Best iPad to get in 2020: iPad Air 2019 vs. iPad Pro 2020 vs. iPad 2019 vs. iPad Mini 2019
Apple’s iPad tablet is once again a popular option for remote learning. The current lineup Apple iPad includes the(2019, seventh-generation), (2019, third-generation) and second-gen 11- and fourth-gen models released earlier this year. There’s also the . These all work with the latest version of so you’re getting all the latest tools, too.
The features and performance get better as you move up in the line. Regardless of the iPad you go with, though, all of the current iPad models support one of Apple’s Smart Keyboard and either the first- or second-gen Apple Pencil. That’s good news for anyone looking to do more than play, look at websites and stream videos and music. Plus, all of the current models support mouse and .
That said,, and there’s generally a huge market for older used and refurbished iPads. Availability dried up some over the past several months with more people working and learning from home. You’ll want to make sure you’re getting the .
iPad 2019 vs. iPad Air 2019 vs. iPad Pro 2020 specs
|iPad 2019 (10.2)||iPad Air 2019 (10.5)||iPad Pro 2020 (11)||iPad Pro 2020 (12.9)|
|Availability||See it at Amazon||See it at Amazon||See it at Amazon||See it at Amazon|
|Display resolution||2,160×1,620-pixel resolution||2,224×1,668-pixel resolution||2,388×1,668-pixel resolution||2,732×2,048-pixel resolution|
|Pixel density (ppi)||264 ppi||264 ppi||264 ppi||264 ppi|
|Rear camera||8-megapixel f2.4||8-megapixel f2.4||12-megapixel f1.8 wide, 10-megapixel f2.4 ultrawide||12-megapixel f1.8 wide, 10-megapixel f2.4 ultrawide|
|Video recording||1080p at 30fps||1080p at 30fps||4K at 24, 30 or 60fps (wide); 60fps (ultrawide)||4K at 24, 30 or 60fps (wide); 60fps (ultrawide)|
|FaceTime front-facing camera||1.2-megapixel photos; 720p video||7-megapixel photos; 1080p video||7-megapixel TrueDepth; 1080p video||7-megapixel TrueDepth; 1080p video|
|Dimensions||9.8×6.8×0.29 inches||9.8×6.8×0.24 inches||9.7x7x0.23 inches||11×8.5×0.23 inches|
|Weight||1.07 lbs. (Wi-Fi); 1.09 lbs. (LTE)||1 lbs. (Wi-Fi); 1.02 lbs. (LTE)||1.04 lbs. (Wi-Fi); 1.04 lbs. (LTE)||1.41 lbs. (Wi-Fi); 1.42 lbs.(LTE)|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular||Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular||Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular||Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular|
|Connector port||Lightning; Apple Smart Connector||Lightning; Apple Smart Connector||USB-C; Apple Smart Connector||USB-C; Apple Smart Connector|
|Apple Pencil-compatibility||Yes; 1st generation||Yes; 1st generation||Yes; 2nd generation||Yes; 2nd generation|
|Unlock with||Touch ID||Touch ID||Face ID||Face ID|
|Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2||802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2||802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0||802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0|
|SIM card support for cellular model||Nano-SIM; eSIM||Nano-SIM; eSIM||Nano-SIM; eSIM||Nano-SIM; eSIM|
|iPad Keyboard compatibility||Smart Keyboard||Smart Keyboard||Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio||Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio|
|Capacity and price: Wi-Fi models||$329 (32GB) / $429 (128GB)||$499 (64GB) / $649 (256GB)||$799 (64GB) / $899 (256GB) / $1,099 (512GB) / $1,299 (1TB)||$999 (128GB) / $1,099 (256GB) / $1,299 (512GB) / $1,499 (1TB)|
|Capacity and price: LTE models||$459 (32GB) / $559 (128GB)||$629 (64GB) / $779 (256GB)||$949 (64GB) / $1,049 (256GB) / $1,249 (512GB) / $1,449 (1TB)||$1,149 (128GB) / $1,249 (256GB) / $1,449 (512GB) / $1,649 (1TB)|
The least expensive iPad is also the one we’re most likely to recommend for people looking for a new iPad for the family and general use. Despite its older A10 processor, the 10.2-inch iPad can handle the latest iPadOS just fine, and its display that’s slightly larger than its predecessor’s is better for productivity and entertainment. One word of caution, though: The base 32GB of storage can fill up fast, so we recommend going with the 128GB version if possible.
Read our Apple iPad 10.2-inch 2019 review.
The 2019 iPad Air is a lot like the 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 2017. Starting at $499, it’s built around a 10.5-inch Retina display like the 2017 Pro but has an updated A12 Bionic processor like the one powering the iPhone XS. If you want better performance and more storage space — there are 64GB or 256GB options — you should consider stepping up the Air. Plus, while it’s larger than the entry-level iPad, it actually weighs a hair less.
Whether you’re a digital artist or have waited years for an iPad that blurs the line between tablet and MacBook, the 2020 iPad Pro is what you want. Aside from different screen sizes (and respective resolutions) and weight, the 11- and 12.9-inch Pros are the same. If you’re considering the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, you’ll likely want to spring for the 12.9-inch version for the significant increase in workspace. As for performance, this has all the latest and greatest components Apple’s iPads have to offer. If device longevity is key, you’ll want to pay the premium for the 2020 iPad Pro.
Read our Apple iPad Pro 2020 (12.9-inch) review.
The littlest iPad doesn’t look any different than it did in 2015, but for 2019 it got a faster A12 processor and Apple Pencil support. Those additions make the 7.9-inch Mini — starting at $399 (£399, AU$599) — a smart choice for those who want a smaller device for notetaking and sketching while also giving you better performance for games and more screen space than your phone for reading and videos (and you won’t be eating into your phone’s battery life, either). While its wide bezels make it look a dated compared to the rest of the lineup, at least it has Touch ID and a headphone jack to go along with them.
Read our Apple iPad Mini 2019 review.