The tablet market has barely benefited from the health crisis as one of the few sectors in recent years. Driven by bottlenecks, sales rose by 24.9% in the second quarter of 2020 (IDC figures).
Unsurprisingly, Apple maintains its leading position with sales of 13.9 million units, up 17.4%. Its flagship models? iPad Pro and iPad 8.
But Apple’s lineup isn’t just a model. The American now offers a tablet for every need and budget (or almost). To help you choose the iPad that best meets your expectations, we’ve put together a quick guide.
iPad Pro M1 12.9 ”: the tablet that wanted to be a laptop
With the iPad Pro M1, Apple promises some users to put their laptops in the closet. Even if the 2020 edition brought only a few innovations compared to 2018 (new photo sensors, LiDAR scanner and more efficient A12Z chip), it was still the best tablet at the moment. Except for the iPad Pro M1.
Available in two versions (11 and 12.9 inches), the Apple tablet is characterized by its elegant design and exemplary surfaces. The iPad Pro shines for a long time, especially because of its interface. iPadOS is undoubtedly the best developed software for hybrid use on the go. Even more of the support for Bluetooth trackpads and mice.
The 12.9-inch version is particularly attractive because it contains a simply raised XDR screen in addition to the M1 chip. Yes, the iPad Pro is a device for professional use. However, to replace your laptop, you need to at least equip yourself with a keyboard (or keyboard case). If you’re a designer, the Apple Pencil (which is worth gold) isn’t too much either.
In addition, there is an already high bill: The iPad Pro M1 is available from 1219 euros for the 12.9-inch model. The 11-inch version is cheaper, but it lacks the XDR screen.
iPad Pro 12.9 “M1 128 GB (2021) at the best price base price: € 1,219
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iPad Pro 11 “M1 128 GB (2021) at the best price base price: 899 €
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iPad Air 4: the almost Pro
If the iPad Pro 2020 seems inaccessible to you, you might as well like the iPad Air 4. Apple’s newest tablet stands out as one of the best proposals for the general public.
Consistently high-end, the new iPad Air is one of the aesthetic codes of the Apple version 2020. Its lines correspond to those of the current iPhone 12 with a more angular frame and a flatter format. As a bonus, it comes in several bold colors. In addition to Space Gray and Silver, the manufacturer also offers its tablet in pink, green and sky blue.
Under the hood is the A14 Bionic, the latest chip developed by Apple, which is also integrated into the iPhone 12. Its 10.9-inch liquid retina screen will delight professionals and multimedia enthusiasts.
The iPad Air 4 is also compatible with the latest Apple Magic Keyboard as well as the Apple Pencil 2. In short, it has everything from a pro for a cheaper price.
Although the 64 GB version is marketed from 669 euros, it is also available in the 256 GB version recommended by us at a price of 839 euros. That’s still a nice sum, especially when you have to accompany the accessory shelf. But it remains more accessible than an iPad Pro 2020.
iPad Air 4 at the best base price: € 669
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iPad 8: a great introduction
If you’ve never had an iPad before and / or are on a budget, the iPad 8 is for you. Don’t be fooled by the attractive price of 389 euros, this model only has 32 GB, incomprehensible storage capacity in 2020. If you take the plunge, we recommend that you go for the model with 128 GB of storage, the one for 489 Euro is sold.
For this price, the iPad 8 is not lacking in advantages. If it looks more like the old models (outlines of large screens, Touch ID button), it is still equipped with a 10.2-inch retina screen, a format that is also noticeable on the go.
Compact and elegant, the iPad 8 is also powerful. Its A12 Bionic Chip, adopted from the iPhone XS and XS Max, has proven itself. If it’s less powerful than the iPad Pro 2020 and iPad Air 4, it remains a safe bet.
The iPad 8 primarily embeds iPadOS with the strengths mentioned above. It is also compatible with the first generation Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. What to enjoy an experience comparable to more expensive models by agreeing to make some small sacrifices.
The iPad 8 is therefore a good tablet that can complement a laptop and can even accompany schoolchildren and students during their school days.
iPad 8 Wi-Fi 32 GB at the best price Base price: € 389
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iPad mini 5: small but powerful
Are you looking for a compact and lightweight tablet? You won’t find anything better than the iPad mini. This is because it has no competitor in this market.
We recognize that this introduction is somewhat reductive. Because the iPad mini has more than one asset up its sleeve. If its design remains in the tradition of the first generation iPad, it still inherits some cutting-edge technologies.
Let’s start with the perfectly calibrated 9.2-inch retina screen (albeit with little contrast) or the audio quality it delivers. In addition, the battery life is very decent for a tablet of this size. Finally (and most importantly), note that the iPad mini embeds Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, a guarantee of excellent performance over several years. Of course, it also embeds iPadOS.
Unless Apple designed a keyboard specifically for this model, the iPad mini can be connected to any keyboard, trackpad, or mouse via Bluetooth. Note that it also supports the first generation Apple Pencil. It then becomes an extremely impressive note-taking tool.
The iPad mini will therefore delight users who are looking for a very mobile, compact and inexpensive tablet. Because the iPad mini is available for 459 euros in the 64 GB version or 629 euros with 256 GB of storage. It is available in three colors: gold, silver and space gray.
iPad mini 5 at the best price base price: 459 €
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Our pick of the best iPads ends here. But we’re only at the beginning of the year and there is no doubt that Apple will no doubt announce some new features in the coming months. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to tell us which model appeals to you the most.