All iPads Decision Making Help Needed

Discussion in 'iPad' started by lyngo, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. lyngo macrumors 6502

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    I have had an iPad for travel use for my main computer for the last year or so. It has been a good tool and device for producing and consuming. In my line of work, it has worked flawlessly.

    I recently upgraded to an iPad air and I have been having some significant problems. Between yellowing in the screen, dust underneath the screen, dead pixels, I have gone through about 10 of them in all. I'm tired and frustrated by this as I am sure the local employees are tired of me, too.

    I have the 64GB LTE version of the Air and I am really thinking about swapping it out for a refurb 13" MacBook Air, plus getting an iPad mini (non retina display) because of the weekend sales, to accompany the MBA. I have never had an iPad mini and my eyes have been spoiled with the retina display of the iPad and iPad air. Do you think that this is a good move? I am able to get decent prices on it, but I am a little fearful of going back to three devices (with the phone).

    What do you think? Is this a move that you would make? Why? Why not? Thanks so much in advance.
     
  2. ugcop macrumors 6502a

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    The chances of you pulling ten bad airs in a row are too astronomical to calculate. It leaves me near speechless. Perhaps you should try HP or Asus.
     
  3. lyngo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wasn't 10 in a row. It was over the course of several weeks. I wouldn't notice the yellowing effect until I was at home in lower level light.
     
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  5. everydayCARD macrumors member

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    I would have to say going back to a non retina display would be a bad move as you wont be genuinely satisfied with it; it would be more like settling for less as there is a great deal for it. For me, in the process of trying hard to get the best deal possible on products, i some times made the decision to settle for less. I can say that it didn't always work out as i always knew on the back of my mind that this wasn't what i really wanted. Considering how light the macbook airs have become, i would say that going to a macbook air would be a better decision for you, as i believe that you could be more productive on a macbook air than on an iPad. I would recommend you look at some deals for iPad airs going on tonight and settle for a smaller gb, wifi only model as the savings are pretty good on those models.

    On a side note, i completely agree and understand that apple's QC has gone down the drains with the latest products. I have a speck of dust in my screen, but i am too afraid to go swap it out with what may have even greater problems.

    When you swapped them out, did they give you a full retail swap, or did they just give you a "replacement unit"?
     
  6. lyngo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Both. Some were replacement units. Others were full retail.

    I'm thinking about taking this one back and just going with a MacBook Air. I'm tired of the swap outs and playing the iPad roulette game. I'm thinking of getting an older mini to accompany it.
     
  7. lyngo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I wish I knew what to do, as target has their gift card sale right now with the purchase of an iPad mini. I have just become so entrenched in the iOS environment and this has become my normal workflow. I miss the Mac OS environment, but I am use to iOS.

    Also, the yellow on my iPad air is simply annoying. Do I take my chances on new equipment or just tolerate this. Argh. So annoying. Sorry for the vent, but I am just frustrated as to what to do about this whole thing.
     
  8. ugcop macrumors 6502a

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    You have gone through 10 iPad Air looking for the perfect screen and in a previous post you went through 9 laptops looking for the right one. Do you see a clue here?

    Is it Memorex or is it live?

    More to the point : Is it Apple or is it you?

    Maybe your expectations or not rooted in reality.
     
  9. everydayCARD macrumors member

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    Did you get the air from the apple store?
    I am trying to decide whether i would like to swap out my air, but i am afraid that i might risk getting a refurb unit since i didnt get my air through Apple Store
     
  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Go to an Apple store and swap it if there is something wrong with it. Why does it matter if it's refurb?
     
  11. Akack macrumors 6502a

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    First sentence tells me that you will hate the non retina ipad mini. Would hate for you to buy one then start a new thread here complaining about the low resolution on the mini.
     
  12. everydayCARD macrumors member

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    Since this iPad Air is almost a brand new unit, getting a refurbished unit is not that different to me than getting a used unit. Its one of the reasons why apple sells refurbished units at a discounted price. In a way, i would be losing money or the value on my ipad if i get it swapped out with a refurbished unit.
     
  13. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    No, you'd be getting a replacement unit in "amost new" condition. Your "almost new" iPad is still used. If the replacement is functionally and aesthetically equivalent, why does it matter?
     

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