The best iPad models in 2022


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Apple’s line of tablets is diverse and surprisingly affordable.

At $330, the 2021 10.2-inch iPad is the cheapest iPad sold by Apple, but it’s powerful enough and supports the Apple Pencil, making it an ideal choice for anyone who needs a general purpose tablet.

On the other end of the spectrum, there’s the 2022 iPad Air and 2021 iPad Pro models that start at $600 and $800 respectively, and they’re mobile powerhouses designed with serious work in mind.

All current models run the latest iPadOS 15 interface, which adds improved multitasking capabilities, system-wide Quick Notes, and larger Home screen widgets.

I’ve been reviewing mobile products, including Apple iPhones and iPads, for almost a decade now. What follows are what I believe to be the best iPads in four categories, based on both direct testing and in-depth industry knowledge and expertise.

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The best iPads in 2022:

Best iPad Overall: 2021 10.2-inch iPad, $329, available on Apple
The standard 2022 iPad is great for general use and it’s surprisingly affordable.

Best mid-range iPad: iPad Air 2022, $599 available on Apple
The 2022 iPad Air is a cheaper, slimmed down version of the 11-inch iPad Pro with the same power.

Best small iPad: iPad Mini 2021, $499 available on Apple
The 2021 iPad Mini is a powerful and compact tablet which is essentially a smaller version of the iPad Air.

Best iPad for professionals: iPad Pro 2021, $799 available on Apple
The 2021 iPad Pros are pricey tablets that are primarily designed for creative professionals who need power and great cameras.

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