iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Mini 4 vs. iPad Pro: Knowing the best tablet choice

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The iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, and iPad Pro all boast of their own set of interesting features. However, avid Apple users are interested in finding out which one is the best iOS tablet based on need and budget.

During the recent Apple event - which was held on Sept. 9 - the Cupertino tech giant unveiled a load of gadgets, including two of its tablets. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro, complete with advanced specs, was introduced to the public, while a new generation iPad Mini 4 was also revealed.

With regards to their specs, the iPad Pro is clearly the most powerful tablet among the three. However, it must be noted, though, that not all tablet users are looking for that extra power. Others might only want to use a very efficient Apple tablet that is not necessarily attached to a premium price.

The iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, and iPad Pro all share some pretty similar things, such as their cameras, connectivity features, and battery life. Their differences are noted in their screen displays, pricing, and processing power, among other things.

Tech users who are looking for a more powerful tablet with a larger screen might think that the iPad Pro is the best choice with its 12.9-inch LED multi-touch screen with 2,732 x 2,048 resolution and 264 ppi pixel density and an A9X third generation chip - which is faster than the A7 chip. The base model costs $799 or AU$1,127.

The 9.7-inch LED iPad Air 2 is right at the middle with some middle ground specs and an A8X second generation chip that is still fast, but not faster or as fast as the iPad Pro's chip. Its base model costs $499 or AU$704.

Lastly, tablet users who do not prioritize the screen's size and would much rather have a device that costs less can settle for the iPad Mini 4. This unit's screen is only 7.9 inches and is powered by an A8 second generation chip. This does not necessarily mean that it is very slow, but compared to the other two, it is the slowest. Its base model costs $399 or AU$563.

PC World has noted, however, that although Apple has claimed to have "reinvented" tablet technology, it may have gotten its biggest ideas from Microsoft's Surface Pro line.

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