iPad Ipad 2 ok for young teens?

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  1. itzme macrumors newbie

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    Hi, my son had his kindle stolen, and I wanted to replace it. I saw that on ebay if I watched the auctions I could get an iPad 2 for almost the same money as a fire. Bought two iPad 2's (one came with a life proof case which I had always wanted though did not because of the price-I bought so I could put on my iPad 4).

    So they come in the mail, they are nice, certainly ok for kids, was thinking of giving to them for Christmas.

    Next day I see that Target is giving 200 trade in for iPads.

    My question should I trade in the iPad 2's for two iPad mini's? I would get a new warranty, but the processor and screen are the same.

    To add, they mostly would use it for kindle, browsing, youtube and mine craft.
     
  2. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    How much did you pay for the iPad 2? If it's break even after the Target trade-in and whatever extra you have to shell out for the Mini, I'd go Mini for the warranty.
     
  3. itzme thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i only paid 120 each for them, and one of them came with a life proof case, a apple smart case a speck folio case and a bluetooth keyboard, so I could keep those for my iPad 4. I guess I could make the mini for their christmas present and make their day.
     
  4. Count Blah macrumors 68030

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    I'd say they are OK. Although a bit heavy, it does feel "solid". IF you can comfortably upgrade to the mini, then that would be nice as well. There is a new retina mini coming out in a week or two. So I'm not sure what the price of the existing minis would be in comparison.

    For the tasks you mention, the iPad 2 would work just fine. I play minecraft with my son - he has an android(same innerds as the nexus 7 - 2012) and I play on the iPad2. Both have a blast.
     
  5. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

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    I think it would be worth the extra $100 for each to upgrade to a brand new iPad mini with warranty.

    Part of the reason I say that is that the batteries in the iPad 2s are probably already 2 years old and out of warranty and I think it costs $100 to replace the battery.

    That being said, the iPad 2 is still a good device and completely useable...just the warranty and new battery would be worth paying extra for I think :)
     
  6. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Would like to point out you can get a refurb Mini for $250. The box does say refurbished but once they take the Mini out of the box, it'll work the same anyway and you still get the new battery and 1-year warranty.
     
  7. Count Blah macrumors 68030

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    OP is looking to use the target $200 trade in offer for older iPads. So (s)he might be limited to target inventory on the tradeup.
     
  8. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    True but if OP normally shops at Target anyway, or plans to do other holiday shopping there, it's possible to use the $400 gift card on other items and get the iPads from Apple. Hmm, can you use Target gift cards to buy Apple Store gift cards?
     
  9. Poochi macrumors 6502a

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    Get Retina Mini,

    Those old screens cause eye strains after prolonged period of use.

    Pretty sure your teens eyes are worth that little extra expense...
     
  10. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

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    I vote new Mini. They'll love it more because it's new, and that's reason enough. ;)
     
  11. itzme thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I decided to keep the ipad 2's. They seem fine and battery seems fine so I'll take the chance with gem breaking. At 120$ I won't cry if they don't last forever. Plus I don't have to buy new cases.
     
  12. iDuel macrumors 6502a

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    No, you can only buy them online or in the store.
     
  13. hugodrax macrumors 6502a

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    Have him work for it and when he fills his money jar he gets a new ipad. :D
     
  14. alphaod macrumors Core

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  15. charlituna macrumors G3

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    nope. outside stores only have iTunes gift cards. not Store ones
     
  16. Silver78 macrumors 6502

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    If he is a boy i would get a new ipad.

    If I as a young boy wanted to play nice games I would feel like cartman in southpark getting the handypad

    http://youtu.be/gl7-avnYRps

    "Mom you have a lipstick? Cause I atleast want to look pretty when you f... Me"

    Ipad 2 will not run the "real" games

    Oh ...and wrap it in otterbox and turn on find my ipad. Maybe even give the kid a kensington proximo.
     
  17. Cell-666 macrumors 6502

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    iPad 2 ok for young teens? Yes I guess so, but they said that about a Jimmy Saville.

    Google it :(
     
  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    WTF? :confused:
     
  19. charlituna macrumors G3

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    Sure. It's not as pretty looking a display as the 3+ but it works.

    or get a 1st Gen Mini which is easier to carry in the hands, more suitable in some ways for movement based games. And with the same resolution as a 2 in a physically smaller screen, has better DPI than the iPad 2 so the screen looks better even though it's not retina. And the processor is a bit better
     

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