Buy an iPad should be simple. You just buy what’s new, right? If only. Apple sells four main models of iPad, each with its own strengths. Additionally, a growing number of older iPads are floating around in eBays around the world. Since all of these devices are pretty much the same, it’s important to know what you’re buying and what you have to pay for. This guide covers the best iPads available today, the important differences between each model and all the older models out there (including the ones you shouldn’t buy at any price).
Update November 2020: We’ve added our thoughts on the new iPad and iPad Air.