• Tablet
  • Mobile computer
  • Since the summer of 2017, I had had Cardea, a fifth-generation iPad, for use exclusively by my kids. When we originally got Cardea, it was largely for use by my older son. However, over the years as my younger son got older, he started using Cardea more and more as well. Eventually it became hard to share an iPad -- they each had their own apps of interest, both wanted to be able to work on movie and photo projects, and occassionally just wanted to both use the iPad at the same time.
  • So, I decided to expand my fleet of iPads and add a new one, Asteria. Asteria is very similar to Cardea, just a few years newer. She is an eighth-generation iPad, not too different from Cardea but with a slightly larger 10.2-inch screen, slightly faster CPU, but most importantly -- much more storage, having 128 GB. I found that over the years the 32 GB of storage on Cardea was often close to full (kids have a way of taking lots of pictures and videos and finding large apps to use). Increasing the storage was the #1 goal for future-proofing.
  • Asteria does not replace Cardea, which remains my older son's iPad, nor Concordia, which remains the iPad Pro used by my wife and myself.
  • This computer was originally obtained June 14, 2021.


Apple iPad (8th Generation)
Added Notes
  • Model A2270
  • System-on-a-chip: Apple A12 Bionic
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Display: 10.2 inches, 2160x1620
  • Camera, front: 1.2 MP
  • Camera, back: 8 MP
  • Networking: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth: 4.2
  • Port: Lightning connector
  • Other: Touch ID, Space Gray