If all I want is PDF and couch-browsing, is an iPad 4 for $100 an okay choice?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by James.K.Polk, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2015
    32 GB Wifi+Cellular, seemingly good condition... I've owned quite a few iPads but I never push them to their limit, and I'm now thinking something cheap is right for me. Is this iPad a bad choice right now?
  2. Suckfest 9001 macrumors 65816

    Suckfest 9001

    May 31, 2015
    For 100 dollars, it is a steal. Go for it as long as it really works and isn't activation locked.
  3. Jal217 macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2015
    I know they are more expensive but if you could find an iPad air in your price range id say that's a much better choice. Simply because the weight and size is much much better for couch use. You'd be surprised the difference it makes.

    Power wise though the iPad 4 would be fine for couch use for sure.
  4. sorcery macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2016
    Ring of Fire
    At that price I'd be tempted even if I didn't need one. But the screen size may be a little limiting for large PDFs.
  5. pika2000 macrumors 68030

    Jun 22, 2007
    Not too bad for $100, unless if you can find iPad Air for a bit more.
    Try finding a (maybe) cheaper wifi only version. You probably won't need cellular based on your usage.
  6. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    iPad 4 is a fine device - we still have one in regular rotation as a kids/family device. I agree that an Air would be a better choice mostly for the form-factor which is much more comfortable to hold, but would guess they are probably still about double that price?
  7. sracer macrumors 603


    Apr 9, 2010
    Land of Bongos and Beatniks
    I agree. If the OP could get the Air for nearly (no more than $30 more than the 4) the same price, go with the Air, but as long as the 4 is in good condition it will still serve well.

    My 4 is still in active service. My daughter uses it at college and it continues to work nearly as well as the day it was new. The 4 had the best battery life of any iPad I own and with 1GB RAM, it will continue to be useful for quite some time to come.
  8. iPadDad macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2014
    I wouldn't, with iOS 10 coming out now, that device is going to become noticably slow, go at least an air 1, which will be a more enjoyable experience for your couch and PDF surfing.
  9. aypues macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2012
    San Diego
    Totally fine. I am on an iPad 4 and no issues aside from some occasional lagginess. Some pdf's dont work right in the normal web browser so i open them in Acrobat itself.
  10. macdragonfl macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2006
    Ft. Lauderdale,Fl
    Surprisingly the 4 runs great on iOS 10, no speed loss. I've run the iOS 10 beta from first to GM.

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