If you want to buy a new iPad in 2019, you're spoiled for choice: Apple has done its best to confuse the latest tablets, and there are many older models with similar – if not identical – names.
There are the iPad Pro series, high-end power tablets with the power of a computer, smaller models like the iPad Air and the iPad mini with different sizes and performance levels as well as the main iPad series.
These slates are running on iOS 12, though they will all soon see a boom when iPadOS comes out in a few months. So if you have an iPhone, you are familiar with how it works, but since iOS works so well on tablets, all iPads are easy to use, no matter how much experience you have with technology.
So, if you're a seasoned tablet fan looking for a new, powerful tablet or new budding technology owner looking for your first iPad, our list of the best iPads will help you find the best gadget for your budget and needs.
1st iPad Pro 11 (2018)
The best iPad you can buy right now
Weight: 468 g | Dimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm | Operating system: iOS 12 | Screen Size: 11 inches | Resolution: 2388 x 1668 pixels | CENTRAL PROCESSOR: A12X Bionic | Camp: 64GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 7,812 mAh | Backup camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
Finally pencil clips
A lot of power for a tablet
Software restricts the laptop experience
Pencil and keyboard expensive extras
The iPad Pro 11 is the best iPad you can buy right now. It may be expensive, but the latest iPad professionals have the most powerful tablet from Apple and support the 2-in-1 design, if you choose the new, expensive Folio with keyboard covers.
It offers a laptop-like experience in design and performance, and the new Apple Pencil is magnetically attached to the frame of the new iPad Pro. With great speakers and a great new screen-to-body ratio, it's hard not to fall in love with the finely crafted hardware design.
While the iOS 12 software feels limited in multitasking and performing tasks such as laptops, it will change radically with the iPadOS later this year.
Another purely mobile challenge: There is no headphone jack. If you want to use the 3.5mm standard jack in a computer-like device, you should choose a real computer.
Everything about the iPad Pro 11 makes it the best experience to look for the best Apple tablet – you just have to swallow the hefty price – but it's not a MacBook replacement.
Read the full review: iPad Pro 11 review
2nd iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)
Weight: 632 g | Dimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9 mm | Operating system: iOS 12 | Screen Size: 12.9 inches | Resolution: 2048 x 2732 pixels | CENTRAL PROCESSOR: A12X Bionic | Camp: 64GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 9,720 mAh | Backup camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
Unsurpassed music quality
Low battery life
Short Range for Face ID
The iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) is in some ways a big monster because it effortlessly crushes half of the things you need in your life – goodbye, cell phone, laptop, paint block, music mixer, game console. It is the ultimate creative and workflow tool with large screen, useful peripherals and fast iOS.
It has the fastest computing power we've ever seen on a mobile device, four powerful speakers and a vivid screen, and more storage capacity than you'd ever need, depending on the model.
However, it does not have the best battery life, so it does not last too long. You may not be able to use it for a long time to watch movies while traveling or to mix your music, and it will also load quite slowly.
All in all, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) is one of the best iPads you can buy right now. However, if you do not need the huge display, you can save a few bucks on the slightly cheaper iPad Pro 11 and be more portable.
Read the full review: iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)
3rd iPad 10.2 (2019)
The best Apple iPad for the typical consumer
Weight: 483 g | Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5 mm | Operating system: iOS 12 | Screen Size: 9.7 inches | Resolution: 1620 x 2160 pixels | CENTRAL PROCESSOR: A10 Bionic | R.A.M: 2 GB | Camp: 32 / 128GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Backup camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2 MP
Works with Apple Pencil
His educational ambitions are overrated
Smart Keyboard Cover not compatible
This is the best Apple iPad for the average consumer and for educational purposes, even if it is not the most powerful in the trade. It is still a good value.
The new iPad (2019) replaces the very similar models of 2018 and 2017, which are under the Pro series, with a reliable tablet that has barely changed in years – but Apple believes it's not necessarily with the Must have success.
The basic iPad works with the Apple Pencil and offers you the cheapest way to scribble on the 10.2-inch glass, although you can not get the Smart Keyboard with this non-Pro model. It also has the same luxurious metal unibody as the rest of Apple's iPad range, although at 7.5mm, it's a bit thicker than the iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro.
With the included Touch ID fingerprint sensor, iOS 12 under the hood and a battery life of up to 10 hours while surfing the Internet or watching videos, it is a great media player and a great choice for tablets, if you do not have high Want to use dimensions for productivity.
Read the full review: iPad (2019)
4th iPad Air (2019)
The best compromise for students
Weight: 456 g | Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm | Operating system: iOS 12 | Screen Size: 10.5 inches | Resolution: 1668 x 2224 pixels | CENTRAL PROCESSOR: A12 Bionic | Camp: 64 GB / 256 GB | microSD slot: No | Backup camera: 8MP | Front camera: 7MP
Brilliant-looking laminated screen
Cheapest Smart Keyboard iPad
Uses the 1st generation Apple Pencil
Traditional design does not convince
The iPad Air with a 10.5-inch screen is the ultimate compromise between the entry-level iPad 9.7 and the more powerful but more expensive iPad Pro 11. It is available in most countries at the original iPad price and is therefore cheaper than the iPad The iPad Pro 10.5 (2017), which replaces it, and although it's not a "pro" tablet, has several high-end features that make it a compelling addition to laptops.
It's the cheapest iPad compatible with Apple's Smart Keyboard Cover. So you do not have to deal with tricky Bluetooth keyboard connections to do real work. It also has Apple's A12 chipset, borrowed from the iPhone XS. This is incredibly fast. Students can take notes and reply to emails on this tablet, but artists will hate first-generation Apple Pencil.
5. iPad Mini (2019)
The only small tablet you should consider
Weight: 304 g | Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm | Operating system: iOS 12 | Screen Size: 7.9 inches | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CENTRAL PROCESSOR: A12 Bionic | Camp: 64 GB / 256 GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 5,124mAh | Backup camera: 8MP | Front camera: 7MP
Perfect portable size
Surprisingly powerful specifications
Bezel heavy design
Uses the older Apple Pencil
Sometimes you just want a tablet-sized phone, and the iPad Mini (2019) is just what you need. It's a fancy device with some impressive specifications, Apple's latest processor and decent battery life.
What makes the iPad Mini (2019) so great is the fact that you can use the Apple Pencil next to it, making the iPad mini a tiny notebook in your pocket.
The iPad Mini (2019) is one of the best small tablets that you can get for a low price. So if you're looking for an easy-to-count pocket powerhouse, you can not be much better than this little monster.
6. iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
An older, really big iPad that you can buy
Weight: 677 g | Dimensions: 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm | Operating system: iOS 12 | Screen Size: 12.9 inches | Resolution: 2048 x 2732 pixels | CENTRAL PROCESSOR: A10X Fusion | R.A.M: 4 GB | Camp: 64 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 10.875 mAh | Backup camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
Great, big tablet screen
For some too expensive as a laptop replacement
We really like the iPad Pro 12.9 because of its size, and it comes closest to a 2 in 1 touchscreen MacBook. It just happens that iOS 12 is running instead of macOS.
With its 12.9-inch screen, four speakers and the iOS 12 docking and multitasking interface, it's the best tablet for productivity and entertainment. Apple has redesigned its Control Center interface to make it even easier to switch apps. This tablet is compatible with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
It is the biggest weakness? The iPad Pro costs 12.9 inches and the size is not suitable for everyone. But if you can afford it and want the largest iPad available, you'll love it – it's a laptop replacement for a lot of people out there.
Read the full review: iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
7. iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)
An iPad Pro experience at a lower price
Weight: 469 g | Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm | Operating system: iOS 12 | Screen Size: 10.5 inches | Resolution: 1668 x 2224 pixels | CENTRAL PROCESSOR: A10X Fusion | R.A.M: 4 GB | Camp: 64 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 8,134mAh | Backup camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
512 GB version
Screen adds a lot of costs
iOS is still not a good laptop replacement
The iPad Pro 10.5-inch version is an all-star tablet that has recently been replaced by the iPad Pro 11. However, there is good news for the Pro 10.5, as it is now cheaper.
Its bright ProMotion Retina HD screen is the best selling point. It gives an impressive level of fluidity to everyday use – if not essential – and the smaller bezels mean that you get far more display on a footprint that is not much larger than that of 2016 (9.7).
It's an iPad for pros – but also one that media mummies will love.
It uses the Apple Pencil and various tablet-related iOS 12 features such as the dock, the control center and instant markup with the stylus. If you invest in the recommended Smart Keyboard, you can connect it to a pro-level iPad without jumping through all the Bluetooth tires.
Read the full review: iPad Pro 10.5
8. iPad (2017)
A high quality, affordable iPad that still works
Weight: 469 g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm | Operating system: iOS 12 | Screen Size: 9.7 inches | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CENTRAL PROCESSOR: A9 | R.A.M: 2 GB | Camp: 32GB / 128GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 8,827 mAh | Backup camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2 MP
Good screen quality
Powerful for the price
Apple Pencil costs extra
The iPad (2017) marked a name change for Apple's tablet, as the California company Cupertino dropped "Air" in favor of the cleaner moniker.
The 2017 iPad has since been replaced by the new iPad (2018), but it's still a good buy if you're looking for a cheaper Apple Slate.
The only real problem is that the new iPad (2018) is not much anymore. So if you can not easily spend more than $ 300, the newer version is the better buy.
Read the full review: iPad (2017)
9. iPad Pro 9.7 (2016)
If you can find it cheap, this is still a top iPad
Weight: 437 g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm | Operating system: iOS 12 | Screen Size: 9.7 inches | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CENTRAL PROCESSOR: A9X | R.A.M: 2 GB | Camp: 32/128 / 256GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Backup camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP
Up to 256 GB of memory
Expensive entry price
Lower performance than larger version
The 9.7-inch screen balances the size of a phone screen with the size of a mobile phone screen that is still portable.
And although Apple has jettisoned the nickname Air, the 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm and 437 g iPad Pro 9.7 is just as thin and lightweight as the iPad Air 2.
But the name comes from the pro because the A9X chipset and 2GB of RAM provide a lot of power, four speakers for serious media potential, a beautiful True Tone screen that adjusts the color and intensity to your environment and, of course, the environment Using the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil with it, if you want to use the slate to actually get things done.
The iPad Pro 9.7 (2016) also has up to 256GB of storage space when you're ready to pay. So you do not have to be constrained by the lack of a microSD card slot and it's likely to remain a powerful and versatile tablet for years to come. In the coming years it's expensive, but may not require a long-term upgrade.
Read the full review: iPad Pro 9.7 (2016)
10. iPad Mini 4
The latest 7 inch iPad is a big improvement over the previous version
Weight: 299 g | Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm | Operating system: iOS 12 | Screen Size: 7.9 inches | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CENTRAL PROCESSOR: A8 | R.A.M: 2 GB | Camp: 16/32/64 / 128GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 5124mAh | Backup camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2 MP
No 3D touch
Big screens are not for everyone, and here's the 7.9-inch screen iPad Mini 4 is commercially available. The screen size means that it is much more portable than Apple's larger tablets, especially since it's light at 299 grams. It's not small enough that you can handle it with one hand, but you can comfortably hold it much longer than most Apple Slates, or put it in a bag and forget it.
It's also big enough to surf the web or watch videos when you're away from home, and on larger screens. However, for most visual media, it is not quite as good as Apple's larger 9.7, 10.5 and 12.9-inch slates.
The small size and lack of Smart Connector affect productivity compared to the iPad Pro range. This is not a laptop replacement.
With 2GB of RAM and the outdated but still impressive Apple A8 chip, the screen is still quite powerful, while being sharp, rich and easy to see even in bright sunlight.
The iPad Mini 4 is also a fraction of the price of the Apple Pro series, and with 128GB of memory you do not need to be particularly limited in this area – although it does not match the 256GB you can get in the iPad Pro.
Read the full review: iPad Mini 4
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