iPad Air 1 or Air 2 advice

Discussion in 'iPad' started by charlievb, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. charlievb macrumors newbie

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    Firstly, thanks for taking the time to help me out.

    I have just been offered a second hand 16GB iPad Air 1 for pretty cheap (£170). In comparison the iPad Air 2 (second hand) is going for about (£250).

    Money isn't a huge issue but my question is whether I need to spend the extra (£80) given my requirements.

    My first Q is, do Apple maintain software updates for legacy devices (the Air 1 is now 18 months out of date), or will I find the Air 1 unsupported in a year's time.

    My current requirements are a 10" tablet, that I plan to have for the next 12-18 months that can enable me to:

    1. Browse the internet
    2. Check e-mails
    3. Track live news/finance data with apps
    4. Stream TV shows
    5. Play the occasional game (low graphics intense)
    6. Watch/store a few HD films on the device (for when travelling)
     
  2. Grolubao macrumors 65816

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    If you care about multitasking, buy the iPad Air 2, otherwise the 1 is just fine
     
  3. ACG12 macrumors 6502a

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    Spend the extra and go Air 2. The extra RAM and faster processor are worth it.
     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    In the interest of longevity I'd suggest paying the extra for the iPad Air 2. Double the RAM, better CPU, better camera -- for £80 you get a lot more reassurance that it won't slow down with newer OS iterations, and that it's an investment more likely to last.
     
  5. mfm77 macrumors member

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    Yeah, I have an Air 1 but still would tell you to buy the Air 2 for the extra RAM and the multitasking support alone.
     

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