New iPad 9.7-inch – Battery life
Even though the iPad 9.7-inch has a bigger 32.9w battery, Apple still states it’ll last the same 10 hours of video watching per charge as both iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7-inch. Apple’s claims seem to match my own results, as I was able to kill the battery in just shy of 11 hours by playing a downloaded film.
In reality though, the times when you spend 11 straight hours watching something on the iPad will be limited, and in realistic day-to-day use that iPad 9.7-inch can go the distance. Over the course of a week of testing the iPad lasted being used a few hours each day without any issues, and it lasted until the end of the week before I needed to juice it up again.
Like previous iPads, the standby time is particularly impressive, which is important for a device you only use intermittently. I found it only dropped 1-2% a day, meaning you won’t come back to it after a few days to find it dead.
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Like the other iPads it’s a slow-charger, and will take a about three to four hours to full charge if you’re using the supplied brick.
Should I buy the iPad 9.7-inch?
The iPad 9.7-inch is the perfect mix of features and price. It doesn’t offer up anything new, and I think the iPad Air 2 is still the better tablet, but for everyone else looking for a reliable device then this ticks all the boxes.
It’s perfect for movies and games, and of course you’ve got so much choice in the App Store. I would have liked a laminated display to eliminate glare and more storage options, but Apple clearly had to make some sacrifices to reach the fairly ‘affordable’ £339/$329 price.
Exciting? Nah. A really good, reliable tablet that’ll suit most people’s needs? Certainly.
Score in detail
Software & Apps 10
Sound Quality 7
Screen Quality 8
Battery Life 9
Build Quality 9