW2LL/A

9. Apple iPad Air 2 MGLW2LL/A

Overall Score: 8.8
Apple iPad 2 MC769LL/A

10. Apple iPad 2 MC769LL/A

Overall Score: 8.7
Apple iPad mini 4

11. Apple iPad mini 4

Overall Score: 8.6
Apple iPad Air MD785LL/B

12. Apple iPad Air MD785LL/B

Overall Score: 8.6
Apple iPad Pro

13. Apple iPad Pro

Overall Score: 8.3

An Overview On IPads

The iPad has come a long way in the years since its 2010 release. The device has gotten thinner and lighter, allowing it to increase in screen size without compromising its portability. In 2012, Apple debuted the iPad Mini, which struck the perfect compromise between smartphones and tablets.

Today, you have plenty of choices within the iPad family, from the powerful 11-inch latest iPad Pro to the 8-inch Mini. If you plan to take your tablet everywhere with you, the Mini packs a good punch while still comfortably fitting into your purse or backpack. But there is also ample reason to choose the larger versions as well, including the larger screen size and faster speeds for browsing and viewing.

Among the larger iPads, you still have two major choices to make. The standard iPad will save you some money, but those savings may not be worth it for those who plan to engage in bandwidth-consuming activities, like gaming and video streaming. You’ll likely see minimal differences between the 11-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pros since both feature the latest technologies. However, the 11-inch version does offer up to 1 terabyte of storage. So if you plan to save videos to watch later or you have an extensive music library you’d prefer to have on the device itself, it might be worth the extra expense.

Before you start shopping, though, make sure tablets are the right option for you. A laptop may be more expensive, but the convenience of a built-in keyboard can be a plus if you plan to use your device for work or school. You should also consider other tablet models to make sure the iPad is the best choice for your own unique needs. There are many advantages to the iPad, but  Android, Chrome and Windows tablets also have their own benefits.

The IPad Buying Guide

  • When it comes to size, each iPad has its own pros and cons. The latest version features an 11-inch screen, which offers plenty of viewing space. If you go all the way down to the Mini, though, the 7.9-inch screen squeezes everything down to a small size. At the same time, the size makes it far more portable.
  • Though the screen size may vary greatly, there isn’t a huge difference in size of the unit itself. The iPad Mini is 8” X 5.3”, while the newest iPad Pro is only 9.74” X 7.02”. You’ll also only save an inch in thickness by going for the Mini versus the iPad Pro.
  • When it comes to weight, though, the Mini soars. This is important if you’re planning to carry your iPad around with you. The iPad Mini weighs in at only 0.65 pounds, while all of the newer iPad Pros are 1.03 pounds.
  • Newer iPad models feature Apple’s Retina display, including both the Mini and standard versions. The Retina display reduces pixelation to give you a crisp, clear image.
  • When you’re playing games or watching movies, speed is a must. Although all of the iPads perform well in speed tests, the latest iPad Pro promises a central processing unit (CPU) that’s three times faster and graphics that are eight times faster. On the other end of the spectrum is the Mini, which has a slower CPU.
  • One thing you’ll get with the iPad Pro 11- and 10.5-inch models is Apple’s ProMotion technology, which provides a smoother, more responsive web experience.
  • As with any mobile device, battery life is a top consideration. You’ll get up to 10 hours of battery life per charge, whether you buy a Mini or the newest larger iPads.
  • The iPad is made to be portable, which means you can watch movies, listen to music and even snap photos anywhere. But storage can be limited, depending on the model you choose. The iPad Mini comes with only one storage option, 128 GB, while the standard iPad comes in either a 32 GB or 128 GB option. The 10.5-inch version of the iPad Pro provides up to 512 GB of storage, although you can go as low as 64 GB if you want to save some money. For the widest range of storage options, though, consider the newest model of the iPad Pro, which has 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB versions.
  • One major choice you’ll need to make when you purchase an iPad is whether you want Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi plus cellular. The Wi-Fi plus cellular model will let you access the internet even when you aren’t on a Wi-Fi network. However, in addition to adding more to the purchase price, you’ll also need to purchase an extra monthly plan from your cell phone provider, which may come with data limits.
  • If you’re working within a budget, cost is probably going to be one of the most important deciding factors. Your cheapest option will be a standard iPad on a Wi-Fi plan, but it’s neck and neck with the iPad Mini. Prices can fluctuate, though, and you can definitely find deals on iPads, especially during back-to-school season and as new editions are released.
  • No iPad purchase is complete without accessories. At the very least, you’ll need a case if you want to prop it up while you’re streaming video. Since these accessories add to the purchase price, it’s important to look into them before you buy. You may also need a keyboard and an Apple Pencil stylus.
  • iPads have a variety of applications beyond leisure time. They’ve become especially popular in the medical field, where professionals can use them for charting and accessing patient records.