iPad Buy iPad Air 2 or wait for the next iPad

Matheew944

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The only thing about I really care is battery life.. Is the same battery life as other Ipads?
 

Matheew944

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I am in doubt if I buy it or wait the next Ipad... have my Ipad 4 since 2 years ago...
 

powerbook911

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I had an iPad 3rd generation. I still have it.

I recently purchased the Air 2, but due to screen not being perfect I'm considering returning it to wait on the iPad Pro?

I'm just not sure if the iPad Pro will be intended for the same purposes as the current Air 2?

What if I wait and then find out I needed an Air 2 anyway? :)
 

sracer

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I had an iPad 3rd generation. I still have it.

I recently purchased the Air 2, but due to screen not being perfect I'm considering returning it to wait on the iPad Pro?

I'm just not sure if the iPad Pro will be intended for the same purposes as the current Air 2?

What if I wait and then find out I needed an Air 2 anyway? :)
Well then you'll be able to buy an iPad air 2 at a discount.
 

perezr10

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The resale value on the iPad so so good you could buy an Air 2 now and if the next iPad is mind-blowing awesome, you could sell it and upgrade for not too much of a penalty.
 

sracer

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The resale value on the iPad so so good you could buy an Air 2 now and if the next iPad is mind-blowing awesome, you could sell it and upgrade for not too much of a penalty.
That is generally true. However, sometimes Apple keeps the previous gen model available but drops the price... like the iPad mini 2. If that should happen to the iPad Air 2, the resale value won't be so great.
 

txa1265

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The only thing about I really care is battery life.. Is the same battery life as other Ipads?
Quick answer is 'no'. Battery life is shorter than iPad Air and basically every other iPad I have used (1, 2, 3, Mini, Air 1 and now 2).

*BUT* it is an incredibly efficient system that is very powerful and has awesome battery life. So while it might be slightly less - it isn't a let-down.
 

SHirsch999

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The only thing about I really care is battery life.. Is the same battery life as other Ipads?
Speaking as someone who owns and uses both, my recommendation would be to wait. The battery life is about the same, depending on usage. Bottom line is, right now there is nothing that I do on my iPad air 2 that I could not do on my iPad 4. Your usage may not be the same as mine, so your experience may differ....
 

Mliii

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I love my Air 2. I'm glad I didn't wait! The thing is blazingly fast, the screen is beautiful, and I'm very pleased with it.
There are always going to be those who prefer to wait- but you'll be waiting forever if you're looking for perfection. There will be glitches and trade offs with every new model of every device created by every manufacturer. That's just the way technology works.
If you have the money and you have the need, and the Air 2 does what you need a tablet to do, what are you waiting for?
Yes, the next one will be faster, and the one after that will be faster still, and and and... You'll wind up waiting for the Air 15...and even that won't meet with everyone's approval.
 
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capathy21

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So battery life is the same as the original Ipad air?
I find the battery life a little less than my original Air that now belongs to my wife.

Battery Life aside, I find the Air 2 better in every way. While only marginally lighter, it's the first iPad I've been able to hold in one hand for extended periods of time and it not feel heavy. The 2GB of ram definitely helps with overall performance. The way the display is basically against the glass makes a big difference.

I only got an iPad Air 2 because my wife basically took over my Air. Otherwise I would have waited for the Air 3 or beyond. But in the end I'm glad I did because I love everything about the Air 2.
 

ron7624

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I had an iPad 3rd generation. I still have it.

I recently purchased the Air 2, but due to screen not being perfect I'm considering returning it to wait on the iPad Pro?

I'm just not sure if the iPad Pro will be intended for the same purposes as the current Air 2?

What if I wait and then find out I needed an Air 2 anyway? :)
Life is too short. You can't have too many toys. It simply isn't possible. You need both. Go ahead and get it. You deserve it. :p
 

Royksöpp

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Now is a great time to buy, especially with all the discounts around. The next iPad won't be released till the end of november.
 

txa1265

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Slightly worse
Exactly agree. I would say it is within 10%, but it is noticeable if you are a heavy user and sub the Air 2 in place of the Air.

Also, as for the utility of the iPad in general ... it is awesome. There is a reason I have had once from each generation. However, for me anyway, with the iPhone 6 Plus and having bought a Macbook Air 11.6 last summer, suddenly I feel the squeeze on the utility of the Air.

But it is a personal use thing ...
 

Zxxv

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I an still undecided.
then wait because you will get over the honey moon period very quickly and be back to wanting the next one as theres obviously something about the current model that has you doubting. That won't go away. Put your money back in your pocket and re-lign it as its obviously burning a hole.
 

Closingracer

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Quick answer is 'no'. Battery life is shorter than iPad Air and basically every other iPad I have used (1, 2, 3, Mini, Air 1 and now 2).



*BUT* it is an incredibly efficient system that is very powerful and has awesome battery life. So while it might be slightly less - it isn't a let-down.

Huh ? I have used the air and air 2 and the air 2 is actually better in terms of battery life at least for me
 

ventuss

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I have the iPad Air and just got the Air 2. The reason I didn't get it before was because I was happy with the Air and thought I'd regret buying it. Here are my impressions...

I liked it a lot, I didn't expect the screen to feel better to the touch (less plastic) and the laminated display makes everything look different, not much better, but more immersive and alive, I really liked it.

sound isn't as good as the original Air, but it's okay for something this thin, and it vibrates when the speakers are loud, but I can live with that too. Battery feels the same, it's hard to tell because I've been gaming a lot.

So far I didn't find any game that would make use of the new A8X. Most games always ran good enough on the Air, but Everything runs smoother, games like The Wolf Among Us, Civilization Revolution 2, and XCOM are a joy to play. Also, I'm an addicted Hearthstone player, and on the Air there was a huge risk of switching apps for a moment and the game shutting down, now it feels a lot better since it has 2GB of memory.

Screen uniformity is good, this is the best screen that I've ever had on an iPad. I don't regret buying it, and I'll keep using the Air as well, but if you are a gamer or simply use the iPad for things other than web browsing, you are not going to regret, because this is much more future proof than the original Air. Now yes, I'd be happy with my original Air if web browsing were the only use for it, cause the Air 2 is a beast and the Air is still going to run everything pretty well.

Oh well, I love this iPad Air 2!!! :O now if you have the money, forget common sense and just go buy it because you won't regret this decision :D