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Apple’s tablet lineup is varied and surprisingly affordable.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are the 2022 iPad Air and 2021 iPad Pro models that start at $600 and $800 respectively, and those are mobile powerhouses designed with serious work in mind.
All current models run the latest iPadOS 15 interface, which adds enhanced multitasking abilities, system-wide Quick Notes, and bigger widgets for the home screen.
I have been reviewing mobile products, including Apple iPhones and iPads, for almost a decade now. What follows are what I think are the best iPads across four categories, based on both direct testing and deep industry knowledge and expertise.
The best iPads in 2022:
Best iPad overall: 2021 10.2-inch iPad, $329, available on Apple
The 2022 standard iPad is ideal for general-purpose use, and it’s surprisingly affordable.
Best mid-range iPad: 2022 iPad Air, $599 available on Apple
The 2022 iPad Air is a cheaper, pared down version of the 11-inch iPad Pro with the same power.
Best small iPad: 2021 iPad Mini, $499 available on Apple
The 2021 iPad Mini is a powerful, compact tablet that’s essentially a smaller version of the iPad Air.
Best iPad for professionals: 2021 iPad Pro, $799 available on Apple
The 2021 iPad Pros are expensive tablets that are primarily designed for creative professionals who need power and excellent cameras.