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Unleashing the ultimate battle between OnePlus Pad and iPad (10th Generation), who takes the crown?

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The latest and first ever tablet by OnePlus clones iPad Air 10th generation and we can’t decide which one is the best.

The iPad from Apple has essentially served as the standard for all new tablets. The supremacy of the original Apple tablet has been challenged by a number of companies, but to little avail. OnePlus is the most recent company to attempt to shake up the iPad by introducing its first ever OnePlus Pad. The Never Settling brand is now attempting to carve out a similar position in the tablet market after successfully doing so in the smartphone and TWS markets. And it has set its eyes squarely on the iPad rather than competing in the mid-segment.

This is very clear from the OnePlus Pad’s starting price of £368.86, which is extremely similar to the price of the current iPad (the iPad 10th generation is sold for about £397.99). But can the OnePlus Pad be able to shake the iPad off? For the purpose of clarity, we compared the two tablets to help you decide which one is best for you.

Looks and Appearance: It’s a Tie

Similarities and differences: Both tablets have glass fronts and backs made of metal, and their shapes resemble squares a little bit. But the similarities stop there. The newest iPad has adopted the straight edges of the iPad Air and Pro line, doing away with the slightly curved sides of its predecessors. Both the home button and the lightning port located below the display are gone. The display on the front is 10.9 inches, and the right side’s top has volume controls and a display unlock button that also functions as a fingerprint scanner.

Design: The back of the OnePlus Pad also has a striking green shade, which OnePlus calls Halo Green and a closer look makes it appear as if semi circles were emerging from the right side of the back. The camera placement and the colour make the OnePlus Pad very distinct. There’s something reassuringly sleek and solid about the iPad as well, especially after its design makeover. Its blue, pink and yellow shades are very striking in their own right.

Size: In terms of size, the iPad is more compact and lighter than the OnePlus Pad – 248.6 x 179.5 x 7mm and 481 grams as against 258 x 189.4 x 6.5mm and 552 grams. Which one you prefer really depends on your taste – they both look good. If you are looking for something different, the OnePlus Pad might be more to your liking, but if you are looking for something that is stylish yet recognisable, then the iPad stands tall. We could not find much to choose between the two, so we are calling this one a tie.

Diplay: OnePlus Pad wins the point.

The OnePlus Pad has a remarkable 2,800 x 2,000 resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate on its 11.61-inch display, giving it a peculiar 7:5 aspect ratio. The iPad sports a smaller 10.9-inch display with a refresh rate of 60Hz and a resolution of 2,360 x 1,640. Both displays have a brightness of about 500 nits and are vibrant. On paper, the OnePlus Pad might appear to have an advantage because to its greater resolution and refresh rate, but when it came to the viewing experience, we really preferred the iPad since it felt a little more colourful. We’re going to give the OnePlus Pad this one because of its superior specifications in terms of refresh rate and resolution, even though the difference is barely noticeable.

Processor and storage: iPad has the edge.

This is a clash between two old-ish processors. The iPad is powered by the A14 Bionic chip released in late 2020, while the OnePlus Pad runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chip that was released in late 2021. However, each of them is almost a flagship product in and of themselves. It is challenging to compare the two processors because they operate on different platforms, but we believe the A14 Bionic would perform better than the Dimensity 9000 because Apple would optimise the iPad’s operating system for it. OnePlus’ options in that regard are slightly more limited as it does not make the chip or even the core OS.

Both tablets come with 128GB and 256GB, but we are giving the edge to the iPad here, thanks to its chip being more integrated with its ecosystem.

Multimedia and gaming: OnePlus Pad won.

While the visuals match, the audio differs. Both tablets have stereo speakers in addition to having very good displays. With four speakers as opposed to the iPad’s two, the OnePlus Pad clearly has the advantage in this area. The OnePlus Pad’s bigger display along with this make for a more immersive video or gaming experience. The increased refresh rate on the OnePlus Pad can be used by games that support it. However, games on the iPad run incredibly well too. Both of these devices are wonderful for watching videos and shows, and they make it easy to play games like Genshin Impact and Call of Duty.

The OnePlus Pad wins this round thanks to its quad speaker arrangement, but it’s a close call. Both tablets lack a 3.5 mm audio jack, incidentally.

Camera:  No one can beat iPad here

The front-facing cameras on both tablets have received attention, particularly for video calls. Additionally, each tablet’s selfie camera has a unique approach to subject tracking. The OnePlus Pad employs a feature it refers to as Limelight technology, whereas Centre Stage on the iPad keeps the focus on the subject. However, the iPad does a better job of handling this and has a camera with a higher megapixel count (12 vs. 8 on the OnePlus Pad). The front-facing camera on the iPad—which is longer for the first time on an iPad—can be used to create content, but the OnePlus Pad is best used for high-definition video calls only.

Although we doubt you will use either for serious photography or videography, the 12-megapixel rear camera on the iPad is also a notch above the 13-megapixel rear camera on the OnePlus Pad in terms of colour and detail.

Software: iPadOS dominates, but OnePlus Pad continues to struggle with the tablet pill.

The iPad particularly shines in this area. OxygenOS has been modified by OnePlus to be more tablet friendly, and features like floating windows and split-screen apps have been added, but everything just appears to run so much more smoothly on the iPad with iPadOS. Because of Apple’s ecosystem, there are iPad-specific apps available that don’t just appear like enlarged versions of phone apps. It has to do with the ecosystem, just like with the processor. Android tablets need to catch up to the iPad in this area, and while the OnePlus Pad has a usual clutter-free UI, it still needs improvement before it can compete with iPadOS. It will be difficult for OnePlus to equal the iPad’s stellar update track record. Possibly the most unambiguous round of this conflict.

Charge speed versus battery life: Oneplus Pad wins for SuperVOOC charging.

The OnePlus Pad pleasantly pleased us in this particular area. The iPad’s 10–11-hour battery life is renowned. Because of its larger display and faster refresh rate, the OnePlus Pad not only matches and frequently exceeds that but also introduces fast charging to tablets with support for 67W charging and a 67W SuperVOOC charger that comes with the device. That charges the OnePlus Pad in about 80 minutes, which is less time than it takes to charge an iPad, which typically takes 2.5 to 3 hours when using the included 20W charger. The OnePlus Pad has won this contest handily.

Productivity: iPad wins

The days when a tablet served as a “third screen” to complement a smartphone and a notebook are long gone. Today, tablets—and high-end tablets in particular—are expected to fill in and perform the duties of a notebook when necessary. Here, the software advantage of the iPad was evident. The iPad simply runs more quickly and has a significantly superior selection of pre-installed apps. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers on a tablet perform much better than WPS Office, which is included with the OnePlus Pad. On the iPad, everything appears to operate more smoothly, from editing photos and videos to creating notes.

Although the OnePlus Pad has some OnePlus device integrations, they are still in their early stages. The iPad continues to be the preferred tablet if you want to perform high-level work tasks on one. On the iPad, even the Apple Pencil does tasks that the OnePlus stylus on the OnePlus Pad does not. The OnePlus Pad’s lack of a fingerprint scanner in comparison to the iPad is just the cherry on top of the tablet productivity cake!

Usage in general: iPad wins it.

We discovered that the iPad and the OnePlus Pad were quite closely matched in terms of common daily tasks like online browsing, social networks, the occasional movie, and message handling. Of course, the iPad’s superior software does matter because apps simply fit and function better on Apple’s tablet, but the OnePlus Pad is a fantastic tool for viewing content. The somewhat larger display on the OnePlus Pad gives you a greater viewing area as well as a slightly larger keyboard to type on. The speakers really make a difference, even during ordinary video conversations. However, the iPad does have a slight privacy advantage thanks to its fingerprint scanner.

The OnePlus Pad lacks a cellular option, which the iPad has (at a far greater cost, it should be noted), despite the fact that it connects to Wi-Fi hotspots quite quickly and will soon be able to automatically connect to the cellular networks of OnePlus phones.

Accessories:  Bring out the keyboard and the stylus, please.

Both tablets include keyboards that allow them to serve as type of portable notebooks: the OnePlus Pad is compatible with the OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard, while Apple has promoted the Magic Keyboard Folio for the iPad (10th generation).

Both keyboards feature trackpads and can be connected to tablets using pogo pins, but that’s where the similarities end. The keyboard itself and the back cover with a kickstand make up the two separate parts of the Magic Keyboard Folio. The rear cover and keyboard of the OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard are joined together as a single unit, much like the original Smart Keyboard from Apple. Although the Apple keyboard has six rows of keys and a larger trackpad than the OnePlus magnetic keyboard, which only has five rows, the Apple keyboard is slightly larger

Nevertheless, the £78 price tag of the OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard makes it a much more affordable choice than the somewhat exorbitant £ 242 Apple charges for the Magic Keyboard Folio.

OnePlus Pad’s stylus: The OnePlus Stylus, is fairly basic at the time of writing and lacks handwriting recognition of its own (the iPad and Apple Pencil have Scribble), but the iPad performs much better with the Apple Pencil. However, it is strange that the most recent iPad only supports the original Apple Pencil and not the second-generation Apple Pencil, necessitating the purchase of a separate dongle in order to charge the Apple Pencil.

Again, the OnePlus Stylus has a much more affordable price of £48.55 as opposed to the Apple Pencil’s £92.24.

The iPad’s attachments, particularly the stylus, function with the tablet more easily. Even still, the huge price difference makes OnePlus the winner of this round because the OnePlus keyboard plus stylus costs less than the cost of a Magic Keyboard Folio alone. That being said, the iPad with Apple Pencil combination is miles ahead if you want to do a lot of work with a stylus.

Pricing: Oneplus is more affordable

The price of the OnePlus Pad ranges from £369 for the 8GB/128GB base model to £388.39 for the 12GB/256GB model. Both of these are less expensive than the official list price of the iPad (10th generation), which is £35.97 for 64GB and £581.62 for 256GB for its Wi-Fi only models. The price of the iPad increases to £582 for 64GB and £727.19 for 256GB when cellular service is included. To be true, numerous merchants frequently offer the iPad at a somewhat lower price, but even taking that into account, there is no denying that the OnePlus Pad triumphs in this contest handily except that it did not came in a 5G version.

Conclusion: Which should you choose?

What should you choose then, amongst the two tablets? It all depends on what you need to do with a tablet, as it always does. Steve Jobs introduced the iPad as the third screen, but oddly, at the time of writing, the OnePlus Pad performs that function better. It is an excellent gadget for watching and using content because it has a beautiful display, outstanding sound, and a long battery life. But when it comes to productivity, the iPad clearly outperforms the competition thanks to significantly better software, a better app ecosystem, an excellent stylus, and a fingerprint scanner.

The OnePlus Pad has powerful hardware, but its software hasn’t been able to fully use it, which is unfortunate because it detracts from its exceptionally well-made and significantly less expensive accessories.

If money is a deciding factor, the OnePlus Pad is the best option because the 12GB/256GB model with the keyboard and pen costs less than the price of the 256GB iPad! What if there is no issue with the budget? Choose the iPad.

We’ll keep it even basic than that: Want a tablet with easy access to notebook mode and the ability to generate content as well? Choose the iPad. Want a tablet with fantastic multimedia and the option to add a tablet and pen, which may prove to be quite useful in the long run but want to stay on the Android side of things? Try out the OnePlus Pad. Think unconventionally or never give up, and you’ll wind up with a top-notch tablet!

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