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iPad vs Lenovo Tablet (2020): How Good Is The Lenovo Tab M10 Plus?

Lenovo tablets may not have as much of a following as other Android models, much less iPads, but they’re excellent devices offering good value at low to midrange prices. The latest in its lineup is the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (2nd Gen), which was released early this year. We compare this new tablet with the current standard for entry-level tablets, the Apple iPad (7th Gen), to see whether it’s worth recommending.

iPad vs Lenovo Tablet Comparison Chart

ModelApple iPad 7th Gen (Wi-Fi)Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (2nd Gen)
Apple iPad (10.2-inch, Wi-Fi, 32GB) - Silver (Latest Model) Lenovo Tab M10 Plus, 10.3' FHD Android Tablet, Octa-Core Processor, 64GB Storage, 4GB RAM, Iron... 
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Rating
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Display Size10.2″10.3″
Resolution2160 x 1620 pixels1920 x 1200 pixels
Pixel Density264 ppi220 ppi
Height9.8″9.6″
Width6.8″6.0″
Depth0.29″0.3″
Weight1.09 lbs1.01 lbs
System ChipA10 FusionOcta-core 2.3 GHz
GPUM10 Coprocessorn/a
Internal Storage32GB, 128GB32GB, 64GB
Expandable StorageNoYes
Front Camera1.2MP5MP
Rear Camera8MP with HDR, 1080p HD video8MP
AccessoriesApple Pencil, Smart KeyboardNone
ColorsSilver, Gold, Space GrayIron Grey
Battery LifeUp to 10 hoursUp to 7 hours
ReleasedSeptember 2019January 2020

Design

The Lenovo Tab M10 Plus is slimmer and has thinner bezels than the Apple iPad 7th Gen.

Apple iPad vs Lenovo Tablet (iPad 7th Gen vs Lenovo Tab M10 Plus) Design
You can see how the top and bottom bezels of the iPad 7th Gen (left) are much thicker than the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus 2nd Gen (right).

Lenovo has definitely stepped up its efforts on the design aspect of its tablets. The Tab M10 Plus (2nd Gen) doesn’t look like a typical Android tablet, which is just the brutal truth among its other models. Its all-metal body sports an “ultramodern” design, according to the brand, and we’d agree that it looks more premium than its price suggests.

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The most noticeable difference between previous Lenovo tablets is the slimmer bezels surrounding the 10.3-inch display. This gives it the slightly larger screen over the iPad 7th Gen despite being much narrower. Its back casing looks quite sleek though we still heavily favor the matte aluminum of the iPad. The rear camera of the Tab M10 Plus also sticks out a little while the one on the iPad 2020 remains flat with the casing.

Because of its smaller profile, the Tab M10 Plus is easier to handle with one hand, though both are highly portable. It doesn’t feel cheap or heavy, which is a solid plus since it costs way less than the iPad. We’re frankly surprised at how good it looks especially with those thin bezels. Meanwhile, the look of the iPad 7th Gen is practically unchanged from previous generations.

Performance

The Apple iPad 7th Gen is faster than the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus.

Apple iPad vs Lenovo Tablet (iPad 7th Gen vs Lenovo Tab M10 Plus) Performance
Running multiple apps at the same time is easy for the iPad 7th Gen.

We can expect that any Android tablet that can match the iPad’s base performance will have a comparable or higher price tag. As it is, the iPad 7th Gen will be able to dance circles around the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus. It’s much faster and can handle multiple apps easily, letting you utilize split-screen mode or switch between apps smoothly. Moreover, it can churn through more intensive tasks like video editing quicker.

In comparison, the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus is intended to be a family tablet. It’s built to be a portable entertainment device that streams videos and plays games well, but that’s about it. You can try to do some work on it, but you’d be better off just getting off the couch and opening your laptop instead. Meanwhile, the iPad 7th Gen can function as a productivity tablet, especially with the Apple Pencil.

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There’s still no getting around how much smoother and just overall better the iOS experience is for tablets. Now that Apple has launched a fully separate iPadOS for its tablet line, the operating system along with apps and future patches will be better optimized for its larger mobile devices. Android does provide a lot more flexibility, but it’s still yet to match how optimized the iPadOS is.

Cameras and Storage

The Lenovo Tab M10 Plus has expandable storage while the Apple iPad 7th Gen has better cameras.

Apple iPad vs Lenovo Tablet (iPad 7th Gen vs Lenovo Tab M10 Plus) Cameras and Storage
With a microSD, the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus can store more apps and media for a minimal extra cost.

While you can get an iPad 7th Gen with 128GB of internal storage, the 64GB memory of the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus can be further expanded with a microSD card. This can boost its storage by up to 256GB, so you can install all the apps you want on it. Note that the Lenovo tablet is offered in either 32GB and 64GB versions, with 2GB RAM and 4GB RAM, respectively, so opting for the larger storage also gets you better performance.

If you want to take photos and record videos with a tablet, the Apple iPad will be easily better, thanks to its image processing software. Its rear camera has a bigger 8MP sensor than the 7MP lens of the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus, and it comes with auto HDR and 1080p video recording capability. Meanwhile, even though the Tab M10 Plus has a 5MP front camera, you can still expect better selfies with the 1.2MP FaceTime camera of the iPad.

The cameras on the iPad are also integral for another use besides photography: augmented reality. Apple is pushing the AR capabilities of its tablet line, improving its cameras to provide a more impressive AR experience for educational and fun applications.

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Battery and Accessories

The Apple iPad 7th Gen has noteworthy accessories as well as a longer battery life than the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus.

Apple iPad vs Lenovo Tablet (iPad 7th Gen vs Lenovo Tab M10 Plus) Battery and Accessories
The Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are excellent accessories, but they’re not cheap.

The Apple Pencil has been the gold standard for tablet styluses, providing a smooth and responsive drawing and writing experience still unmatched by other casual devices. It’s highly recommended getting this tool if you plan to use the iPad for studying, drawing, or doing some work. Its price hasn’t budged even though previous generations of the iPad have dropped, which just says how confident Apple is in this accessory.

There’s also a Smart Keyboard for the iPad 7th Gen that doesn’t require charging like other Bluetooth keyboards. It’s also quite expensive but it’s not nearly the must-have the Apple Pencil is. Still, they’re great add-ons for an already great tablet. They have no counterparts for the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus, though you can of course try third-party accessories.

Perhaps due to its slimmer size, the Tab M10 Plus only has enough battery life to last up to 7 hours playing videos or 8 hours while browsing the web. Actual usage will of course affect this, but the 10 hours of the iPad 7th Gen looks pretty attractive in comparison. Lenovo plans to package the Tab M10 Plus with its smart charging station though, similar to its Smart Tab bundles, which keeps the device powered as long as it’s docked.

Verdict

The Lenovo Tab M10 Plus offers good value but the iPad 7th Gen is still the more fully-featured tablet.

The Lenovo Tab M10 Plus has a lot going for it: a premium look and feel with reasonable power for casual day-to-day tablet use. It’s one of the better Android tablets to come out recently, especially at its price point. This is of course it’s most attractive feature; you’ll save quite a lot or buy two of them for the price of the iPad. If you’re after an affordable alternative, the Tab M10 Plus should be in your Android shortlist.

We’d still recommend shelling out the extra bucks for the Apple iPad 7th Gen if it’s at all possible. It’s just too good for its price. You’ll be able to do everything you can do on the Lenovo tablet, only faster and smoother. Its value as a portable device goes up even further with the Apple Pencil though that means spending even more. However, you won’t be disappointed at all and will consider it well worth the money spent.

Last update on 2020-08-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Derick Bondoc
Derick Bondoc

Managing Editor at Compare Before Buying. Writer and researcher passionate about gadgets, gaming and snacks.