Which iPad should you buy in 2019?


Welcome to the ultimate go-to guide for choosing
an iPad in 2019. Now that the new iPad Air and iPad Mini are
available, Apple’s 2019 iPad lineup is complete, alongside the 2018 budget iPad and 2018 iPad
Pro. and I personally think this is it until next year. There’s no reason for Apple to update the
budget iPad until next year, since they’ll have to raise the price into the iPad Mini’s
territory, and same for the iPad Pro, since the hardware is already way ahead of the current
iOS software. So with four iPads in the lineup, how in the
world do you choose one? Well, I’m confident that by the end of this
video, you’ll be able to make up your mind! And we’re gonna have links to the best sales
on each of these iPads in the description below so check those out if you make up your
mind! Let’s get started with design differences. All three non-pro iPads look basically identical
on the back side. The Pro looks much different with a darker
space gray finish, antenna bar at the top, and a large camera bump, which none of the
other iPads get, but it’s for good reason, as you’ll see in the camera comparison. The Pro also gets the smart connector on the
back since it uses magnets to attach to the smart keyboard, and the iPad Air is also the
only non-Pro iPad ever to get the smart connector, but it’s on the side. The iPad Pro is also the only iPad out of
this lineup that gets four speakers, two on the bottom and two on top, and as you’ll
hear later, it destroys the others in the sound comparison. Another difference is USB-C on the Pro, but
you can’t really do much with it yet. But you do get a faster 18W charger compared
to the old 12W charger that comes with the rest of these iPads. Of course, the Pro gets the new modern square-edged
design that also comes with rounded corners on the display, making the other iPads look
outdated compared to it. However, the Pro is the only iPad that doesn’t
get a headphone jack, which sucks for a lot of people, but it makes for the thinnest iPad
out of the lineup, which is nice, but it led to some bendgate issues, which I personally
haven’t experienced at all. The Pro has even bezels all-around thanks
to the removal of Touch ID and the switch to Face ID, which by the way, works great
since there’s no notch and you can use it in any orientation, even upside down. Some people still prefer Touch ID though,
and that’s totally fine. The Pro has smaller bezels than the 2018 iPad,
but both the 2019 Air and Mini actually have slimmer bezels on the side. Moving onto display differences, the new Air
and Mini have literally identical displays, but the Mini packs the same amount of pixels
into the smaller 7.9” display, so it has the highest pixels per inch out of the whole
iPad lineup, including the Pro, and it also comfortably fits in one hand so it’s the
lightest and most portable out of all of these. The 2018 budget iPad is the only one that
doesn’t get a fully laminated display, which basically means the display is glued to the
glass. This leads to it looking a little grey, lacking
deep blacks like the rest, and there’s a gap between the display and the glass which
is noticeable from an angle, and especially while using the Apple Pencil. It’s also the only one that doesn’t have
an anti-reflective coating, so you’ll notice reflections a lot more. It doesn’t get P3 wide-color gamut either,
like the other iPads, which makes for a very color accurate display with colors that really
pop. It also lacks True Tone, which automatically
adjusts the display’s color balance to match the environment you’re in. I personally love True Tone! So as you can see, the 2018 budget iPad is
really lacking in the display department. Now the 2018 iPad Pro gets a couple more things,
it boasts 600 nits of brightness compared to 500 on the 2019 iPads and around 450 on
the budget iPad. The iPad Pro also gets ProMotion, which is
huge in my book! It allows the display to refresh at up to
120Hz and dynamically go down to match the frame rate of the content you’re viewing
to save battery life. As you can see in this slow-mo clip, the difference
in the smoothness of ProMotion compared to the other iPads in this lineup is huge! And trust me, you’ll feel this difference
every day! Not only that, but ProMotion lowers the latency
of the Apple Pencil as well, and you can easily see the difference compared to the other iPads
in this slow-mo clip. Speaking of the Apple Pencil, all of the iPads
support it, but the Pro supports the new Apple Pencil 2, which is better in every way. You don’t have to plug it into the side
like on the other iPads. It magnetically attaches to the side and instantly
starts pairing and charging. The new matte finish feels a lot better in
the hand and it comes with a new double-tap to switch tools feature which is incredibly
convenient. Now let’s get into that speaker comparison,
and make sure to put on some headphones. Before we get into performance and gaming,
let’s quickly compare the cameras. The Pro gets flash on the rear with a 12MP
sensor compared to 8 on the other iPads, and here’s a photo comparison between them,
the Pro obviously looks better than the others. The Pro is also the only one that can shoot
4K video at 60 frames per second. On the front-side, the budget iPad only gets
a 1.2MP sensor compared to 7MP on the other iPads, so selfies look horrible compared to
the other iPads, especially the Pro since it gets Portrait mode thanks to the Face ID
sensors. The Pro also gets 5 microphones instead of
2 on the other iPads so it sounds much better as well. Now let’s finally get into performance! The budget iPad only gets 2GB of RAM compared
to 3 on the 2019 iPads and 4 on the Pro. But you can also get up to 6GB on the Pro
if you buy the 1TB model, but it’s not worth the cash for almost everyone. The budget iPad gets the A10 processor, compared
to the A12 on the 2019 iPads and the A12X on the Pro. The budget iPads A10 is also the only one
that doesn’t come with the neural engine. Getting into the Geekbench 4 benchmark, the
budget iPad is way behind the others in terms of single-core, and even more behind in multi-core,
with the Air and Mini almost doubling the score, and the Pro almost tripling the score! In the Metal test, the Air and Mini are around
75% faster than the budget iPad, and the iPad Pro is almost 2x faster than the 2019 iPads,
and over 3x faster than the budget iPad. In Antutu’s 3D benchmark, there isn’t
as big of a difference now, but the iPad Pro is still around 2.5x faster than the 2018
iPad. Finally, for a more realistic test, we exported
a 1-minute 4K 60p video on each of the iPads, and the iPad Pro finished 4x sooner than the
budget iPad, and it was over twice as fast as the 2019 iPads. This is where you’ll actually feel the power
of the new iPad Pro. And now let’s talk about gaming. Each of these iPads apart from the budget
iPad can run Fortnite at High graphics at 60 frames per second. The budget iPad can only run Medium graphics
at 30 frames per second. And that’s the same story for other games
like Asphalt 9, running at 30 instead of 60 like on the other iPads. The graphics are noticeably worse and I also
noticed some dropped frames while gaming. The iPad Air, Mini and Pro all run Fortnite
and Asphalt 9 perfectly at 60 fps, no dropped frames or issues at all, so the extra power
of the Pro isn’t really being used for almost every game on the app store. Out of all of them, the iPad Mini is by far
the most comfortable to hold in the hand while gaming. The others weigh quite a bit more so your
hands will get tired over time. Let’s quickly mention some other spec differences
before I start recommending which iPad you should buy. The budget iPad gets Bluetooth 4.2 compared
to 5.0 on the other iPads, which also get simultaneous dual-band WiFi for more bandwidth
and a more reliable connection. They also get Gigabit-class LTE if you’re
buying that model. Now with all of that said, which iPad should
you buy? Well, the iPad Pro is obviously the best and
most powerful iPad, but it’s also the most expensive, at $800. The four speakers and ProMotion technology
make a huge difference in daily use, but if you’re not gonna be doing high-end editing
or anything that can use the power of the A12X chip, you’ll probably be better off
with the 2019 iPad Air. If you’ve got extra cash, you love the new
design and you want to keep it for over 5 years, the Pro may be worth the investment
since software will soon catch up to its amazing hardware. Also, if you’re a serious artist, the laminated
display, ProMotion tech, and Apple Pencil 2 make it the best option for drawing, and
you can get the Pro in the 12.9” size as well. Now the iPad Air is the best all-around iPad
since it gets all of the amazing display tech, the 10.5” size is great for most people
and the A12 processor is really powerful and can run most of the apps and games that the
A12X can. It’ll also be fast enough for most photo
editing tasks as well. The new Air is also the only non-Pro iPad
that comes with the smart connector, so if you’re planning on getting the smart keyboard
and you don’t want to spend the extra cash on the Pro, the Air is a great all-around
long-term option for the price. Now the Mini is literally identical to the
Air in almost everything except that it doesn’t get the smart connector and it packs the same
amount of pixels in a smaller display, so it’ll look sharper if you get up close to
it. It’s also $100 cheaper than the Air so you
can save a good amount if you’re fine with the small display. I’d also like to say that if you play a
lot of games, the Mini is the best choice since it’s so comfortable to hold for longer
gaming sessions. It’s small, light, and portable, so it’ll
be a great option for kids as well. Now the budget iPad will also be a good option
for kids since the non-laminated display is really cheap to replace. It’s the slowest out of the bunch, the display
and cameras are worse, but it’s also the cheapest, especially if you can find it on
sale for only $250 on Amazon. Check the link below to see if it’s still
on sale. It’s a great budget option for everyone
who just needs a basic iPad to do iPad things, and it’ll be fine for most of the popular
games on the app store. Well there you have it, if this comparison
didn’t help you make a decision, comment below with your specific situation and we’ll
help you out! If you enjoyed this video, hit that subscribe
button for more videos like this one. This has been Vadim with Max Tech, and we’ll
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100 thoughts on “Which iPad should you buy in 2019?

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  2. I feel the air is really nice as it’s big and less strain and pro Is for actual professionals
    Mini is for portability kid soul strain their eyes

  3. I’m just gonna wait until an iPad Pro 4th generation comes out, then decide what to buy. I would get the iPad Pro 2018 but my concerns are that it can break easily and has no headphone jack…

  4. Ima wait and make my birthday and Christmas to get a iPad mini 2020 XD cause soMeOne kicked my iPad because I moved his charger.. ;-; kill me pls

  5. What would you recommend when my use for an iPad is like watching netflix use it for university and as big folder for chords…? Would you too think that the Air is the best solution?

    It´ll be very nice if you could help me out 🙂

  6. Hi guys. I am a first year medical student and I'm deciding whether to get the new 7th gen iPad (128gb) or the 3rd gen iPad Air (64gb). My main concern is whether the A10 chip will last me throughout the 5 years of med school and if 64gb is enough as well. Would appreciate it a lot if you would take some time to help me out! Thank you!!

  7. My uses are:
    Internet browsing (safari or google or others)
    Youtube
    Netflix
    Reading epub / pdf
    Stocks / Charts related apps

    I may utilize more dual screens, so is the bigger ipad better than mini?
    Which ipad would you recommend?

  8. I need to watch videos and read books. I also want a device that can last for a long time. (3-4 years).

    Also i want to play games (high end).

    Will mini do it for me?
    And how much will it cost after the student discount?

  9. Can someone help me?
    I love to do art and I'm hoping to get a new iPad for digital art, but I'm not sure which one to get.
    I've been thinking about getting the new Ipad 10.2 inch but I've been hearing how it's just the 2018 iPad, it just works with the keyboard (which I don't want) but after watching this, it seems as though the 2018 sucks? because I don't want the delay with the pen XD
    I just need some help.

  10. Hello, I want an ipad (not to replace my laptop) because our teachers told us we can use ipads instead of bringing all the books. But if get an ipad I'd also like to use social media, Netflix and some light photo editing. I don't want the pro but I don't know what to choose between the cheapest one and the air… The air is double the price of the 2018…what would you recommend me to buy?

  11. Pro doesnt look and cost like an ipad at all..at that cost one could go for a very high end laptop(in India atleast).

  12. Would you say the iPad Air 2019, is a good replacement for an outdated laptop? We only use the laptop periodically and at that, it’s only for internet use.

  13. I stopped liking Ipad after the 5th gen…
    I'm trying not to loose hope for bringing the old days back….buuuuut….
    Nowadays Samsung has better build quality, higher resolution displays, more RAM, faster processor, etc. starting in 2016…..
    Not shitting on Apple either, I still absolutely love MacBooks…..just can't stand modern iOS devices….

  14. I find the form factor, portability, identical specs to the Air and price of the iPad Mini the best for my needs and will be upgrading my old iPad Mini soon. The iPad Pro might have the best hardware but the large size makes it quite impractical imo. It’s also very expensive and not yet quite the laptop replacement it’s trying to be.

  15. I have an iPad 2 and I’m thinking about getting the iPad Air because it has a really good processor and it has a big display.

  16. For me personally,the best iPad is the iPad Air.
    I am an art student and aspire to be an animator but at the same time,the money I put on buying this stuff,isn't mine.

    I personally feel that if one is serious about arts and stuff but at the same time,a student,they should go for the air regardless of if they can afford the pro.
    It both, works for us students and at the same time,gives one a small goal of being able to buy the best one with their own money.

    Also think that you should choose the smart keyboard only if you are going for the pro.It is good for the air too but a good Bluetooth keyboard will do the work just fine.Something like Logitech is good enough for me.

    But if you are already employed then skip over the other ones,the expensive iPad pro is completely worth it.And do remember to buy the stylus and the keyboard.

    Welp,if someone reads this,hope this helps.

  17. I’m still trying to figure out what iPad I want for Christmas I was going to go with the iPad Pro as I do art and the pixels on the iPad Pro are really good. But I saw lots of videos on them bending I don’t know what to do please help me out. And I also use a lot of time editing

  18. I like the iPad Air 3 but it seems big and can be bothered when you go outside with your friends.
    therefore, I will go for the iPad mini 2019. same specs with the air but the screen are different.

  19. Hey Max! I want to buy an iPad specifically to show potential clients my photo and video work. Think: Walking into a local restaurant to pitch a content creation and social media management solution. I'm leaning towards the iPad Mini since it is a little more future proof than the budget, and the price isn't too bad. Just worried that the small screen may not be impressive enough.

  20. I really love the iPad pencil 2 connectivity and ease of use compared to iPad pencil 1.But the price difference between iPad pro and iPad air is just phenomenal.Considering you cant use it like a laptop as the interface is restricted in IOS.So i am still confused as Ipad pro is not offering me much for the price

  21. Hello sir, I'm a student I want to buy an ipad for reading pdfs and net browsing and storing books and some apps. Which ipad is best for me. Please suggest me from ipad 2018 32gb or ipad 2018 128gb or ipad mini 5. HELP ME..

  22. Your camera test was shitty tbh. For the iPad Pro you used the "portrait mode" which blurs the edges and background, meaning you added an extra variable into the experiment and aren't even comparing the same types of pictures. Pretty big fail tbh.

  23. Hello sir , thanks for such a great comparison.
    Sir , you one you would recommend for a medical student. Who uses it only for reading, net browsing, and videos?
    Budget ipad or ipad mini ?

  24. I love the air 2019 it's perfect size and cameras good enough but out of all of these I don't know how long for it to charge and how long it will last

  25. I want to play games and record them, so i want the best for gaming. (I'm confused about which screen size will be the best for gamingg and holding on hands Comfortably)

  26. I am a student in last year of my high school , that means i will be in college in a few months , i basically use It right now for seeing my online lectures , unacademy and note taking, i feel,i would start making YouTube videos once i get into college , can u suggest me which one is the best ipad option for me*air or pro* ?

  27. It’s funny how you praise the cameras in the other iPads yet the budget iPad image had more detail because it’s not in portrait mode so basically the whole background is detailed not just the face.

  28. I was thinking of getting myself with an iPad 2019 basic ones. I think I need the iPad for my books in the University and also taking down notes for my Masters. Is it worth to buy the Ipad 2019? I am not a gamer and has more fun in research and reading rather than games. I just hope I can pair it with MacOS Catalina on my Macbook Pro 2017

  29. Damn a ton of salty iPad air users in here u guys need to stop with the insecurities apple made a pro for a reason it's top tier get over it an just be happy with your iPad.

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