Xiaomi Pad 5 vs Apple iPad 9 (2021): two tablets for working

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Whether you are a student or a professional, equipping yourself with computer equipment is an important investment. Here are two proposals with a mid-range positioning and a reasonable price that provide interesting benefits.

Tablet computers have always aroused the interest of workers. It must be said that they are ergonomic and very easy to transport, but behind this versatility of facade arise concrete questions such as their real capacities for office automation, to create presentations, collaborate remotely or even take notes quickly.

To prevent your banker from fainting, this time we are interested in two mid-range models, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 and Apple iPad 9 (2021).

XiaomiPad 5

Introductory price €349



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Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Rating: 4 out of 5

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    295.99

  • Fnac.com marketplaceFnac.com marketplace

    336.99

  • RakutenRakuten

    338.00

  • Amazon MarketplaceAmazon Marketplace

    340.00

  • Used Amazon MarketplaceUsed Amazon Marketplace

    342.72

  • Cdiscount MarketplaceCdiscount Marketplace

    344.98

  • reBuyreBuy

    348.99

  • Xiaomi official websiteXiaomi official website

    349.90

  • AmazonAmazon

    379.98

  • UbaldiUbaldi

    391.00

  • ElectroDepotElectroDepot

    398.90

  • baker.combaker.com

    399.00

  • La Redoute MarketplaceLa Redoute Marketplace

    399.00

  • Fnac.comFnac.com

    399.99

  • Darty.comDarty.com

    399.99

  • eBayeBay

    409.96

  • Topbiz.frTopbiz.fr

    414.96

  • CdiscountCdiscount

    423.82

  • ManoManoManoMano

    830.04

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Apple iPad 9 (2021)


Apple iPad 9 (2021)

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Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

  • RakutenRakuten

    357.00

  • Amazon WarehouseAmazon Warehouse

    367.50

  • AmazonAmazon

    375.00

  • UbaldiUbaldi

    375.00

  • Topbiz.frTopbiz.fr

    378.90

  • E. Leclerc - High-TechE. Leclerc – High-Tech

    379.90

  • baker.combaker.com

    389.00

  • La Redoute MarketplaceLa Redoute Marketplace

    389.00

  • Fnac.comFnac.com

    389.99

  • Darty.comDarty.com

    389.99

  • CdiscountCdiscount

    393.99

  • macwaymacway

    395.90

  • Materiel.netMateriel.net

    395.95

  • LDLCLDLC

    397.95

  • PhoxPhox

    401.48

  • eBayeBay

    446.96

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Xiaomi Pad 5 vs iPad 9: the match of characteristics

With its thin edges and rectilinear design, the Xiaomi Pad 5 benefits from a more modern design than that of the iPad 9. A special mention also goes to its 11-inch screen which not only benefits from a high definition (2560 x 1600 pixels), but also good brightness (483 cd/m2) and refreshment at 120 Hz. Apple, for its part, is playing the card of change in continuity. The iPad 9 remains faithful to its origins, which is both a strong point and a weakness, because certain elements are starting to date. On the other hand, a 4G version is also available, which can come in handy for workers on the go.

Features

XiaomiPad 5 Apple iPad 9 (2021)
Dimensions 166.3 x 254.7 x 6.9mm 174.1 x 250.6 x 7.5mm
Weight 511g 498g
Screen diagonal 11 inches 10.2 inches
Definition 2560 x 1600 pixels 2160 x 1440 pixels
DPI 274 dpi 265 dpi
Slab IPS IPS
Part of the surface screen 83.23 71.33
Touch technology Capacitive Capacitive
mobile chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 Apple A13 Bionic
Memory (RAM) 6 GB 4GB
Internal memory / microSD / SDHC card 128 GB / No / No 256 GB / No / No
Battery capacity 8720mAh 8557mAh
photo sensor 13 MP 8 MP
Front photo sensor 8 MP 12 MP
Operating system android iOS
OS version tested 11 iOS 15
Fingerprint sensor Nope Yes
Wireless Yes 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Yes 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
NFC Nope Nope
4G (LTE) Nope Yes
Dual sim Nope Nope
Processor 2.65GHz
Number of cores 6
Integrated GPU (iGPU) Apple
connectors Yes


These essential accessories for working

It’s hard to imagine spending a whole day typing text or answering e-mails from a touch screen, which is why a keyboard is simply essential to work efficiently.

iPad 9 (2021): Apple Smart Keyboard

Apple has been offering keyboards for its tablets for some time, the most advanced being the Magic Keyboard, but its price is a bit excessive and anyway it is not compatible with the iPad 9. We can nevertheless fall back on the Smart Keyboard, which may not offer the best typing comfort, but has the merit of being thin and integrating perfectly into the tablet.

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Xiaomi Pad 5: Logitech K480

Xiaomi does offer a keyboard similar to Apple’s Smart Keyboard, but it’s only available in QWERTY, which obviously poses a problem. The only solution for now is to turn to an accessory from a third-party manufacturer, such as the Logitech K480. It has an integrated support of 258 mm in order to slide the Xiaomi Pad 5. The latter should fit perfectly since it measures 254.69 mm in width.

Unlike the Smart Keyboard which also serves as a cover, the Logitech K480 is a simple Bluetooth keyboard. If you want to protect your tablet in transport, you must therefore provide an additional case. The Xiaomi Folio is very suitable, since it is designed especially for this tablet and, by the way, it serves as a support.

Logitech K480


Logitech K480

Rating: 5 out of 5

(2)

  • Used Amazon MarketplaceUsed Amazon Marketplace

    27.45

  • RakutenRakuten

    29.90

  • Amazon WarehouseAmazon Warehouse

    37.24

  • E. Leclerc - High-TechE. Leclerc – High-Tech

    43.35

  • CdiscountCdiscount

    43.48

  • Fnac.com marketplaceFnac.com marketplace

    43.99

  • Cdiscount MarketplaceCdiscount Marketplace

    48.76

  • Darty MarketplaceDarty Marketplace

    53.91

  • Shopping streetShopping street

    53.98

  • GrosbillGrosbill

    53.98

  • Top BuyTop Buy

    54.94

  • CybertekCybertek

    54.98

  • Materiel.netMateriel.net

    55.91

  • LDLCLDLC

    56.91

  • AbixAbix

    59.00

  • Amazon MarketplaceAmazon Marketplace

    63.64

  • eBayeBay

    64.98

  • Topbiz.frTopbiz.fr

    65.33

  • LogitechLogitech

    5,499.00

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Stylus: Xiaomi Smart Pen vs. Apple Pencil

The Apple Pencil charges wirelessly, and it’s quite comfortable and precise. In theory, Xiaomi offers its Smart Pen with 4096 levels of sensitivity, a sampling rate of 240 Hz and a wireless charging system, but it is out of stock everywhere… So for now go through an alternative manufacturer, which is not ideal for this type of product.

Apple Pencil


Apple Pencil

  • reBuyreBuy

    83.99

  • Fnac.com Used MarketplaceFnac.com Used Marketplace

    89.98

  • Amazon WarehouseAmazon Warehouse

    96.04

  • AmazonAmazon

    98.00

  • baker.combaker.com

    99.90

  • Fnac.comFnac.com

    99.99

  • Darty.comDarty.com

    99.99

  • E. Leclerc - High-TechE. Leclerc – High-Tech

    102.90

  • CdiscountCdiscount

    102.99

  • macwaymacway

    104.65

  • Top BuyTop Buy

    104.94

  • UbaldiUbaldi

    105.00

  • Materiel.netMateriel.net

    105.90

  • LDLCLDLC

    106.90

  • La Redoute MarketplaceLa Redoute Marketplace

    116.36

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Android vs iOS: the choice of office applications

Office automation has made a giant leap in recent years on both Android and iOS. There is no shortage of choice, with iWork and the Pages, Numbers and Keynote applications on the one hand, and the Google Workspace suite on the other, made up of Drive, Docs, Meet, Agenda, Slides and Gmail.

It should also be remembered that Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and OneDrive) are available on both platforms, Android and iOS. So there are plenty of tools to create presentations or simply do word processing and respond to messages. The main limitation at the software level will come from performance. So we forget everything that is a bit heavy, such as creative software.

However, it is good to remember that Apple is doing much better when it comes to the overall compatibility of applications on tablets. It can make a difference in everyday life when you use your tablet not only for work, but also for entertainment…

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