Apple iPad 9.7 (early 2018) model: MR7F2CL/A

Here's what I had to say the last time recommended this tablet

Watch the video above to hear why you should (or shouldn't) get it for yourself. This was recorded during the December 7th, 2018 live stream, so if you let the video run, you will also hear me talk about other devices you might be interested in as well.

I make new recommendations according to latest rebates every Friday, and you can see my latest picks here.

Quick Description

The 2018 version of the iPad is almost identical to its predecessor but features slightly improved performance and now support the Apple Stylus, if desired.

Guillaume's pick!

This tablet stood out to me on 14 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected today, selling for $380.

This is a good tablet for...

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this tablet which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (57.08% of the time to be exact).

Protective Case. Some people get a protective case for their tablet. It can be a matter of personalization or protection, but if you get a case, try to get one which doesn't make drops more likely.$20-$90

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $510.

Available at 10 locations, from $379

Based on 212 days of observation, the Apple iPad 9.7 (early 2018) usually costs ~$420 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this tablet is $349.91. If you were waiting for this tablet to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Apple iPad 9.7 (early 2018) to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Costco, Walmart, Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, Best Buy, Best Buy, London Drugs, The Source or Staples at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Apple iPad 9.7 (early 2018) ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Tablets

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
Price1.5/5
Durability1/5
Power2/5
General-purpose power4/5
Graphical power4/5
Memory1/5
Storage1.5/5
Portability4/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of Maintenance0.5/5

Large Tablets

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
Price1/5
Durability1/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power3.5/5
Graphical power4/5
Memory0.5/5
Storage1.5/5
Portability4.5/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of Maintenance0.5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability0.5/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power2.5/5
Memory0.5/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability4/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of Maintenance0.5/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: iOS - iPad
Processor: Apple A10
Graphics: Apple A10 Graphics
Memory: 2.00 GB
Storage: 32.00 GB
Screen Size: 9.7"
Screen Resolution: 2048×1536(263.92ppi)
Dimensions: 24.00 × 16.95 × 0.75 cm
Weight: 0.47 kg

The features

  • External Power Brick
  • Back-Facing Camera
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • IPS Display
  • Pressure-Sensitive Stylus
  • Touch Screen
  • Lightning
  • USB 2
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement2/10A specialist might be able to help you
Memory Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Data Storage0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 1/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 2/5
    Music Production 0/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 2/5
    Photo Editing 1/5
    Video Editing 1/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 3/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 3/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (3 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (1 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 2)

3D and CAD (0 / 8)

Music Production (1 / 7)

Photo Editing (0 / 3)

Video Editing (1 / 8)

Video Games (7 / 17)

Enthusiast Games (3 / 46)

Triple-A Video Games (2 / 47)

In the same price range

For roughly the same price, you could get one of these. Anything in there sounds like a better deal?

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