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Apple iPad 9th Gen (10.2-inch, 2021)

Apple iPad 9th Gen (10.2-inch, 2021)
alaScore 96

29 reviews

Nov, 2022

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews of Apple iPad 9th Gen (10.2-inch, 2021). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the connectivity and performance are generally positive. The price and camera are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple iPad 9th Gen (10.2-inch, 2021) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Adam Doud (

Apple iPad (2021) review: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss


The Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) is the best tablet you can buy, but it's not much of an upgrade over previous generations.

Great battery life Powerful internals Big upgrade to the front-facing camera Amazing software support Base storage more acceptable at 64GB

Display doesn't get bright enough Lightning port in 2021 Slow Touch ID sensor

“The iPad 10.2 (2021) is the best iPad you can buy today. There are few discernable upgrades over the previous two generations, but if you don't have one, this is the one to get. If you do, there's no point in upgrading.”

Feb, 2022

Expert review by : Steven Winkelman (

Apple iPad (2021) Review


Powerful performance ; Multi-year OS upgrades ; Solid front-facing camera

Dated design ; Tinny speakers

Apple's 2021 base model iPad delivers strong performance and an excellent front-facing camera at a very palatable price, making it the best tablet for most people.

Sep, 2021

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

Apple iPad 9th gen review: The safest iPad bet makes more sense than ever


It's not exciting, but the basic iPad is versatile.

Better A13 processor ; More storage (64/256GB) ; Center Stage camera zooms in video chats ; Works with older keyboard cases ; Headphone jack

Older design ; No USB-C ; Uses first-gen Pencil

Sep, 2021

Expert review by : Phillip Tracy (

Apple iPad 2021 review


Apple's iPad 9 for 2021 relies on fast performance, long battery life, and a bright display to overcome a recycled design and some outdated features

Outstanding performance at this price ; Excellent battery life ; Bright, vivid 10.2-inch display ; Double the storage (64GB/256GB) ; Improved cameras

Recycled design ; Not compatible with Magic Keyboard/Pencil Gen 2 ; Lacks Wi-Fi 6 or 5G support ; Weak speakers ; No USB-C

Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Preslav Kateliev (

iPad 10.2 (2021) review: same old, same gold


The iPad 10.2 (2021) brings the core iPadOS experience for a very affordable price. This is the true "iPad Pro killer" and also happens to be the best tablet in the $300 range.

The full iPadOS experience at a low cost ; TrueTone display ; 64 GB base storage ; Has a headphone jack ; Dependable battery life

Dated design ; One-sided speakers ; Lightning port ; Non-laminated screen ; Camera is not great

Sep, 2021

Expert review by : Matthew S. Smith (

Apple iPad 9th-gen (2021) Review


The iPad is a great budget tablet, and with accessories, it becomes much more.

Great performance ; Extremely versatile ; Excellent value

Display could use an upgrade ; Weak speakers ; Design feels old

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Oct, 2021

Expert review by : Alex Wawro (

Apple iPad 10.2 (2021) review


The Apple iPad 2021 updates the classic tablet with A13 Bionic speed, a much better selfie camera, and little else.

Bright, vibrant screen ; Great front-facing camera ; Speedy performance thanks to A13 Bionic ; Good battery life

Design feels dated ; No support for Magic Keyboard/2nd Gen Apple Pencil

But if you're shopping for a new tablet, it's hard to find something better than the iPad 2021 in the same price range. If you're open to Android, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is a more expensive tablet with a great screen and better battery life than the...

Sep, 2021

Expert review by : Matthew Bolton (

Apple iPad 10.2-inch (9th Gen) review


The iPad 10.2-inch (9th Gen) offers more storage, a nicer screen, and a clever new front camera for video calls.

Great screen ; Good storage options ; Apple Pencil support

No USB-C support ; Not Apple Pencil 2nd Gen ; Mediocre rear camera

The iPad 10.2-inch (9th Gen) makes itself a stronger competitor to the iPad Air thanks to some smart new additions, but it would be a huge quality of life upgrade if it had Apple Pencil 2. Still, as a budget drawing tablet, nothing else matches it.

Sep, 2021

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Apple's Cheapest iPad Is Its Most Reliably Good One


A new processor, upgraded front-facing camera, and more storage make Apple's latest budget iPad a steal.

Solid performance and battery life, True Tone display, hugely upgraded front-facing camera, iPadOS 15 improvements, the price

Sep, 2021

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Apple iPad (2021) review


The iPad (9th Generation) makes some welcome tweaks to a winning formula

Excellent picture quality ; Refined sound for headphone listening ; Sophisticated front camera

Short on meaningful upgrades ; Design starting to look dated

The ninth-generation iPad cements its status as the benchmark for everyday tablets, though a more thoroughly revamped design is overdue

Feb, 2022