It can often be quite a challenging decision to make when you decide you will buy yourself an iPad. And with so many options to choose from, Apple has not exactly made the purchasing decision easy for us. So, we decided to quickly look at the different models that you can choose from and recommend which ones will suit you best, depending on what you want to use them. We will also mention a few useful accessories that should prove valuable when using your iPad too!
So, let’s begin, shall we?
Which iPad Should You Buy?
Using Your iPad For Work
If you are purchasing your iPad for work reasons, the obvious choice would be to go for the iPad Pro. In which case, you can pick between the 11-inch model or the 12.9-inch version. The main reason we suggest the Pro is because it comes with Apple’s Smart Connector. This is a very useful tool that allows you to use either the Smart Keyboard Folio or the new Magic Keyboard. This makes it an excellent choice if your work involves a lot of typing.
Unfortunately, the problem with that is these keyboards are expensive. The Smart Keyboard Folio ranges between $180 and $200, while the Magic Keyboard goes almost as high as $350. However, the good news is that there is an alternative option that you can use if you require an external keyboard, and that is to purchase an iPad pro docking station.
This accessory will help expand your iPad’s connectivity port, meaning you will be able to connect a wide range of USB-compatible peripherals, e.g., external keyboard, external monitor, etc.… all at the same time. In this case, we suggest the (CB-D42) model. It is a 7-in-1 hub that is incredibly powerful for its convenient size, as it features one 4K HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, two SD card slots, and one USB-C charging port provides integrated charging of up to 100W. It also comes with a 3.5mm audio port for connecting headphones.
Alternatively, you can opt to go for the new iPad Air, which is about the same size as the 11 inch iPad Pro and is $200 cheaper in comparison. However, there are some differences. For instance, the Air comes with 2 speakers compared to the Pro’s 4. Its camera and display are also slightly less-advanced, and the maximum storage capacity available is 256 GB. But when you consider the price point, this iPad ticks off most of the boxes to handle any task. Plus, it comes in a wide range of colors!
Using Your iPad To Take Photos or Videos.
Although some people may frown upon the idea of taking photos and videos using an iPad, the fact is many people prefer it. After all, they do come with much larger screens than the iPhone. So, it makes the process a bit easier. And if you plan on doing the same, then the new iPad Pro is the perfect choice for you. It comes with both the wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle camera that the iPhone 11 has, making it the right choice for taking low-light photos, 4K, and slow-motion videos at 240fps.
On the other hand, for the sake of comparison, the iPad Air comes with only a single wide-angle camera, but it still offers the same 4K and slow-motion capabilities as the Pro.
Also, in terms of video conferencing, both the iPad Pro and Air come with 7M\ megapixel front cameras, so at least you can rest assured that you won’t look bad the next time you make a call on FaceTime, Zoom or Skype.
You Need An iPad With Large Storage.
If your line of work involves dealing with a huge number of files, or if you enjoy watching movies and videos on your iPad to watch on long trips, then you will require a huge amount of internal storage to cope with that. In which case, we suggest opting for the iPad Pro, whose base model offers 128 GB worth of storage with the maximum going up to 1 TB.
Meanwhile, the iPad Air only goes up to a maximum of 256 GB. However, if you would still like to go for the cheaper iPad Air, but require more storage, then you can always be utilizing a 10 ft USB c cable to securely connect your iPad to your MacBook to facilitate file transfers. This will help you conserve memory on your iPad, allowing you to transfer files over only when you need them in advance.
In this case, if you need to purchase one of these cables, we suggest checking out Lention’s (CB-CCT) model. It is a universally compatible cable that works well with most laptops, iPads, and mobile devices. It also has fast charging capabilities of up to 100W, and the data sync speeds are set up to 480Mbps. This also makes it ideal for connecting your device to any other external peripherals, such as keyboards. They are also long-lasting, as they feature a nylon braided cable and TPE jacket that guarantees good durability.
You Need an iPad For Watching Videos.
Ever since the retina displays came on the iPads, watching movies and videos is quite an enjoyable experience. And if you plan on watching videos often, then one of the main factors to consider will be screen size. In which case, you would be better off with the iPad Pro 12.9 inch model. Alternatively, the iPad Air would also make for a great choice in terms of resolution. But, because of its limited screen size, low storage space, and fewer speakers, it isn’t the best choice for the ultimate viewing and sound experience.
On the other hand, if you prefer to go for the Air but do not have enough memory, you can always store your files on an SD Card instead. However, this means you will need to purchase a USB c sd card adapter.
If you don’t already own one, then we best recommend you check out Lention’s CB-C8 model. It’s a relatively inexpensive and extremely tiny adapter built with one purpose in mind, which is to expand your iPad’s connectivity port and allow it to write/read SD/Micro SD Cards. It is also compatible with almost any memory card and offers up to 95MB/s high-speed syncing of video, pictures, files, etc. It also allows for dual data transfers, allowing you to connect two cards and copy data to and from them simultaneously.
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