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Best iPad 2021: is the iPad Air, Mini or Pro the best for you?

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Our best iPad guide has recently had a new addition in the form of the super-powerful iPad Pro 12.9 (2021). This incredible slate tops our list, but it won’t be the best Apple iPad for everyone.

Choosing the right slate for you means knowing not just your budget but also what you want from a tablet. Do you want something compact and portable like the iPad mini (2019)? Something powerful enough for work and high-end gaming, like the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)? Or something affordable like the iPad 10.2 (2020)?

For each entry you’ll find a specs list, a brief overview, and the main highlights and low points of the slate, so you can quickly see which ones are right for you.

And make sure to check back regularly if you want to keep up to date on the best iPad options, as it’s looking like we might see the iPad mini 6, iPad Air 5, and new iPad (2021) later this year.

But while there’s an iPad suited to most people, if you decide Apple’s devices aren’t for you then make sure to also check out our best tablet, best Android tablet, and best cheap tablet guides for other options.

Best iPads 2021: which iPad should you buy?

iPad Pro 12.9 2021

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1. iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)

The biggest upgrade to the iPad Pro since its inception

Specifications

Weight: 682gDimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 6.4mmOS: iPadOS 14Screen size: 12.9-inchResolution: 2048 x 2732 pixelsCPU: Apple M1Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TBmicroSD slot: NoBattery: Up to 10 hoursRear camera: 12MP + 10MP + LiDARFront camera: 12MPTODAY’S BEST DEALS$999View at Walmart$1,099View at Amazon$1,099.99View at Best BuySee all prices (59 found)

Reasons to buy

+Phenomenal power+Fantastic display

Reasons to avoid

An almighty priceLackluster color options

The iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) is a very big, very powerful, and very expensive tablet. That’s true of all the 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, but on the power front this one takes things to a whole new level, swapping out a mobile chipset for the Apple M1, which is found in top-end MacBooks and iMacs.

This means it’s a tremendously high-powered device, ideal for demanding tasks like video editing, graphic design, and top-tier games.

On top of that, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) also has a superb 2048 x 2732 Mini LED screen. This is the first iPad to use that display technology, and it allows for a seriously bright screen with great contrast.

Elsewhere you get 10 hours of battery life, a typically premium aluminum shell, up to 2TB of storage, and support for the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2, allowing you to take this beyond a mere productivity device.

Note: we’re only talking about the 12.9-inch model here. There’s also an iPad Pro 11 (2021), but we haven’t reviewed that yet. On paper it’s largely similar, but with a less impressive screen that doesn’t use Mini LED.

Read the full review: iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)

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iPad 10.2 (2020)

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2. iPad 10.2 (2020)

Apple’s newest basic iPad is more of the same, but that’s okay

Specifications

Weight: 490gDimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5mmOS: iPadOS 14Screen size: 10.2-inchResolution: 1620 x 2160 pixelsCPU: A12 BionicRAM: 3GBStorage: 32/128GBmicroSD slot: NoBattery: Up to 10 hoursRear camera: 8MPFront camera: 1.2MPTODAY’S BEST DEALS$299View at Amazon$299View at Walmart$329.99View at Best BuySee all prices (38 found)

Reasons to buy

+Excellent value+Strong performance

Reasons to avoid

Very little changeOnly 1.2MP selfie camera

The iPad 10.2 (2020) isn’t the most thrilling of updates, as it’s really only a modest improvement on 2019’s iPad 10.2, but it’s still an improvement, and that makes it the best 10.2-inch iPad you can buy, and also arguably the best cheap iPad.

Its A12 Bionic chipset is faster than its predecessor’s processor, and the 20W charger in the box ensures you can also juice it up more quickly.

Plus, the iPad 10.2 (2020) has all the great features you’d expect, including support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, plus strong battery life. The selfie camera doesn’t impress and storage starts low, but opt for a 128GB model and you’ll have an impressive and versatile tablet on your hands.

Read the full review: iPad 10.2 (2020)

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iPad Air 4 (2020)

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3. iPad Air 4 (2020)

Why go Pro when the Air is this good?

Specifications

Weight: 458gDimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1mmOS: iPadOS 14Screen size: 10.9-inchResolution: 1640 x 2360 pixelsCPU: A14 BionicStorage: 64GB/256GBmicroSD slot: NoBattery: Up to 10 hoursRear camera: 12MPFront camera: 7MPTODAY’S BEST DEALS$499.99View at Amazon$499.99View at Best Buy$539View at WalmartSee all prices (59 found)

Reasons to buy

+All-screen design+Lots of power

Reasons to avoid

64GB storage is limitedHigher price than last-gen

The iPad Air 4 (2020) is almost an iPad Pro, yet it’s a whole lot cheaper than any recent Pro model, making it a very tempting buy for all but the most demanding of users.

It looks a lot like an iPad Pro for one, with its all-screen front, and like an iPad Pro it supports both the second-gen Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard.

It also has an enormous amount of power thanks to its A14 Bionic chipset – that’s the same as you’ll find in the iPhone 12 range, and actually newer than the chipset in the iPad Pro (2020) range. Plus there are four powerful speakers, a decent (albeit 60Hz) 10.9-inch screen, and good battery life.

The iPad Air 4 also comes in a wide range of colors, which isn’t something you can say about other recent Apple tablets.

Read the full review: iPad Air 4 (2020)

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iPad Mini (2019)

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4. iPad Mini (2019)

The only small tablet you should consider

Specifications

Weight: 304gDimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mmOS: iPadOS 14Screen size: 7.9-inchResolution: 1536 x 2048 pixelsCPU: A12 BionicStorage: 64GB/256GBmicroSD slot: NoBattery: 5,124mAhRear camera: 8MPFront camera: 7MPTODAY’S BEST DEALS$369View at Amazon$369View at Walmart$399.99View at Best BuySee all prices (17 found)16 Amazon customer reviews

Reasons to buy

+Perfect portable size+Surprisingly powerful specs

Reasons to avoid

Bezel-heavy designUses the older Apple Pencil

Sometimes with a tablet you just want a slightly plus-sized phone, and the iPad Mini (2019) fits that bill. It’s a dinky device with some impressive specs, boasting Apple’s most recent processor and a decent battery life.

What makes the iPad Mini (2019) great is the fact you can use the Apple Pencil alongside it, turning the iPad Mini into a tiny notebook in your pocket.

The iPad Mini is one of the best small tablets you can get at its price point, so if you’re looking for an easily totable pocket powerhouse, you can’t get much better than this little monster.

Read the full review: iPad Mini (2019)

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iPad Air 10.5

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5. iPad Air 3 (2019)

The best compromise for students

Specifications

Weight: 456gDimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mmOS: iPadOS 14Screen size: 10.5-inchResolution: 1668 x 2224 pixelsCPU: A12 BionicStorage: 64GB/256GBmicroSD slot: NoRear camera: 8MPFront camera: 7MPTODAY’S BEST DEALS$574.65View at WalmartCheck Amazon6 Amazon customer reviews

Reasons to buy

+Brilliant-looking laminated screen+Cheapest Smart Keyboard iPad

Reasons to avoid

Uses the 1st Gen Apple PencilTraditional design doesn’t wow

The iPad Air, with a 10.5-inch screen, is the ultimate compromise between the entry-level iPads and the more powerful, but more expensive iPad Pro 11. It sits at the original iPad price in most countries, so it’s cheaper than the iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) that it replaces, and although it isn’t a ‘Pro’ tablet in name, it has several high-end features that make it a convincing laptop supplement.

It’s one of the cheaper iPad models that’s compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard Cover, meaning you don’t need to deal with tricky Bluetooth keyboard connections to get real work done on this thing.

It also has Apple’s A12 chipset, borrowed from the iPhone XS. It’s incredibly fast. Students will be able to take notes and respond to email on this tablet, but artists will hate the first-generation Apple Pencil.

Read the full review: iPad Air 3 (2019)

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iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)

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6. iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)

Still a powerful tablet, but no longer the best

Specifications

Weight: 641gDimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9mmOS: iPadOS 14Screen size: 12.9-inchResolution: 2048 x 2732 pixelsCPU: Apple A12Z BionicStorage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TBmicroSD slot: NoBattery: Up to 10 hoursRear camera: 12MP + 10MP + LiDARFront camera: 7MPTODAY’S BEST DEALS$924View at Amazon$949.99View at Best Buy$1,099View at WalmartSee all prices (31 found)

Reasons to buy

+Lovely sleek design+Powerful performance

Reasons to avoid

ExpensiveNo longer the fastest for its price

The iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) is one of the biggest, best and most powerful tablets you can buy – but not quite the best, as it’s been superseded by the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021).

While that slate has far more power and an even better screen, it also costs even more, and the iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) comes close in most areas.

It has a powerful A12Z Bionic chipset, a sharp 2048 x 2732 screen, excellent speakers, a sleek design, decent battery life, and support for accessories like the Magic Keyboard and the Apple Pencil 2.

It’s a top productivity choice, and while it’s arguably overkill for mobile gaming and media, it will excel for those things too. Really the only mark against it other than the high price is the fact that it’s no longer quite the newest or best in the range, but in real world use you might struggle to tell much difference between this and the latest model.

Read the full review: iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)

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iPad 10.2

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7. iPad 10.2 (2019)

Apple’s basic iPad gets a slightly bigger screen

Specifications

Weight: 483gDimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5mmOS: iPadOS 14Screen size: 10.2-inchResolution: 1620 x 2160 pixelsCPU: A10 FusionRAM: 3GBStorage: 32/128GBmicroSD slot: NoBattery: 8,827mAhRear camera: 8MPFront camera: 1.2MPTODAY’S BEST DEALS$271.87View at AmazonLow Stock$306View at Amazon$356.35View at WalmartSee all prices (12 found)

Reasons to buy

+Slightly bigger screen+Works with the Smart Keyboard

Reasons to avoid

Marginally better than iPad 9.7iPad Air is superior for sketching

The iPad 10.2 (2019) brings Apple’s basic tablet range a step closer to the iPad Pro line – or at least the latest iPad Air – with the addition of Smart Keyboard support and a slightly larger screen, growing from 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches.

The iPad 10.2 also got a power boost, with an extra gigabyte of RAM compared to the iPad 9.7 (2018), though it’s stuck with the same A10 chipset.

It also has broadly the same design, meaning big bezels and a home button. So if you want one of Apple’s sleekest slates, this isn’t it.

But with strong battery life, decent performance, and a fairly low price – at least by Apple standards – there’s a lot to like here, especially if you want some of Apple’s best iPad features on a more limited budget.

Read the full review: iPad 10.2 (2019)

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iPad Pro 11

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8. iPad Pro 11 (2018)

A powerful Pro slate

Specifications

Weight: 468gDimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mmOS: iPadOS 14Screen size: 11-inchResolution: 2388 x 1668 pixelsCPU: A12X BionicStorage: 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TBmicroSD slot: NoBattery: 7,812mAhRear camera: 12MPFront camera: 7MPTODAY’S BEST DEALS$549.97View at Walmart$899View at Apple$1,099.99View at Best BuySee all prices (11 found)2 Amazon customer reviews

Reasons to buy

+Pencil clips on, finally+Insane amount of power for a tablet

Reasons to avoid

Software limits laptop experiencePencil and keyboard expensive extras

The iPad Pro 11 (2018) is getting on a bit but remains impressive. It may be expensive, but it’s very powerful and furthers the 2-in-1 design ethos if you spring for the pricey keyboard cover folio. 

It has a laptop-like experience in design and performance, and the Apple Pencil magnetically clips onto the frame of the iPad Pro. With superb speakers and a great new screen-to-body ratio, it’s hard not to fall in love with the finely crafted hardware design. 

And with the arrival of iPadOS its software has been transformed, making it even better than it was at launch.

However, it doesn’t have a headphone jack. If you want the standard 3.5mm jack in a computer-like device, you’ll spring for an actual computer.

Everything about the iPad Pro 11 makes it at great tablet experience – you’ll just need to swallow the high price – but it’s no MacBook replacement.

Read the full review: iPad Pro 11 (2018)

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iPad Pro 12.9

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9. iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)

A big, brilliant iPad

Specifications

Weight: 632gDimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9 mmOS: iPadOS 14Screen size: 12.9-inchResolution: 2048 x 2732 pixelsCPU: A12X BionicStorage: 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TBmicroSD slot: NoBattery: 9,720mAhRear camera: 12MPFront camera: 7MPTODAY’S BEST DEALSLow Stock$794View at Amazon$1,019.95View at Walmart$1,599View at AppleSee all prices (4 found)2 Amazon customer reviews

Reasons to buy

+Massive display+Unrivalled music quality

Reasons to avoid

Low battery lifeShort range for Face ID

The iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) is a big monster – monster in the good kind of way, as it effortlessly crushes half the things you need in your life – goodbye mobile phone, laptop, coloring pad, music mixing table, games console. It’s the ultimate creativity and workflow tool, with its huge screen, useful peripherals and snappy iOS.

It has a fast processor, four powerful speakers and a vibrant screen and, depending on which model you get, more storage power than you’d ever need.

It doesn’t have the best battery life though, so it’s not going to last you too long. You might not be able to use it for long periods of time watching films on a journey or mixing your music, and it charges rather slowly too.

All in all, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) is one of the better iPads you can buy right now, but if you don’t need its huge display, the slighter cheaper iPad Pro 11 (2018) will save you a few bucks and be more portable.

Read the full review: iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)

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iPad 9.7

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10. iPad 9.7 (2018)

A great Apple iPad for the typical consumer

Specifications

Weight: 469gDimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mmOS: iPadOS 14Screen size: 9.7-inchResolution: 1536 x 2048 pixelsCPU: A10 FusionRAM: 2GBStorage: 32/128GBmicroSD slot: NoBattery: Up to 10 hoursRear camera: 8MPFront camera: 1.2MPTODAY’S BEST DEALS$490View at Walmart$634.95View at WalmartCheck Amazon623 Amazon customer reviews

Reasons to buy

+Affordable+Works with Apple Pencil

Reasons to avoid

Its education ambitions are overhypedSmart Keyboard Cover incompatible

This is a good Apple iPad for the average consumer and for education, even if it isn’t the most powerful one available. It’s still great value. That said, the newer iPad 10.2 has it beat for most users, and has the advantage of still being sold direct from Apple, which this model isn’t.

The iPad (2018) replaces the very similar 2017 model, slotting in below the Pro and Air ranges with a dependable tablet that hasn’t changed much in years – but Apple clearly feels it doesn’t need to mess with success.

The basic iPad works with the Apple Pencil, offering you the cheapest way to doodle on the 9.7-inch glass – though you can’t get the Smart Keyboard with this non-Pro model, for that you’ll need the newer 10.2-inch one.

It also has the same luxurious metal unibody as the rest of Apple’s iPad range, though notably it’s ever-so-slightly thicker than the iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro at 7.5mm.

With the Touch ID fingerprint sensor included, iPadOS 13 under the hood and up to 10 hours of battery life when web browsing or watching videos, it’s a great media player and a strong tablet choice if you’re not planning to use it heavily for productivity.

Read the full review: iPad 9.7 (2018)

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