Apple currently sells four tablets – the entry-level iPad, the portable iPad mini, the mid-range iPad 3 and the powerful iPad Pro – but which iPad is right for you? Take a look at our hands-on video as we briefly break down Apple's tablet lineup to help you decide which iPad to buy.
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Apple has released the latest update of its iPad for entry in the spring of 2018. The one-year iPad comes with Apple's A10 Fusion chip, which offers iPad users a good value for money.
Starting at just $ 329, and often available for less than the range, the iPad is something you'll want to consider when the price is the most important to you. For the price, the iPad is a very good value for the casual user who needs a computer for email browsing or Internet surfing, and it is also very well-suited for students as it is relatively inexpensive and offers an Apple Pencil support.
The biggest drawback of the iPad is the display, which is quite inconspicuous compared to any other iPad in the lineup.
The entry-level iPad did away with the laminated digitizer to save money and make repairs easier. This decision makes sense, because Apple promotes the iPad for the education sector.
- Who should buy it? Price-conscious buyers and / or students.
- Who should avoid that? Those looking for a future-proof device and those looking for the best reading experience.
- Read and View the Whole iPad 2018 Review
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For a bullet-by-bullet comparison, be sure to read Michael's review, Containing graphs like the one below to compare each iPad in Apple's tablet lineup.
The iPad mini 5, launched in 2019 at $ 399, is the smallest tablet in Apple's iPad series. If you are looking for an iPad that is compact and easy to carry, then look no further.
The 5th generation iPad mini is small but very powerful. It has the Apple A12 Bionic chip, the same chip as the larger iPad Air 3. The iPad mini 5 is also the first mini model that comes with Apple Pencil support.
Unlike the entry-level iPad, the iPad mini features a laminated digitizer, enhanced antireflection properties, True Tone – a feature that automatically adjusts the screen's white balance based on ambient light and broad color support. Although the small feeling is a bit tense due to the large apertures, the quality of the display is excellent.
In fact, the biggest drawback of the mini 5 is the lack of screen space. At just 7.9 inches, the iPad mini 5 does not offer much room for multitasking two apps side by side.
There is no support for the Smart Keyboard, unlike the iPad Air 3, which shares a large part of its DNA with the iPad Mini.
The iPad Mini, however, has a clear drawback to an advantage: typing on the iPad mini by handheld is far superior to typing on another iPad that Apple currently sells.
- Who Should Buy It? Those who have the most portable iPad and prefer to work with the handheld.
- Who should avoid that? Those who enjoy multitasking and / or use a hardware keyboard.
- Read and watch the full iPad mini 5 review
Apple has developed the iPad Air 3 to close the gap between its entry-level iPad and the high-end iPad Pro. The 10.5-inch iPad Air 3 is clearly a mid-range product, but at the top of the middle class. The iPad Air 3 is available from $ 499 and offers the full speed of the iPad mini 5. Supported by Apple's Smart Keyboard.
Like the iPad Mini 3, the latest iPad Air features a laminated digitizer, better anti-reflective properties, True Tone and DCI-P3 Wide Color support. Such features on a large 10.5-inch display are the key to the appeal of the iPad Air 3.
The iPad Air 3 is basically a refactored 2017 iPad Pro. It lacks some of the intricacies of the iPad Pro, such as ProMotion, a stabilized camera, etc., but it is much cheaper. For users who go beyond the entry-level iPad, the iPad Air 3 is the tablet I recommend.
- Who Should Buy It? Digital artists. Those who want to support Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. People who need a tablet computer that is significantly more powerful than Apple's entry-level offering. Anyone who needs power user features but does not want to spend the $ 300 more on an iPad Pro.
- Who should avoid that? Random iPad users who have no interest in so-called power-user features. Those who only use their iPads to check e-mails and the internet.
- Read and see the full review of the iPad Air 3
The iPad Pro is the top dog of the iPad series. Available in two sizes and starting at $ 799 for the 11-inch base model, the price can quickly rise to the high-end range of the MacBook Pro when the 12.9-inch version is used up.
The iPad Pro is what you want if you're a serious iPad user. If you're the kind of guy who dreams of an iPad someday doing all the things a MacBook Pro could do for you, consider the iPad Pro.
By far the fastest tablet in Apple's lineup. With the A12X Bionic chip, the iPad Pro has benchmarks of CPU and GPU performance that your MacBook Pro takes notice of. Additional features like face ID, wake up wake up, quad speaker array, better cameras, USB-C and a brand new "edge-to-edge" design design separate the iPad Pro from its peers.
While all other iPads sold by Apple support Touch ID, the iPad Pro is the only tablet in the Apple product line that supports Face ID, biometric authentication, with which you can unlock your iPad with the iPad face recognition. It works just as well, if not better, than the Face ID of the current generation of iPhones, and makes it easy to pick up and use your iPad.
The iPad Pro not only supports Apple's updated Smart Keyboard Folio, but it's the only iPad to offer support for second-generation Apple Pencil – an improved stylus-supported stylus. The second-generation Apple Pencil is magnetically attached directly to the side of the iPad Pro to charge and connect to your iPad Pro, which means it's always available for notes or art work.
Unfortunately, the potential of Apple's upper-tier tablet is still relatively untapped. Most of this has to do with iOS 12, which handcuffs the iPad and prevents it from fully fulfilling its abilities.
The good news for iPad Pro buyers is that this tablet is sure to be future-proof for years to come. It is likely that iOS 13 and beyond will unlock more features for iPad users, and some of these features may be exclusive to the iPad Pro due to its high performance and USB-C I / O.
- Who Should Buy It? Serious artists, multitaskers and laptop replacements. Those who need the largest screen, the most memory and the fastest processors. The best of the best with vast space for growth.
- Who should avoid that? Those on a budget who want a better iPad than the entry-level model, but not all the bells and whistles need the Pro model.
- Read and Watch the Full iPad Pro Review
9to5Macs Take – Which iPad Should You Buy?
Apple has developed an iPad product line that can appeal to almost anyone on the market for a new tablet. For price-conscious, there is the entry-level iPad. For people who want something small and portable, there is the iPad mini. For those who want a powerful tablet with support for Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, but do not want to push into the laptop area, there is the iPad Air 3. Finally, for people who want to be on the bleeding, the best performance and the best Features, even if many options have not been exhausted, then the iPad Pro is there for you.
What do you think of Apple's iPad lineup? Are there any changes you want from Apple? Sound down in the comments with your thoughts and opinions.