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  • - 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, which means that it runs iPad OS

  • which is fast and fluid and has nice

  • multi-tasking capabilities.

  • Even the app support for the iPad's multi-tasking

  • is getting better.

  • Most apps that I use now are 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, more educational apps, just more.

  • So as a tablet OS, iPad OS has a lot going for it.

  • But there's still one thing it can't do,

  • and I'm tired of having to bring this up all the time,

  • but here we go: multi-user.

  • Windows computers, Mac computers, Linux computers,

  • a bunch of Android phones,

  • hell even the Apple TV, they all support multiple users.

  • You can set up an entirely separate account

  • for your kids or somebody else in you household.

  • You don't have to worry about your work stuff

  • living next to your kid's personal stuff, or vice versa.

  • I mean Amazon makes these Fire tablets

  • which are based on Fire OS and they're slower

  • and they're cheaper feeling,

  • and they're generally kinda meh 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 been in me for a very long time.

  • Actually, you know what?

  • I'm not sorry.

  • Apple, you need to fix this.

  • Not everybody can afford to buy every person

  • in their house their own iPad.

  • Now speaking of price, 329 bucks is a really good deal.

  • And for schools, it's just 299.

  • But that is the starting price,

  • and the starting price only includes 32 GB of storage.

  • That's just not enough.

  • I mean, my basic storage on my 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 Chrome Books at 3, 4, 500 bucks

  • and most of those only have 32 GB of storage.

  • So what's the problem?

  • Well, remember Chrome OS is a cloud based OS.

  • All those great iPad apps I mentioned,

  • they're stored locally.

  • So iPad OS, by design, it 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 to get 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 go into 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 not a 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 full screen and as soon as

  • you multi-task away or do a slide over window,

  • your video goes away.

  • Plus, in 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, good things.

  • It has a regular smart keyboard connector,

  • but it is the old style origami 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 hold in your hand when you do.

  • So, I don't know, I kind miss the origami keyboard.

  • Also, this iPad is fast.

  • It has an A12 bionic chip and it is really solid

  • and it should cause you no problems.

  • Maybe here and there you 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 on this classic home button.

  • You can still do all the swipey, 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 camera is on the wrong side.

  • They can take pictures and scan things.

  • I do love that there's no camera bump here.

  • I'm also getting exactly the battery life

  • that you'd expect, which is to 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 much longer 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 cap which is easy to lose,

  • and which charges in this silly weird way via lightening.

  • Also, there's nowhere to store it.

  • You've got to make sure that you don't lose

  • the Apple pencil.

  • But hey look, again, it's an iPad.

  • It's still one of the better deals in tech,

  • even if you upgrade to the 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 considered on 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 redesigned in a very long time.

  • And I don't think this is just me griping

  • about not getting a fancy new design or whatever.

  • I think that it's time to start holding

  • even this inexpensive iPad to a somewhat higher standard

  • than just doing traditional iPad things

  • like watching video or reading or browsing the web.

  • iPad things now include Zoom calls for school.

  • iPad things include joining the rest of the computing world

  • and getting a better charger.

  • iPad things includes being shared among family members.

  • And of course, iPad things 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 nicer screen, 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.

- Yep...it's an iPad.

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