Which iPad should you buy (2019) - Analysis of iPad Pro vs iPad Air vs iPad Mini vs iPad

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    In today's Tech Tuesdays, we discuss recommendations for which iPad is best for which people. I conclude that the iPad Mini is best for those who use an iPad for purely consumption purposes, but if you're a student, or if you use it for any creative purposes, you'd probably be best served with the iPad Air (2019).
    If you're on a tight budget, the iPad ($319) is a pretty solid shout, and if you have a tonne of spare cash to burn, you can't get much better than the iPad Pro.
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    00:54 - Overall conclusion
    01:45 - What do you use an iPad for?
    03:58 - Diminishing returns
    06:02 - iPad Air vs iPad
    09:38 - The value of delight
    12:22 - The case for the iPad Pro
    14:24 - Supporting sponsor - Skillshare
    15:25 - Wrapping up

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  • Ali Abdaal
    Ali Abdaal  4 months ago +652

    Hey folks, here are some timestamps for your enjoyment
    00:54 - Overall conclusion
    01:45 - What do you use an iPad for?
    03:58 - Diminishing returns
    06:02 - iPad Air vs iPad
    09:38 - The value of delight
    12:22 - The case for the iPad Pro
    14:24 - Supporting sponsor - Skillshare
    15:25 - Wrapping up
    Recommended iPad PaperLike Screen Protector - paperlike.com/ali

    • J Kim
      J Kim 3 days ago

      I ended up buying ipad pro from amazon 5 monthly payment

    • Jerhome San Juan
      Jerhome San Juan 12 days ago

      Bro Ali what is the best for gaming online?

    • Mohit everything is possible
      Mohit everything is possible Month ago

      Does any of the ipad play 4k videos ??

    • Matty Geze
      Matty Geze 2 months ago

      Ali Abdaal I currently have the budget ipad and i need more screen should i get the ipad air or the 11inch ipad pro ?

    • IamtheWalrus
      IamtheWalrus 2 months ago

      Hi Ali! I'm currently on the fence about how much storage to buy on my budget 2018 Ipad. I'm trying to decide between the 32 GB and the 128 GB which is about $100 extra in cost. I'm planning on using this ipad pretty exclusively for note taking and reading textbooks in med school, any thoughts on how much storage would be prudent?

  • tmtaylo4
    tmtaylo4 Hour ago

    Woah... someone who gives me the info I want upfront. Liked!

  • Vender Saddul
    Vender Saddul 3 hours ago +1

    In my country, i can get the ipad pro 11in 512gb cellular in just php50, 000. 1 usd =53 php. So do you think i should get it instead of the ipad air? I'm one of those you call "most people"

  • Joseph Michael
    Joseph Michael 4 hours ago +2

    I will ipad air 2018 for 550$ for gaming

  • Angelina
    Angelina 9 hours ago +2

    I love the way you make your video in all point. Excellent. Thanks you.

  • Jack Fruit
    Jack Fruit 15 hours ago +1

    you deserve a million subs....the last time I said this was on "The Best Ever Food Review" Excellent break up of content and explainantion. Welldone!!!

  • Sarah Hunter
    Sarah Hunter Day ago +1

    I was going to stop after you gave your conclusion but ended up watching the entire video because it was so entertaining, informative and well done! And love your suggestion for the Paperlike screen protector. Brilliant!

  • Sourav Datta
    Sourav Datta Day ago +1

    I am saving up to buy the iPad pro 11 inch 256 gb

  • Jaybiel
    Jaybiel Day ago

    Just by the way he speak you can tell he's an intelligent guy.

  • Muhammad Gaiad
    Muhammad Gaiad Day ago +1

    For a junior doctor which ipad you think is better???
    Thank you

  • Odin Asgard
    Odin Asgard 2 days ago +2

    What should I buy if I do: Drawing, photo editing, illustrating, word processing, media consumption, movies, gaming, and reading.
    But I’m on a budget, so the iPad Pro 2018 is definitely not the one I’ll buy.

  • Eri Wana
    Eri Wana 3 days ago +1

    So good explained thank you :)!

  • Kiwi Dude NZ
    Kiwi Dude NZ 3 days ago +1

    he mater you have terrible vocal fry ...throat tension you need to talk from your diapragm try some deep breathing.

  • Sabo75
    Sabo75 3 days ago +1

    This is probably the first video I’ve ever watched which literally answered all questions I had about the iPads.

  • Jo Vi Lim
    Jo Vi Lim 3 days ago +1

    Hi guys. I am a first year medical student and I'm deciding whether to get the new 7th gen iPad (128gb) or the 3rd gen iPad Air (64gb). My main concern is whether the A10 chip will last me throughout the 5 years of med school and if 64gb is enough as well. Would appreciate it a lot if you would take some time to help me out! Thank you!!

    • Jo Vi Lim
      Jo Vi Lim 3 days ago

      Skyjared Okay! Thank you so much!!

    • Skyjared
      Skyjared 3 days ago +1

      @Jo Vi Lim Yes! That's the perfect device for a student or like a worker, its lightweight and comfortable in hand!

    • Jo Vi Lim
      Jo Vi Lim 3 days ago

      Skyjared I see! So the 3rd gen ipad Air 64gb should be better than the 7th gen ipad 128gb yeah?

    • Skyjared
      Skyjared 3 days ago +1

      @Jo Vi Lim Yes it definetly will, I would recommend getting an a-12 ipad. It will definetly save you in the future!

    • Jo Vi Lim
      Jo Vi Lim 3 days ago

      Ali Abdaal Thank you so much for the reply! Can I know why though? and will the A10 chip be a big difference down the road?

  • oink pink
    oink pink 3 days ago +2

    Thank you so much! I really needed an ipad but I didn't knew which one to get, thank you.

  • Najat Zaidan
    Najat Zaidan 3 days ago +1

    Thank you !!! That was SO helpful appreciate it !

  • Christina Calungsod Griesbach

    Thank you so much for your review! Definitely helped me decide which device is best for me

  • Herbert Hsieh
    Herbert Hsieh 3 days ago +2

    dude! such an awesome and thorough video, loved it!

  • MercuryAlchemy
    MercuryAlchemy 3 days ago +1

    You just gained a sub

  • LegendFPV
    LegendFPV 4 days ago +1

    How can you say the screens are the same? The iPad pro has 120hz.

  • Soham Sen
    Soham Sen 4 days ago +1

    Beautiful video. This is how I would like every channel to present their analysis

  • Fatama Zohora
    Fatama Zohora 4 days ago +2

    What Ipad air are you using? Ipad air 1, 2 or 3.

  • Khursheed Yasin
    Khursheed Yasin 4 days ago +2

    Thank you Ali, you just helped me make up my mind, it is the Ipad air.

  • Abhishek Bhoyar
    Abhishek Bhoyar 4 days ago +2

    best video on ipad...you are doing great job..really helps👍

  • Khaila Mar Salvador
    Khaila Mar Salvador 4 days ago +1

    The tips were very helpful. Also a med student here. 🙌🏻

  • N A
    N A 4 days ago +1

    your contents are on point and straight forward, i love it

  • James Montecalvo
    James Montecalvo 4 days ago +1

    Hello im a college student and im having a problem choosing from ipad 2018(with apple pencil) and ipad air 2019(without apple pencil) care to help me decide? Thank you

    • Retard •
      Retard • 4 days ago

      Get the 2018 ipad you would need the ipad and the pencil for school more than the small cramped ipad mini designed for leisure.

  • Devil Warrior
    Devil Warrior 4 days ago +2

    Who else has an iPad budget!

  • Max
    Max 4 days ago +1

    I have a surface pro 6 because its the best 2n1 tablet and I have no plan on changing but if I had to choose I would choose the new ipad pro just because it looks better lol

  • Nishant Shah
    Nishant Shah 4 days ago

    Youre the best youtuber and selfless

  • littlecloudflower
    littlecloudflower 4 days ago

    I’m a first year med school student and am deciding between the Pro and Air. I have a $2500 tech grant which can only be used on educational materials - which may include anything from books to a computer. I’m thinking of getting the Pro partly because I can’t think of where else to spend this money, but also am wondering if the Pro will become outdated in a few years and so maybe it’s smarter to go for a more economical option (my iPad mini from many years ago, for example, can no longer update to the latest iOS, making it useless since I can’t download Notability). I’m also wondering if it’s worth purchasing the 12.9 in version of the iPad Pro - when I tried it out in the store, it felt really nice to have a big screen, but I also know doctors tend to use iPads to take notes with patients. I wonder if that small weight difference would become much larger after standing around for hours...

    • littlecloudflower
      littlecloudflower 3 days ago

      @Momo Yeah we can't really take the grant out unless we have receipts haha--but today one of my classmates told me I can also use it to pay internet bills, so that's a thought...I got the iPad Pro for now though because there's a 2-week return policy, but I think I'll likely return it soon and get the Air instead.

    • Momo
      Momo 4 days ago +1

      Same shoes but I simply went for the iPad Air and used my remaining money to put towards student loan interest. Believe me, for up to 3-4 years, the iPad Air will be a solid device.

  • Kimani Darling
    Kimani Darling 5 days ago +2

    Ali, we need an iPhone version of this now that the new iPhone 11s are released! 😁❤️

  • Maryam Aghadi
    Maryam Aghadi 5 days ago +1

    Hey Ali,
    Would there be any difference in the writing experience between ipad2018 and ipad air if I use them with paper-like screen protector?

  • Digital Learning
    Digital Learning 5 days ago +1

    Can you tell how you write on video screen , if possible make a video on that

  • PoomRight?
    PoomRight? 6 days ago +1

    Saving money vdo that u resert it is Thai coin right? Lol

  • korrakote singhaphant
    korrakote singhaphant 6 days ago +1

    Hey Ali, thank a ton for your amazing suggestion. What do you think about Ipad Air 2019 vs Ipad (7th gen 2019)? Your opinion would help me a lot!!

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  6 days ago +2

      Cost effectiveness is the only reason

    • korrakote singhaphant
      korrakote singhaphant 6 days ago +1

      Except for the cost effectiveness, would you mind sharing me the reasons?

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  6 days ago +2

      I would lean towards ipad 2019

  • Iverien Dawnlight
    Iverien Dawnlight 6 days ago +13

    The rare channel where I don't have to increase the playback speed. Good language skills and naturally fast speech, well-structured video.

  • Lin Sean
    Lin Sean 6 days ago +2

    The process of analysis can actually be applied when making all sorts of purchasing choices other than iPad. Quality content and thanks for sharing!

  • J Kim
    J Kim 7 days ago +8

    My goodness I love your introduction so much I subscribed

  • Pravin Periasamy
    Pravin Periasamy 7 days ago +1

    If I could possibly ask Sir, what keyboard should I go if I'm going with the Ipad Air. Any personal recommendations?

    • Retard •
      Retard • 4 days ago

      I would recoment the logitech keyboard designed for ipad

  • David Bennett
    David Bennett 7 days ago +1

    Useful and well presented. Will probably still buy the Pro as its tax deductible and I'm not on a budget.

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  7 days ago +2

      Yeah makes perfect sense, that’s a big part of why I use the pro :)

  • Garpepi H. Aotearoa
    Garpepi H. Aotearoa 7 days ago +5

    can't wait about your opinion for iPad budget 2019. really need your insight for this. Great work!

    • Mmmmmh
      Mmmmmh 5 days ago

      Summary: There is basically no difference between the new and old iPad budget model.
      If you look at the specs, the iPad budget 2019 has the exact same specs and internals as the previous iPad budget (same A10 processor, same storage sizes, same WiFi chip, same battery life,), except it has a slightly larger screen of a similar resolution as the older one. Thus, it is basically the same iPad as the previous iPad budget. My guess is Apple produced this new model purely to save on tooling costs as they likely want to decomission their manufacture lines with their older 9.7" size LCD screens. My suggestion is that if you want the iPad budget, buy the older model because it would be cheaper now that the newer one is out, but essentially is the same thing.

  • miat789
    miat789 8 days ago +1

    Oohhhh please update now that a new iPad came out.Does the Air still beat the new iPad ?

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  7 days ago +1

      New iPad probably beats air in terms of bang for buck

  • Trang Nguyen
    Trang Nguyen 8 days ago +1

    Great review. I decided that I don't need the ipad pro since I just need to take notes. Mini is too small for multitasking at school (note and book at the same time) budget ipad is not so powerful and heavy, so I bought Air and it feels just right.

  • Sourabh Rathour
    Sourabh Rathour 8 days ago +1

    Amazing Content......BEST RU-clipR

  • Infinity Beyond
    Infinity Beyond 8 days ago +1

    Ohhhhh.....I am going to dreeeraaatize you on day in RU-clip

  • Infinity Beyond
    Infinity Beyond 8 days ago +1

    Stop this

  • Infinity Beyond
    Infinity Beyond 8 days ago +1

    Stop

  • Infinity Beyond
    Infinity Beyond 8 days ago +1

    I saw an another type of mo**** fuk*er for the second time...oh😂😂😂😂😂naturally dead untalented guy with lots of iPad .....he should that I nothing even with I pad ...

  • Kaushik Gogoi
    Kaushik Gogoi 9 days ago +1

    Can I do Programming in ipad ? If yes can u name compiler software for c++ (or python), fortran and java

  • Jonathan Li
    Jonathan Li 9 days ago +1

    Awesome video! I went ahead and got the iPad budget! I don't mind the other types of ipad. As a nursing student I am mainly using it to read my notes / textbooks / review power points during my commute to school & back. The 9.7 inch screen is far enough for me to read easily.
    Also brought the iPad budget cuz my macbook 13 inch (early 2015) was acting funky and I literally fixed it myself by replacing the battery and the keyboard/touchpad connector by myself! Where apple was going to charge me $500 and up!!
    Great video keep it up!!

  • Jamie Rain
    Jamie Rain 9 days ago +4

    when he said “you can hold an ipad mini in your hand” the first thing i thought was that i am 18 and have child hands

  • shishir shohan
    shishir shohan 9 days ago +1

    I have an ipad budget.

  • Einel Amarah Abdullah
    Einel Amarah Abdullah 10 days ago +1

    Are you using ipad air 10.5? Does it have a sim card slot?

  • fahad
    fahad 10 days ago +1

    im a university student and i need an ipad instead of my laptop which ipad would offer me the best experience ?

  • Veronica Arcila
    Veronica Arcila 10 days ago +1

    Ali, a question please, I want to buy an Ipad for procreate, an animation program like rough animator and photoshop which will come out at some point soon, No video , no music. WIll the Ipad AIR still be ok for photoshop and animation?

  • BigMacOsaurus Rex
    BigMacOsaurus Rex 11 days ago +1

    Is buying an iPad mini 5 in september 2019 worth it? I mean, maybe Apple will release an iPad mini 6 next march 2020... or not. When I see all the power in the 2019 version I wonder why Apple would release a new one in 6 month. I'm blocked by the design of the 2019 version. Humphh!

    • Ali Abdaal
      Ali Abdaal  10 days ago +1

      If youre going for the mini, chances are you’re not operating it at anywhere near max horsepower, so I wouldn’t worry

  • TreyDongz
    TreyDongz 11 days ago +1

    I’ve only watched two videos, but I feel like we’re friends already lol.

  • Vivek Agrawal
    Vivek Agrawal 11 days ago

    very nice presentation