iPad Better bang for buck upgrade from 3rd Gen: Refurb 4th gen or new iPad Air?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by 1105, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. 1105 macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2006
    I have a 3rd Gen 32gb iPad that I'm looking to upgrade from and looking for opinions on what the better upgrade option is.

    I usually upgrade every other generation so, having the 3rd Gen model, the Air would be my next upgrade and latest and greatest, but, nothing instantly jumps out to me as gotta have it as weight is not an issue and, being on the 3, 'fast' is relative to what I'm used to on there.

    However, I need to upgrade now because my 3rd gen model only has 13mb free space available so every time I want to add something, I have to remove something else first so I'm going back and forth between;

    Option A) 64gb iPad Air for $699 (plus the cost of a new case)

    Option B) 64gb iPad 4th gen refurb from Apple for $529

    I figure I can probably get $300-$350 for mine so upgrade costs would be about $350-$400 for the Air (plus costs for a case) or $180-$230 for the 4th gen.

    What would you do? Is the air worth that or would you get a 4th gen refurb?
  2. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    I would do the iPad air if you can afford it. Going from the 3rd gen to a 4th gen isn't a jump at all. If I wanted an upgrade I would go for the device that will have the most future support. Plus the reduced bezel size is a huge improvement for me. But if you want to save money, look for a 64GB 3rd gen on ebay or amazon if you can.
  3. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    If you plan to use it for two years like your 3rd gen I think the iPad Air will be a better choice. Also, it's lighter so over the coming 2 years you'll have less arm fatigue using it i.e. joy.
  4. Capt T macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2010
  5. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    Since the refurbed iPad 4 will be running iOS 7.x I recommend getting the Air. The Air will run 7 better than the iPad 4.
  6. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    Saint louis, MO
    Personally if I didn't go iPad air, I would choose retina mini over refurb iPad 4. You still get the faster A7 and a similar price point.
  7. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Just received a refurb iPad 4 from Apple and it's still running iOS 6.1.3. :p
  8. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I agree with this.

    I think the form factor upgrade might be a bigger deal to you than you realize now.
  9. thefredelement macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2012
    New York
    I did this exactly. All are 32gb verizon: sold my ipad 3, got a refurb 4 delivered this past Tuesday, realized it was an extra 180 out of pocket for the air on Friday and there was plenty of stock so I retuned the refurb 4 and got the air.

    Simply put, I'll never get the return value on the 4 that I did returning it to apple within my two weeks, that plus the resale of the air in a year will be much greater, maybe not 180 greater, but much more than the 4.
  10. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
    Also don't forget the sales tax of around 8%. Which is about 60$. Also buy your case on amazon for a very cheap price.
    I got Tech Armors screen protectors and a case for 12$ with free 2 day shipping. Do you want to know the package I got?
  11. Tikatika macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2012
    Northern California
    Air, for sure. I also have an iPad 3 and the difference between the two is like night and day! Don't even hesitate!

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