Last updated on November 24, 2020

Edited by Piyush, Reviewed by Gulshan

Apple went through a restructuring process in 1997. Since then, the company’s philosophy is to make only one product in every category but to make it right.

Currently, Apple has been widely spreading its portfolio into various other categories. One such category is the iPad. These are the line of computer tablets which were introduced by Apple in 2010.

They run on iOS and iPadOS operating systems. The most recent models among these iPads are the eightth-generation model which was developed by Apple in 2020.

Apple, because of its brand name and innovation has sold more than 500 million of these iPads after the sales peak of 2013.

In total, there have been ten versions of the iPads and five versions of the iPad Mini by Apple. iPads are in demand for many reasons.

These tablets have all the applications that you would expect from a computer and much more. 

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These apps will include photos, messages, safari, calendar, clock, mail and much more. iPad has also made it easy for users to use other productivity applications and work-related apps such as Pages, Keynotes, Numbers, Microsoft Word and Adobe photoshop.

iPads are designed to run multiple applications side by side, this gives the user a wide amount of flexibility in operations. Due to the large screen of an iPad, it is easier to do things such as play games, watch movies, organize and maintain documents or operating excel and word applications.

The only thing missing from an iPad is the calling features, but other than that, iPads can perform functions of both iPhones as well as a Mac. iPads are one of the most useful pieces of technology in recent times. It works like a computer but is way handier.

You can read all kinds of books, video call with your friends, review your documents without opening your laptop, maintain your finance and banking records, take notes and much more. If you are looking to buy an iPad, you can easily get confused due to the large number of options available in the market.

It is important to understand the difference between different iPads introduced by Apple over the years so that you can choose the best one according to your requirements.

Let's explore the list and have a look at the features along with the pros and cons of the Top 10 Best iPads in India.

Top 10 Best iPads in India

Although my favorite among all is New Apple iPad 8th Generation but you must check all of them to make your buying decision.

 1. New Apple iPad 8th Generation

New Apple iPad 8th Generation

Specifications

  • Wireless communication: Wi-Fi
  • Operating system: IOS 12
  • Camera: Rear 8MP, Front 1.2MP
  • Colour: Gold
  • Display: 10.2 inch Retina display
  • Secure authentication: Touch ID
  • Apple pencil compatible: Apple pencil
  • Connector: USB-C

This is the latest 10.2 inch screen iPad recently introduced by Apple. The storage capacity of this iPad has options of 32GB and 128GB.

This product has a gorgeous Retina display and an Apple Pencil from the first generation with a smart keyboard.  

The back camera is a good 8MP and the front camera, which will be used for FaceTime, is 1.2MP. Its battery life is 10 hours with iPadOS 12 operating system.

The stereo speakers will make your music experience even better. It also comes with a TouchID for better and more secure authentication.  

iPadOS makes the whole iPad experience even better due to its new features. 

This includes the ability to handwrite on the iPad with Scribble, which is the best new note-taking app with the ability to redesign compact search surfaces.

Pros

  • Smoother and faster
  • Increased security due to FaceID
  • Bigger display
  • 10+ hours of battery life
  • Allows multitasking

Cons

  • Camera quality poor
  • Have to buy first generation pencil separately
  • No face ID

2. New Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch)

New Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch)

Specifications

  • Wireless communication: Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • Operating system: IOS 12
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Colour: Silver
  • Display: 12.9 inch Liquid Retina display
  • Secure authentication: Face ID
  • Apple pencil compatible: Apple pencil (2nd generation) 
  • Connector: USB-C

This Apple iPad is the fourth generation iPad.

It has a beautiful 12.9 inch edge to edge liquid Retina display which also has its own ProMotion, P3 wide colour system and a True Tone.

The camera is also better with a 12MP wide camera and a 10MP ultra wide camera which comes with its own LIDAR scanner.

This New Apple iPad Pro also has its own FaceID lock system which provides proper and more secure authentication, and makes the iPad pro even safer to use.

The A12Z Bionic chip available in this iPad pro makes the iPad pro outpace most PCs available today. 

Make sure to get the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil Second Generation to make this iPad more easier to use.

Pros

  • Smoother and faster
  • Increased security
  • Quality is premium
  • 10+ hours of battery life
  • Allows multitasking

Cons

  • Camera quality poor
  • Have to buy second generation Apple pencil separately
  • Magic keyboard sold separately
  • Battery life varies

3. New Apple iPad Pro (11-inch)

New Apple iPad Pro (11-inch)

Specifications

  • Wireless communication: Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • Operating system: IOS 12
  • Camera: 12MP photos
  • Colour: Silver
  • Display: 11-inch Liquid Retina display
  • Secure authentication: Face ID
  • Apple pencil compatible: Apple pencil (2nd generation) 
  • Connector: USB-C

This is an 11-inch (27.94 cms) edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display which also has ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide colour to make it more unique.

It also has an A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine. There is a 12MP Wide camera and a 10MP Ultra Wide camera which contains a LiDAR Scanner.

Apple has introduced Face ID for iPad for secure authentication and Apple Pay as well.

The sound quality is top notch with four speakers and five studio-quality microphones attested in the tablet.

Like all other iPads, the battery life of this one is also up to 10 hours. It comes with a USB-C connector for charging and connecting accessories. 

This iPad is very much compatible with Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio and the second generation Apple Pencil.

Pros

  • Smoother and faster
  • Compact
  • Increased security due FaceID
  • Bigger display
  • 10+ hours of battery life
  • Allows multitasking

Cons

  • Have to buy second generation Apple pencil separately
  • Magic keyboard sold separately
  • Battery life varies

4. New Apple iPad Air 4 2020

New Apple iPad Air 4 2020

Specifications

  • Wireless communication: Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • Operating system: IOS 12
  • Camera: 12MP photos, 7MP FaceTime
  • Colour: Silver
  • Display: 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display
  • Secure authentication: Touch ID
  • Apple pencil compatible: Apple pencil (2nd generation) 
  • Connector: USB-C

The only difference between this model and the previous one is in the display screen, Bionic chip and the lack of FaceID. The iPad Air has a stunning display of 10.9 inches.

This is a completely Liquid Retina Display with true tone as well as p3 wide colour just like the previous iPads.  

Unlike the A12 bionic chip in the iPad pro, the iPad Air has a A14 bionic chip which comes with a neural engine.

The new Apple iPad Air does not have a Face ID, but only a Touch ID which reduces its security authentication.  

The back camera is the same as that of the iPad pro which is 12MP, but the FaceTime camera varies. This one has a 7MP HD front camera.

It comes in many colours such as Silver, Space Grey, Green, Sky Blue and Rose Gold. 

Pros

  • Compact
  • Bigger display
  • 10+ hours of battery life
  • Allows multitasking

Cons

  • Have to buy second generation Apple pencil separately
  • Magic keyboard sold separately
  • Battery life varies
  • Camera poor
  • Display smaller than other iPad

5. Apple iPad Mini 64GB

Apple iPad Mini 64GB

Specifications

  • Wireless communication: Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • Operating system: IOS 12
  • Camera: 8MP back camera and a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera
  • Colour: Space Grey
  • Display: 7.9-inch Liquid Retina display
  • Secure authentication: Touch ID
  • Apple pencil compatible: Apple pencil (2nd generation) 
  • Connector: USB-C

This is an iPad Mini model of the Apple iPad. The display is relatively small, hence the name iPad mini.

It has about 7.9-inch (20.07 cms) Retina display with the True Tone and wide colour similar to that of the iPad Pro and the iPad Air series.

The Bionic chip installed is the A12 Bionic chip. It comes with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor system for security authentication.

The camera quality is not at par with the iPad Air and Pro, but it is worth it if you are going for a mini version of iPad.  

The camera in iPad mini is 8MP back camera and a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera for video calls and selfies.

The main feature of the iPad, the battery life, is the same, that is up to 10 hours of battery life. This is the best iPad you can choose if you are looking for a mini-version of iPad Pro.

Pros

  • Compact
  • A mini version of iPad
  • 10+ hours of battery life
  • Allows multitasking

Cons

  • Have to buy second generation Apple pencil separately
  • Magic keyboard sold separately
  • Battery life varies
  • Camera poor
  • Display smaller than other iPad pro and air

6. Apple iPad Air 

Apple iPad Air

Specifications

  • Wireless communication: Wi-Fi and Cellular
  • Operating system: IOS 12
  • Camera: 8MP back camera and a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera
  • Colour: Space Grey
  • Display: 10.5-inch Liquid Retina display
  • Secure authentication: Touch ID
  • Apple pencil compatible: Apple pencil (2nd generation) 
  • Connector: USB-C

This is an extremely classic product for tablet users.

It has a way larger and prettier display than the basic iPads of Apple which makes it easier to read books among other things.

It comes with an A12 bionic chip for smoother functions.  The camera is probably the only downside with a quality of 8MP primary camera and a 7MP front camera.

The operating system is the latest version of iOS 12. It is a very lightweight and portable product which is surely going to impress you with its performance.

The battery life is excellent, that is upto 10 hours. The A12 Bionic chip allows this iPad to handle very powerful applications easily.

Pros

  • Compact
  • A mini version of iPad
  • 10+ hours of battery life
  • Allows multitasking

Cons

  • Have to buy second generation Apple pencil separately
  • Magic keyboard sold separately
  • Battery life varies
  • Camera poor
  • Display smaller than other iPad pro and air

7. Apple iPad Mini 42 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM

Apple iPad Mini 42 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM

Specifications

  • Wireless communication: Wi-Fi
  • Operating system: IOS 9
  • Camera: 8MP back camera and a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera
  • Colour: Space Grey
  • Display: 7.9-inch Liquid Retina display
  • Secure authentication: Touch ID
  • Apple pencil compatible: Apple pencil (2nd generation) 
  • Connector: USB-C

This amazing Apple iPad mini comes with a 7.9 inch display and 2GB RAM. It is developed keeping in mind the needs of the students nowadays.

The ideal usage is for reading books, browsing, researching and entertainment purposes. The quality is superb with an extremely fast and a brilliant display.

The gaming performance is also at par with any other iPad and has a loud enough sound output for the users.

Apple provides various in-house apps but at the same time, the users can use Word documents by Microsoft and other apps very easily.

Pros

  • Compact
  • A mini version of iPad
  • 10+ hours of battery life
  • Allows multitasking

Cons

  • Have to buy second generation Apple pencil separately
  • Magic keyboard sold separately
  • Battery life varies
  • Camera poor
  • Display smaller than other iPad pro and air

8. Apple iPad (6th Gen) 

Apple iPad (6th Gen)

Specifications

  • Wireless communication: Wi-Fi
  • Operating system: IOS 11
  • Camera: 8MP back camera and a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera
  • Colour: Space Grey
  • Display: 9.7-inch Liquid Retina display
  • Secure authentication: Touch ID
  • Apple pencil compatible: Apple pencil (2nd generation) 
  • Connector: USB-C

The sixth generation Apple iPad comes with a 32GB RAM and a 9.7 inch screen. You can edit a 4k video easily on the iPad.

This product makes graphic intensive gaming much better and faster and it also allows augmented reality applications.

The TouchID makes it easier to unlock your iPad and make its security even better. The display is a 9.7 inch Quad display which comes with its own excellent features.

The operating system version is iOS 11 and is widely used for entertainment and gaming. 

Pros

  • Compact
  • Handy
  • Good for gaming
  • A mini version of iPad
  • 10+ hours of battery life

Cons

  • Have to buy second generation Apple pencil separately
  • Magic keyboard sold separately
  • Battery life varies
  • Camera poor
  • Display smaller than other iPad pro and air

9. Apple iPad Pro 64 GB ROM 

Apple iPad Pro 64 GB ROM

Specifications

  • Wireless communication: Wi-Fi
  • Operating system: IOS 10
  • Camera: 8MP back camera and a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera
  • Colour: Space Grey
  • Display: 10.5-inch Liquid Retina display
  • Secure authentication: Touch ID
  • Apple pencil compatible: Apple pencil (2nd generation) 
  • Connector: USB-C

The Apple iPad Pro comes with a 10.5 inches of Retina display and stunning effects. The operating system version is iOS 10 with a 64GB ROM.

The Quad HD display is sure to amaze you and make your workstation experience even better.  

The ideal battery life for iPad, that is up to 10 hours, is very much present in Apple iPad Pro 64 GB ROM as well.

It is ideal for both work and play and lets you click amazingly detailed pictures. You can save these photos in your iCloud to edit it anywhere you want.  

To get the best out of your iPad journey get the Apple pen to sketch and draw and record notes. You can sync this with your other Apple products for better data transfer. 

Pros

  • Less reflective than other tablets
  • Better response
  • Smooth, faster and immensive
  • Good for gaming
  • A mini version of iPad
  • 10+ hours of battery life

Cons

  • Have to buy second generation Apple pencil separately
  • Magic keyboard sold separately
  • Battery life varies
  • Camera poor
  • Display smaller than other iPad pro and air

10. Apple iPad Air 2

Apple iPad Air 2

Specifications

  • Wireless communication: iPad Air 2 Wi-F + Cellular 64 GB
  • Operating system: IOS 8
  • Camera: 8MP back camera and a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera
  • Colour: Space Grey
  • Display: 10.5-inch Liquid Retina display
  • Secure authentication: Touch ID
  • Apple pencil compatible: Apple pencil (2nd generation) 
  • Connector: USB-C

Read books, watch movies, click pictures or listen to soothing music. Anything you want, the Apple iPad Air can provide you with excellent services.

It is very thin and lightweight, you can carry it around anywhere. It is beautifully designed with its outer display being extremely sleek and attractive.

The Air 2 iPad is said to be 18% thinner than any other iPad Air which is currently in the market.  

Even though it is lightweight, it is still very sturdy and strong because of its aluminum unibody and high durability.

Pros

  • Great screen
  • Tough and sturdy
  • Smooth, faster and immensive
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • 10+ hours of battery life

Cons

  • Have to buy second generation Apple pencil separately
  • Magic keyboard sold separately
  • Battery life varies
  • Camera poor
  • Stereo speakers

Buyer's Guide: How to Purchase iPads

Among all these different options, you may wonder which option will be the best for you. The choices among iPads have always been pretty confusing.

Here is a list of features that you should consider before buying the iPad of your choice:

Product Price 

Apple products are known to be expensive, but the good news is that the tablets by Apple come in various prices. Experts will tell you to avoid the cheapest iPads as they will soon be be out of date or are no longer coming with the latest features.

Size 

Size is a feature which will depend on the user themselves. Some of you may look for a bigger screen and others may like smaller screens like, in the iPad mini series. The bottom line is that bigger isn’t necessarily supposed to be better if what you are wanting is a small and a light tablet.

The most obvious of these decisions comes to screen sizes of the various iPads. The main five options among different sizes are 7.9 inch, 10.2 inch. 10.9 inch, 11 inch and the 12.9 inch. 7.9 inch is the iPad Mini version, 10.2 is the iPad and 10.9 inch is the iPad Air. The 11 inch and the 12.9 inch are the ipad Pro versions. 

Age 

It is a universal truth that when it comes to technology; the older the gadget, the faster it will go obsolete. Make sure you are choosing an iPad which is relatively new. This will also make sure that it contains the latest features and useful applications.

iPads tend to slow down after they reach their third year of operations. If you will buy an older version, this slowing down age will come sooner. If you want a long lasting investment, then go for the latest versions of iPad. 

Speed

The iPad pro is the fastest in speed among any other iPad series. The speed is measured by the Bionic chip installed in the iPads. All the iPad Pro versions have A12, A12Z, or an A14 bionic chip installed in them.

If you are going to use highly demanding applications on your iPad such as that of video and image editing or graphic games, then go for the iPad pro series. They are specifically designed to maintain heavy applications only. 

Battery Life

For all the five series of iPads, Apple claims that all of them have a battery which will last up to 10 hours. But, it should be a well known fact among every iPad user that iPads have varying battery life. This is due to the fact that the bigger iPads have larger batteries installed in them.

It is important to consider the above features before choosing an iPad.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which is the best iPad to buy? 

 There is no doubt that the iPad Pro is certainly the best iPad that you can buy from the options that are currently available in the market. The only problem is that it is expensive. The screen size is perfect for using the Apple Pencil. The 2020 iPad Pro model is the best that you can get in terms of performance, sound quality, display, microphone, camera etc. With its 10 hour battery life along with the clear and crisp display, the iPad pro should be your choice if you are looking for the best. 

2. What is the best inexpensive iPad? 

If you are looking for a cheap iPad, then the 10.2 inch 2019 version of iPad is your only best bet. The 10.2 inch Apple iPad comes with a 32GB storage capacity and 10 hour battery life. It has many features similar to that of a regular iPad, the only things that it will lack are camera quality, the display screen and the multi-tasking capacity. 

3. What’s the difference between iPad and iPad air?

The basic difference between the iPad Air and other basic iPads is that the ipad Air tends to really stand out in terms of looks and features. The iPad Air is made of new design which gives it a way better look than the normal iPad. The body is made out of square Aluminium covered unibody. It comes in various colours such as blue, green, space grey, rose gold etc. The display of the iPad Air is also better than the basic iPad.

4. Is iPad air worth buying? 

iPad Air is definitely worth buying in 2020. The new iPad Air is probably good enough for every buyer in the market. These fourth generation mid range tablets have a multi purpose technology. You can read books, watch movies, maintain documents, take notes and do anything with these iPads.  

5. Why get an iPad Pro over an iPad? 

This is a question that many customers will ask an Apple expert. The answer is clear, the iPad Pro comes with a better design and a more modern unibody. It also has a better screen-to-body ratio than other iPads. The Liquid Retina display and the Bionic chip available in the iPad Pro is better than the basic iPads. There is no competition between iPad Pro and iPads as the former has relatively more features than the later in every sense.

Here is the List of Top 10 Best iPads in India

About the author 

Piyush

Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush

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