Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TECH BENCH -

TThe new iPad (6th gen) with the 9.7-inch dis­play has some­thing for ev­ery­one – whether you are a gamer, stu­dent, artist or a video buff. Like the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion 9.7inch iPads, the new iPad is ex­cel­lent for con­tent con­sump­tion, but what sets it apart is the in­clu­sion of Ap­ple Pen­cil (un­til now avail­able only for iPad Pro) for tak­ing notes or mak­ing sketches, mak­ing it rel­e­vant for con­tent cre­ators too. How­ever, it needs to be pur­chased separately for ` 7,600.

Us­ing the smart an­no­ta­tion fea­ture (in beta) in the Pages app, I was able to draw and write over the text, con­vert it into PDF and share it. All this is pos­si­ble with the fin­ger as well, but is much eas­ier with the Pen­cil – its touch re­sponse is flaw­less.

It is been priced at roughly 20,000 less than the iPad Pro 10.5-inch al­beit with a few com­pro­mises. While the 9.7-inch dis­play has a 2,048x1,536 res­o­lu­tion with 264ppi and fin­ger­print-re­sis­tant oleo­pho­bic coat­ing, it is not fully

lam­i­nated. It lacks anti-re­flec­tive coat­ing, Pro­Mo­tion tech­nol­ogy, wide colour dis­play and TrueTone dis­play. But you will hardly no­tice the short­fall if you haven’t used the iPad Pro.

The im­pro­vised iOS11 brings a lot of pro­duc­tiv­ity fea­tures to this iPad. It has a dock for easy ac­cess of the most used apps, abil­ity to open two apps in split view with­out clos­ing a run­ning app, drag and drop images be­tween mul­ti­ple apps and more. There is also a Files app that stores docs and PDFs. Those who work on Word, Ex­cel and Pow­erPoint can down­load Mi­crosoft apps from the App Store or in­stal the Pages, Num­bers and Key­note apps for free and use the ex­port op­tion to con­vert them into com­pat­i­ble MS Of­fice for­mats. It does not sup­port Ap­ple’s Smart Key­board but you can con­nect the iPad to a third-party Blue­tooth key­board.

The iPad’s A10 chipset and rear camera of­fer a good ex­pe­ri­ence while us­ing AR apps and play­ing games. The two speak­ers at the bot­tom en­sure ad­e­quate sound out­put for a small room.

Ap­ple pen­cil is a great tool for sketch­ing and tak­ing hand­writ­ten notes

1.2-MP selfie camera can cap­ture 720p videos

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