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?
According to our research, the 2020 iPad 8th Gen is best, with plenty of power, a hefty display size, and a surprisingly attractive price tag. The iPad Mini is a respectable option, but it's hard to justify a higher price tag for the exact same processor, particularly given the increasing popularity of large display smartphones.
The iPad and iPad Mini may share a lot of features, but they have some striking differences too. We'll help you choose the right iPad for you, taking into account your specific needs and budget. Here are their key features side by side:
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
In this guide:
- iPad 8th Gen or iPad Mini – which should you buy?
- iPad Mini Overview – small, but incredibly powerful
- iPad 8th Gen Overview – how does the ‘standard' iPad stack up?
- The iPad 8th Gen is Much Better Value – Apple's cheapest iPad is no slouch
- The iPad Mini is More Portable – the (almost) pocket-sized tablet
- They're Both the Same Speed – both the Mini and the 8th Gen have a A12 processor
- The iPad Air Offers More Power than the iPad – the iPad Air is powerful but costly
- What about the iPad Pro? – where does Apple's most powerful iPad fit in
- Verdict: Which iPad Should You Buy? – they're all excellent, but which should you pick?
- Cheapest iPad available
- Compatible with Smart Keyboard
- 10.2-inch screen
- No USB-C port
- Smallest iPad
- Easy to hold for long periods
- Powerful enough for all users
- Feels less relevant as phones get larger (and foldable)
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