For someone that only uses the iPad for reading and watching TV.. is it worth upgrading?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by duelingdragons, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

    May 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    I'm running out of gift ideas for my wife for Christmas, so I was going to jump on the Best Buy sale going on and upgrade her from her old iPad 2 to an Air 2 - my dilemma is that all she really uses the iPad for is reading and watching TV (mainly using an app provided by our cable provider).

    She's not really a techie, so I honestly feel like it would be a waste. Does anyone have any thoughts on if upgrading would just be a silly waste?

    Thanks. I know this topic is dumb but I need some voices of reason, lol.
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I think it would be worth it. Better screen, more RAM, lighter, will be supported longer, etc.
  3. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Agreed. If she uses her iPad to read ebooks then the weight decrease and better screen by themselves easily make it a worthy upgrade.
  4. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    Absolutely worth it. The Retina display alone is worth the upgrade. Not to mention it's MUCH lighter and faster overall. Upgraded my wife from a ipad 2 to an Air when the Air came out. Her usage is virtually identical and she appreciated the better display and weight decrease.
  5. davideotape macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2012
    unless shes actually struggling with the weight im not sure it matters much.

    its a sizable upgrade at this point though, skipping 3 generations. she'll notice the difference. its not the most practical gift but thats part of the charm of gifts sometimes
  6. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Thank you so much for the advice. It just seems so silly to upgrade when she has a perfectly working (albeit "ancient") device, but I think I'm going to pull the trigger :D
  7. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    It is now more of a portable TV than any other product out there.

    Anyone remember the 10 pound 13 inch TVs back in the 80's?

    For what you've disclosed as usage, totally worth the upgrade to a bigger screen. Think in terms of a 36 inch LED vs. a 55-60 inch LED.
  8. 0003462 Suspended

    Dec 17, 2013
    Do you think she'd begin to use it differently if she had the Air 2?

    With my iPhone 4s, I find I sometimes don't use specific functions when I'd like to (even just swiping up Control Centre) because of the performance.

    Switching between apps and searching and loading websites and typing etc is such a different experience between the iPad 2 and iPad Air 2. She'd also get Siri, AirDrop, Handoff, Proactive, Apple Pay, Split View, Picture-in-Picture, Drawing within Notes, and whatever else I've missed out.
  9. Ries macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2007
    No, not worth it.

    I watch all on the laptop. I can lie down and have the laptop on the stomach, no holding the screen.

    For reading, would you really like to hold a A4 sized book? Either the font is going to be huge or the screen is going to be one massive block of text.
  10. JonSarge3108 macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2015
    He's talking Air - it's the same size/form factor?

    And iBooks in landscape on an iPad Pro is about the same size as an open printed book with the iPad splitting in the middle and showing 2 pages at once - just like a physical printed book ?
  11. mdridwan47 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
    Yes. iPad Air 2 is infinitely more powerful compared to the iPad 2. You'll end up using it for more stuff.
  12. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
    Yeah this is a good point - she will be able to do way more with it. I also got her a bluetooth keyboard so she can use it for work stuff too. I feel good about the decision now! :D
  13. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    Heck yeah, the size is amazing for both. Mine barely leaves the house and I love it. If I was traveling with it daily I'd probably want something smaller.
  14. cg006 macrumors regular


    Oct 1, 2012
    Dont forget also a better screen, upgraded WIFI, stereo speakers.
  15. TPadden, Dec 11, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2015

    TPadden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    Everyone answers with their own perspective, I answer from my wife's. What she has now is working fine and no matter what I buy if I just gave her the money she would spend it on something else.

    If it makes you feel better: yes she will like and use the upgrade.
  16. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    How much time does she spend on the IPad 2? If not a pretty decent amount, don't upgrade.
  17. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    I agree with others, the upgrade from the iPad 2 to the Air 2 is worth it with the current sales going on... even for your wife's uses.
  18. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    Does she ever complain about it being heavy or anything like that?
    Upgrading would be a lot lighter and have a more crisp screen. She may enjoy that.
    Is it worth it? Well you need to decide that part.
  19. MJedi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2010
    The iPad Air 2 will be so much better for reading because of the Retina Display. It will also be lighter and a bit smaller (less bezels) so it should make it easier to hold. Same goes for using it to watch TV. I would recommend getting it.

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