Buying an iPad should be simple. You just buy whatever’s new, right? If only. Apple sells four main iPad models, each with its own strengths. In addition, a growing number of older iPads are floating around the eBays of the world. Since all these devices look fairly identical, it’s important to know what you’re buying and what you should pay for it. This guide covers the best iPads available right now, the important differences between each model, and every old model that exists (including the ones you shouldn’t buy at any price).
Updated November 2020: We’ve added our thoughts on the new iPad and iPad Air.