Apple just unveiled the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, rounding off its iPad lineup with a total of five models.
They're all available at different price points, and each one has a distinct set of features. With so many options to comb through, coupled with the pressure of having to make the correct buying decision for you and your pocket book, things can get a little hairy.
No worries. Pocket-lint has created a handy little chart that should help you come to a swift conclusion. We not only spell out which tablets are worth your money but also pit them against each other, in one epic iPad showdown.
Which type of iPad buyer are you?
To make it easier for you to choose which tablet is best for you, we've categorised the average consumer based on financial situation and type and then recommended an iPad based for each category.
A slightly techy person with some cash to spare, for instance, will want the biggest bang for his or her buck. Check out the list below and decide which category you belong to before making a decision.
Limited cash but still want an iPad
Your best bet is to go with the cheapest option available: iPad Mini. Although it doesn't have an exceptional chipset or Retina display or Touch ID or the gold colour option, you can still get it in either Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular options without having to break the bank. The Wi-Fi model starts at £199.
Money isn't a major concern but clueless as to what to get
We're assuming you aren't a hardcore iPad user if you don't know much about the entire line.
In that case, as long as you have the money, you should get the iPad Air 2. It starts £419 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, which you'll likely want to spring for, and it includes a big, beautiful Retina display and last-generation A7 processor. It doesn't however have Touch ID, a preinstalled SIM, latest chipset, improved iSight camera, or the gold colour option.
Note: The Apple SIM gives you the ability to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the US and UK.
Interested in tech and have some cash to spare
As a person who likes tech, you probably want the most powerful iPad available. Unfortunately, you might not be able to afford it. Those of you who are in that position should therefore consider the iPad Mini 3.
The iPad Mini 3 is especially ideal for those who want the latest features. It offers the whole shebang and the gold colour option. Although it's not as brawny or as big as the iPad Air 2, it has everything else you could need or want in an iPad. The Wi-Fi + Cellular model starts at £419.
Major tech geek with a big credit line
Get the iPad Air 2. It'll cost you £499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model, but you'll also get a Retina display, Touch ID, preinstalled Apple SIM, A8X chip, M8 coprocessor, the best iSight camera available, and the ability to go with the gold colour option.
If you could care less about Touch ID or that gold colour option or A8X chipset or improved iSight camera or even the preinstalled SIM, go with the iPad Mini 2. It has a crisp Retina display and all the basic features you might expect an iPad to include.
The iPad Mini 2, which starts at £239 for the Wi-Fi model, is not the fanciest or cheapest iPad model available, but it'll certainly do the trick. In other words, it's perfect for the average consumer.