IPad 2020 Review Here We Go Again Again Yep…it’s an iPad. It is the 8th generation of the basic iPad, in fact. It still starts at 329 dollars and it is identical to last year’s iPad in literally every way but one: the processor. It now has an A12 bionic chip in it, which is faster. But this thing in my hand hasn’t changed much since last year. And the last one was great for the price, which means that this one is great for the price.
But see, there really isn’t any good competition for tablets at this price point. There’s the iPad, which is pretty amazing, and there’s stuff like amazon’s Fire tablets, which are fine. And I think that’s part of the reason why Apple just hasn’t had to change the iPad that much. It’s still great, but some of the things about this iPad are really starting to grate on me.
Oh, that’s a pun. Let’s review the iPad. It is an iPad, whichmeans that it runs iPad OS which is fast and fluid and has nice multi-tasking capabilities. Even the app support forthe iPad’s multi-tasking is getting better. Most apps that I use noware able to do split screen. Plus, the fact that it’s an iPad means you also get a vast, huge library of apps.
There are more games, moreeducational apps, just more. So as a tablet OS, iPadOS has a lot going for it. But there’s still one thing it can’t do, and I’m tired of having tobring this up all the time, but here we go: multi-user. Windows computers, Maccomputers, Linux computers, a bunch of Android phones, hell even the Apple TV, theyall support multiple users. You can set up anentirely separate
account for your kids or somebodyelse in you household. You don’t have to worryabout your work stuff living next to your kid’spersonal stuff, or vice versa. I mean Amazon makes these Fire tablets which are based on FireOS and they’re slower and they’re cheaper feeling, and they’re generally kindameh compared to the iPad, but they have incredible family support. Now I know that there is a way for schools to set up iPads as multi-user, but that’s just not enough. Sorry, this rant has beenin me for a very long time. Actually, you know what? I’m not sorry.
Apple, you need to fix this. Not everybody can affordto buy every person in their house their own iPad. Now speaking of price, 329bucks is a really good deal. And for schools, it’s just 299. But that is the starting price, and the starting price onlyincludes 32 GB of storage. That’s just not enough. I mean, my basic storage onmy old iPad was over 40 GB. And yes, I’m a power user, but at 32 GB you’re going to
be doing a lot of memory management, deleting apps, and getting rid of movies, and making sure that you’ve got enough space just to keep this thing running. I think 64 should be the minimum now. To upgrade this, you have to go up to 128, which costs 100 dollars more. That’s still a pretty good deal. You’re getting a very fast, high-quality iPad that will last you for years, for less than 500 bucks. Now I suspect I know what a bunch of you are thinking. There are a bunch of Chromebooks at 3, 4, 500 bucks and most of those only have 32 GB of storage. So what’s the problem? Well, remember ChromeOS is a cloud-based OS. IPad 2020 Review Here We Go Again Again
All those great iPad apps I mentioned, they’re stored locally. So iPad OS, by design, really needs more than 32 GB to not feel cramped. I’m on a tear now, but let’s keep going. Let’s talk about Chrome Books. In this price range, they are slower, they have worse hardware, but they do have stellar multi-user support and they include a keyboard at no extra charge. Whereas this thing is 160 bucks. Plus, all Chrome Books charge via USBC. And this thing still charges via lightening. Is USBC kind of a hassle sometimes? And would switching from lightening to
USBC be disruptive for some iPad users? Yes, yes it would be. Is USBC also the thing that can charge almost every single phone and computer that isn’t an iPad or an iPhone? Also, yes. If Apple really wants toget more of these iPads into classrooms, maybe they should charge using the same cables that the classrooms already have for Chrome Books. But maybe your kid can’t gointo the classroom right now. Maybe they’re at school from home because of the pandemic. So their in Zoom school. This iPad though, it’s nota good Zoom school device because Zoom and
almost every other video conferencing app except for FaceTime is bad on this iPad. It has to run in fullscreen and as soon as you multi-task away ordo a slide-over window, your video goes away. Plus, in the landscape, your camera’s on the side, not on the top, which means that you’re always looking off to the side when you’re doing a video conference. Okay, that was a lot of bad things. I want to remind you about the good things about this iPad because again, it really is great. It has a very nice screen, although I have to admit even at this low price, it’s starting to feel just a little bit small, these bezels are pretty big. But no, IPad 2020 Review Here We Go Again Again
good things. It has a regular smart keyboard connector, but it is the old styleorigami smart keyboard and it still costs 160 bucks. But I really do like this origami keyboard because you can flip it around to the back and it feels nice to holdin your hand when you do. So, I don’t know, I kindmiss the origami keyboard. Also, this iPad is fast. It has an A12 bionic chipand it is really solid and it should cause you no problems. Maybe here and thereyou run into a tiny bit of a lag compared to a more powerful iPad, but that shouldn’t put you off. Touch ID is still here onthis classic home button. You can still do all theswipey, swipey navigation things but there’s something really satisfying with the whole clicking that home button. It also has a headphone jack, hooray! Seriously though, headphone jacks are actually really useful. I’m glad it’s here. The cameras are fine other than the fact that the front camerais on the wrong side. They can take pictures and scan things.
I do love that there’sno camera bump here. I’m also getting exactly the battery life that you’d expect, which isto say that it’s pretty good. If you really use this thing as your main computer all day, you will drain it down in a full day. But I expect that most people will find that they can go muchlonger than a single day. It also works with the Apple pencil, but unfortunately it only works with the older style Apple pencil which has got this capwhich is easy to lose, and which charges in thissilly weird way via lightening. Also, there’s nowhere to store it. You’ve got to make surethat you don’t lose the Apple pencil. But hey look, again, it’s an iPad. It’s still one of thebetter deals in tech, even if you upgrade tothe
429 dollar version with 120 GB of storage. It is fast, it runs all of the iPad apps. It’s thin and light. And it has a battery that lasts all day. In a vacuum, just consideredon its own merits, the 8th gen iPad really is great. But if you start to consider it in a larger computing context, you can start to see how its shortcomings are becoming a little grating. And I think that comes down to the fact that it hasn’t been redesignedin a very long time. And I don’t think this is just me griping about not getting a fancynew design or whatever. I think that it’s time to start holding even this inexpensive iPadto a somewhat higher standard than just doing traditional iPad things like watching video orreading or browsing the web. iPad things now includeZoom IPad 2020 Review Here We Go Again Again
calls for school. iPad things include joiningthe rest of the computing world and getting a better charger. iPad things includes beingshared among family members. And of course, iPadthings means loading up more than 32 GB of apps and content. If you can afford the 600 dollar price, I would wait to see what the reviews for the new iPad Air look like. It’s gonna have a nicerscreen, USBC for charging, and compatibility with Apple’s new, modern pencil and keyboard accessories. Or, you know maybe next year this iPad will get those things.
When the iPad first launched the knock against it was that it was just a big iPhone. But it turns out that having just a big iPhone is kinda pretty great. Plus, Apple has mostly put that criticism behind it. But if I’m being honest, it’s still a little bit true. At least for this 8th gen iPad. Hey everybody, thanks so much for watching. Let me know what you think of this iPad, or if you’re waiting for the iPad Air, down in the comments. And if you’re looking for something that is 10 out of 10 a perfect product, you know what it is? It’s a mask, it’s wearing a mask when you’re out in public.
IPad 2020 Review Here We Go Again Again