iPad Buying an iPad?

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  1. iphonefreak450, May 26, 2015
    Last edited: May 26, 2015

    iphonefreak450 macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    Hi folks,

    I want to buy my Mom an iPad since her HP notebook is really old.
    I want to lesson the weight burden as this notebook is heavy and less cables to deal with when on an iPad.

    So my question is, does she have to get another SIM from her carrier?
    She will ONLY use WiFi data in her house and that's it. No calls nothing. Only internet like browsing and email. She is not into apps or any of that stuff. She would like to just check emails and browse the net under a WiFi connection only. Think it would be ideal for her age. And plus, she is not tech literate at all for that matter. Think an iPad would be easy to use and would take a lot less space and weight.

    So as far as a SIM is concerned, does she need one for the iPad?

    She already has a SIM for her old flip phone, but its not a Nano SIM.

    And what's the best and the latest version of the iPad can I get her?
    As far as the extra stuff like Retina display and all that...I would not think she would care about that. She would not even know what Retina display means....:) :)

  2. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    If that is the case she can use a Wifi only model. The wifi models do not have a SIM card slot.

    If she liked the bigger screen the iPad Air 2 is the newest model. For a smaller screen I would go with the rMini.
  3. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Of the iPads Apple is selling, all models but the original iPad Mini have Retina displays. Since my guess is that she'll prefer the larger display, Retina will be a non-issue.

    Here's a handy page for you from Apple.com https://www.apple.com/ipad/compare/
  4. TechFann macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2014
    I would get the iPad Air 2 64GB wifi only model ($599 U.S.). It has a nice size screen, plenty of storage in case your mother might find an interest in apps eventually or if she wants to read books, magazines, etc. on it. It is also very light, .96 lbs, and the retina screen is great for reading text. My sister has the gold model and loves it.
  5. iphonefreak450 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    Thanks so much for the support here.
    I will see what the local Apple store has.

    Again, many thanks for this.
  6. ChinaRye macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    I got my mom an iPad a couple years ago to replace her bulky laptop. She loves the thing and doesn't know how she survived using a laptop. She's clearly not a power user and the iPad perfectly fit her needs.
  7. iphonefreak450 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    I think a 16GB will do just fine for her.
    Like I said, she is not into downloading games, music, or any like that.
    She just wants to check her email and internet only.

    Its funny....she hardly uses her notebook anyway....So she is not a tech junky :)
  8. imaccooper macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2014
    North Carolina
    I think you described my mom perfectly. We got her an iPad last year for her birthday and she has grown very fond of it. As you were describing, my mom doesn't have any games or music. She reads her emails, reads the news and occasionally surfs the web for general stuff.

    I think your mom will be very pleased with the iPad and be able to adapt to using it very quickly. I can say that 16 GB will definitely be enough as my mom probably has about half of it still available.

    Everyone will always recommend the latest model and I will definitely not debate that fact that the air 2 is a fantastic device, but my mom wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the iPad 2 and the air 2 except for the weight. I suggest that you look into getting an original air then put some of that saved money into a good case (not sure if your mom is the same, but my mom tends to drop things constantly).

    Whatever you decide, she will enjoy using it and I believe you will enjoy seeing her with it.
  9. iphonefreak450 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    There would be one problem though...If I get her the iPad, I might me using it more than her ::D:D

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