Comparing Apple iPad Models and Prices

iPad Air 2
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Deciding which iPad to buy can be tough. When you consider the iPad Air lineup and the iPad mini models together, there are around 20 different models to choose from. With so many options, it can be hard to quickly understand what's available and what they cost. The chart below offers a quick reference of iPad models and prices for you to compare. For a similar comparison of iPad mini models, check out the second page of this article.

Choosing an iPad

When you're trying to understand the iPad different models and prices, there are three main characteristics to look for: size, networking, and storage.

  1. Size: The first choice you'll need to make is whether you want the full-size, 9.7-inch screen iPad or the smaller iPad mini, which has a 7.9-inch screen
  2. Networking: All iPad models offer Wi-Fi for networking, but there are also versions of both the iPad and iPad mini which offer 4G LTE wireless data from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Data plans are post-paid, so, unlike the iPhone, there is no contract. While it would be crazy to get an iPhone without 4G LTE access, many people use the iPad in their homes and offices where Wi-Fi is available, so cellular data is less important
  3. Storage: The top-end iPad Air and iPad mini models offer 16GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage, while earlier models are limited to 16GB and 32GB. It's always a good rule of thumb to buy as much storage as you can afford; you'll end up using it.

    iPad Model and Price Comparison Chart

     iPad Air 2iPad Air4th gen.
    iPad
    3rd gen.
    iPad
    iPad 21st Gen. iPad
    ReviewsiPad Air 2 reviewiPad Air review4th gen.
    iPad review
    3rd gen. iPad reviewiPad 2
    review
    1st gen. iPad review
    ProcessorA8XA7A6X1Ghz Apple A5X1Ghz Apple A51Ghz Apple A4
    Capacity16GB
    64GB
    128GB
    16GB
    32GB
    16GB
    32GB
    64GB
    128GB
    16GB
    32GB
    64GB
    16GB
    32GB
    64GB
    16GB
    32GB
    64GB
    Screen Size**9.79.79.79.79.79.7
    Resolution2048x15362048x15362048x15362048x15361024x7681024x768
    ConnectivityWi-Fi,
    Dual-Band
    4G LTE,
    Dual-Band
    3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
    Wi-Fi, 
    Dual-Band
    4G LTE,
    Dual-Band
    3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
    Wi-Fi, 
    Dual-Band
    4G LTE,
    Dual-Band
    3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
    Wi-Fi, 
    Dual-Band
    4G LTE,
    Dual-Band
    3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
    Wi-Fi, Dual-Band 3G (HSPA, CDMA),
    Bluetooth
    Wi-Fi, HSPA 3G, Bluetooth
    3G/4G CarrierAT&T,
    Sprint,
    T-Mobile, Verizon
    AT&T, 
    Sprint, 
    T-Mobile, Verizon
    AT&T,
    Sprint,
    Verizon
    AT&T,
    Verizon
    AT&T,
    Verizon
    AT&T, Verizon
    Monthly 3G/4G Cost$15-$80$15-$80$15-$80$15-$80$15-$80$15-$80
    Assisted GPS?4G/3G model only4G/3G model only4G/3G model only4G/3G model only3G model only3G model only
    TouchIDYesNoNoNoNoNo
    CameraBack: 1080p HD video,
    8 megapixel still;
    Front: 720p HD video,
    1.2 megapixel still
    Back:
    1080p HD video,
    5 megapixel still;
    Front: 720p HD video,
    1.2 megapixel still
    Back: 1080p HD video,
    5 megapixel still;
    Front: VGA video and stills
    Back: 1080p HD video,
    5 megapixel still;
    Front: VGA video and stills
    Back:
    720p HD
    video;
    Front: VGA
    video
    and stills
    N/A
    Records VideoYes, 1080p HDYes, 1080p HDYes, 1080p HDYes, 1080p HDYes, 720p HDNo
    Slo-mo VideoYesNoNoNoNoN/A
    HDMI Out?Yes, with adapterYes, with adapterYes, with adapterYes, with adapterYes, with adapterNo
    Weight (in pounds)0.96-0.981-1.051.461.44-1.461.3-1.351.5
    Size**9.4 x
    6.6 x
    0.24
    9.4 x
    6.6 x
    0.29
    9.5 x
    7.31 x
    0.37
    7.31 x
    9.5 x
    0.37
    7.31 x
    9.5 x
    0.34
    7.47 x
    9.56 x
    0.5
    Battery Life10 hours10 hours10 hours10 hours10 hours10 hours
    Price$499-$829$399-$579DiscontinuedDiscontinuedDiscontinuedDiscontinued

    ** in inches

     iPad mini Model and Price Comparison Chart

     iPad mini 3iPad mini 2iPad mini
    ReviewsiPad mini 3 reviewiPad mini 2 reviewiPad mini review
    ProcessorA7A7A5
    Capacity16GB
    64GB
    128GB
    16GB
    32GB
    16GB
    Screen Size**7.97.97.9
    Resolution2048x15362048x15361024x768
    ConnectivityWi-Fi,
    Dual-Band
    4G LTE,
    Dual-Band
    3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
    Wi-Fi, 
    Dual-Band
    4G LTE,
    Dual-Band
    3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
    Wi-Fi, 
    Dual-Band
    4G LTE,
    Dual-Band
    3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
    3G/4G CarrierAT&T,
    Sprint,
    T-Mobile, Verizon
    AT&T, 
    Sprint, 
    T-Mobile, Verizon
    AT&T,
    Sprint,
    T-Mobile, Verizon
    Monthly 3G/4G Cost$15-$80$15-$80$15-$80
    Assisted GPS?4G/3G model only4G/3G model only4G/3G model only
    TouchIDYesNoNo
    CameraBack: 1080p HD video,
    5 megapixel still;
    Front: 720p HD video,
    1.2 megapixel still
    Back:
    1080p HD video,
    5 megapixel still;
    Front: 720p HD video,
    1.2 megapixel still
    Back: 1080p HD video,
    5 megapixel still;
    Front: 720p HD video,
    1.2 megapixel still
    Records VideoYes, 1080p HDYes, 1080p HDYes, 1080p HD
    Slo-mo VideoNoNoNo
    HDMI Out?Yes, with adapterYes, with adapterYes, with adapter
    Weight (in pounds)0.73-0.750.73-0.750.68-0.69
    Size**7.87 x
    5.3 x
    0.29
    7.87 x
    5.3 x
    0.29
    7.87 x
    5.3 x
    0.28
    Battery Life10 hours10 hours10 hours
    Price$399-$729$299-$479$247-$379

    ** in inches

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