Are you looking for a new iPad? Dear readers, you have come to the perfect place for this. In this buying guide, we’ll take a full look at the best iPads on the market. At the end of the article, we will then answer the most common questions about the famous Apple tablets. Follow the guide !
Our selection of the best iPads
Since their release in 2010, Apple iPads have largely taken over the touchscreen tablet market. In 2020, iPads even hold nearly 40% of the global tablet market. Faced with Apple’s hegemony, devices from Microsoft, Samsung and others are struggling to exist and find their audience. In your quest for the perfect tablet, you will quickly consider turning to an iPad. We have analyzed the offer in this area for you.
iPad Pro 2020 – 11 or 12.9 inches
In early 2020, Apple introduced the 2020 iPad Pro, a new generation of high-end touchscreen tablets, with the stated goal of replacing the traditional PC. Available in 11 or 12.9 inches, the 2020 iPad Pro represents the ultimate in the Californian brand. It is enhanced by a beautiful borderless screen perfectly calibrated with 120 Hz True Tone. The LCD panel will therefore delight both video game enthusiasts and Netflix fans. Thanks to the A12Z Bionic chip, the machine offers top-flight performance, whether for video editing, note-taking or web browsing.
This year, Apple has paid particular attention to the photography part. On the back, there is in fact a double photo sensor accompanied by a Lidar scanner. Thanks to this device, the tablet uses augmented reality to place non-existent objects in your field of vision. The rendering is precise and realistic. This new iPad Pro is accompanied by a new Magic Keyboard which finally offers a touchpad. It is also compatible with Apple Pencil.
Unfortunately, the tablet lacks autonomy that is sometimes a bit tight when used with a lot of energy. Likewise, it should be noted that it takes 3 hours to recover a full charge. We also regret the poor quality photos of the front sensor and the camera on the back. Unsurprisingly, Apple sells its iPad Pro at a high price. The WiFi 11 ″ version is available from € 899. There is a starting price of € 1,119 for the 12.9 ″ WiFi version. This edition will be reserved for professionals and in particular graphic designers and designers. Here, discover our test and review of the iPad Pro 2020.
|The +||The –|
|A sublime and modern borderless design||A very high price|
|Face ID and up to 1TB of storage||The excessive price of accessories|
|The LIDAT scanner||A little disappointing autonomy in multitasking|
|High performance||Photos not always successful|
iPad Pro 2018 – 11 or 12.9 inches
For smaller budgets, the 2018 iPad Pro is still a solid alternative tailored for the pros. This generation differs only from the iPad Pro 2020 by the absence of a dual photo sensor on the back and the Lidar scanner for augmented reality. Moreover, it has the same advantages: 120 Hz True Tone screen ideal for gaming and videos, compatibility
Apple Pencil and with the Magic Keyboard with trackpad, high-level performance, a borderless design, and Face ID facial recognition (the same technology that has been used on iPhones since the iPhone X launched in 2017). Like its successor, it recharges via a USB-C port. On the other hand, like the 2020 generation, the 2018 iPad Pro’s battery tends to melt when you push performance to the limit.
You will understand: the 2018 generation of iPad Pro is still far from obsolete. Unless the dual photo sensor and the Lidar scanner seem essential to you, you will save a lot of money by opting for the 2018 version. Tablets are in fact still offered at discounted prices on online retailers, such as Amazon. Count 800 euros for the basic 11-inch version and around 1000 euros for the 12.9-inch version.
|The +||The –|
|A falling price||A little short autonomy|
|Compatible with Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard with trackpad||No dual photo sensor|
|Face ID||Faster obsolete than the 2020 iPad Pro|
|USB-C rather than Lightning|
|Sleek design and storage up to 1TB|
iPad Air 3 – 10.5 inches
Available from 569 euros, the iPad Air 3, also known as iPad Air 2019, represents the mid-range of the Apple catalog. Built around a 10.5-inch screen surrounded by wide bezels, the iPad uses an old-fashioned design. Unlike the iPad Pro, it is indeed equipped with a Touch ID fingerprint reader located in a lower border. No Face ID facial recognition therefore.
On the performance side, it is obviously less swift than the iPad Pro. Nevertheless, thanks to its A12 Bionic chip, it will not let you down, whether when taking notes or playing video games. Note that the iPad Air is compatible with the first Apple Pencil of the name but not with the second generation of stylus.
Finally, Apple reuses a Lightning connector instead of the USB-C connector of the Pro models. It is the ideal choice for the most versatile uses. Please note, the iPad Air is perfect as a complement to a PC, but cannot be replaced for professional use.
|The +||The –|
|A good price-performance ratio||Old fashioned design|
|Compatible with Pencil 1 and Bluetooth keyboards||Not compatible with Pencil 2|
|The high quality screen||No Face ID|
|Good autonomy|| A Lightning connector instead of USB-C
iPad Mini 5 – 7.9 inches
We end this selection with the iPad Mini 5. Unlike its few competitors, Apple continues to offer a tablet with a screen of less than 9 inches. From a technical data point of view, the tablet is similar to the iPad Air 3. It offers decent performance and is compatible with the first Apple Pencil of the name. The iPad Mini 5 is therefore quite versatile.
Given its reduced size, the tablet will be reserved for users who wish to slip it into a handbag, read a book with one hand or occupy their children during a family meal, for example. It is sold from 489 euros.
|The +||The –|
|A fair price||Fairly limited uses|
|Compatible with Apple Pencil 1 and Bluetooth keyboard||Old-fashioned design|
|Correct performance||A Lightning connector instead of USB-C|
🤔What uses for my iPad?
Like a smartphone or a computer, an iPad allows you to surf the Internet, communicate with loved ones or take notes. Considering the format of the device, it is also ideal for reading an ebook or PDF. The Apple tablet is equipped with a front photo sensor and a camera on the back. It looks a bit like a giant iPhone. Unsurprisingly, it therefore allows you to take photos, shoot videos or make videoconference calls.
With some models, it is also possible to use the iPad as a graphics tablet. Be careful, if your uses are varied and intensive (especially in the context of your work), turn to the most powerful iPads, such as the iPad Pro, at the risk of encountering performance problems. Finally, it should be noted that the iPads make it possible to take advantage of the Apple ecosystem (including iMessage, for example) and the many applications present on the App Store.
🙄Which iPad to replace my computer?
Apple claims that iPads can replace the traditional laptop or desktop computer. Users who are satisfied with limited multimedia or office use can easily do without a computer by purchasing an iPad. For more demanding users and professionals, it will be necessary to turn to accessories. Tablets are indeed compatible with the use of a mouse and a keyboard. With these accessories, the iPad is indeed very similar to a MacBook or a classic laptop PC.
💽How much internal storage capacity for my iPad?
The internal storage of the iPad will be used to store videos, photos and applications. Once the storage is full, it will be necessary to go through the cloud. True to its philosophy, Apple does not allow you to place a memory card in its devices. Before buying a tablet, therefore, pay attention to the storage capacity. Users who limit themselves to consulting, playing or reading will easily be satisfied with 32 GB.
On the other hand, if you are used to taking a lot of photographs, you will be more comfortable with a minimum of 64 GB of storage. For professional use, if you need to store many ﬁ les, opt directly for 256 GB of storage. Graphic designers, designers and video editors should even rely on models with 512GB or 1TB of internal storage for security.
📡WiFi or cellular?
Apple has always offered its iPads in two versions: a variant that is confined to a WiFi connection and an edition equipped with a cellular connection. Tablets with cellular connection have a SIM card drawer. It is therefore possible to connect to 4G to surf the web while traveling. You will therefore need a mobile subscription.
More expensive, iPads with cellular connection will be reserved for the most nomadic users. If your iPad is mostly intended for hanging out in your living room or bedroom, skip this option. If necessary, you can always share the 4G connection of your iPhone / smartphone with the tablet.
🤷♂️What accessories with my Apple tablet?
For business users keen to replace their traditional computer, we recommend that you invest in a wireless mouse and wireless keyboard. For the iPad Pro, you can also opt for a trackpad. Likewise, some will appreciate the addition of Apple Pencil. Apple’s homemade pen lets you draw or mark up documents.
It is a very useful accessory for taking notes. For others, we will simply advise you on a good protective shell. We invite you to choose a case with a flap (to protect the screen) which can also serve as a stand to keep the iPad upright.
💰What budget for an iPad?
Apple offers iPads for all budgets. For limited office use, you will easily find your happiness between 350 and 550 euros. For more storage and a cellular connection, it will be necessary to invest a few hundred additional euros. For professionals, Apple offers its iPad Pro between 800 and 1300 euros, depending on the options chosen. To really replace a professional computer, count a budget of 1000 euros.
We hope this guide to buying the best iPads will help you find what you are looking for. If you have any other suggestions, or if an error has crept into this buying guide despite our vigilance, please let us know in the comments below.