iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017)

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iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017)

The iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017) is a great update to the already amazing iPad Pro (9.7, 2016). With its larger screen and very fast processing, the new iPad Pro can even stand in some laptops.

Features

The new iPad Pro comes with a handy stylus with you can use to interact with the the tablet with more precision, and helps when you try to draw some picture. The iPad also has a a 12-megapixel rear camera with a True Tone flash feature and a 7-megapixel front camera, pretty good cameras in you intend to take pictures with it. It also has touch Id, allowing you to lag in using your finger tips.

Operating system

The current operating system that the iPad Pro is currently using is IOS 11, allowing users to drag and drop and open three apps at the same time with  one hovering above the other two splitscreen ones.

How it compares to other devices

Against:

iPad Pro(9.7-inch,2016):  iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017) is a slightly superior version of its predecessor, with a quicker Touch ID button, slightly bigger key board and slightly bigger screen, without sacrificing much in the factor of weight. It is clearly the better device.

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017): The Microsoft Surface Pro runs Windows 10, which trumps over the iPad Pro’s IOS 11, with Windows 10 being able full versions of traditional Win32 software as well as Java apps and Flash, all of which the IOS 11 cannot compete with. Not only that, the Windows 10 can multitask with 3-4 tabs, more than the 3 of the IOS 11. For the Microsoft Surface Pro, they have basic Type Cover is $129 with fancier color versions covered with Alcantara fabric for $169. For the iPad Pro, Apple’s Smart Keyboard is $159. Both keyboards provide an amazing typing experience, but the basic Microsoft keyboard is cheaper, has hinges to adjust the screen and has a track pad, beating Apple’s Smart keyboard out of the water.

Specifications

Price Starts at SGD$968
Display 12.9-inch, 2,732×2,048 resolution (264 ppi)
Processor A10X Fusion chip
RAM 4GB, 1600MHz
Storage 64GB, 256GB or 512GB
Wireless Dual-band 802.11ac; Bluetooth 4.2
Ports Lightning connector, Smart Connector 3.5mm headphone jack
Cameras Front: 7-megapixel; Rear: 12-megapixel
OS iOS 11

Pros

The iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017) is a clear improvement over the previous iPad Pro, making it the superior iPad, almost able to replace some laptops.

Cons

With worse accessories and operating system compared to the Microsoft Surface Pro(2017), it is objectively the worse than the Microsoft Surface Pro(2017).

Overview 

Despite being a great device, that people who love the Apple brand should enjoy.

Photo coutesy: https://www.amazon.com/Apple-10-5-inch-256GB-Wi-Fi-Model/dp/B072V4BJ5R

 

HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2017)

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HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2017)

Introduction

The HP Spectre 13 is like a smaller version of the HP Spectre x360 15 (2017) but with a 4k screen, that looks amazing, but the beautiful display comes with at a price. On the 4k display model, the screen eats battery up quicker than other, lesser screens, reducing the battery life to around 8 hours, lower than other laptop like HP Spectre x360 (2016) at 9.5 hours. There is a HD one with a battery life of 16 hours, so if you want a longer battery life, and can take a slightly worse screen, it can be arranged. The laptop is also a convertible, being able to change from laptop into a tablet.

Specs 

  • Cost:                                 2,170.11 SGD
  • Display size/ resolution: 13.3-inch 3,840×2,160 touch display
  • CPU:                                  2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U
  • Memory:                           16GB DDR4 SDRAM 1,866MHz
  • Graphics:                          128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620
  • Storage:                            512GB SSD
  • Expansion:                       2x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 USB 3.1 Type-A
  • Network:                          802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Operating system:           Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

Cost

The cost is a big factor in the laptop, charging an extra 339.12 SGD for the 4k display and 474.61 SGD for the 1 terra byte option (generally).

Advantages

The keyboard, is really good compared to the Yoga 910, a close competitor of the HP Spectre 13, with much better right shift key. The size of the laptop is also a much more comfortable size than the bigger models, allowing for a much better tablet experience.

Disadvantages

The main draw back is the cost, that is rather pricey. Also the battery life, again, is affected by the power hungry 4k screen, making the laptop’s battery worse than normal.

Overall

The laptop, despite being a little pricey, is still a great high performance laptop that converts into a good tablet as well.

Photo courtesy: https://www.cnet.com/products/hp-spectre-x360-13-inch-2017/review/