Tablets from the house Apple are one thing above all: stable prices and not exactly cheap. But there are regularly good offers where you can get the devices much cheaper than usual. Do you need an iPad? Then you should take a closer look at the following deals.
Note: The current delivery bottlenecks also affect the iPads. Some models are currently only available with a long delivery time.
In the following, we will go into the differences between the iPad models so that you can find the one that’s right for you.
iPad models in comparison
Apple offers four different iPad models, the “normal” iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad Pro. Which iPad the right one for you is, we summarize you in detail in the linked comparison. Below we give you a brief overview of the most important differences.
iPad Pro: A lot of performance, no compromises
Thanks to the M1 chip (as in the Mac), the iPad Pro has a tremendous performance and is suitable for even the most complex photo and video work. Thanks to the support for Apple Pencil 2 and keyboard, it can replace a notebook.
Im The test convinced us the iPad Pro therefore, among other things, due to its impressive performance values. Also the bright and high-contrast display with 120 Hertz as well as the LiDAR-Sensor found our approval. The iPad Pro is available with 11- and 12-inch displays. It is also the only iPad with a USB-C socket to date.
iPad Air: A pro with few drawbacks
The iPad Air is visually almost identical to the iPad Pro. You only have to make a few compromises here, primarily affecting the camera, display and performance. The iPad Air has stereo speakers, but only two instead of four like the iPad Pro. The display is still extremely good, but it is not quite as bright and it does without the high refresh rate.
Compared to the regular iPad, the iPad Air makes up for the sacrifices to the Pro. The iPad Air outperforms Apple’s entry-level tablet in all of the above. It is also compatible with Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard. In our Test of the iPad Air (2020) we came to the conclusion that it is the perfect tablet for most of the time.
iPad mini: The little iPad Air
The iPad mini is now a bit old and dates from 2019. Therefore, it is more reminiscent of the past iPad Air models and has a big advantage here: the display. Compared to the regular iPad, this is laminated. There is therefore no gap between the display glass and the LED panel. If typing on the regular iPad sounds rather hollow, this is not the case with the iPad mini.
The tablet also supports True Tone and offers an anti-friction coating as well as an extended color space. The processor uses the A12 Bionic Chip, which is also built into the regular iPad. It will still have a very good performance in 2021 and ensure smooth operation in everyday life.
You can use the Apple iPad mini with the First generation Apple Pencil. It can also be used with a Bluetooth keyboard. in the The test convinced us the iPad mini 5 especially due to its compact format. But we also praised the performance and display. However, the design is now a bit old-fashioned. Anyone looking for a handy, powerful tablet or an e-reader replacement will be happy with the iPad mini.
iPad: Ideal for homeschooling and the sofa
The regular iPad makes some compromises compared to the other models, especially when it comes to the display. It does without a laminated screen, True Tone, anti-reflective coating and a high refresh rate. Nevertheless, this model also offers a very good display with great colors and good contrasts.
Like the iPad mini 5, the regular iPad also has two speakers. However, these do not provide stereo sound in landscape format because they are located on the underside of the device. The iPad is still the cheapest model for this. On Black Friday you can often get it from around 300 euros.
In our Test scored the iPad primarily due to its performance, the high-quality display, the long battery life and the overall good price-performance ratio. If you mainly use the tablet at home, the iPad is the model of choice thanks to its low price. The regular iPad also supports the use of the Apple Pencil (first generation), and the “Smart Keyboard” case can also be used.
Laptop replacement: with pen and keyboard
If you’re after a Tablet with pen is looking for, an iPad is the ideal tablet for you. The Apple Pencils are not exactly cheap, but with them you can easily use the iPad for taking notes, painting and drawing. This is a real advantage not only at work, but also at school and university.
With the support of keyboards, you can transform the tablet into a real notebook in no time at all. Apple has adapted its operating system so that it can be operated with keyboard commands and with a connected mouse.
iPad suitable as a children’s tablet?
The iPad is the ideal Tablet for kids and adults. The device offers parents many restriction options in the form of a extensive parental controls. We recommend a good protective cover for smaller children so that nothing can happen if they fall.
The advantages of the iPad lie in the long update support of several years, the high performance and the good displays. An iPad can be used for five years without any problems and grows with the child. In addition, there are extremely many high quality apps in the App Store that are perfectly adapted to the iPad. Here you will find applications for every age group.
Reach for the previous model?
Often, predecessor models are also on offer. Is it worth buying? Not always. We rather advise against buying a predecessor to the regular iPad, iPad mini and iPad Air. The models are usually not worthwhile cheaper in price comparison, and you have to make some significant compromises. It looks different with the iPad Pro.
Even the predecessors from 2018 and 2020 still have a lot of power here. These models are not infrequently a few hundred euros cheaper than the current model series. In the following table we give you an overview of the latest models. Note: The model numbers differ depending on the equipment.
|model||Generation||Publishing year||Model numbers|
|iPad||9. Generation||2021||A2602, A2603, A2605, A2604|
|iPad Air||4. Generation||2020||A2316, A2324, A2325, A2072|
|iPad mini||6. Generation||2021||A2567, A2568, A2569|
|iPad Pro 11||3. Generation||2021||A2377, A2459, A2301, A2460|
|iPad Pro 12,9||5. Generation||2021||A2378, A2461, A2379, A2462|
Apple iPads – newest models
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