Don't know the difference between an iPad and a Samsung? Use this tablet buying guide to guide you toward the perfect device.
If you’re shopping for a new tablet, you have to ask yourself more than, "What is the best tablet to buy?" Finding the right device is abouting find the right device for you, determining how you'll be using it and which specs matter most. To help pick the right model for your needs, use this tablet buying guide, which zeroes in on five great tablets for you to consider:
Arguably the most-popular type of tablet is Apple’s iPad. Sleekly designed with impressive camera and video specs, the iPad has been called a “top-notch consumer tablet” by CNet in 2018, while Wirecutter flatly declared “the iPad is the best tablet.” That said, there are a few different types of iPads, briefly:
iPad: Any iPad with a name like “iPad 4” or “iPad 6” is the standard iPad, which has a 9.7-inch screen. Apple is currently making 6th generation iPads, but you can find used or refurbished older-generation iPads, which can be excellent tablets at a budget price.
iPad Pro: These are typically larger iPads (up to 12.9-inches), with a better video camera (4k vs. 1080k on the 6th generation iPad), a USB-C connector, and other improved specs.
iPad Air: The iPad Air at one point replaced the 4th generation iPad as Apple’s entry-level 9.7-inch tablet; while Apple no longer makes the iPad Air, you might see refurbished or used devices for sale.
iPad Mini: As the name implies, the iPad Mini’s main difference is that it’s smaller than the standard iPad, with a 7.9-inch screen.
Great for: Anyone who wants compatibility with other iOS products; anyone searching for excellent video and camera capabilities.