The Apple iPad is one of the most popular tablets you can buy. With four different models to choose from, picking the right iPad for you can be confusing so let’s delve into the different options to help you compare and contrast them so that you can make an informed purchasing decision. The four currently available iPad models include the standard iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air and the iPad Pro which comes in both 11 inch and 12.9 inch sizes.
The most affordable model in the range is the standard iPad. It features a 10.2” 2160 x 1620 pixel display, A13 processor and both front and rear cameras. There’s a choice of 64Gb or 128Gb storage capacity and support for Apple Pencil. If you want an iPad with the very latest tech and specs, there are better models in the iPad family but if you’re shopping on a budget or you just want a cheap iPad for web surfing, videos, music, gaming and other lightweight usage, the standard iPad could be a good choice.
The smaller and thinner iPad Mini features a sleek design with thin bezels. It has an 8.2 inch screen and A15 processor. There’s a 12 megapixel camera on both the front and rear and a choice of 64Gb or 256Gb storage capacities. The iPad Mini weighs less than 1 pound and is small enough to hold and use in one hand, on the go or while lying down. Choose an iPad Mini if you want a compact, lightweight iPad that’s closer to a smartphone than a standard tablet dimension wise.
The iPad Air is a mid range tablet that offers a good blend of professional and consumer features and comes in cheaper than iPad Pro models. Like the Pro, the iPad Air comes with a beefy M1 processor, USB-C charging and it works with both Apple Pencil and the Apple Magic Keyboard if you want to use it in laptop mode. It has a large, crisp 10.9 inch screen and approximately nine hours of battery life which is lower than both the standard iPad and the iPad Mini. Overall, the iPad Air does most of what the iPad Pro does at a significantly cheaper price. It has good processing power, a bright and vibrant screen, decent cameras and impressive sound. For these reasons, the iPad Air arguably offers the best value for money out of all iPad models,
Apple’s top of the range iPad model is the iPad Pro. It comes in two sizes, 11 inch or 12.9 inch. Aimed at professionals, the Pro is one of the best tablets around with blazing fast M1 processor for laptop-like performance. Storage options range from 128Gb up to a whopping 2Tb with either 8Gb or 16Gb of RAM. Battery life is seriously impressive with over 10 hours on a full charge. The iPad Pro features a stunning Liquid Retina XDR super bright display capable of playing HDR content plus 4K video at up to 60fps. Sound quality is decent too with four speakers pumping out crisp, immersive sound. Apple’s CenterStage Software keeps you centred in the frame during video calls. If you’re a professional using heavyweight content creation apps or an enthusiast looking for the best tablet money can buy, the iPad Pro is an excellent fit. Everyone else would be better served with one of the other models in the iPad range.