The Best Review iPad 10.2 inches (2020)
10.2 “iPad (2020): Is It Worth Your Purchase?
Although there are few improvements over the 2019 iPad, the new model is still a more powerful all-rounder in processing speed and at a frankly affordable price. If 32GB of storage is low, go for the higher configuration.
- Improved performance
- Battery duration
- Conservative design
- Big frames
- Panel without lamination
Retail price (RRP)
- $ 329
The Best Review iPad 10.2 inches (2020)
Despite the fact that on September 15 Apple presented two new tablets , the iPad Air and the 10.2-inch iPad 2020 analyzed here, no one doubts that the novelties of the Air model completely eclipsed the entry-level model.
After all, the iPad Air has undergone a complete redesign that aligns well with the current iPad Pro, while the 10.2-inch iPad (2020) is in almost every respect the same as the one it launched. in 2019. But let’s dive into all the details.
At first glance, the new iPad 2020 has a processor that is two generations newer (the same as the iPhone XS), which promises an interesting speed increase compared to its predecessor. Is it enough argument for your purchase?
We are almost sure that if you have an iPad 2019 in your possession, you will not find enough arguments to upgrade to the now presented iPad 2020. However, there are many users who will opt for this version.
Both those who buy an Apple tablet for the first time, as well as all those who already have an old model from previous generations, should know that there is a lot that is offered in the entry range, without limitations in the use of accessories such as the keyboard or the Apple Pencil.
Price and availability
- 10.2-inch iPad (2020, 32GB): € 379
- 10.2-inch iPad (2020, 128GB): € 479
- 10.2-inch iPad (2020, 32GB and Cellular): € 519
- 10.2-inch iPad (2020, 128GB and Cellular): € 619
The prices have remained with respect to last year’s models in our country, which is interesting as it is the cheapest Apple iOS device you can buy, even below the € 489 that the iPhone SE 2020 costs . See iPhone SE 2020 review.
If prices previously left room to purchase accessories, such as protection cases, now you can use the first generation Apple Pencil (add € 99) with your iPad 2020 , or the € 179 Smart Keyboard . Buy the correct one.
Design and build quality
The eighth-generation iPad has the same design as last year’s model. For most people, that doesn’t matter: instead, we’ll just say that this is a thin, light tablet that offers a screen big enough (10.2 inches, corner to corner) for gaming and watching movies.
It weighs 490 grams (495 grams if you choose the cellular model) and its thickness is just 7.5 mm, staying within the standards of any current tablet or smartphone . Apple engineers love to keep thinning their devices.
By keeping the more traditional design, the screen-to-body ratio is starting to look somewhat dated, as is the inclusion of the Touch ID home button on its front, and the thick 8mm left and right and 20mm bezels on the front. top and bottom.
This iPad 2020, along with the iPad mini, are the only models in which the more traditional design remains, since even the new iPad Air has evolved and abandoned the frames to offer more screen and integrate the Touch ID sensor in the side button of switched on.
We finish the design section with two aspects that we cannot overlook. On the one hand, this 8th-generation iPad maintains the 3.5mm headphone port, while also the rear camera remains flush with the surface against the most modern ones.
We still have a 10.2-inch screen whose resolution is 2160 x 1620 at 264 dpi (pixels per inch). It is a standard format for Apple, which matches both the 2013 iPad Air 1 and the 2020 iPad Pro 11-inch.
For the purchase price, the 2020 iPad screen is of decent quality, certainly good enough for most uses you can put into it. It’s sharp, bright, and colorful, and although there are tablets with better brightness value, the 500 nits look great here.
By way of personal appreciation, it is the ideal size to consume series and movie content and work on the move, since the larger screens of the iPad Pro models offer more viewing area, but lose in manageability and portability.
Obviously, you don’t get the highest refresh rate, as well as missing the ProMotion dynamic change from the iPad Pro range. However, in most situations, you won’t be aware of having a worse user experience.
The combination of screen technology and the use of iPadOS 14 is satisfactory enough to get the feeling that the handling here is the same as you would be doing on a higher-end iPad model.
Unlaminated screen. Does this matter?
The last thing to note is that the screen is not laminated. What does this mean? Well, there is a small gap between the glass and the screen technology below, which means that when you press down with a stylus finger, it gives way very slightly.
In a laminated screen that you will find in the iPad Pro, iPad mini and later, as well as in all Air except the 1st generation), there is no space, and consequently, this circumstance of yielding down a microscopic amount does not occur.
It’s a subtle effect, so don’t imagine any visible flex. Rather, the effect manifests itself in a slight low-price feel and the fact that handling of the iPad relies on touching the screen, but it is certainly not intolerable.
If you have doubts about this aspect, it is best that you try to try it in a physical Apple store before purchasing it, where you can check the differences between iPads with a laminated screen and this model that does not yet have it.
The iPad has an 8 MP camera on the rear and 1.2 MP on the front, with a single lens in each case. None of these will challenge the quality of a good smartphone camera, but photography is still not a priority for tablets.
Rear camera performance was solid, with good reproduction and color detail. We especially liked the ability to handle mixed lighting conditions, with bright sun at the top of the shot (not overexposed) but more shady undergrowth at the bottom (sharp and colorful).
In the official specs list, Apple says this model offers HDR instead of the Exposure Mix Smart HDR of the iPad Pro, or the next-gen Smart HDR of current iPhones.
A glance at the iPad settings tells us that Smart HDR is enabled by default; Regardless of the terminology, the Bionic A12 processor appears to be helping these substantial improvements behind the scenes.
The front camera is much more basic. A well-lit selfie comes out with some noticeable pixelation when viewed up close, but nothing that gets in the way of quality when using FaceTime for quality video calls.
The iPad has no flash on the rear camera, and only Retina Flash (a rudimentary and unflattering flash that is carried out by illuminating the screen) on the front. You don’t get night mode either, so it’s not for low-light photos.
Specifications and performance
Based on the fact that the biggest update of the iPad 2020 has been that of its processor, it is not surprising that all the tasks that we proposed were carried out with aplomb. It is fast enough in gaming, image editing, and everyday tasks.
Its use in real life situations showed us that you will not find limits to its processing power. The more appropriate question here is whether I will be able to run the most demanding applications of 2021 or 2022, something for which we have to analyze further.
The main specification is its A12 Bionic processor, a big upgrade from last year’s iPad A10. It won’t surprise you to learn that the A12 is two generations newer than the A10. Apple claims it’s 40% faster on CPU and twice as fast for graphics.
Keep in mind that the A12, while new to the standard iPad lineup, is by no means the latest in Apple’s world of processors. The 2020 iPad Pro, for example, have the A12Z, an improved version of the A12, while the new 2020 iPad Air sports the A14.
You also get 3GB of RAM, that’s the same allocation as last year and the lowest value you can expect from a tablet today. However, Apple tends to perform better than its device specifications have you expect, thanks to clever optimization with iPadOS.
Sure enough, the performance in our speed benchmarks was impressive, as can be seen in the performance graph.
The new iPad scored 2,588 benchmarks in Geekbench 5’s multi-core test, up 82% from last year’s 1,424. Single core performance was up 44% (from 771 to 1114), suggesting that the gain is higher on demanding tasks.
Also note that the standard iPad is not yet close to rivaling the Pro models in multi-core tests; even the 2018 iPad Pro was able to score 4,521 points in the same test.
Our colleagues at Ontrendingplus USA managed to compare the iPad 2020 versus the iPad Air 2019 with the same A12 processor and saw that when it comes to CPU performance, both models are essentially identical.
The gains in graphics performance were equally nice. The iPad achieved a 25fps ratio even in the most demanding GFXBench (Aztec Open High) screen tests, a test where many tablets languish in the single digits.
The 10.2-inch iPad (2020) has the same battery capacity as last year’s model at 32.4W, but improvements in other areas, presumably with higher processor efficiency, allow it to outperform its predecessor. in autonomy.
Apple claims that both support up to 10 hours of web browsing via Wi-Fi connectivity. Our tests confirmed with Geekbench 4 and a more demanding task than usual, that it stays on for 10 hours and 34 minutes.
These figures are much higher than the slightly more than 8 hours that in similar conditions we managed to achieve with the 2019 iPad Air model.
If you’re looking to focus iPad usage on the surround sound multimedia experience, this tablet model won’t be the best. You have two speakers, but they are too close together on the edge of the home button for a good stereo effect.
For this situation, you should look at the iPad Pro whose speaker arrangement is better, in addition to including a total of 4 speakers distributed along its sides. This does not prevent the sound of the iPad 2020 from being warm and detailed at low volumes.
The 10.2-inch iPad (2020) comes with iPadOS 14 pre-installed (you will also be able to install future iPadOS updates for the next five to six years). You can read about the new features and interface settings in our iPadOS 14 guide .
As a new device, the 8th generation iPad has access to almost all the iPadOS 14 updates. However, it does not have a LiDAR scanner, so it misses out on some augmented reality features.
iPadOS is, overall, a very sleek, safe, and easy-to-use operating system, and you can download a host of well-vetted, screen-size iPad apps from the App Store.
The rival Android operating system has even more apps available, as well as offering more customization options. But the apps are less rated and the overall experience is weaker: in fact, there are no Android tablets on the market right now that come close to iPad quality.
If you’ve never owned an iPad before, or if you own an iPad from a few years ago (the iPad Air 2, for example, or the fifth-generation iPad from 2017), then this is an excellent tablet to use in general without spending a lot. more on the Air or Pro models.
It’s lightweight, portable, fast enough, and comfortable for whatever application you need to handle right now, all at a fairly affordable price. And you still have a headphone port, which is a dying luxury these days.
Just keep in mind that this is very much on the bargain end of what Apple iPads have to offer, and you inevitably have to admit to certain compromises. Storage for starters, as Apple is disappointing to offer 32GB at the entry level.
It’s a big restriction for those who want to store music, photos, and videos on their device, or intend to run a large library of games. Cloud-based services, such as Apple Music and iCloud Drive, will help you but paying.
So if you can afford to pay € 100 more for the higher model, we strongly recommend that you opt to purchase the iPad configuration with 128GB of storage, rather than the 32GB, as it will avoid having to upgrade the iCloud plan to short term.
In terms of performance, if you can go for the new Air or one of the pros, you will have a device that is even faster, which may not matter much at the moment, but will ensure that it is capable of tackling the most demanding applications in the world. next years.
The design too, even if it is a classic, because it is attractive and feels good in the hand. Although it begins to seem outdated compared to the rest of the models that Apple sells without a home button, now that the iPhone SE 2020 maintains the Touch ID it will not be a big problem.
Finally, try to get your hands on the screen before making the final purchase decision. The non-laminated screen may not bother you at all, but if you’ve used an iPad version with a laminated screen for any reason, you will probably feel the difference.
- 10.2-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch display
- 2160 x 1620 resolution at 264 dpi, 500 nits brightness, unlaminated
- A12 Bionic processor with 64-bit architecture, Neural Engine
- 3 GB RAM
- 32GB or 128GB storage
- 8 MP, f / 2.4 rear camera, HDR, 1080p video at 30 fps
- 1.2 MP front camera, f / 2.4, HDR, 720p video
- 3.5mm headphone jack, smart jack, Lightning port
- Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, dual band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth 4.2
- Stereo speakers, dual microphones
- Touch ID fingerprint sensor
- 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5mm Dimensions
- Weight of 490 grams (wifi) or 495 grams (cellular)