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iPad 2018: Practical Review

Why is the iPad 2018 is worth buying for note-taking?

The size

The 9.7-inch iPad is best for some occasions; commuting and scanning documents. 

Scanning documents is much easier with this smaller iPad. It is lighter, therefore be more stable and you scan faster.

I prefer this iPad for class, actually. For the last couple of weeks, I study on my iPad Pro (12.9-inch). Then sync my notes in Notability and take the iPad 2018 to class instead. Its size is perfect for any off-the-desk work. 

The cheap screen

Most people have complained about the screen. For a budget iPad, let’s be practical. It would be a lie to say there is nothing wrong with the screen. But that’s to be expected for the price.

I did find the screen a bit loud at first. It was annoying for a couple of hours. Then I got used to it. It’s not such a big deal, definitely not worth buying the iPad Pro instead. Especially when you have nothing else to compare it too. 

In Notability, the screen on tends to wobble a lot when writing. I haven’t noticed this in any other app but that could be because I don’t have all my apps on the iPad 2018. That wobbly thingy can be annoying. But it’s not detrimental.

The screen on the iPad 2018 is very reflective. It can easily replace your mirror. Increasing your screen brightness removes most reflections.

The Apple Pencil

Anyone who tells you there is a latency or lag using the Apple Pencil on the iPad 2018 is just trying to sell you the iPad Pro instead. As an avid iPad Pro user, if there was any lag or any difference in the writing between the two gadgets, I’d pick it up instantly.

The iPad 2018 for writing digital notes and basic media consumption is great. It handles video editing very well too. The only reason I would advise anyone to go for the iPad Pro is for the big screen

My study set up with the iPad 2018

I put all my lecture notes and textbooks on my laptop and use the iPad 2018 as my notebook. The screen on this iPad is not big enough to split view for much productivity. It’s alright to split view and compare notes when revising, but when actually studying and creating notes, it’s better to use the full screen.

With this iPad, you will need to use your laptop or another device to view your study material while taking notes.

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