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Which iPad to buy in 2018?

Despite the general decline in demand for tablets, Apple in 2018 offers consumers several iPad models at once. And each of them is special in its own way.

Apple, alas, rarely gives its models flashy names, being limited, as a rule, to the number designating the generation of the gadget, and the letter, the presence of which indicates that the product has been improved - the iPhone has had this letter for a long time S.

We have already told which IPhone in 2018 is better to buy . Dealing with an iPad is harder than with an iPhone. The first few devices, released before 2012, were marked with numbers, like mobile devices, then Apple, for some unknown reason (most likely, in order to expand the lineup), decided to move away from this principle - and Air, Retina, Pro and even just an iPad, without reference to the model.

In 2018, Apple officially sells 4 iPad models. We will present each and tell you which ones deserve the most attention.

Most compact

iPad Mini 4

  • Display: 7.9 inches, resolution 2048 × 1536, PPI 326
  • Processor: A8 with 64-bit architecture + M8 coprocessor
  • Camera (back - front): 8 megapixel - 1.2 megapixel
  • Memory (operational - user): 2 GB - 128 GB
  • Battery: 5,124 mAh
  • Colors : silver / gold / "gray space"

The Apple fan, who wants to buy a compact tablet in 2018, has a choice: either to “plow open spaces” of the Avito catalog in search of a 7-8 inch device that the manufacturer has already sold off, or to buy an iPad Mini 4 - a device with a 7.9-inch screen, characterized by a minimum weight (only 300 grams).

Another obvious advantage of the iPad Mini 4 in addition to its low weight is its screen - it is fantastically clear! Given that the mini-iPad display is smaller, its resolution is the same as that of the 9.7-inch iPad 2017, and only slightly lower than the screen of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. As a result, the iPad Mini 4 has a higher pixel density per inch (PPI) than other topical Apple tablets.

The display of the “small” iPad does not fade in the sun (due to the antireflection coating) and is not covered with fingerprints (due to the grease repellent coating).

Despite these advantages, there are many arguments in favor of refusing to buy the Mini 4 model. First of all, the buyer should understand that this model is outdated: Apple introduced the tablet back in 2015 - that is, at the same time, when the iPhone 6S came out. The gadget is equipped with an A8 processor (like, say, iPhone 6) belonging to the 2nd generation - more modern tablets, for comparison, are provided with 4th generation chipsets, which, according to official Apple data, are 2.5 times faster. Consequently, the performance is not exactly the “fad” of the Apple iPad Mini 4.

It is worth noting that by 2018, Apple left only Mini 4 models with 128 GB of user memory available. The cost of such a device with 3G support is almost 35,000 rubles. Users who believe that to spend such a sum can be more rational, perhaps, not far from the truth.

IPad Mini 4 prices (hereinafter the prices of the Svyaznoy network, current as of 02/25/2018) are used:

Memory / Data Transfer Method

Wi-Fi

Cellular

128 GB

28 990 rubles

38 990 rubles


Best in terms of price / quality ratio

iPad 2017

  • Display: 9.7 inches, resolution 2048 × 1536, PPI 264
  • Processor: A9 with 64-bit architecture + M9 coprocessor
  • Camera (back - front): 8 megapixel - 1.2 megapixel
  • Memory (operational - user): 2 GB - 32 GB / 128 GB
  • Battery: 8 827 mAh
  • Colors : silver / gold / "gray space"

iPad 2017 appeared in March last year. This device, according to Apple, was designed to take place in the middle price segment, where Air devices were previously represented. The iPad 2017 is thicker than the Air 2 model and the screen is not so impressive, but it can boast a more productive A9 processor and a minimal price. In terms of cost, the 2017 gadget is quite comparable to the iPad Mini 4 in both Wi-Fi and Cellular versions.

IPad 2017 prices:

Memory / data transfer method

Wi-Fi

Cellular

32 GB

23 990 rubles

32 790 rubles

128 GB

30 990 rubles

39 990 rubles

iPad 2017 is better to buy an inexperienced user, whose plans do not include to torment the device with demanding toys and applications, to expand its functionality through such gadgets as Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard (because the tablet does not support them). To perform routine tasks (such as watching movies, surfing the Internet) iPad 2017 is the most suitable option.

Gikam who are crazy about new technologies, it is better to pay attention to the following model.


Most functional

iPad Pro 10.5

  • Display: 10.5 inches, resolution 2224 × 1668, PPI 264
  • Processor: A10X with 64-bit architecture + M10 coprocessor
  • Camera (back - front): 12 megapixels - 7 megapixels
  • Memory (operational - user): 4 GB - 64 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB
  • Battery: 8,134 mAh
  • Colors : silver / gold / gray space / pink gold

Even the cheapest 3G tablet iPad Pro 10.5 costs 10 thousand rubles more than the most expensive iPad 2017. And this is justified - despite the fact that the 2 models are similar in size, in terms of technology, there is an abyss between them.

iPad Pro 10.5 is equipped with the most powerful “hardware” that Apple can install into its gadget - it’s not for nothing that the manufacturer on the official website repeatedly boasts that the new tablet is faster than most laptops. “Onboard” is a 6-core A10X Fusion processor, which allows for the processing and editing of 4K video, the rendering of 3D models (the latter is the built-in uMake application). It is clear that there is no talk of hang-ups in games - on iPad Pro 10.5 you can run any, and at maximum settings.

Screen iPad Pro 10.5 - the pride of Apple. Although the PPI indicator of the display is rather average, the picture is bright, saturated and quite natural. It's all about the new technology ProMotion, thanks to which the display supports a refresh rate of 120 Hz. For comparison, in a conventional LCD display, this figure is twice as low.

Model Pro 10.5 is the best iPad for a representative of the creative profession: sound engineer, film editor, artist or designer. The gadget without problems will "pull" Photoshop and other "heavy" programs for working with graphics. In addition, the device is compatible with such a convenient tool for drawing as an electronic pen Apple Pencil.

IPad Pro 10.5 prices:

Memory / Data Transfer Method

Wi-Fi

Cellular

64 GB

44 990 rubles

52 990 rubles

256 GB

53 990 rubles

62 990 rubles

512 GB

59 990 rubles

75 990 rubles


The biggest

iPad Pro 12.9

  • Display: 12.9 inches, resolution 2732 × 2048, PPI 264
  • Processor: A10X with 64-bit architecture + M10 coprocessor
  • Camera (back - front): 12 megapixels - 7 megapixels
  • Memory (operational - user): 4 GB - 64 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB
  • Battery: 10,875 mAh
  • Colors : silver / gold / "gray space"

iPad Pro 12.9 is a tablet comparable to a MacBook Air laptop in size and price (if you include accessories in the Aipad price). In terms of functionality and performance, the 12.9-inch model is identical to the 10.5-inch model, with the only exception that its screen resolution is higher (with equal PPI). The "giant" is more expensive.

Price for iPad Pro 12.9:

Memory / Data Transfer Method

Wi-Fi

Cellular

64 GB

54 990 rubles

61 990 rubles

256 GB

66 990 rubles

73 990 rubles

512 GB

75 990 rubles

84 990 rubles

iPad Pro 12.9 is considered a highly specialized device, not for ordinary users. The problem is its lack of mobility. The transportable gadget can be called only with a fair amount of skepticism: its weight is almost 700 grams - and this is 2 and a half of Aipad Mini 4. The device does not fit into a regular shoulder bag, and in a backpack it will take the lion’s share of space.

You can use a 12.9-inch tablet as a stationary device - to that has the support of the Smart Keyboard. The gadget will have to place in any office - with its help you will be able to make very effective presentations.

Unlike the 10.5-inch model, the iPad Pro 12.9 comes out only in three different colors. "Big" tablet can not be found in the color version of "pink gold".


Which iPad is better to buy in 2018: table

To make it easier for the user to decide which Aypad in 2018 to choose, we will collect the most important characteristics of the actual devices in one table:

Parameter / Model

iPad Mini 4

iPad 2017

iPad Pro 10.5

iPad Pro 12.9

Display diagonal

7.9

9.7

10.5

12.9

CPU

A8

A9

A10X

A10X

Battery life

10 h 43 min video viewing

10 hours watching video

8 hours of watching videos, surfing the Internet

10 hours watching video

Weight

304 grams

478 grams

477 grams

692 grams

Compatible with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard?

Not

Not

Yes

Yes

The number of speakers

2

2

four

four

Key feature

Compact device

Budget device

High-tech device

Large device

From the table it is clear that Apple managed to avoid within the model range of so-called cannibalism tablets - situations where several models are interchangeable occupy the same niche, with the result that sales of one model adversely affect the sales volume of the other. Each of the current iPad devices is aimed at a specific category of consumers.

Conclusion

The best option for a fan of Apple products in 2018 is, perhaps, the iPad Pro 10.5, one of the latest models, provided with top-end hardware, supporting the manufacturer's branded accessories and having standard dimensions. If you don’t have enough money for Pro 10.5, you should take a closer look at the iPad 2017, but you need to understand that this device is significantly inferior in terms of functionality and design. Those who want to save can also take a wait-and-see attitude - insiders are trumpeting with might and main that Apple will present a budget 9.7-inch iPad in 2018, which will cost about $ 250 (15.5 thousand rubles).

It’s still better to abstain from buying an iPad Pro 12.9 - the “giant” is no better than Pro 10.5, but at the same time more expensive and less convenient. Buying an iPad Mini 4 is also inexpedient - the stuffing of this device has long been outdated, because it comes from 2015 and is on sale only because Apple decided not to produce a replacement item. It seems that 7-8-inch tablets will soon completely "leave the stage" - they will be replaced by smartphones with a screen diagonal of "6+", which appear on the market more and more.

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