April 23, 2019
Apple’s iPad range is an excellent line-up of tablets, and that’s no secret. At the cheaper end of the spectrum, you have two brilliant devices – the original iPad, and the iPad Mini. But given the choice, which should you go for?
The iPad is Apple’s cheapest tablet, but also its least powerful. The Mini costs more, but has a faster processor under the hood in the A12 – the same one that the recent iPhone uses.
We help you choose the right iPad for you, taking into account your needs and budget.
In this guide:
- iPad 9.7 or iPad Mini – which should you buy?
- iPad Mini Overview – Small, but incredibly powerful
- iPad 9.7 Overview – the classic iPad has aged gracefully
- The iPad 9.7 is Much Better Value – Apple's cheapest iPad is no slough
- The iPad Mini is More Portable – the (almost) pocket-sized tablet
- The iPad Mini is Faster – that A12 processor puts in some work
- Both Make More Sense than the iPad Air – both offer much better value
- Verdict: Which iPad Should You Buy? – both excellent iPads, but which should you pick?
- A12 Processor, more powerful than the iPad
- Small size
- Increase in RAM 3GB
- Not as cheap as the 9.7 iPad
- Apple's cheapest tablet
- Now compatible with Apple Pencil
- Excellent battery life
- Not suited for demanding users, who should go for the Pro
- If you have a large screen phone, the mini may be less compelling
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