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ginofresh

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I am thinking about getting an iPad for just web,youtube,games but should I get the cheap iPad? or should I just go with the new iPad Air? I won't use any keyboard so that I don't care about. my questions is, is this iPad still a good buy?
 

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I am thinking about getting an iPad for just web,youtube,games but should I get the cheap iPad? or should I just go with the new iPad Air? I won't use any keyboard so that I don't care about. my questions is, is this iPad still a good buy?
Get the budget iPad. It should be good for your use if you don’t care about any of those Pro features
 

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I had the 2017 model and really loved it. The only thing I hated was the screen unfortunately. Colors are kinda blah on it compared to iPad and iPhone screens with the wide color gamut. I also hate non-laminated screens, which the cheaper iPad has. Otherwise though it's great for all the things you mentioned and has a wonderful battery life. You can also use a keyboard on it if you want (bluetooth). If you can spend a little extra, I'd say the Air is worth it. You'll definitely notice the larger, more vibrant (and laminated) screen. I've also come to love True Tone and no longer want screens without it. It's just that good (and healthier for my eyes).
 

ericwn

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Sounds to me like the entry level iPad takes care of these use cases just fine. The old 10.5 Pro is on sale at some places, in case you look for something more exiting.
 

Jack Neill

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I replaced a Air 2 with a 6th gen and I missed the laminated display, but I love the pencil support. iOS 12 runs great on it. I do think the quad speakers on my 10.5 are a huge upgrade compared to it tho.
 
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haruhiko

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I think at this price range the base mini is even more attractive. Just about 70$ more you get the latest A12 SoC with a P3 colour laminated screen.
 
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If you intend to play games that have above average graphics, you might consider the new iPads, but then again, I’m sure the A10 can handle all the games that are currently out and most future games for the next couple years. There could be a base iPad refresh coming up, but nobody knows for sure or when.
 

Jack Neill

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I think at this price range the base mini is even more attractive. Just about 70$ more you get the latest A12 SoC with a P3 colour laminated screen.
I had a iPad mini 2 and thought it was the best form factor. I eyeing the new mini, but I already have a 6th gen and a 10.5. I'm not sure I need a third iPad..
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If you intend to play games that have above average graphics, you might consider the new iPads, but then again, I’m sure the A10 can handle all the games that are currently out and most future games for the next couple years. There could be a base iPad refresh coming up, but nobody knows for sure or when.
I play Civ 6 on mine and its great!
 

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If you intend to play games that have above average graphics, you might consider the new iPads, but then again, I’m sure the A10 can handle all the games that are currently out and most future games for the next couple years. There could be a base iPad refresh coming up, but nobody knows for sure or when.
I'd be willing to bet that the Air 2 can still handle all the games that are currently out
 

Crow_Servo

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I'd be willing to bet that the Air 2 can still handle all the games that are currently out
Handle? Yes. But the graphics settings would probably need to be relatively low. To fully utilize the graphics, you’d likely need the A10. It totally depends on the game, though.

The game I’m concerned with is PUBG Mobile. The Mini 4 couldn’t go beyond medium frame rates, couldn’t do anti-aliasing, HDR, etc. On my Mini 5, it does HDR, Ultra frame rates, anti-aliasing, etc. The upcoming Call of Duty Mobile will almost undoubtedly be the same situation. The gameplay is very different with the higher frame rates and more detail. It was worth the upgrade for that alone.
 

Act3

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Handle? Yes. But the graphics settings would probably need to be relatively low. To fully utilize the graphics, you’d likely need the A10. It totally depends on the game, though.

The game I’m concerned with is PUBG Mobile. The Mini 4 couldn’t go beyond medium frame rates, couldn’t do anti-aliasing, HDR, etc. On my Mini 5, it does HDR, Ultra frame rates, anti-aliasing, etc. The upcoming Call of Duty Mobile will almost undoubtedly be the same situation. The gameplay is very different with the higher frame rates and more detail. It was worth the upgrade for that alone.
The Air 2 has significantly faster metal graphics and multicore performance over the Mini 4

https://browser.geekbench.com/ios-benchmarks/
 
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I am thinking about getting an iPad for just web,youtube,games but should I get the cheap iPad? or should I just go with the new iPad Air? I won't use any keyboard so that I don't care about. my questions is, is this iPad still a good buy?
I believe it is a great buy for an Apple Product!!
Get the ipad and invest the difference. :D
 

UnLiMiTeD558

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Honestly when they announced the two new iPads, I watched tons of videos and read the reviews to see if it was really worth the extra cost to move over from my 2018 iPad. At the end of it all, I really couldn’t justify doing it, especially with all the sales on them constantly, I can’t justify the extra cost to move over right now.

Maybe if they throw out some great sales later on
 

tps3443

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Honestly when they announced the two new iPads, I watched tons of videos and read the reviews to see if it was really worth the extra cost to move over from my 2018 iPad. At the end of it all, I really couldn’t justify doing it, especially with all the sales on them constantly, I can’t justify the extra cost to move over right now.

Maybe if they throw out some great sales later on
I own a iPad 2018 6th gen, and a iPad 11” Pro.

While I kinda agree with you, it’s all about what your doing with your iPad. It sounds like the iPad 2018 is perfect for you. And it is really an awesome iPad, sometimes when I’m holding my sons, I feel stupid for spending so much on my fancy 1TB cellular 11” pro version. Even if I got a great deal on it.. But, I’m also using it for more intensive creative stuff, and mass storage on top of that.

It’s all about if you can use extra ram, a little extra screen, extra storage, and if a much faster processor is beneficial to you. And If you don’t need it, then why even buy one? There’s no need to upgrade.