iPad (5th Gen) vs. iPad Pro 2 vs. iPad mini 4

Which Do You Need?

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The release of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro 2 alongside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the iPad (5th Gen), and the iPad mini 4 gave users four different sizes of iPads to pick from. Which iPad is right for you? Size matters, especially when it comes packed with a powerful processor, but sometimes, smaller is better. We reviewed the iPad (5th Gen), iPad Pro 2, and iPad mini 4 to help you make a decision.

Overall Findings

iPad Pro 2 iPad (5th Gen.) iPad Mini 4
12.9-inch display
10.5-inch display
9.7-inch display 7.9-inch display
A10X chip A9 processor A8 processor
12 MP rear-facing camera 8 MP rear-facing camera 8 MP rear-facing camera
7 MP front-facing camera 1.2 MP front-facing camera 1.2 MP front-facing camera
64, 256, and 512GB 32 and 128GB 16, 32, 64, and 128GB
High-end price Entry-level price Midrange price
Four speakers Stereo speakers Stereo speakers

The two sizes of iPad Pro 2 are designed for productivity, but they make excellent home devices as well. They are the top of the line iPads, and their prices reflect that. The iPad (5th Gen) is a solid entry-level iPad that is the lowest priced of the bunch, while the iPad mini 4, although the oldest, is still popular. All three are upgradeable to iPadOS 13.

iPad Pro 2

The refresh of the iPad Pro lineup brings a 6-core processor that is 30% faster and has 40% more graphical performance than the original iPad Pro (which was already as fast as most laptops). It also brings the 12.9-inch and the 10.5-inch models in line with a 12-megapixel back-facing camera and a TrueTone display with a wide color gamut. Apple increased the entry-level storage to 64GB for both sizes, which is plenty for most people.

The iPad Pro is targeted at productivity, but it makes a great family iPad. The Pro has four speakers. When combined with the large screen sizes of the iPad Pro models, they make for a great movie-watching experience. The fast processor helps future-proof the iPad Pro.

iPad (5th Gen)

With the release of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the 5th generation iPad is the only 9.7-inch iPad in production. It's Apple A9 processor, which is the same processor as in the iPhone 6S, gives it a slight boost in performance over previous iPads.

While it doesn't compare in performance to the iPad Pro line, the iPad (5th Gen) comes with an entry-level price tag. It's less than the entry-level price of the iPad mini 4, which makes it the cheapest way to step into an iPad.

What doesn't it have? It isn't compatible with Apple's Smart Keyboard or the Apple Pencil accessories. However, except for a few specialized apps, the iPad can run the same software and has all the basic features, including the ability to multitask by bringing up multiple apps on the screen at the same time.

iPad mini 4

The iPad mini 3 goes down in history as the worst upgrade to an iPad ever. The only difference between the iPad mini 2 and the iPad mini 3 was the addition of the Touch ID sensor, which in no way made up for the price difference.

However, the iPad mini 4 is not the same disappointment. It uses the same A8 chip found in the iPhone 6. Although it is the oldest of these iPads, it can be updated to iPadOS 13. It's only disadvantage is that it usually prices somewhat higher than the iPad (5th Gen).

So why get an iPad mini 4? Size. The smaller size means the iPad mini 4 can fit into many purses, which gives it a certain amount of portability that can't be matched by the other iPad models in Apple's lineup. While this might seem like a small difference, the more you have your iPad with you, the more you are likely to use it.