What Is the Best iPad to Buy? 4 Versions of iPads to Consider

When searching for the best iPad to buy, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions: Why do you want an iPad? How frequently will you use it? Will you be sharing the iPad with family members? What are the different versions of the iPad? We can help you answer all of these questions and more. Consider the different versions of the tablet below to help you decide which is the best iPad for you to buy.

iPad Pro

When choosing the best iPad to buy, you may be thinking about doing some full-scale computing. The iPad Pro has similar capabilities to a powerful laptop or desktop computer with a sleeker, slimmer, more easily portable design. It is the thinnest iPad ever, weighing in at just over a pound. It comes in two sizes: an 11-inch and a 12.9-inch version. You may want to consider the iPad Pro if you are looking for a tablet that will run resource-intensive software, like Adobe Photoshop CC.

The iPad Pro offers important features, like Face ID for security, an A12X Bionic Chip, and the incredible Apple Pencil (sold separately)—which is touch-responsive for changing tools and attaches to the iPad for pairing and charging. Apple has also decided to include a USB-C port to connect to other accessories, like external displays, cameras, and phones. If you would like your iPad to take great pictures, it features a 12MP camera for photos, 4K video, document scanning, and AR, as well as a TrueDepth camera for portrait selfies, FaceTime, Animoji, and Memoji. The Pro comes in a few variations besides sizes: You can choose the storage capacity you’d like, among 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.

iPad Air

Despite its lightweight design, the iPad Air is also a powerful piece of equipment. It’s a bit lighter than the Pro, weighing one pound, and it is 6.1mm thin. The Air is a 1/2-inch smaller than the smaller Pro, with a 10.5-inch Retina display. It offers 10 hours of battery life as well as an A12 Bionic Chip, so you can use multiple apps at once and toggle among them with ease in addition to experiencing incredible graphics.

The iPad Air has a few other different components from the Pro, such as an 8MP rear camera and a 7MP front-facing camera. You can still take high-quality pictures and videos with these cameras, though, as well as scan documents. Use the iPad Air as a digital notebook or sketchbook with help of the Apple Pencil, which, like the Pro, also comes separately.


The classic, the original iPad, comes in a variety of finishes and models—for example, you can buy an iPad that offers Wi-Fi and Cellular capabilities versus a Wi-Fi only version. The original iPad comes in just one size; it features a 9.7-inch Retina display. The processor chip is the A10 Fusion, so it is incredibly fast—helpful for video editing, gaming, and more.

Buy the classic iPad for everyday tablet needs, including but not limited to: Streaming TV shows, notetaking, or checking email. It is also compatible with the Apple Pencil to help turn your iPad into your digital notebook. It is also compatible with any Bluetooth keyboard, so you can easily find the one that works for you. It’s a little thicker than the Air, at 7.5mm, but it is still weighs just one pound, making it as portable as the Air or Pro.

iPad Mini

Though it is the smallest iPad, you may want to buy the iPad Mini for smaller hands or for a tablet that’s even more portable that the other three options. Don’t be fooled by its size, though—iPad Mini features the A12 Bionic Chip with Neural Engine just like iPad Pro, so it’s become an even mightier tool to add to your toolbox.

iPad Mini weighs less than a pound and sits at 6.1mm thin, so carry it with you in your hand, in a pocket, or in a bag or purse. Enjoy this version of iPad with the Apple Pencil too. Mini’s powerful chip allows you to use it for AR, pro apps, or gaming with console-level graphics. The latest iPad Mini is three times faster than the previous iteration, iPad Mini 3. Its cameras are similar to the classic iPad, with an 8MP rear camera and a 7MP front-facing camera. Buy the 64GB or 256 GB version—both include a 7.9” Retina display.

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