Are you shopping for an iPad for a child? Our handy guide helps you find the right iPad for your child’s needs—and your budget.
iPad mini vs. iPad
If your child isn’t yet in high school, focus your decision-making on the more affordable iPad mini and the iPad, which are the most appropriate for a younger child. The iPad mini costs $399 for a 64 GB model, whereas the iPad costs $459 for 32 GB or $559 for 128 GB.
The most significant difference between them is screen size: the iPad mini has a 7.9-inch display, whereas the iPad has a 10.2-inch display. But both feature a beautiful Retina display with True Tone for easier viewing in all kinds of lighting environments. They can also both support the Apple Pencil and include Wi-Fi and Gigabit-class LTE.
What about an iPad Pro?
There are several models of the iPad Pro currently available, but with pricing starting at $799 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and features aimed at media professionals, they are overpowered and overpriced for the needs of most children. However, if you’re feeling generous and you’re buying an iPad for a teenager who is already running into slowdowns when using an older iPad for complex media creation and editing, an iPad Pro could be a good choice. This is especially true if the teen has a track record of being careful with electronics, and you hope to buy an iPad that will retain its utility for as long as possible.
In addition, the 11-inch iPad Pro features an immersive, edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display, new pro cameras (Wide and new Ultra Wide) and all-new LiDAR Scanner creates entirely new experiences in the next generation of augmented reality (AR) apps. The A12Z Bionic chip also powers all the essential apps and graphics-intensive games.
Accessories to Consider
The first accessory to add to your shopping list is a good case, to protect the device from the inevitable bumps and falls. It’s a must, especially for younger children.
Some kids will enjoy having a keyboard—the iPad’s onscreen keyboard isn’t designed for long bouts of typing, and it takes up a lot of screen space. With any iPad Pro model, Apple’s Smart Keyboard is a nice option that works as a case/keyboard combination.
Many people like the Apple Pencil for drawing on the screen, and older students are increasingly adopting it as a note-taking tool.
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