iPad Air (1) still worth it?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by tweak25, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. tweak25 macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Hey all!

    I'm (finally) looking to get a new iPad. This would be strictly for web browsing, mail, Netflix/YouTube, reading eBooks/magazines and such. This means I definitely do not need the iPad Pro.

    With Apple's new iPad just released I am now torn between the new model and a refurb Air 2. However, I've also seen refurb IPad Airs (the original) going for very good prices.

    Considering my intended usage, would this still be a viable alternative at this point? Or should I just spend the extra cash and get the latest model for peace of mind?

    Thanks for your input!
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I personally would invest in an Air 2 or the new 9.7 iPad for the current price point. The Air 2 is still significantly fast and it does have the laminate display, which would help with reflexivity with reading in lighting conditions. You can find some great prices on the Air 2 and it will serve most of your needs easily.
  3. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I recommend just going for the Air 2 or 2017 iPad. At this point, Air is already in the "just usable" stage. You'll probably want to bang your head on your desk if you ever update the firmware.

    Whatever you chose, for the sake of your sanity, get at least 32GB storage.
  4. gobikerider macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    Do not buy an Air at this point as it will probably become sluggish on iOS 11. The Air 2 personally it performs fine although I am noticing just more and more pauses were I have to wait an extra second or 2 for it to catch up with itself. You really want the display I see no reason to choose it over the new iPad with a A9 other than that but honestly if you're looking into a good display iPad I'd point you towards the Pro models.
  5. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    DON'T get an iPad Air 1, iPad mini 2, or iPad mini 3. I have an iPad mini 2 and it is getting very slow and has a very small annoying amount of RAM. That also causes it to miss out on some nice multitasking features, on top of having more performance problems and more difficulty holding apps in memory in the background.

    Honestly if you have light needs but are on a budget, get an iPad Air 2 or the new iPad.
  6. MikeAK macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2011
    I wouldn't even consider an Air 1. At this point, after having watched and read a few 2017 iPad reviews, I'm not sure I'd even go out of my way to get an Air 2. So yeah, Air 1 is just a flat out bad investment.
  7. gobikerider macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    Air 1 isn't a investment at all
  8. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Air 2 wants you to marry her. She will serve you better.
  9. gobikerider macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    The Air 2 is a soon to be dying product as well I'd imagine it's downfall will begin in iOS 11 but we shall see.
  10. bodonnell202 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2016
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Air 2 or 2017 iPad. Either should serve your needs. Avoid the original Air as it only has 1 GB of RAM and is not aging well. I had a Mini 2 which had essentially the same internals and web browsing on it was always a little annoying right from Day 1. 2 GB of RAM makes all the difference. Don't buy any iOS devices with only 1 GB of RAM in 2017...
  11. AlexH macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    I have an Air 1, Mini 4, and just picked up a 9.7" Pro. All of them will play Netflix and YouTube videos just fine. They'll all likewise browse the web and do email quite well. But, navigating the UI is definitely sluggish on the Air 1 compared to the other two, and that's definitely worth keeping in mind as iOS keeps evolving. My vote is the Air 2. It'll do the tasks you outlined for a while longer, and it'll be smooth about it.
  12. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    NO iPad is an investment... I have both and use both. . . iPad Air and iPad Air 2. I like the screen a bit better on the 2 but honestly, even with the better specs, for what you're wanting to use it for I'd consider the Air. If you can pick one up at half the price of the 2 it is worth it.
  13. mdridwan47 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
    Get the new one. It's cheap anyway. A9 absolutely crushes A7.
  14. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Are any of these disposable "toys" investments? Nope - ALL of them will go down in value over time. As for the Air1? Mine is still cranking along nicely but thats just me. If you could buy one at a low price it would work fine. Thats my two cents on it.
  15. diggy33 macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2011
    I'm actually contemplating trading in my Air for the new iPad at Best Buy, since they have a minimum $150 trade in credit, and I still have some Best Buy gift cards. The new iPad would only be about ~$40 out of pocket to pick up, if I get $150 for my Air
  16. tweak25 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Alright, thanks for all the input. Pretty much confirms what I already suspected.

    New iPad it is then! Thanks!
  17. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2015
    Central Michigan

    The iPad Air 1 is still a great iPad. I've used one and it's still very fast for everything you've listed. I'd totally recommend it.
  18. Donfor macrumors member


    Aug 14, 2016
    IPad Air...10.3.1 upgrade this morning.
    It's flying for browsing,SkyQ t.v.
    This little device is going to last a few more years yet.

    Loads of upgrade options once my contract finishes 18 months approx.
    I re iterate, this was an excellent move from previous macbook pro's.

    IPad devices are almost perfect for home use.
  19. Kal-037 macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    NO! The newest iPad Apple released is what the iPad Air should have been. I traded in my Air 1 just because of that. I barely used it for anything and it was still beyond slow and sluggish, and has been since it's release. The new iPad which is dirt cheap is so amazingly awesome, it's weird I only got it for 200.
    Again NO to the Air 1, not worth it in the slightest. The iPad 4 was better than the Air IMO.

  20. djnigelchung macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2015
    Silicon Valley
    Hi.. 100% worth is for the Ipad air 1.. I have mine still (and have money in hand to upgrade) however don't find the new ones do anything different for me. The only reason I would upgrade is for the pencil, but I haven't found much of a need for it yet.
    Sure the new ones are snappier/quicker/more ram etc but I haven't had a problem with my usage. I would say I'm a moderate user, not a power user as I feel the Ipad isn't really a "power user" device*

    *My opinions. Trust me I tried to be a power user with an Ipad and I couldn't without a true operating system
  21. richardbb85 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2009
    have noth air 1 and new ipad, the new one crush the air by a long shot esp in web browsing experience
  22. hendrikch macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2010
    I happen to see a deal for new iPad Air 1 Wifi 16GB going for about $200 and am thinking it's a good upgrade for my parents who are still rocking iPad 2. I know about the budget iPad but it's about $375 in my third-world country, so almost twice the price of that Air 1.

    All my parents use for their iPad is >90% on YouTube app (based on Battery stats in Settings)

    What do you think?
  23. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Until they come out with a limited edition titanium model signed by Jony Ive, no iPad is an investment.
  24. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    In that case, the Air should be quite a decent replacement to your parents' iPad 2.
  25. Floris macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2007
    My mother uses the iPad Air 1 for almost the same reasons, and I've thrown iOS 11 on it for a while to get her feedback on the changes, and to find more issues with it. It runs quite smoothly on it, well, the same as my Air 2.

    I think it's still a great option if you can get it for like $200 through a good source. I wouldn't pay over $300 for it, because for $350 you can get a much better device.

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