Guide to the best iPads

Buying the best iPad is a difficult task because there are several Apple tablets to consider. The most powerful is certainly the iPad Pro released in two sizes, including the 10.5-inch flagship edition and the massive 12.9-inch version. However, neither of them is the optimal choice for average consumers who want to save money. The New iPad is far better valued and is considered the best Apple tablet for most consumers as it covers all the basics from an iOS 11 tablet. The iPad Air 2 is also still a popular choice, even if Apple stopped selling it directly from their stores.

With so many options available, there's bound to be an iPad that's perfect apps and the latest games. To make your choice a lot easier, we at Nothing But Tablets highlighted the best iPads and included complete specs, as well as bad and good points, to assist you in making a more informed decision before buying an iPad tablet.

New iPad (2017)

Screen Size: 9.7-inch | CPU: A9 | Weight: 469g | OS: iOS 11 | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm | RAM: 2GB | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Storage: 32/128GB | Front Camera: 1.2MP | Rear Camera: 8MP | Price: $329

The best iPad for most consumers isn't the most powerful, but it does provide the best value. Replacing the iPad Air 2, the new iPad (2017) ranks just below the Pro range. Although it lacks the Apple Pencil, the Smart Keyboard, and some power, the A9 chipset is still extremely fast and the 1536 x 2048, the 9.7-inch screen is bright, sharp, and of high-quality. With 10 hours of battery life for watching videos and browsing the web, as well as iOS 11 and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, the new iPad is a fantastic media player if you don't plan to use it for heavy productivity.

iPad Pro 10.5

Screen Size: 10.5-inch | CPU: A10X Fusion | Weight: 469g | OS: iOS 10 | Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm | RAM: 4GB | Resolution: 1668 x 2224 | Battery: 8.134mAh | Storage: 64/256/512GB | Front Camera: 7MP | Rear Camera: 12MP | Price: $649

With sensational speakers, a new ProMotion screen adding an extra layer of fluidity, and the option to upgrade to 512GB storage capacity, it's a difficult decision to choose between the new iPad Pro and the more basic, but more recent iPad. The only downfall to the iPad Pro is the increase in price. However, if you are looking for a tablet that will keep up with any app while using a dedicated Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, this is the iPad for you. It's an iPad for both media munchers and professionals.

iPad Pro 12.9

Screen Size: 12.9-inch | CPU: A10X Fusion | Weight: 677g | OS: iOS 11 | Dimensions: 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm | RAM: 4GB | Resolution: 2048 x 2732 | Battery: 10,875mAh | Storage: 64/256/512GB | Front Camera: 7MP | Rear Camera: 12MP | Price: $1,049.99

The iPad Pro 12.9 is the closest thing you will get to a touchscreen MacBook and it operates on iOS 11 as oppose to macOS. It's the best entertainment and productivity tablet around thanks to four speakers, a massive 12.9-inch screen, and a multitasking interface. The biggest weakness of the iPad Pro 12.9 is its price as its too expensive to replace a laptop for most. However, if you want the largest tablet from Apple, you will quickly fall in love with this.

iPad Mini 4

Screen Size: 7.9-inch | CPU: A8 | Weight: 299g | OS: iOS 10 | Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm | RAM: 2GB | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | Battery: 5124mAh | Storage: 16/32/64/128GB | Front Camera: 1.2MP | Rear Camera: 8MP | Price: $299.99

Not everyone wants a big screen, and that's exactly where the iPad Mini 4 comes in, featuring a 7.9-inch screen. This makes it far more portable, especially when it only weighs 299g. The lack of Smart Connector with a smaller screen makes productivity worse when compared to the Pro range, but it's not designed to replace a laptop. It's still rather powerful with 2GB of RAM with an impressive A8 chipset along with a rich, sharp screen that can easily be used in sunlight. It's also large enough to watch videos and browse the internet when you away from home, but obviously not the same visual quality as Apple's larger slates.