All iPads Buying advice-upgrade from iPad 2

Discussion in 'iPad' started by hel22, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. hel22 macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2010
    So I own an iPad 2 which is working great besides the sudden onset of weakest wifi signal ever so it has become useless :(
    So I'm looking to upgrade and I can't spend more than 470 dollars. So I'm thinking between iPad air 1 32GB or iPad mini 3 64GB. Both I can get for same price. The mini 3 is the latest model so that is a plus. I do watch lots of video's so would the mini be too small for that?
    Or should I go for the air 1?
    Advice please :)
  2. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I'd get the Air 1. The mini 3 is kind of a lame product in that it's hardly better than the mini 2 but costs more. If you liked the smaller form then just get the mini 2 and either save money or get more storage for the same expenditure.

    The ful size screen of the Air is a great thing though and if you are used to that size then you'll want to stay with the full size ipad.

    Get the Air 1. It's a great tablet.
  3. hel22 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2010
    Thanks for the advice! What's the big difference between the mini 2 and 3 besides the fingerprint sensor?
  4. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    That's it and you can get it in gold. The only reason why I got the mini 3 over the 2 is because I wanted 128GB of storage and the mini 2 is now only available up to 32GB.
  5. hel22 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2010
    Ok, I see. So how can I be sure the ipad air won't have the same wifi problems as my iPad 2? My ipad 2 would have been used many more years had the wifi not been so horrible :(
    And it happened from one minute to the next..
  6. matraco macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2014
    Are you sure that wifi problem is not software/router related?

    If is not, repairing that shouldnt cost that much surely?
  7. hel22 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2010
    No. I tried everything and my other apple products (ipod touch and iphone 3GS) work flawlessly, even upstairs. iPad doesn't even get a full signal next to the router...
    I read up a lot and it seems this problem isn't solved anywhere. And it happened still on iOS 7 so I upgraded to 8 hoping this will fix but nope.... Nothing.
  8. matraco macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2014
    Damn, having a perfectly usable device spoiled for that is annoying.

    Have you thought about repairing it yourself? there are some tutorials out there. It is not easy mind you.
  9. hel22 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2010
    I know, it's very annoying but I don't mind to upgrade. I wanna try and sell it too for a bit..
  10. hel22 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2010
    Just bought the ipad air 1 on amazon... Hope it will be ok..
    Thanks for all the help!
  11. sanke1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2010
  12. Frosteric901 macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2014
    tbh the only thing separating the iPad air 1 and mini 3 is the touch id and tbh it isn't that big of a feature to merit a purchase of a smaller iPad. the air is a great tablet amazing battery life, screen and just downright awesome...sp
  13. oldmacs macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2010
    If you want to use your iPad 2 as a backup try erasing it and seeing if that fixes the wifi problem :p

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