iPad iPad 9.7" and Christmas

Discussion in 'iPad' started by r0cki, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. r0cki macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2008
    With Christmas approaching, and me recently landing a somewhat stable (and paid) internship in my area, I'm looking to retire my faithful Nexus 7 2nd Generation.

    Being the sucker for technology that I am, and having done proper research, I've decided to go for an iPad 9.7". The screen is amazing and the OS is a breeze to use, and my girlfriend having an iPad of her own were also factors that influenced my decision.

    My question now is: having checked the Buyer's Guide and it saying Neutral for the iPad 9.7" (I assume an update for September 2018?), do you guys think that getting one now is a "safe" choice? I can get it for 419€ (32GB + Wi-Fi).

    iPad pro is way out of my price range, and there's no way I'm getting a Mini (nearly the same screen size than my Nexus 7).

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Mainsail macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2010
    I think the iPad 9.7 is a fine choice. With iOS 11, it is a great device for media consumption and light productivity. You won't be disappointed. Wait for Black Friday and other Holiday sales. You might get as much as $100 off at some big box stores.
  3. r0cki thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2008
    Yeah, forgot to say that its main use will be to watch Netflix. I got blown away by the screen quality on my girlfriend's iPad. The 9.7" form factor is the sweet spot for me.
  4. ozaz macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2011
    Buying now is a safe choice. I think you can safely assume at least 4 years of OS updates, based on previous history of iPad support.

    I suppose the 2017 iPad could get refreshed in spring 2018, but iPad product cycles don’t have the same regularity as iPhones, so I wouldn’t let that influence your decision.

    You praise the display on the 2017 iPad. This is actually the one thing that was criticised when it was released as the screen is a downgrade on the iPad it replaced (iPad Air 2). It has the same resolution but lost lamination and anti-reflective features so the difference probably only shows up in sunlight. I haven’t used one so can’t comment based on first hand experience. But if you’re happy with the experiences you’ve had with it, I’d say go for it!

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