Which iPad to buy? Tips for your decision making.


The are iPad models for every use case. From the normal iPad 9.7″, which now comes with Apple Pencil support, over the iPad mini to the two Pro models. We give you some tipps what to look for in an iPad.

When to buy an iPad?

The iPad mini is only available in the 128 GB configuration since March 2017.

The “normal” iPad 9,7″ got updated in March 2018 and offers Apple Pencil support since then.

Both iPad Pro models are up to date and the most advanced models. They got update in June 2017.

We inform you here if it is a good time to buy the product.

green means: up to date
orange means: coming to the end of the product cycle
red means: don’t buy, an update is coming soon

Decision Support for your iPad mini

The iPad mini 4 is Apple’s smallest iPad in the lineup. The the iPad mini 2 is not sold anymore and the mini 4 is only availabe in 128 GB memory configurtion, it is not the cheapest anymore though.

iPad mini 4: Compactness costs.

This role now has the “normal” 9.7″ iPad – which also offers Apple Pencil support. You should choose the iPad mini 4 if you need a large of amount of storage space anyway and love the smaller form factor.

Technical Specifications

iPad mini 4

  • 7,9″ retina display with 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • 16 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB storage space
  • A8 processor and M8 coprocessor
  • Touch ID sensor
  • ac Wifi, 2,4 and 5 GHz
  • 8 Megapixel camera with autofocus
  • integrated speaker
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • cellular models with UMTS and LTE support
  • FaceTime HD camera

iPad mini vs. iPad

The price situation for iPads is currently a bit complicated. The most affordable model is the new iPad 9,7″ with 32 GB of storage space for 329 US-Dollars. The iPad mini 4 is only available with 128 GB storage and therefore 70 dollars more expensive than the iPad 9.7″ or just 30 dollars cheaper if you compare the 128 GB configurations.

The decision is quite hard, as you are forced to buy the biggest configuration if you want an iPad mini. This model has a laminated an reflection free display though, the
9.7″ has not. On the other hand, the bigger model has the newer processor.

Our top: just try them out and keep the one that touches your heart. Or, if you are more on the facts side, decide by Apple Pencil support.

Decision Support for the “normal” iPad

Apple’s iPad has a 9.7″ screen and is the founder of a completely new product class. Its newest version comes with 2 GB RAM, which makes it very usable as working device. You can open multiple apps simultaneously or handle big pdf documents.

The newest iteration also comes with Apple Pencil support, much so like the iPad Pros. If your budget is limited but you like to draw on an iPad, this is the right device for you.

Support for Apple Pencil.

The new model also got faster: it contains an A10 chip now compared to the A9 in the older model. That means it is on par with an iPhone 7.

Technical Specifications

iPad mini iPad Air


  • 32 GB or 128 GB storage space
  • 2 GB RAM
  • A10 processor and M10 coprocessor
  • 8 megapixel camera with autofocus
  • Touch ID sensor
  • ac Wifi
  • 9,7″ display with 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • built in stereo speakers
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • cellular models with UMTS and LTE support

iPad vs. iPad mini 4

The updated 9.7″ iPad got a bit cheaper and now supports the Apple Pencil. It now offers the former iPad Pro exclusive feature for a lower price. Apple emphasizes that this iPad is a perfect machine for school and learning, and you can believe that. It is fast, affordable and up to date.

The iPad mini 4 has a slightly better display, as it is laminated and has a anti reflection coating. But it only comes with the older A8X processor and is not much cheaper than the 9.7″ iPad, which makes the 9.7″ iPad the better choice.

Decision support for the iPad Pro – The High Tech Tablet

Apple’s iPad Pro is available in 9.7″ and 12.9″ and is the fastest and newest line. The Pro lineup offers some new features compared to the other models, which makes it the most advance tablet.

Four speakers, true tone display, smart connector

The iPad Pro models are the only iPad devices that can be equipped with up to 512 GB of storage space. Furthermore, the base models come already with 64 GB. If you like you can also order the smaller model in rose gold, matching your iPhone.

Technische Daten

iPad Pro 9.7″

  • 9,7″ display with 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • 12 Megapixel camera with autofocus
  • True Tone display
  • Live photos
  • True Tone flash
  • FaceTime HD camera with 7 megapixels

iPad Pro 12,9″ 2

  • 12,9″ display with 2732 x 2048 pixels
  • 12 Megapixel camera with autofocus
  • FaceTime HD camera with 7 megapixels

Identical for both models:

  • 64 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB storage space
  • A10X processor and M10 coprocessor
  • four integrated speakers
  • ac and n Wifi with 2,4 and 5 GHz
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • cellular models with UMTS and LTE support
  • new smart connector for accessories
  • Touch ID sensor

iPad Pro vs. iPad Air

As the technical specifications show, the iPad Pro is the peak of the current possible technology. Especially the true tone displays are highlights. The four built-in speakers, which offer stereo sound in every orientation, are another great feature.

If you don’t need all this, you choice can be an also excellent 9.7″ iPad. If you appreciate an nearly perfect display, an amazing sound and the possibility to connect an external keyboard via smart connector, you should buy the iPad Pro.

Where to buy the iPad?

Buy here:     Amazon     Apple

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