iPad Hoping to make a frugal, wise decision with purchasing a new iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by noanker, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. noanker macrumors member

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    My wife's iPad 2 has seen better days. The lag is almost unbearable and she has patiently soldiered on with this issue for the past year and a half. In light of the new 9.7 iPad to be revealed on Monday, I am curious to see what Apple has to offer.

    I want to purchase a device that will last about 5 years which is how long my wife has had her iPad. She uses it primarily for surfing, Facebook, Kindle, emails and digital art (Brushes app and Art Set.) So she isn't exactly taxing the A5 processor, but the overhead of the latest iOS seems to be the cause of the debilitating lag. So having the latest and greatest may or may not be the most important decision in my purchasing process.

    I like Apple's products and we as a family are fully immersed into the Apple ecosystem in our house. What I have grown to dislike is the mindset of some who replace their iDevices with each new product release. From a frugality standpoint, that simply is wasteful for me. That I have the means to do so isn't the point, I'd rather save or invest the cash rather than be on the never-ending merry go round of updating my device year after year.

    I have been looking at the refurbished iPad Air 2 on Apple's website and am waiting for Monday's reveal to see not only what new iPad is offered but if that product doesn't appeal to me, I'm hoping the prices of the refurbs drops a bit.

    I'm fairly certain a refurb iPad Air 2 would suit her well and the Air 2 would no doubt be a quantum leap over what she has now. I'm hoping that the Air 2 could function properly with the new few iterations of iOS for at least 3 to 4 more years.

    I'm not averse to buying the latest iPad if the features AND price are decent, but given the way my wife typically uses the iPad, I wonder if the new 9.7 would be overkill and thus overspend. We also both have iPhone 5s and plan to keep those at least another year if not 2, depending if they also function well with new iOS updates.

    My question to the forum is given the aforementioned average use the prospective iPad I'll purchase will see, what are your opinions regarding the Air 2 as a potential replacement? Again, I'll watch the keynote to see what the new 9.7 iPad will offer, but I have my doubts that an A9X and A8X are really going to have a perceptible difference to my wife.
     
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    If your main goal is to have the iPad last five years, then whichever iPad you end up buying, my advice is not to update the OS beyond two generations. That is, if you buy a device that comes with iOS 9, update it to 11, then stay at 11 for the remainder of the device's lifespan.

    I do think the Air2 could be a long lasting device, but I wouldn't update it past iOS 10, since it originally shipped with iOS 8.
     
  3. masotime macrumors 68000

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    The Air 2 is excellent value for money.

    The only reason I'd recommend the newer iPad over it is potential Apple pencil support. Since your wife likes digital art, it may be worthwhile to get the newer one instead.

    Alternatively, if you don't mind the size you can get really good deals on the iPad pro on eBay now....
     
  4. noanker thread starter macrumors member

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    The Apple Pencil is rather steep IMO. The Jot Pro is a 3rd of the price of the Apple Pencil and is compatible with the Air2.

    Ultimately if my wife decided that she had to have the Apple Pencil, we'd go in the direction of the upcoming iPad. I guess I should have her view the keynote for the Ipad Pro so she can see the Apple Pencil and decide if that's an option she's interested in.
     
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    If you have a store nearby you could go to have your wife try the Pencil, that might give her a better idea of whether it's something she wants. Also, have you checked out this thread?
    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/share-your-drawings-with-ipad-pro-apple-pencil.1938898/
     
  6. mrklaw macrumors 65816

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    The pencil is something she should really go into a store and try out. Honestly it is pretty amazing so go in prewarned :)

    If your wife really likes her art, she will likely love the pencil. And yes it is expensive. But the 9.7" pro will easily last you for years so it could still be considered a good investment

    If budget is a consideration or your wife isn't bothered about the pencil, then the air 2 will be a great buy - consider the apple refurbished ones after the event on Monday for even better savings
     
  7. Farrellcollie macrumors regular

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    Does your wife have an opinion about which one she might like?
     
  8. noanker thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. We just viewed the keynote from last September's iPad Pro reveal and she has already decided she wants to Apple Pencil but would prefer the 9.7" size anticipated on Monday. She felt the Pro was a tad too large for her.
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    We're going to wait to view the keynote from tomorrow's reveal and make the decision. She's leaning towards a smaller size screen at this time.
     
  9. lagwagon Suspended

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    Definitely go for the soon to be announced iPad Pro 9.7". Purely based on the fact you want it to last a minimum 5 years. Latest will pretty much always give you the most longevity. The A9X with 2-4gb of RAM will last in the iOS world for a very long time.

    Then there's the Pencil. Nothing compares to it if your wife likes digital art.

    Plus the option of using any Smart Connector accessory (now it's just keyboards but there could be other things Apple has planned for it down the road. Which I think they do have plans if the iPhone 7 Pro leak was remotely real because it had the connector as well, and the placement wouldn't line up to use for a keyboard.
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    I also want to add.

    If you do choose the newest 9.7" Pro and Pencil.

    Procreate is hands down the best digital art creation app out there. It does it all, very robust and accurate.
     
  10. off_piste macrumors 6502a

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    I understand trying to save money but you can take it too far. $200 extra when using a device over four years is actually not that much.
     
  11. noanker thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. The keynote from September 2015 showed Procreate and I've shown it to the wife and she is definitely interested.
     
  12. ProjectManager101 Suspended

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    I have an iPad 4 collecting dust basically, 32GB of ram. Nothing like having an actual laptop, even a mac book air. Get one of the actual iPads once discontinued with 32GB of ram and that would do.
     
  13. mrklaw macrumors 65816

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    Let us know which one you end up going for, and if you do get a pro (whatever size), let us know what your wife thinks of it as an art tool :)
     
  14. masotime macrumors 68000

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    Well, if the new iPad does come with 4GB of RAM, then it's fairly certain that it'll be future proof for some time. The original iPad had 256Mb, and the iPad 2 512Mb, which is probably why they have issues running later versions of iOS that have more features.
     
  15. neteng101 macrumors 65816

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    If it has 4GB then go for the new iPad Pro 9.7... the A8X is fine enough but the RAM will go a long ways. The iPad 2 would be a lot more bearable today if it only had 1GB of RAM vs. the 512MB it has.
     
  16. noanker thread starter macrumors member

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    The wife decided she wants the 9.7" and the Apple Pencil.

    I'll post back once I have feedback regarding its use as an art tool.
     

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