iPad (2021) Xiaomi Pad 5: features, differences and prices

There is no doubt that the Apple iPad is the undisputed queen of tablets, especially due to the large number of apps available that make the most of it. But do not forget that there are also tablets with Android, and that they are resurfacing because Google has paid attention to them again with Android 12L. But, above all, because manufacturers are launching very interesting models, see the Xiaomi Pad 5. We put two of the most important exponents in this sector face to face to see their characteristics, differences, and prices.

Features iPad and Xiaomi Pad 5

Xiaomi Pad 5 – 11” Tablet (Wi-Fi, 120Hz 2K+ Screen, 128 GB Internal Memory, 6 GB RAM, 8720 mAh battery) Color Cosmic Gray

Xiaomi Pad 5 – 11” Tablet (Wi-Fi, 120Hz 2K+ Screen, 128 GB Internal Memory, 6 GB RAM, 8720 mAh battery) Color Cosmic Gray

2021 Apple iPad (10.2-inch with Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Silver (9th generation)

2021 Apple iPad (10.2-inch with Wi-Fi, 64GB) – Silver (9th generation)

  • Design: The entry iPad to the Apple catalog, which is the one with which the Xiaomi Pad 5 is compared for being similar in price, maintains the design of previous generations. You could say that almost identical to the first iPad. For its part, Xiaomi bets on a more modern design, with smaller edges; an appearance that we also see in the rest of Apple tablets, except for this one.

  • Screen: The screen of the iPad is 10.2 inches and that of the Xiaomi Pad 5, 11 inches. It is not a very significant difference, but what you have to take into account are other factors. On the one hand, the format: 4:3 . 16:10. The iPad is one of the few tablets that is committed to this more square format and not as rectangular as Xiaomi, which is the most common. What is certain is that the format of the Pad 5 is more suitable for consuming multimedia content, and that of the iPad may be more for reading and productivity. Apart from this, the Xiaomi Pad 5 has a (fixed) refresh rate at 120 Hz, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, much more complete than that of the input iPad, which lacks these technologies.

  • Processor, RAM and storage: neither of the two tablets mounts the most powerful chip of each house, but they are solid enough to be able to use them comfortably with practically any app and game you throw at them (although you may have to adjust the graphic quality). The Xiaomi Pad 5 starts with more base storage than the iPad, 128 GB versus 64 GB. And it also has more RAM, but this is not a problem because each operating system manages it differently.

  • cameras: using a tablet as a camera is not the best option (although there are models with very good cameras). And in this type of device, you have to pay more attention to the front than to the back, which is the one used mainly for video calls. The iPad stands out in this section with its 12 MP ultra wide angle and Center Framing for high-quality video calls.

  • Drums: The capacity of the batteries is very similar, but because Apple controls software and hardware, iPadOS is more efficient than Android with MIUI. The good thing about the Xiaomi Pad 5 is that it charges at 33W to get it to 100% in less time.

  • Operating system: as it happens with the smartphones of each brand, iPadOS and MIUI for Pad (Xiaomi’s customization layer) are quite similar. So much so that a user could switch between them and feel comfortable. There is no doubt that Xiaomi has been inspired by the Apple operating system to create its own, but MIUI for Pad is not quite polished and requires a little more work. Of course, Android offers more options and possibilities than iPadOS due to its philosophy and not being so restrictive, but there are more apps adapted to tablets in Apple’s proposal.

  • Security: The iPad keeps the physical home button, and on it, Touch ID fingerprint reader, which is very safe. Xiaomi dispenses with this option, although it offers facial recognition. However, it is through software and its performance is not very good. It is best to set a lock code.

  • Accessories: Apple offers the possibility to use the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard case with the iPad (2021) (but there are many more alternatives from third-party manufacturers), and Xiaomi also has those two accessories in the catalog, but only the stylus has officially arrived in Spain; the cover-keyboard must be imported and it is not in Spanish QWERTY. a pity

  • Price: The official sale prices are very similar, with the Xiaomi Pad 5 being 20 euros more expensive (from 399.99 euros). However, they are two devices that can often be found on sale, especially the Pad 5, which from time to time drops below 300 euros and it becomes one of the best price-adjusted Android options on the market. The iPad starts at 379 euros.

iPad (2021) VS Xiaomi Pad 5, which one to buy?

iPad 2021 02

iPad 2021 02

On paper, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is a very interesting tablet. Especially if we compare it with the iPad (2021), with which it shares a price range. And it is that his 120Hz display and HDR10 Dolby Vision support It is very succulent for those who want a device of this type to mainly consume multimedia content.

While the Xiaomi Pad 5 has its own stylus (sold separately, just like the Apple Pencil), if you intend to use the tablet for productivity, the iPad (2021) It also has its own official keyboard, alternatives from other manufacturers and a wide range of very useful apps for students.

Xiaomi Pad 5 – 11” Tablet (Wi-Fi, 120Hz 2K+ Screen, 128 GB Internal Memory, 6 GB RAM, 8720 mAh battery) Color Cosmic Gray

Xiaomi Pad 5 – 11” Tablet (Wi-Fi, 120Hz 2K+ Screen, 128 GB Internal Memory, 6 GB RAM, 8720 mAh battery) Color Cosmic Gray

2021 Apple iPad (10.2-inch with Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Silver (9th generation)

2021 Apple iPad (10.2-inch with Wi-Fi, 64GB) – Silver (9th generation)

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