iPad iPad 4 still worth getting?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MauerFan07, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. MauerFan07 macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2013
    I'm thinking of selling my iPad Mini, and getting an iPad 4. A 32GB refurbished 4 goes for $450, compared to $600 for 32GB iPad Air. I've never had a "regular" sized iPad so for those of you that I have...are the 4s fairly portable? I've thought about getting a 32GB Mini 2, but it's $50 than a refurb 4 and I'd like a full size iPad for a change. It'd compliment my 15" MBP.
  2. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Depends on how you define portable. It fits easily in my backpack or messenger bag so to me, it's portable. For someone who only has a small purse, it probably won't be.
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Right now is the best time to get good deals since a lot of supply.
  4. vatter69 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2013
    I sold my iPad3 for 300 and got the ipad4 refurb for 359. So basically got a nice upgrade and another year warranty for 59.
  5. Eth123 macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2013
    The ipad air is a big upgrade for ipads for the exterior design alone.

    I would be looking for at least a 40% discount if considering the ipad 4.

    Just get the air. The ipad 4 and earlier are collectively the first gen.
  6. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Buy one and try it out for size and weight. You should be able to find a preowned one at BB and you will have a week before the new Air is released to decide as you would be within the return window policy.
  7. satchmo macrumors 68000

    Aug 6, 2008
    I think for those who KNOW their iPad use is primarily at home should consider an iPad 4.

    It has the same retina display. Sure it's slower, and heavier, but if you're not moving around alot, why not save $150.

    Of course, if you're going to watch movies in bed, you might want to go for one of the lighter iPad models.
  8. Bilalo macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2012
    Oxford, England
    I will say no for 2 reasons

    Ipad air is lighter and newer look
    2. 64 bit a7 makes it good for the next 4-5 years since 64 bit allows it to get all new stuff and ipad 4 lags a bit for me
  9. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    If you want the 128GB models, savings is up to $200+tax difference. :D
  10. MauerFan07 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2013
    Awesome. None of us truly know, but do you think I can get at least 4 years out of it?
  11. gadget123 macrumors 68010

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Ipad 4 offered little over ipad 3.
  12. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Nope. Then again, I'm not really expecting the iPad Air to last that long either. I reckon you can probably get acceptable performance on year 3. Beyond that, even if an iOS update is offered, it probably won't run the latest OS all that well anyway.

    It finally offered the necessary performance upgrade to actually support the increased 2048*1536 resolution. :rolleyes:
  13. vatter69, Oct 30, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2013

    vatter69 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2013
    Lightning connector (sucks to have multiple cables)
    3x CPU performance
    HD front camera
    150m Wifi (compared to 65)

    Yea, it's not outstanding but nothing to sneeze at, specially for 50 Euros upgrade.

    Beside, what does iPad Air offer over iPad4 really? Less weight, different form and 2x CPU power. MiMo antennas but unsure if that's really faster than the 150m on the 4. And even if so, if this is really needed.
    64 bit and motion processor are really not worth debating over. And i don't use the camera beside the front one for FaceTime, which is the same as on last gen iPad right?
  14. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    So you're saying the jump from from 3->4 was more significant than 4->5?!

    Wow. I think you're in the minority if you think this.

    The 4 was a great iPad, will be relevant longer and is much better than the 3 due to the latter's technical limitations, but unless you use lots of photo processing apps and were very heavy into iOS gaming, hardly worth upgrading to from a 3.

    Ram limitations aside, the 5 is a much bigger leap year on year imo.
  15. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Not with 1gig of RAM it's not. Ask the iPad1 folks what it's like with a low amount of RAM.

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