I disagree. I tried the iPad Air in the shop and the screen is only 60hz and it’s massively noticeable against the iPad Pro. The iPad Air also doesn’t have the amazing speakers like the ones on the iPad Pro.M1 ipad pros still make no sense at all, specially the 11 inch: that one you have almost no reason to get over the ipad air: it might perform better in theory, in practice you either won't notice or if you do you'll notice the clunky and stupid OS getting in the way of actual professional work.
The one caveat is professional image work since the 12.9 m1 pro really has a superb screen. But it still means if you're a pro illustrator, photographer, etc. And want a companion well, you'd be crazy to work 100% of the time on just an ipad pro: multi tasking it's still on it's infancy, file management is still on it's infancy, it's just not a good idea but if you must have this quality of screen on exactly this form factor (Meaning a tablet and not a laptop) then there really is no other option.
Overall to any saavy consumers the ipad air is the better choice overall and for average users the regular ipad saves a chunk of money and it's good enough for what it does (though imho not better than the more widescreen friendly tablets from Samsung)
Thank you for your comment. You are right about the Air -- it's not much lighter than the base iPad -- it's mostly thinner. About the magazines, it really depends on what you read, where and when. About the anti-reflective coating, let's say that you'll still see the sun reflected from your screen, but you'll also be able to see other things.First of all - as a PC and Android user (thinking of buying an iPad for the second time - if only to train myself how to use one, since I offer tech support to Seniors) - I thought THIS article, compared to so many others, was EXCELLENT! It cut through the chaff and got to the core of each comparison metric that interested me - save one: Weight.
I was hoping to get a lighter tablet if I do this, but I did not find much advantage with a product called 'Air' that I had hoped for - not when comparing similar screen sizes. I also would like to know if any of the new screens make a digital magazine look "that" much better.
I agree on the comment about the extreme premium for the larger memory sizes. Jeez! Talk about a rip-off, there!
I was also hoping for insight into whether or not the "anti-reflective" screens really are, well, anti-reflective. I guess I will have to find a Best Buy to see for myself.
But THANK YOU for an otherwise EXCELLENT comparison of the models. I still have not decided.