$349 Refurbished iPad 2 or new iPad?

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  1. Frankied22 macrumors 68000

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    Now that's a tough choice. $349 for a 16GB iPad 2 is a heck of a deal.
     
  2. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    $349 is great if you are buying for kids, as gifts, or for parents.

    I'd spring for the Retina display and better processor. Its worth the $150 in my opinion. The display is by far the MOST important part of the device so having a great one is totally worth it.
     
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    If you can spare the $$ I'd go new, otherwise that is a good deal.
     
  4. Lindenhurst macrumors 6502a

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    The current Ipad2 does have a great screen already as far as I am concerned.
     
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    If you are going to fully utilize the iPad and get into content creation I say definitely get the new one. However, if you are going to use it for simply content consumption and light tasks a $399 brand new/$349 refurbished iPad 2 is a great deal. It will definitely put the hurt on the lower priced tablets out there (The Fire).
     
  6. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, the iPhone 3GS also had a great screen, until people saw the iPhone 4's.

    Same deal here. Sure, the iPad 2 is not bad, but the new one is better.
     
  7. Signor S. macrumors member

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    If you're cash strapped I would go with the iPad 2. If you have the money I would go with the third generation iPad or if you still want the third generation without the $500 price tag, wait a few months for Apple to offer refurbished ones for $450.
     
  8. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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    Another option, which I just did, is to find an open box iPad 3 at Best Buy. They sell for $449.99 (taking the 10% off for open). iPad 2 for $350 is a good deal, but for me, it's like going from a standard def TV to a high def TV and retina is worth it.
     
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  10. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    If u are on a budget. $350 for refurb iPad with warranty is a good entry point of iPad users.

    $500 maybe too much money for some. We all need to get perspective on people's income range.

    In my opinion. I have both iPad 2 and new iPad. In real time web browsing and basic email tasks. There is very little performance difference. So unless you are a gamer. If you are on a budget. $350 is excellent price.

    Personally I would have liked apple to sell new iPad 2 for $350 and refurbs for $299 to catch the lower tier group. That price point would kill the low end tablets.

    But I suspect even apple knows the biggest threat to the new iPad is actually the iPad 2.
     
  11. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816

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    The iPad 2 at the refurb price is a heck of a deal I'm actually thinking of getting one for my 11 yr old son.
    But for me or if you can swing it I would go for the new one.
    The display is incredible and the 1gb of ram is also a worthwhile upgrade.
    I always buy every two generations same with the iPhone and usually hand down what I had to my son but I got such a good sales price for my 1st gen iPad that I had to sell it.
     
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    Another vote here for the new retina display iPad.
     
  14. batotman macrumors 6502

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    I have the new one and bought a refurb iPad 2 for the wife. Screen is the big difference. Speed is about the same. The better buy is the 2. The 3 is the way to go if you want the latest and the crisp screen. I suspect most users wouldn't care. My wife certainly doesn't....lol.
     
  15. mortfe macrumors regular

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    I'm in the same boat. I would think a refurbished iPad has 'hands-on attention', rather than a production line. Could live without retina display, don't use camera on iPhone and play mostly board games. Not a question of mioney. I am reading a lot of complaints about a 'yellowiish tint, white spots, WiFi problems.
     
  16. transphasic macrumors member

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    This. The 2 is a superb device and at the refurb pricing, is a great offering. But do NOT take it into the apple store and compare to the 3 on display there - the screen on the 3 exceeds the 2 by a wide margin. I did that, and the next day returned the 2 and got a 3, and have had no issues with it whatsoever.

    I had the new one thoroughly tested in the store, including a software diagnostic that the staff has access to that the public does not, studied the screen carefully, tested both the wi-fi and cellular connectivity (the store i went to offered free cell access), all buttons' functionality, etc, and have enjoyed it since. Such a great product....

    So if the better screen is not an issue, get the 2, it is still a superb product.
     
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  18. Lindenhurst macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely...
     
  19. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    The iPad 3 does not have a better processor. It has a better GPU, and that's only for the display. The performances are pretty much on par.

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    The iPad 2's screen was bad in 2010 when it was released. It's unacceptable after looking at the iPad 3.
     
  20. plucky duck macrumors 6502

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    If you get the 2, don't be curious and go looking at the 3 as you may have buyer's remorse. I went with the 3 as I know I am exactly that kind of person. I looked at the 2 yesterday and said to myself what is this garbage I am looking at, lol, the difference to me is very significant.
     
  21. TazExprez macrumors member

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    If you have a Micro Center nearby, you can get an iPad 2 16GB WiFi for $359.99 brand new. This offer is only available for in-store pickup.
     
  22. Jedi5 macrumors 6502

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    Not to take away from the OP but are the iPad 3's hitting the refurb store yet?
    i'm looking every 1-2 days and don't see anything.
    either they are and are selling out really quickly or they are not up yet.
     
  23. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    It will be at least 6 months from the release date. Apple isn't stupid.
     
  24. plucky duck macrumors 6502

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    Any used inventory they do build up I am thinking will be reserved for warranty purposes first, and held onto until there's enough time and big enough of a stockpile to not negatively affect their current sales of the new iPads. Just a guess.
     

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