Published March 3, 2023 - iPad Pro, iPad Air or iPad Pro - learn which iPad suits you best and how to get the most out of your budget when you buy refurbished.
Do you want to buy an iPad but feel a bit overwhelmed by the selection? No problem, we put together a list of the best refurbished iPads for you, which will not only impress you with their performance but also with their low price.
In general, you should think about what you want to do with the iPad before purchasing: is it more for personal use or do you also want to do a lot of your work with it?
Which size is sufficient for you: 9.7", 10.5", 11" or 12.9"? If you're not sure, and you can't go to a shop right now, use this simple trick: cut out the different sizes from a cardboard box and hold them in your hand one by one. Which one feels good? Which one fits in your bag?
How much memory do you need on an iPad? Most new models offer different memory sizes: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB. Note: not all models offer all storage sizes. If you're more into surfing and streaming series, you won't need more than 64GB. But if you use larger applications or edit films, you shouldn't buy an iPad with less than 256 GB. Otherwise, you'll quickly reach the limits of your iPad's storage.
Now that you know what to look out for, let's dive into our top 4 refurbished iPads of 2023!
The 2018 iPad 9.7" is the 6th generation of the classic iPad range. Up until this model, users could only use the Apple Pencil on the Pro version, but it is now finally possible on the standard iPad model. The Apple Pencil gives you more versatility for different tasks like graphic design, taking handwritten notes and easily jumping back and forth between apps. The Retina display has a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, giving you a clear, bright and vibrant display.
How much is a refurbished iPad 6? At the time of writing this, you can buy the 6th generation iPad from 2018 starting around $120 and save more than 50% compared to the original price. Prices vary depending on the condition and storage capacity (32 and 128 GB). Note: The Apple Pen is not included and must be purchased separately.
Conclusion: With the iPad 6 you get a practical and handy iPad that is still supported by iOS software updates for about another year. For private use and as an entry-level model or for online teaching, the iPad 6 with its 9.7" screen is absolutely a great buy.
Now let's move on to the 2019 iPad 7, which marks the 7th generation. Starting in 2019, Apple began making the iPad slightly larger. So instead of 9.7", the iPad 7 has a screen size of 10.2". The touch button is still there, so you'll have the original iPad vibe. The battery lasts just under 13 hours when playing back video with an average brightness.
Some users find the thick edges a bit old-fashioned, but the aesthetic is just fine in our opinion. If you are a fan of the iPhone 8 or iPhone SE 2020, you will also be happy with the iPad 7. If you want a bezel-less design, you have to go in the direction of the iPad Air or iPad Pro. The current cost of an iPad 7 refurbished with 32 GB of memory starts around $184 - depending on the condition and color availability.
Conclusion: If you don't own an iPad yet and 9.7" is a little too small for you, then the 7th generation iPad is the perfect model for you. The low price and A10 chip, which is also in the iPhone 7, still allows you to run your applications smoothly in 2023 at a reasonable cost.