Just following up on markov's points and starting from a clean slate, cloud services make setting up a new device pretty easy these days. Just logging into iCloud as part of the setup process will download many settings an lots of data. After that, I add 1Password and Dropbox and let those sync to the new device. The add my email accounts, etc. That accounts for probably 75% of it. All my movies and music are in the cloud and are not downloaded to the iPad. For me, it took me about an hour to set up my new iPad Pro, including downloading apps (less than 30) and setting them up.Do you need anything on the old setup that can't be brought in via other means on a clean slate restart? Would this be too time consuming/ high pita factor?
My personal stuff I have often opted for fresh start. Idevices, new MBP's....I like clean slates. Apps like notability I just dropbox back in notes I need. That's my way. Not a big iOS gamer so don't have that issue. Pics and vids I have my dedicated gear for so don't collect much on my ipad in this regard.
Wife's/sons stuff is bogged down with game saves and such. So their devices become restores. Process I never had an issue with the few times I have done it.
Depending on how much you have the restore can be a good chunk of time. Like an hour assuming lightning/usb connection to a puter with iTunes and full backup. Not sure about icloud if its all in the cloud.
This. I always seem to accumulate a bunch of apps I rarely use and this does clean things up.I prefer to start fresh and set it up as a new device. Yeah, it is more work setting things up, but you start with a fresh iPad without any carry-over cruff. It also forces you to go through your apps and decide whether you really need them or are still using them.