Which iPad 2020 to buy? iPad Pro, iPad Air and 10.2 iPad compared

In spring 2020, Apple introduced a new iPad. Time for an overview: Which tablet should you take, what is good and bad about iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro and the “ordinary” iPad? GIGA makes recommendations.

Apple will have it in March 2020 iPad Pro updated in both model sizes. There is also that iPad Air and the iPad mini, they are from spring 2019. The cheapest Apple tablet that 10.2 inch iPad, Apple released in fall 2020. Each of these tablets has its right to exist, each addresses a different target group.

We go through the devices one after the other, name the advantages and disadvantages compared to the other models and give sales recommendations.

10.2 inch iPad: The price cracker

The cheapest Apple tablet is simply called “iPad”. For a clear description, the screen diagonal of 10.2 inches is usually mentioned. The recommended retail price is 379 euros, it is a little cheaper to get on the market. Apple has slightly enlarged the display compared to its predecessor, the 9.7-inch iPad. There was also support for the Smart Keyboard, a keyboard that is connected to the tablet via a contact point. In contrast to Bluetooth keyboards, you do not have to charge a battery with this keyboard.

+ This is also a high quality tablet
+ Apple Pencil (1st Gen) and Smart Keyboard can be used
+ Very cheap

– Display not laminated
– Average chip performance
– Speakers only on one side

Rating: Since the display is not laminated, it does not look as high quality and the operation is not as immediate as with the other iPads. In addition, Apple has only half-heartedly upgraded the chip. This slightly tarnishes the use. Generally, however, it is a good tablet for …

Suitable for: School, leisure, at home – for example for children and teenagers who use a tablet as a drawing pad. Watching news and surfing works just as well.

iPad Air: The sensible choice

We recommend the 10.5-inch iPad Air from spring 2019 as the “standard iPad” because it cuts a fine figure in all conceivable areas of application – at an acceptable price of 549 euros (RRP), with 64 GB of storage space. Above all, the display distinguishes it from the inexpensive 10.2-inch iPad: it is a good size, is laminated (pen entries and representation are therefore better) and the true-tone technology adapts the color representation to the ambient light.

+ Top tablet with top performance
+ Very good display
+ Apple Pencil (1st Gen) and Smart Keyboard can be used

– Speakers only on one side

Rating: You really can’t go wrong with the 10.5-inch iPad Air, it is an excellent compromise solution. Well, the one-sided sound is unattractive. If you want to watch a film, the best way to pair the iPad with a Bluetooth box. Then the sound is even better than with an iPad Pro.

Suitable for: School, leisure, at home, office – including more demanding assignments. Compared to the 10.2 inch iPad the “upscale” solution.

iPad mini: The small powerful one

The iPad mini from 2019 (5th generation) has almost the same technical features as the iPad Air presented above. The screen size is 7.9 inches. This makes it significantly (!) Smaller, but also more portable.

+ Top tablet with top performance
+ Small
+ Very good display
+ Apple Pencil (1st Gen) can be used

– Speakers only on one side
– Without smart keyboard support

Rating: The performance is up to the job, but the screen size is not. You shouldn’t buy the iPad mini out of embarrassment, but because you know that you want this small tablet. Otherwise, the € 100 surcharge for the iPad Air is worthwhile, because the Mini costs at least € 449 (RRP).

Suitable for: Leisure, work – on the go, including demanding assignments.

11-inch iPad Pro: the top model

The iPad Pro features some differences compared to the other Apple tablets: Face ID instead of fingerprint sensor Touch ID, USB-C port instead of Lightning, support for Apple Pencil 2 instead of 1. The main feature is the extremely high performance and features Top level. The iPad Pro from 2020 (11-inch 2nd generation) shines above the model from 2018 primarily by:

  • the new camera module (dual camera with wide angle and ultra wide angle) including LiDAR scanner for depth detection for augmented reality,
  • Trackpad support (see the new keyboard Magic keyboard) and
  • the powerful chip.

The cutting-edge technology is used in the iPad Pro. The USB-C connection allows professional users to connect accessories such as a digital camera.

+ Top model among the iPads with the highest performance
+ Best display with 120 Hz support
+ 4-speaker audio for good stereo sound, both in landscape and portrait format
+ Support for the Apple Pencil 2nd generation with more functions, the Smart Keyboard Folio and the Magic Keyboard.
+ Best camera, only it offers 4K video and LED flash; Dual camera with ultra wide angle.
+ Front camera supports portrait mode and animojis.
+ 128 GB to 1 TB storage

– Expensive
– Accessories are more expensive
– iPad Pro with keyboard is noticeably larger than iPad Air with keyboard.

Rating: Those who value cutting-edge technology are in the right place. Where USB C is often used, this model can also be the most practical choice. With its high performance, sophisticated accessories (2nd generation Apple Pencil) and good audio setup, the iPad Pro is a great tablet. It doesn’t matter whether you create 3D models or just watch a series.

Suitable for: Graphic artist, draftsman, developer and all intensive users who just want it (and the necessary account balance).

12.9 inch iPad Pro: top model even bigger

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro from 2020 is the same as the 11-inch iPad Pro – apart from the fact that it is only significantly larger with a 12.9-inch screen size. And more expensive.

Suitable for: Everyone who needs an iPad Pro – with the largest possible display.

By the way: While the 11 inch iPad Pro 2020 was nicknamed “2. Generation ”, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2020 is the 4th generation because Apple has been offering this screen size for a long time.

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Which iPad 2020 to buy? Conclusion

In principle, you can’t go wrong – at most maybe spending too much money. We can recommend any current model. For the iPad mini, however, we would like to point out again: If it doesn’t have to be the smallest possible tablet, the surcharge for the iPad Air is worthwhile.

You should also think about which specific execution you want: The Housing color Is a matter of taste. Who own one Mobile tariff for the tablet, take the cellular version. If you usually have WiFi and only occasionally need an internet connection via mobile phone, the surcharge is not worth it. Then you’d better use the iPhone hotspot as access. The third selection criterion is the Memory size. If you just email and surf something, 32 GB of memory should be enough. If you want to store large games, many magazines or films locally, you need at least 64, if not 128 GB of memory.

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