If you’re in the market for a new tablet, it won’t have escaped your notice that Apple’s long-established iPad is widely regarded as one of the best. However, a slightly trickier question concerns which model should you buy – the iPad 8th Gen, or the iPad Pro?
According to our research, the 10.2-inch iPad 8th Gen is the best you can buy for most users, given it offers great value as a compact but capable tablet. The iPad Pro, on the other hand, gives you a drastic redesign and a notably powerful processor, which will come in handy for those bigger projects, but is unnecessarily expensive for the average buyer.
We take a look at the models side-by-side, so you can see which one works for you.
Measured diagonally across.
In pixels - the higher the number, the greater the screen detail.
As claimed by the manufacturer – actual performance will vary depending on daily tasks.
The built in storage space for files, programs, apps and the operating system
Apple Device Compatibility
Which official Apple accessories the iPad pairs with
iPad 8th Gen
iPad Pro 12.9
iPad Pro 11
iPad Air 4th Gen
The best choice iPad for virtually everyone. The screen and super processor are perfect for day-to-day browsing and apps, and it's excellent value
An excellent portable tablet, but it feels less essential in this age of extra-large smartphones – especially as it's pricier than the iPad 10.2
The absolute best iPad that money can buy, with a price tag to match. Pair it with the Magic Keyboard and it truly is a laptop alternative.
An exceptional tablet, and cheaper than the top-of-the-range 12.9 inch iPad Pro. The screen is glorious and there's plenty of processing power
A slim tablet with an unbeatable processor and great rear camera, but priced far above the excellent iPad 8th Gen.
2160 x 1620
2048 x 1536
2732 x 2048
2388 x 1668
2360 x 1640
Apple M1 chip
Apple M1 chip
12Mp + 10Mp
12Mp + 10Mp
- Cheapest iPad available
- Compatible with Smart Keyboard
- 10.2-inch screen
- No USB-C port
- Most powerful iPad yet
- Slim and light
- Apple M1 chip
- Perfect size for designers
- No headphone jack
- Larger screen (11-inch & 12.9-inch)
- More powerful processor (M1)
- USB-C port
- Face ID
- Liquid Retina display
- More storage space
- Four speakers
- Apple Pencil 2 compatible
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