The Xiaomi Pad 5 rips off the iPad in all the right ways

Great performance, excellent display, and all-around software goodness. What's not to like?

The Xiaomi Pad 5 rips off the iPad in all the right ways
Xiaomi Pad 5 top down view of a news feed and floating youtube
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The Android tablet world is split into two camps. Ultra-affordable options are the norm, and while they lead in terms of sales, they’re really only good for watching movies and shows or reading-related tasks. On the other end of the spectrum are super-premium tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 that give you a whole lot of hardware, but are held back by the limitations of limited tablet-optimized software. What’s been missing from the market is a solid mid-range option that competes with Apple’s entry-level tablet portfolio. Enter the Xiaomi Pad 5.

This isn’t Xiaomi’s first rodeo. The company’s first tablet endeavor shamelessly ripped off the iPad. The Xiaomi Pad 5, ironically, isn’t all that different from the iPad either. But you know what? I’m not complaining.