How To iPad Comparing Costs: iPad vs. iPhone 8 & X vs. iPod touch Share Pin Email Print Robert Nickelsberg/Contributor/Archive Photos/Getty Images iPad Basics Guides & Tutorials Tips & Tricks Key Concepts by Sam Costello Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. Updated December 10, 2019 Comparing the hardware and software features of the iPad Pro, iPhone, and iPod touch is relatively easy (in fact, we've got a chart that compares the devices in terms of hardware and software right here!). Comparing their costs is another matter. That's because the determining the prices of these devices isn't as simple as just checking the price tag. At least for some of them, you also have to factor in the cost of wireless phone and data service over months and years (for more on that, check out Monthly iPhone Voice and Data Rate Plans and Which Company Has the Best iPad Data Plans). These less-obvious costs can turn a device that looks like a deal now into something that's very expensive over the long-term. On the other hand, something that seems pricey now may look affordable when you consider its cost over two or more years. To keep this chart and comparison manageable, we're not comparing every single iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch model available. That would be too many models and the price differences would be relatively small. Instead, we've taken some popular and representative devices to give a general sense of costs for each type. The exact numbers may change a bit if you pick another model. For this chart, we're comparing: iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch screeniPhone 8iPhone X6th Generation iPod touch. The chart compares the costs of these devices over two years (the standard length of an iPhone contract, back when most people had contracts) to give you a clearer picture of what owning them will truly cost. Comparing Costs: iPad Pro vs. iPhone 8 & iPhone X vs. iPod touch iPadPro iPhone 8 iPhone X iPod touch device cost US$649 -$1,129 $699 -$849 $999 -$1,149 $199 -$299 minimum monthly4G plan $10 $60 $60 N/A maximum monthly4G plan $710 $770 $770 N/A minimum total costof 2 years of 4G service $240 $1,440 $1,440 N/A maximum total costof 2 years of 4G service $17,040 $18,480 $18,480 N/A minimum total cost ofdevice over 2 years $649* $2,139 $2,439 $199* maximum total cost of device over 2 years $18,169 $19,329 $19,629 $299 *The minimum total cost of the iPad is the same as the base price of the device because 4G LTE service for the iPad is optional. **The minimum total cost of the iPod touch is the same as the base price of the device because the iPod touch doesn't support 4G connections. If you want to dig deeper into the costs of owning any of these devices, check out these other articles: The Apple iPhone Upgrade Program: How It Works8 Things You Need to Know When Buying a Used iPhone7 Things To Look For When You Buy a Used iPodThe Used iPad Guide: How to And What Model to Buy6 Reasons You Should Never Buy iPhone InsuranceiPod touch Buying Guide: Essential Tips and Accessories Continue Reading How to Choose Between the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch Giving a Kid an iPhone or iPod touch? Do This First This is What Makes the iPhone and iPod touch Different Should You Even Bother With iPhone or iPod Battery Replacement? How to Enable Dark Mode on iPhone and iPad Is AppleCare+ Really Worth It? Learn How to Take a Screenshot of Your iPhone iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro: Which Do You Need? iOS Devices and Gaming: A Buyer's Guide Your iPod touch on the Fritz? Here's How to Fix It Find Out Which iPad Model You Have Find out If That Used iPad Is Really Worth It What to Consider When Buying a Used iPod Touch What Is FaceTime? All About Apple's iPod touch, Model By Model Which iPad is Best For You?