Here are the main considerations to keep in mind when choosing between the different iPad models:
Portability: Looking for a small, tiny iPad to carry in your bag or a larger laptop-sized laptop? They go from just under 300g to almost 700g in weight, and the smallest has an 8.3-inch screen, compared to the huge 12.9-inch screen on the largest iPad Pro.
Display: Speaking of the screens, here too there are a few differences to note. Every model in the range has a sharp and clear display, but some models can achieve higher brightness levels. For the very best picture quality, look to the iPad Pro models that have a high refresh rate and make gaming, animations and videos smoother.
Battery life: Every iPad lasts all day with a battery life of at least ten hours. All iPads last about that long, and in our experience they live up to this claim.
Storage: The more photos, movies, and music files you want to keep, the more space you’ll need on your iPad. Each base model starts at 64GB or 128GB, depending on the iPad, which should be enough for most users, as a full-length HD movie is 5GB in size. You can also add extra iCloud storage to back up your photos and files to the cloud – each iPad comes with the standard 5GB of iCloud space, and it costs just 79 cents a month to upgrade to. 50GB or £2.49 per month for 200GB. If you need more space on the device, sizes go up to 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and even up to 2TB on the Pro models. We doubt most people will need the maximum storage space unless they’re processing a lot of high-resolution photos or 4K videos.
Camera: Every iPad has front and back cameras that you use for video calls and maybe the occasional photo. For the best FaceTime experience, we recommend looking for an ultra-wide-angle lens with Apple’s “Centre Stage” feature — it’s smart enough to keep you centered in the frame during your call and will follow you when you’re on the go. get up and move.
Processor: Apple makes the chips in its phones, tablets, and laptops, and there aren’t too many differences between them. The chips are all optimized to make the tablet last longer and the apps run fast, and you’ll see specs like A13 or A15 Bionic, excellent processors that can also be seen in the iPhone range. Where it gets a little more impressive is with the latest iPad Air and Pro featuring the M1 chip. That means they have the same brainpower as Apple’s desktop iMacs and premium laptops.
Connectivity: Any iPad you choose can connect to a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to give you a more familiar laptop experience. All but the Mini can connect to Apple’s Smart Keyboard, while the Air and Pro can connect to the premium Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio. If you want to use a stylus to draw or take notes, there’s a version of the Apple Pencil that works for whatever iPad you choose. The original Pencil works with the entry-level iPad, and the latest iPad Air, Mini, and Pro all work with the second-generation Apple Pencil.