The Best iPad for Artists in 2017 and 2018 (Updated Reviews)

Artists depend on wide-ranging tools to do their work. They need these tools to practice, improve their skills, and draw masterpieces. One such tool is the iPad. The choice of an iPad or tablet depends on a few factors. Some of these factors include accuracy, size, and pressure sensitivity. Some artists choose a tablet that enables them to draw for fun while others want the sort of gadgets that enable them to draw professionally. The popularity of iPads stems from the fact that they are replete with all the right specifications an artist needs. Below is a list of the best iPads for artists.

 

Apple iPad Pro 12.9

Apple iPad Pro 12.9

Introduction

This iPad is defined as the best choice for digital artists. It’s been tied, tested, and proved capable of handling all types of artistic work. It performs more optimally than the best laptop. It is the perfect representation of the dynamo-comes-in-small-packages saying.

Artists have the option of buying this iPad brand new or going for a refurbished one. It is smaller than the normal laptops. However, in the world of iPads and tablets, it is quite gigantic. With a screen resolution of 2732 x 2048, and 264ppi, the iPad delivers everything it promised.

Pros

A refurbished iPad is cheaper; hence, more affordable to an artist who still has only a few dollars to spend on the best iPad. A brand new iPad has several impressive internal improvements that make it worth spending money to buy.

It has an impressive 120Hz screen. As stated above, notable improvements have been made internally to make it more effective and suitable for artistic work. It has a good battery life; hence, no need for worrying about constantly charging it.

Cons

Arguably, the biggest complaint with this iPad is the price. Whether you want the refurbished or brand new iPad, you will still find the price a bit high. However, the price should not be too much of an issue when you know the iPad will not disappoint.

 

Apple iPad Mini 4

Apple iPad Mini 4

Introduction

Apple iPad Mini 4 is one of the fastest tablets on the market today. It is the sort of gadget that any artist would dream having. It has a smaller body than its predecessor ñ iPad Mini 3. Its build quality is just as excellent as any other Apple product you will ever purchase.

You can trust it for a spectacular display. The display is both clear and bright. You will not have to worry about squinting and straining to see images on its screen. It has a smaller battery, which still outperforms most in the market today too.

Pros

One of the biggest attractions with this iPad is the vibrant screen. Everything is clear and looks much better when displayed on the screen. It operates on iOS 9, which is perfect for multitasking, so the artist never has to stop doing any important task.

It performs solidly. Therefore, artists can work in the full knowledge that nothing will go wrong. It has a respectable battery life to prevent the need for charging and recharging the device all the time, which could hamper the progress of any work an artist is doing.

Cons

The iPad has a few cons too. For example, the rotation clock is no longer available. Compared to iPad Air 2, this one falls short in many aspects. It does not perform as admirably as iPad Air 2. Also, mots artists will not be happy that there is only 16GB worth of storage in the base model.

 

Apple iPad Pro 9.7

Apple iPad Pro 9.7

Introduction

Undoubtedly, iPad Pro holds the distinction of representing all that artists should expect from tablets moving forward. It performs incredibly. It has the quality that is to be expected of any Apple product. The iPad simplifies even some of the most complex drawing and sketching tasks.

Its iOS is upgradeable to iOS 11. It has a battery that charges quickly. Experts have often described it as the best iPad Apple ever built. Though it is in a smaller and sleeker body, it still delivers a similar level of ìProî like other products.

Pros

It has one of the most fantastic screens. The slim design accompanied with topnotch build quality ensures that artists get value for money from this gadget. It is renowned for the incredible power that it delivers when performing any kind of task.
It also has one of the best iPad cameras ever made by Apple. Artists often need to use the camera when taking photos for inspiration. It borrows a lot from iPad 12.9 and iPad Air 2. The screen is color and vibrant.

Cons

Although the iPad Pro 9.7 is quite effective, it still doesnít offer the opportunity for multitasking that other gadgets are renowned for. Its RAM is also much smaller compared to the larger models. It also has a cramped optional keyboard.

 

Apple iPad Air 2

Apple iPad Air 2

Introduction

An iPad with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 will not disappoint artists. That is what they can look forward to with this iPad. It has Wi-Fi connectivity. It has 16GB hard disk drive and 2GB RAM. Its 8MP iSight camera is just the best at taking the kind of photos that inspire any artist.

Artists never have to worry about their iPad going off even when far from any source of power. The iPadís battery can last up to 10 hours without recharging. Its multi-touch display relies on IPS technology. It is portable and contains excellent features.

Pros

The iPad is easy to use. Any artist can learn to use it in a few minutes. It is portable; hence, the ideal iPad for any artist who travels a lot. It is durable, so the artist never has to worry about replacing it anytime soon.

Its battery lasts long ñ for up to 10 hours. Therefore, artists do not need to concern themselves with thoughts of recharging it while busy finishing their work to beat a looming deadline. With a thin and beautiful aluminum design, powerful ABX chip, and touch ID, make it yours.

Cons

Although the battery lasts 10 hours at a time, it could be better considering what artists derive from other similar products. The mute switch, which was available in its predecessor, is no longer on this iPad.

 

Apple iPad 10.5

Apple iPad 10.5

Introduction

The tablet isnít for every person. It is for the artist who knows what is best and is prepared to pay whatever it costs to get it. The iPad still has the basic look, appearance, and design associated with all iPads.

It is bigger, wider, and taller than any other iPad you probably ever owned.
It is well built. It is aesthetically appealing before even considering other factors. It has a 120Hz screen, which is twice what was common with the older versions of iPads. The iPad provides a smooth and fluid experience.

Pros

This iPad is a winner on many fronts. It has the most amazing display. It delivers extreme power all the time. It works brilliantly well with the Apple Pencil, which more artists are using today for their drawings, sketches, and illustrations.

The promise and potential of iOS 11, which this iPad comes with, is something worth waiting for with great anticipation. It also has one of the most amazing cameras. This iPad wasnít designed to work with any iOS from the past. It is designed for the future-focused artist.
It has more speakers, keyboard connection port, and sufficient support for Apple Pencil, better cameras, and a more powerful processor. It is also bigger and faster. It is fitted with a bigger screen too.

Cons

It is still not powerful enough to replace the laptop from an artistís life.

 

Final thoughts

iPads no doubt have a number of benefits and features useful to any artist who is a fan of technology. However, just as with phones and any other electronics, there are things that you need to consider when you go looking for an iPad. Otherwise, you might end up with an expensive piece of technology that doesnít meet your needs. Check out the iPads discussed above.

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November 7, 2017