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Which is the best iPad to buy 2015?

Updated on January 14, 2015

Which iPad is for you?

Apple have made many similar iPad's that should reflect the users intentions. The fact these are so similar make it hard to understand and define the difference between each model and what it means to your needs.

Figure out your initial purpose of the purchase, high volume business or just the average day to day pleasures like Facebook? Will you need 3G, 4G or just WI FI? Once you know what you want, you will find it easier in the next section to find which is the best for you if you know what you need it for.

Which iPad is all-round the best?

Want a bigger screen or on the move with something smaller? The big screen user should get the latest model iPad Air 2 which is the most expensive but also the highest quality. If your looking for something more mobile for your bag the iPad mini 3 is really the best choice with 4G Cellular&WI FI. Realistically the newer model you buy the longer and more efficient it will run for you. As the app market constantly updates you want the hardware to be able to run what your using. Buying an older model like the iPad mini for £199 is tempting but you'll find yourself wanting an upgrade within 12 months where the iPad mini 3 or iPad air 2 should last several times longer.

iPad Air 2 Retina display specs

  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048x1536-pixel resolution at 264 ppi
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Fully laminated display
  • Anti-reflective coating

iPad Air 2 sizing

(both just WIFI and cellulur WIFI versions are the same size)

Height: 240 mm (9.4 inches) Width:169.5 mm (6.6 inches)

Chips: A8X chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion coprocessor

iPad Air 2 models all hold roughly a 10 hour battery life and also have features such as 1080p HD video recording (30 fps) and a 8MP camera.

iPad mini 3 Retina display specs

  • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048x1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

iPad mini 3 sizing

(both just WIFI and cellulur WIFI versions are the same size)

Height: 200 mm (7.87 inches) Width: 134.7 mm (5.3 inches)

Chips: A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, M7 motion coprocessor

The iPad mini 3 has a 5MP camera and 1080p HD (30fps) video recording ability.

I highly recommend that you don't buy the cellular version unless you regularly intend on using it out and about with 3G/4G. Models usually cost around £100 more for this feature, defining if the extra money is worth using your iPad when you could just use your phone data really comes down to your purpose. The average buyer will only buy the iPad mini 3 WIFI cellular version if they intend to use it for business or extreme pleasure. I know many people very pleased with the mini 3 that use it when traveling, filming and taking extreme sports pictures. If this isn't you and you only intend on using it mostly around the house then buy one of the iPad Air's. Better screen, better chips and better size. The bigger screen is better to use at home, playing games and general usage is overall better in every way.

The price table below should give you a rough idea of what you will pay for each model.

iPad mini 3
iPad Air
iPad Air 2
Wi-Fi model:
Wi-Fi model:
Wi-Fi model:
16GB £319
16GB £319
16GB £399
64GB £399
32GB £359
64GB £479
128GB £479
128GB £559
Wi-Fi + Cellular model:
Wi-Fi + Cellular model:
Wi-Fi + Cellular model:
16GB £419
16GB £419
16GB £499
64GB £499
32GB £459
64GB £579

Storage space

Choose wisely with the space you intend to have on your iPad, pricing between an iPad Air 2 16GB and the iPad Air 2 128GB version is a massive £160 which you could spend for nothing more than piece of mind you have plenty of space.

Buying a cellular iPad means that you can actually constantly use your Apple Cloud account out and about which means you can store essentially and delete them from your iPad. Realistically the space is for apps which people would rarely need 128GB. The extra money for the 128GB version of the iPad Air 2 is too expensive. Ideally the all-round version that suites an average person is the 32GB.

All Business? no games?

If you are all Business, storing files and constantly sharing here is an interesting option for you. Buy your self your own servers that hold around 10 TB for around £200 which will act as your own cloud! The range may not be that great from the offices or home but this is extremely cheap and handy.

These sized servers take up the same space as two computer towers and cost around £200. Logically paying the extra £40 you saved on not buying the 128GB model and bought the 16GB model you would then get 10 TB of your own Cloud space where you can back up your own files is fantastic. Office to mobile environment's often desire this kind of service but for the price it really can be used by anyone.

The latest is always the best

The iPad Air 2 is the greatest iPad made and I feel it will hold it's money well buying it early this year. Value for your money is very high, quality and functions of the iPad Air 2 is the best on the market today.


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