The iPad Is the Best Tablet

The iPad Is the Best Tablet

Our pick

Apple iPad (7th generation, 32 GB)

Apple iPad (7th generation, 32 GB)

The best tablet for almost anyone

With a large screen, a fast-enough processor, and Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support, the 7th-gen iPad offers the features most tablet users need.

Buying Options

$330 from Apple

Thanks to an unbeatable selection of outstanding apps, stellar hardware quality, long battery life, and unrivaled customer support, all iPads are great. But the price of the 10.2-inch, 7th-generation iPad is significantly lower than that of earlier models, and it has a larger screen, making it even more appealing and simplifying the decision between this version and the other iPad models. While the sixth-generation iPad already supported the Apple Pencil, the new iPad adds a physical keyboard connector, so it can use the same Smart Keyboard as the 10.5-inch iPad Air. The Air and 7.9-inch iPad mini models have faster processors and work better for some people, and the iPad Pro is worth the extra money if you plan to use your iPad as your main computer, but the 7th-generation iPad represents the best all-around value. (You may want to spring for more storage.)

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Also great

Apple iPad mini (5th generation, 64 GB)

Apple iPad mini (5th generation, 64 GB)

A smaller iPad with a faster processor

The iPad mini gives you a processor that’s two generations ahead of that of the 10.2-inch iPad in a much smaller tablet, though it lacks a keyboard connector.

Buying Options

$400 from Apple
$385 $350 from Amazon

You save $35 (9%)

The Apple iPad mini (5th generation) is for anyone who wants a smaller tablet. It could fairly be called the iPad Air mini, as it’s spec-for-spec identical to the 3rd-gen iPad Air except for its smaller, 7.9-inch screen and its lack of a Smart Connector. Even the screen is of higher quality than the 10.2-inch iPad’s. These features make it a good choice for kids, people with small hands, or anyone who simply prefers the smaller size. But although it can run the same apps and even multitask as any other iPad can, the smaller screen makes it harder for most people to get work done on the iPad mini. Most people wouldn’t notice the faster processor and graphics performance compared with the 10.2-inch iPad, though you might appreciate that difference in a couple of years as games and apps get more demanding.

While we think that most people will be happy with the 7th-generation iPad, artists who want to use the nicer second-generation Apple Pencil or people who want an even bigger screen should consider the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is expensive, but the additional cost might be worth paying if you’ll be using your iPad as your primary computer. Read more in our full guide to pro tablets.

We also have a guide to the best Android tablets if you’re already heavily invested in Android, though we think iPads are a better choice even if you use an Android phone. If you’re looking for something inexpensive just for enjoying media, we recommend Amazon’s Fire HD 8.

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Our pick

Apple iPad (7th generation, 32 GB)

Apple iPad (7th generation, 32 GB)

The best tablet for almost anyone

With a large screen, a fast-enough processor, and Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support, the 7th-gen iPad offers the features most tablet users need.

Buying Options

$330 from Apple

Also great

Apple iPad mini (5th generation, 64 GB)

Apple iPad mini (5th generation, 64 GB)

A smaller iPad with a faster processor

The iPad mini gives you a processor that’s two generations ahead of that of the 10.2-inch iPad in a much smaller tablet, though it lacks a keyboard connector.

Buying Options

$400 from Apple
$385 $350 from Amazon

You save $35 (9%)

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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