iPad Buying Advice: iPad 4 Refurb or Ipad Air

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  1. TigerNation10 macrumors member

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    In the market to purchase my first iPad. I am a college student and looking to use it for eBooks, PDFs, standard browsing and app use. Taking/storing photos and storing tons of songs is not something I plan to do a lot of (keeping that for iPhone) so I don't believe a lot of storage is necessary for me.

    I'm debating between the refurbished iPad 4 ($379 16GB, $449 32GB) and the iPad Air ($499 16GB). Which is the better value? Worth the extra dollars for the Air?
     
  2. Klae17 macrumors 65816

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    Get the Air. If money is a concern, get the Air. You will be able to keep it longer and it will have more support for updates.
     
  3. Formativeyears macrumors member

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    I went with the refurbished iPad 4 over the Air. I actually prefer the more substantial design, and I saved 170 dollars on a 64 GB version. Since I use the iPad almost exclusively at home, the difference in weight and size mean nothing to me. Plus, I consider the Air a "Gen 1" product. I'll upgrade when all the bugs have been worked out.
     
  4. nickdylan macrumors regular

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    If money is a major factor I'd say go with the iPad 4. The Air has a faster processor and a different design, but in practical use they're pretty much the same. They also have the same amount of RAM which seems to be the limiting factor for the iPad right now (although I hear a lot of that will be remedied in 7.1). Either way you can't really go wrong, but if money is a factor and you don't mind a heavier (and some would say more substantial) device, go with the iPad 4.
     
  5. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    I was in the same boat a few months ago. I was all set to beat the system and get a refurbed 4th gen unit. Then, I went to best buy and played around with the Air. I came home with one that day. Unless you can the 4th gen for a huge amount less I'd get the Air. It's just a better device all around.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    I think the Air is so much nicer, that unless you get some serious mark downs on the iPad 4, you'll be better off.

    I don't know what the future holds with 64 bit cpus but you'll have one and not worry about that.
     
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  9. RebornProphet Suspended

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    January mate. JANUARY.
     
  10. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

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    It's still better....
     
  11. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

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    The air doesnt feel as high end as the 4 imo

    having said that...of course id take the air still...for the internals...
     
  12. mhdena macrumors 6502

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    As of 11/25/14


    Refurbished iPad Air Wi-Fi 32GB - Space Gray $389.00



    Refurbished iPad Air Wi-Fi 128GB - Space Gray $529.00
     
  13. Mike Delta macrumors 6502

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    Definitely the air.
     
  14. RebornProphet Suspended

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    Yeah, I've owned both. And the one before.

    Of course go for the Air over the 4. Thinner, lighter, smaller, twice as fast. And now £100 cheaper.

    Just don't see the point in regurgitating almost year old threads.
     
  15. seasurfer macrumors 6502a

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    An iPad 4 16GB is no way worth more than $320.
     
  16. Max(IT) Suspended

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    The thread is from January !
     

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