Which‌ ‌iPad‌ ‌to‌ ‌Buy in 2020‌?

Which iPad to buy? That’s a question that plagues all Apple enthusiasts. Especially since these products are so expensive and we always want the best. Interestingly, there aren’t that many iPad models in the market. Apple had manufactured 4 base models of its iPads, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Check out our guide on Which‌ ‌iPad‌ ‌to‌ ‌Buy‌? for all the details

Apart from these 4 models currently on sale, there is an increasing number of older used iPads on sites like eBay and though they all look the same, each one will be quite different from the other. Of course, there are much cheaper alternatives as well.

Let me take you through the current line-up of Apple iPads along with the important differences between each of them to help you make your choice on which iPad to buy?

These are the current iPad models available in 2020

  • iPad 10.2”
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Pro

After reviewing all the iPads thoroughly based on design, specs, performance, battery and price. We zeroed in on the above four models as well. We further put these four through a series of stress tests to determine the best. We found that:

The best iPad to buy is iPad 10.2”. This iPad is one of the best and is an all-rounder when it comes to performance and price. It has amazing processing power to help you execute multiple tasks with ease. Most importantly, the reasonable price makes it one of the most sought after iPads.

Which‌ ‌iPad‌ ‌to‌ ‌Buy‌? ‌ ‌

Most of us take the price of these gadgets into consideration before anything else. If you’re looking to pick up something affordable, then the 10.2” iPad would be ideal as it is the cheapest device in the market at the moment. Check out our guide on Which‌ ‌iPad‌ ‌to‌ ‌Buy‌? for all the details

  • If you’re looking for something a bit more compact and portable then the right option will be the iPad Mini and for those looking at a slightly larger iPad with a lot more to offer, then the iPad Air will be the ideal choice.
  • I will only recommend the iPad Pro to pro-level users and don’t mind spending a lot on this high-end model because it is by far the most powerful iPad produced by Apple.

Let’s take a look at what each model has to offer.

iPad 10.2” 

The lowest priced Apple iPad, the iPad 10.2” is a basic iPad for everyday users and does not cost much, at $329 for the Wi-Fi model it is ideal for those on a budget or if you’re looking to get some work done.

Features

The iPad 10.2” has some really important features that make it one of the most desired products in their line-up. 

  • A decently sized 10.2” Retina display which is basically a LED backlit multi-touch display with IPS technology. The display has a pixel resolution of 2160×1620 and comes with 500 nits brightness making it ideal in low lit rooms.
  • The cameras on the iPad 10.2” are pretty basic but have decent sensors on them, the rear camera has an 8MP setup that uses HDR and Hybrid IR Filter and a Backside illumination feature to deliver crisp images. The FaceTime camera is a 1.2MP HDR camera that uses the Retina Flash and True Tone technology to enhance the photos captured.
  • The iPad 10.2” runs on the new A12 Bionic chip and is powered by a built-in 32.4Wh Li-Po battery that can deliver upto 10 hours of usage on a single charge.

Technical Specifications

DisplayRetina Display (10.2” IPS LED); 2160*1620px, 264ppi
Operating SystemiPadOS 14
Storage32GB/128GB
Camera8MP HDR Rear Camera
ProcesorA12 Bionic Chip with 64-bit architecture
FaceTime HD Camera1.2MP with Retina Flash
ConnectivityWiFi / WiFi + Cellular
Sim Card CompatibilityeSim or Apple Sim (Nano)
Battery32.4Wh Li-Po built-in battery
Price$329

iPad Mini 

At a slightly higher price of $379, the iPad Mini is a compact device that is built for speed and multi-tasking. The iPad Mini is extremely thin and lightweight making it easy to carry around and use in one hand. 

Available in both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE, the Mini is the lightest iPad in the market and with better features than the iPad 10.2”

Features

Though the iPad Mini can not actually be pocketed comfortably, it still is quite small with a larger display than the iPhones making them great to own.

  • The iPad Mini features a 7.9” Retina display with True Tone technology. This multi-touch LED has a resolution of 2048×1536 at 326ppi.
  • Equipped with a 8MP Main camera, the iPad Mini shoots in HDR while records at 1080p HD. The FaceTime camera is a powerful 7MP lens with Retina flash and 1080p HD video recording functionality.
  • The iPad Mini runs on an updated A12 Bionic chip and an embedded M12 coprocessor delivering a smooth and flawless experience. The device is powered by a built-in 19.1 Wh Li-Po battery that delivers upto 10 hours of uninterrupted playtime.

Technical Specifications

DisplayRetina Display (7.9” LED); 2048*1536px, 326ppi
Operating SystemiPadOS 14
Storage64GB/256GB
Camera8MP HDR Rear Camera
ProcesorA12 Bionic Chip with 64-bit architecture; Embedded M12 coprocessor
FaceTime HD Camera7MP with Retina Flash
ConnectivityWiFi / WiFi + Cellular
Sim Card CompatibilityeSim or Apple Sim (Nano)
Battery19.1Wh Li-Po built-in battery
Price$379

iPad Air

The mid-range iPad set at $599, the iPad Air is the perfect iPad that sits nicely in between the iPad and the iPad Pro in terms of price but has similar specifications as the high-end iPad Pro.

The iPad Air uses a larger battery and a powerful processor as compared to the earlier models and supports the Apple Magic Keyboard beside the Apple Pencil.

Features

Compared to what we’ve seen so far, the iPad Air is far better in terms of performance and usability. The features of the iPad Air are:

  • The iPad Air carries the signature iPad design with a 10.9” Liquid Retina display with True Tone technology. This wide color, multi-touch IPS LED supports the Apple Pencil 2nd generation and uses rounded corners for edges of the body.
  • The Rear camera on the Air is a 12MP wide camera with Smart HDR and a backside illumination sensor for better low light images. The FaceTime camera is 7MP anduses smart HDR and is capable of 1080p video recording.
  • The iPad Air runs on the latest and most powerful chipset from Apple, the A14 Bionic chip that guarantees high performance while multitasking. The device is powered by a 28.6Wh inbuilt Li-Po battery that delivers up to 10 hours of uninterrupted playback.

Technical Specifications

DisplayRetina Display (10.9” IPS LED); 2360*1640px, 264ppi
Operating SystemiPadOS 14
Storage64GB/256GB
Camera12MP Wide HDR Rear Camera
ProcesorA14 Bionic Chip with 64-bit architecture
FaceTime HD Camera7MP with Retina Flash
ConnectivityWiFi / WiFi + Cellular
Sim Card CompatibilityeSim or Apple Sim (Nano)
Battery28.6Wh Li-Po built-in battery
Price$599

iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is a true champion as it acts as a portable workstation. The latest models of these iPad’s come with improved camera capabilities and two size variants. 

Priced at $799 for the 11” model and $999 for the 12.9” model, the iPad Pro is not meant for all because of the steep price and its extremely powerful processor.

Features

The iPad Pro is available in the largest sizes imaginable and is by far the most powerful iPad  iPad launched till date and here are it’s primary features:

  • Available in two sizes, the 11” and the 12.9”. Both variants come with a Liquid Retina display which are IPS LED multi-touch screens. The iPad Pro uses ProMotion technology and has a display brightness of 600 nits.  
  • The Rear camera setup consists of a 12MP wide primary lens, a 10MP ultra wide lens with a 125 degree field of view and a LiDar Scanner. Capable of recording at 4K, 1080p and 720p HD videos, this setup is the most brilliant array on any iPad ever made till date. The TrueDepth front camera is a 7MP lens that supports portrait mode, portrait lighting and smart HDR.
  • In terms of processing speed, the iPad Pro uses Apple’s latest and fastest processor, the A12Z Bionic Chip that uses an embedded M12 coprocessor  making every task seem fluid and lag-free. 
  • Both iPad Pro variants have different battery capacities; the 11” iPad Pro is powered by a built-in 28.65Wh Li-Po battery whereas, the 12.9” Pro uses a 36.71Wh Li-Po battery. Both devices carry a run time of approx 10 hours from a single charge.

Technical Specifications

11” iPad Pro12.9” iPad Pro
DisplayLiquid Retina Display (11” IPS LED); 2388*1668px, 264ppiLiquid Retina Display (12.9” IPS LED); 2732*2048px, 264ppi
Operating SystemiPadOS 14iPadOS 14
Storage128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Camera12MP Wide HDR Rear Camera12MP Wide HDR + 10MP ultra wide Rear Camera
ProcesorA14 Bionic Chip with 64-bit architectureA12Z Bionic Chip with 64-bit architecture; Embedded M12 coprocessor
FaceTime HD Camera7MP with Retina Flash7MP TrueDepth Camera with Retina Flash
ConnectivityWiFi / WiFi + CellularWiFi / WiFi + Cellular
Sim Card CompatibilityeSim or Apple Sim (Nano)
Battery28.65Wh Li-Po built-in battery36.71Wh Li-Po built-in battery
Price$749$929

Overall Verdict

After having a look at all 4 models Apple has to offer, the 10.9” iPad is the perfect all-rounder with powerful computing speeds and a reasonable price point making it one of the most sought after iPad’s. If you prefer something smaller with similar processing speeds, then the iPad Mini is the right one for you. 

  • However, if you’re looking for something that is designed to be truly powerful, large display, brilliant camera, larger battery and the ability to use the 2nd gen Pencil along with the Magic Keyboard, then the right choice to make would be the iPad Pro or the iPad Air depending on your budget. 
  • The recent additions in Apple’s lineup have provided potential users with a wide array of options to choose from. I hope that this breakdown on which iPad to buy was informative and helped you decide on the iPad model to go for. 

Which is the best iPad to buy?

In terms of power, the iPad Pro is hands down the best iPad on the market at present. However, if you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, then the iPad Mini and the iPad 10.2” are ideal as they use the latest A12 Bionic Chip. Check out our guide on Which‌ ‌iPad‌ ‌to‌ ‌Buy‌? for all the details

Does the Apple iPad support the Apple Pencil?

Yes, but only the iPad Air and iPad Pro support the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil while the iPad 10.2” and the iPad Mini support the use of the 1st gen Apple Pencil. Check out our guide on Which‌ ‌iPad‌ ‌to‌ ‌Buy‌? for all the details

Should I wait for the 5G iPad?

Currently, there are no confirmed reports about the 5G iPad, rumours, however, say that the device will be 5G enabled and come with a new processor. But that’s all speculation as of now. Check out our guide on Which‌ ‌iPad‌ ‌to‌ ‌Buy‌? for all the details

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