So you want to grab one of Apple's iPads and want to save some money during the process? Of course it is. But which iPad is the one for you? The size of Apple's tablet range can make it difficult to figure out which model is best for you. But there is good news for shoppers – Black Friday may be technically over, but the deals are still going well with Cyber Monday around the corner. The iPad discounts are many and all options are amazing. It's just a matter of how much you want to pay.
Unlike last year, Apple has not released a new version of the top-end iPad Pro . But the recent 10.2-inch budget line iPad is better than ever. Or should you get the Mini ? Or, the iPad Air ?
Let's dive into it. (By the way, here is proper etiquette for buying technical gifts in general and here is what to consider when buying smart home gifts .)
iPad 10.2-inch (2019): the best for most
The 10.2-inch model is the choice of CNET for a reason: although it is an older A10 processor , it works perfectly well with the latest iPadOS, has a slightly larger screen, supports the Apple Pencil and now works with Apple & # 39; s older Smart Connector keyboard accessories. It is also for sale. However, I would consider the 128 GB model above 32 GB, especially if you plan to download movies. The ideal size that I would have recommended would have been 64 GB … which Apple obviously does not sell.
There are different sales on this model and probably more. Amazon offers around $ 49 off on both storage sizes of the iPad, plus an additional $ 30 with "no rush shipping", meaning $ 280 or $ 250 for the 32GB version – although it is currently out of stock, it can return. (I would, however, recommend the 128 GB version).
Best Buy offers the iPad for $ 250, but you must sign up for a free Best Buy Reward Program membership.
iPad (2018): almost the same as the 10.2-inch iPad
You could save even more by getting last year's model from the entry-level iPad, which has the same A10 processor (and also supports Apple Pencil). Amazon & # 39; s deal for the LTE, 128GB version has dropped to $ 429 ($ 130 off), which is the most affordable way to use an LTE iPad … but do you really need LTE? (I would say no.)
iPad Air (2019): Step beyond basic
The difference between the 10.2-inch entry-level iPad and the iPad Air released this year is actually a better A12 processor. and a slightly larger screen (10.5 inches). It is also a bit thinner. Anyone who wants a little more graphic oomph for photo or video work could find a way to divide the difference between the standard iPad and the iPad Pro. You can find it for $ 469, a $ 30 discount, at B&H electronics.
The iPad Pro 2017 is like the iPad Air from 2019, with a few extra & # 39; s
Save yourself the headache and know that the 2019 10.5-inch iPad Air is a slightly more budget version of the 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro . The Pro from 2017 has a faster scrolling 120Hz display, better quad speakers and slightly different cameras. If you can get it in some way for less than the Air above, it's definitely worth it! The 2017 Pro & # 39; s of 2017 are for sale below, but at a higher cost than the iPad Air.