Best iPad Buying Guide – Which Apple Tablet To Buy in 2021

So, I believe; finally, you have given in to the temptation of buying an iPad for yourself or a family member who will love the Apple tablet.

Not all iPads are created equal, literally and figuratively.

Different Apple iPad Models are available in the market, but not all are worth buying.

In this article, we will try to simplify which one you should buy based on your requirements and budget.

We have hand-picked four iPad models that you should currently buy that comes with the latest specs and will be good to use for many years.

However, many old iPad models sell on Amazon, Flipkart, and other eCommerce websites that you shouldn’t buy. They may look the same as newer models but comes with an older processor and have outdated specs.

What are the Different Ipad Sizes

  1. iPad 8th Gen – 10.2 Inch Retina Display
  2. iPad Mini – 7.9 Inch Retina Display
  3. iPad Air – 10.9 Inch Retina Display
  4. iPad Pro – 11 Inches and 12.9 Inches.

Should You Buy WIFI Only or Cellular + WIFI IPad?

The Wifi Only iPads are cheaper and cost up to Rs. 10,000 less than the Cellular + WIFI version.

The Wifi-only iPad can connect to your home or office wifi network and can also connect to your mobile hotspot.

The  WIFI and Cellular versions come with support for a sim-card that you can use to connect to the internet, in the same way you use your smartphone data.

I don’t think there is a real advantage of buying a cellular iPad if you spend most of the time at home or office connected to the Wifi network.

Let’s start with the most affordable iPad that you can currently buy online.

Apple iPad(8 Generation)

Price – Rs 29,900.

Both the iPad 8th Gen and the iPad Mini come with an older Apple A12 processor. However,  these are excellent devices for reading, movies, emails, and general tasks.

The Apple iPad(8 Generation) is a bit old and the most affordable iPad on our list.

It comes with a gorgeous 10.2-inch Retina display, and it also has support for Apple Pencil and a smart keyboard.

The size is around 10 inches – a perfect size for a tablet bigger than a phone and much smaller than a laptop.

Apple iPad image

Furthermore, the iPad comes with the powerful A12 Bionic chip, delivering excellent performance for all general tasks and gaming.

Additionally, it operates on the iPad OS 14 will also get future software updates.

For photography, it has a 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera and 8MP back camera. Cameras are decent but no match for the latest iPads.

Also, it provides you 10 hours of battery backup for long-lasting usage.

Lastly, the Apple iPad(8 Generation) is available online for purchase at Rs 29,900(For 32GB storage and WiFi version) and Rs 39,890(For 32GB storage and WiFi+Cellular version).

KEY SPECIFICATIONS OF Apple iPad 8 Generation

  • Processor – A12 Bionic chip.
  • Rear Camera – 8MP
  • Front Camera – 1.2MP
  • Connectivity – WiFi and 2G LTE.
  • Battery backup – 10 hours of usage time.
  • Internal Storage – 32 GB internal memory.
  • Operating System – iPad OS 14
  • Voice Calling – Available in both versions, i.e., WiFi and WiFi + Cellular.
  • Screen – 10.2 inches retina display.
  • Compatibility – Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard, and Bluetooth keyboard.
  • Dimensions – 25.0x 17.4 x 0.7 cm.
  • Weighs – 490g
  • Price Rs. – 29,900(WiFi version) and Rs 39,890(WiFi+Cellular version)

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Apple iPad Mini

Price – Rs 45,900

Apple iPad Mini offers a 7.9-inch Retina display with Truetone, a wide color gamut, and has Apple Pencil support.

The iPad Mini comes with the powerful A12 Bionic chip we have already seen in the Apple iPad 8 Generation, and it runs on the iPad OS 14.

It has a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera and an 8MP rear camera. The front camera is much better, and it is ideal for students/professionals attending video calls on Zoom or  Google Meet.

Furthermore, it provides you 10 hours of battery backup and also has stereo speaker support.

Lastly, the Apple iPad Mini is available in the following configurations:

  • 64 GB Storage and WIFI – Price Rs. 34,999
  • 64 GB Storage and WIFI + Cellular 45,900 – Price Rs. 34,999
  • Rs 48,900 (256GB+WiFi Only)
  • Rs. 59,900 (256GB+WiFi+Cellular version).

The 64 GB storage version is more than enough for most people, but if you need more storage, you will have to shell out a lot of money. (Apple Storage upgrades are pretty expensive).

KEY SPECIFICATIONS OF Apple iPad Mini

  • Processor – A12 Bionic chip.
  • Rear Camera – 8MP
  • Front Camera – 7MP
  • Connectivity – WiFi and 4G LTE.
  • Battery capacity – 5124mAH.
  • Battery backup – 10 hours of usage time.
  • Internal Storage – 64/256 GB internal memory.
  • Operating System – iPad OS 14
  • Voice Calling – Available in both versions, i.e., WiFi and WiFi + Cellular.
  • Screen – 7.9 inches retina display.
  • Compatibility – Apple Pencil.
  • Dimensions – 21.6x 14.5 x 0.6 cm.
  • Weighs – 300.5g
  • Price Rs. – 45,900(64GB+WiFi+Cellular version), Rs 48,900(256GB+WiFi), and 59,900(256GB+WiFi+Cellular version)

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Apple iPad Air

Price – Rs 54,900

The iPad Air is powered by the latest Apple A14 processor (same as iPhone 12) and is incredibly fast.

The iPad was launched in late 2020 and is an ideal machine for professionals, office workers, and college students.

Apple iPad Air comes with a Stunning 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone and P3 wide color gamut. Moreover, you can easily use it outdoors as it has a 500 nits max brightness.

Apple iPad Air

Powering the Apple iPad Air is an A14 Bionic chip that offers a fast CPU and graphics processor. As a result, you can easily play all the games and even do video editing or design work on this iPad with ease.

Similar to the above-mentioned iPads, it also runs on iPad OS 14.

It weighs 458 grams and comes with a 7606mAH battery that offers up to 10 hours of battery backup.

You can easily pair it with the Apple keyboard or other third-party keyboards to make it work as a laptop replacement.

Furthermore, it offers a high clarity 12MP rear camera and 7MP FaceTime HD front camera, best suited for video calls and zoom meetings.

The new iPad Air is available for purchase with a starting price of Rs 54,900 (64GB+WiFi version), Rs 66,900(64GB+WiFi+Cellular version), and Rs 68,900(256GB+WiFi version).

KEY SPECIFICATIONS OF Apple iPad Air

  • Processor – A14 Bionic chip.
  • Rear Camera – 12MP
  • Front Camera – 7MP
  • Connectivity – WiFi and 2G LTE.
  • Battery capacity – 7606mAH.
  • Battery backup – 10 hours of usage time.
  • Internal Storage – 64/256 GB internal memory.
  • Operating System – iPad OS 14
  • Voice Calling – Available in both versions, i.e., WiFi and WiFi + Cellular.
  • Screen – 10.9 inches retina display.
  • Compatibility – Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, and Smart Keyboard Folio.
  • Dimensions – 25.9 x 18.9 x 0.5 cm.
  • Weighs – 458g.
  • Price Rs. – 54,900(64GB+WiFi version), Rs 66,900(64GB+WiFi+Cellular version), and 68,900(256GB+WiFi version).

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Next, we have the iPad Pro models that come with a larger display and have more powerful processors.

Many people don’t prefer to buy a Macbook Air or Pro but opt for an iPad that can also work as a laptop when paired with a physical. Keyboard.

The iPad Pro is available in either an 11 Inch Screen size or a bigger 12.9 Inch.

Apple iPad Pro (2021 model 3rd Generation)

Price – Rs 71,900.

The iPad Pro powered by the latest M1 processor is swift, and pairing these with a physical keyboard is a good replacement for a laptop for doing lots of work.

iPad Pro 11 inches comes with a liquid retina display and a resolution of 2388*1668 pixels, a 600nits brightness, and 264ppi density.

iPad Pro 11 Inch

 

Powering the iPad Pro is a powerful Apple M1 chip, and Apple claimed that it offers 75 times faster performance than the first-generation iPad.

The iPad Pro runs on iPadOS 14.

For the ultra-clear photos and videos, it has a dual-camera on the rear carrying a 12MP wide camera, a 10MP ultra-wide camera, along with a LiDAR scanner that supports 4K video shooting.

Also, at the front, we have got the new 12MP Ultra Wide camera, 122° field of view, and offers a ƒ/2.4 aperture.

The front camera can record 1080p videos, whereas the rear camera can record 4K videos.

It weighs 466 grams(WiFi model) and 468 grams(WiFI + Cellular models).

iPad Pro(12.9 inches)

Apart from the above 11 inch iPad Pro we have the top of the line 12.9 inch iPad Pro that comes with some upgrades over the 11 Inch model. Let me share with you the key differences and why you should opt for the 12.9 inch model.

iPad Pro 12 inches comes with a mini-LED backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology and a resolution of 2732*2048 pixels and has a 264ppi pixels density.

It offers up to 100 nits of maximum brightness and is an incredible display for multimedia consumption and regular work.

The iPad Pro 12.9 inches weighs 682 grams(WiFi model) and 684 grams(WiFI + Cellular models).

It ships with a 20 Watts USB Type-C power adapter and comes with a Built-in 40.88 watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.

Additionally, we have 4 speakers for excellent audio and 5 studio-quality microphones for excellent call quality and audio recording.

Besides, the Cellular version comes with 5G and 4G LTE support, and the WIFI version is compatible with the latest WIFI 6 standard.

The price of the iPad Pro 12.9 inches in India starts at Rs 99,900(128GB WiFi model) and Rs 1,13,900(128GB WiFi + Cellular model).

iPad Pro 11 Inch Variants and Price:

  • 128GB storage and WiFi version – Rs 71,900.
  • 256GB storage and WiFi version – Rs 80,900.
  • 128GB storage and Cellular+WiFi version – Rs 85,900.
  • 256GB storage and Cellular+WiFi version – Rs 94,900.

KEY SPECIFICATIONS OF Apple iPad Pro (11 Inch)

  • Processor – Apple M1 chip.
  • Dual Rear Camera – 12MP and 10MP with LiDAR scanner.
  • Front Camera – 12MP
  • Connectivity – WiFi and 5G LTE.
  • Battery backup – 10 hours of usage time.
  • Internal Storage – 64/256/1TB/2TB GB internal memory.
  • Operating System – iPad OS 14
  • Voice Calling – Available in both versions, i.e., WiFi and WiFi + Cellular.
  • Screen – 11 inches retina display.
  • Compatibility – Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, and Smart Keyboard Folio.
  • Dimensions – 25.9 x 18.9 x 0.5 cm.
  • Weighs – 458g.
  • Price – Rs 71,900(base variant), and Rs  1,70,900(Top variant).

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Comparison between iPad(8 Gen) vs. Apple iPad Mini vs. Apple iPad Air vs. Apple iPad Pro

Specs ComparisonApple iPad (8 Gen)Apple iPad MiniApple iPad AirApple iPad Pro
Display10.2-inch Retina display7.9-inch Retina display10.9-inch Retina display11-inch Retina display
Resolution(2160*1620)px(2048*1536)px(2360*1640)px(2388*1668)px
ProcessorApple A12 Bionic chip(7nm)Apple A12 Bionic chip(7nm)Apple A14 Bionic Chip(5 nmApple M1 Chip
GPUApple GPU (4-core graphics)Apple GPU (4-core graphics)Apple GPU (4-core graphics)Apple GPU (8-core graphics)
Storage32 GB Internal Storage64/256 GB Internal Storage64/256 GB internal storage64/128/256/512GB/1/2TB internal storage
OSiPad OS 14iPad OS 14iPad OS 14iPad OS 14
Rear Camera8MP8MP12MP12MP + 10MP
Front Camera1.2MP7MP7MP12MP
Battery Capacity5124mAH7606mAH7538mAH
PortUSB Type CUSB Type CUSB Type CUSB Type C
BluetoothVersion 4.2version 5.0version 5.0version 5.0
Connectivity2G4G2G5G
Face IDYesYesYesYes
Thickness0.7cm0.6cm0.5cm0.5cm
Weight490g300.5g458g458g
Starting PriceRs 29,000Rs 45,900Rs 54,900Rs 71,900

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Written By Ayush Sharma – Edited By kanuj Sharma

Data & Image Source – Apple Office iPad 

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