iPad Air 2 for $325 ? Is it worth it ? Brand new.

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  1. DBZmusicboy01 macrumors 6502a

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    bestbuy has it and is it worth it ? Never had an iPad before but is the price amazing ?
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  2. Royksöpp macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely. It's a fast tablet. I have one myself and I love it.
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Love the Air 2. Running strong. Seems like a decent price point.
     
  4. bufffilm Suspended

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    It's their $75 off sale. Better than nothing at the moment.
     
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  6. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Yes, that's a great deal. Especially now that it has 32GB.
     
  7. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    Well it's $75 off. That's a nice savings but not the kind of once in a lifetime deal you just have to jump on. There will probably be sales that good or better around Black Friday.
     
  8. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Not an amazing deal but it's a good price. If you don't wish to wait around for Black Friday, I think it's a very fair jumping point.
     
  9. BaddAdvice macrumors member

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    I just bought an Air 2 (128gb) and am very happy with the purchase. In fact, BB had the 128gb at the same price as the 64gb, so it was an easy decision for me to drop the extra cash to snag more space (128gb vs. 32gb). I travel a lot for work, so decided this iPad would be primarily a work and play machine. I loaded it up with all the Office apps, can VPN into my work share drives (with FileBrowser) and intranet, can chat with colleagues via Skype, and have been trying to use it exclusively for work this week. I bought a keyboard/case (Logitech) and, for the most part, have been very pleasantly surprised on how easy it is do basic work stuff on it. And, it's loads faster than my old 2nd gen iPad and Mini (can't even remember which gen that one is).

    And, with the added storage space, I've been able to load tons of movies and TV shows on it for those times when I'm stuck in airports - with plenty of space left over!

    So, all in all, color me impressed. I thought I wanted the 9.7" Pro, but when BB announced the price drop on the Air 2, it was a no brainer for me.
     
  10. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    Would love one at that price! About to pay $565 for one!

    Enjoy!
     
  11. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

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    I will politely say NO that's throwing away $325 Why ?

    #1. Do you NEED an iPad Air 2 for some reason ?
    #2. Is it really 32 GB or just 16GB ?
    #3. The Quad Speakers alone on 9.7 Pro are worth the upgrade.
    #4. Depreciation. It's about to hit the 3 year old iPad Air 2 hard. You can buy a 9.7" iPad Pro now for $599 or less open box. And resell it for $300 in 2 year. In 2 years if you buy that Air 2 you won't get $100
     
  12. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    This one doesn't make sense. Pro 9.7 is ~$275 more than Air 2. After 2 years, Pro 9.7 drops in value by $300. If one sells the Air 2 by at least $50, then they're still ahead.

    Personally, I find biggest depreciation hit is the first year (particularly for higher end models). After that, it's just $100 or so year after year.
     
  13. MacRazySwe macrumors 6502a

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    The iPad Air 2 is still an amazing tablet! I say go for it!
     
  14. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    Have to agree here. It's an average sale price IMO. This is the time of year where this stuff gets priced at it's lowest. If you can wait, I'd wait. If not, and I know how that is, go for it. ;)
     
  15. bufffilm Suspended

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    You are flat out wrong.

    Air2 is still a very good buy...as long as you are sure you don't need the pencil.
     
  16. Heat_Fan89 macrumors regular

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    So quad speakers are worth a $300 price difference? And your logic of depreciation doesn't pan out as well. You have no idea what the trade in price of a 9.7 iPP will be in 2 years. Even if it's $300 the Air 2 will be worth something on trade. Hell my iPad 3 is still worth around $100 at BB. So spending $325 vs the price of an iPP right now still makes the Air 2 the better deal.
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    I wouldn't be surprised to see BB discount the Air 2 between $125-150 during Black Friday. They've done DEEP discounts on the Mini 3 in the past. That's a good way to clear out back stock and create floor traffic.
     
  17. Channan macrumors 68030

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    $325 for a 32GB Air 2 is a great deal. Why are people saying otherwise? The most you're likely to see taken off is $100, so is an extra $25 savings worth the wait? I'd say not.
     
  18. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000

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    Still using my launch day iPad Air 2.
    Not planning to upgrade anytime soon.

    Fun fact : before the Air 2 I was upgrading every year :)
     
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  20. Channan macrumors 68030

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    I upgraded my iPad every year until the forth gen came out and I was pretty aggravated that it was only 6 months after the third gen, so I kept that one for a while. Two and a half years after buying the third gen iPad, I just couldn't take the lag anymore and upgraded to the iPad Air 2.

    It's now two years and a day since the iPad Air 2 came out and there still almost no lag to be seen on it. It's a much different experience than my previous iPad.
     
  21. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Not sure. If they're announcing new iPads next week, I'd kick myself for buying one this week.
     
  22. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    Not quite the Air 2 is still going strong but I personally do not believe in getting a device if it is older than 1 year simply because the performance of the newer models is worth the extra price
    Yah this reason alone makes any current iPad a NO BUY
     
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    I understand that reluctance...I myself am guilty of it too (to a less lesser degree). Longer than 1 yr is a little too exacting though.

    But if the Air2 came in a 256gb capacity, I'd think about getting one (provided a sale). A 128gb isn't quite big enough for me.
     
  24. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    This is true for me. The microarchitecture and clockspeed difference between Air 2 and Pro 9.7 is impressive. Sure, if benching the tri-core A8X and dual-core A9X, there are some tests where they're neck and neck. However, most apps are dual-threaded at most (optimizing for more threads is not always feasible) so from a real-world perspective, the Pro 9.7 gives a significant boost.

    I know a lot of folks have complained about the Pro 9.7 being "RAM-starved". Honestly, having used an iPad 4 (A6X) and iPad Air (A7) both of which have 1GB RAM on iOS 8 to 9, I'd take "RAM-starved" with faster CPU anytime.

    Of course, I realize whether the extra performance boost is worth it or not is all dependent on price point. I wanted 256GB so the Pro 9.7 was the only option and at $1029 (LTE), I found the pricing acceptable if not ideal so for me, it was a no-brainer. If Apple had priced it higher, say $1500, I definitely would've gone with a refurb 128GB Air 2 for ~$700 with tax, instead.

    For older CPUs (pre-A6), not really. The old CPUs were pretty much just barely good enough to run the mobile OSes at release and a major firmware upgrade with some performance penalty. Beyond that and you get significant slowdown.

    The A6 on iPhones have aged quite gracefully and even now, I'm pleasantly surprised with iOS 10 performance on my iPhone 5s (A7). Alas, the bar is higher for the iPad, particularly when you go past iOS 6.
     
  25. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    Yes the A6 has been the first 32 bit processor to not falter on the 4th major OS update. The 64bit processor will further increase this and I think Apple will standardize a 5 year support cycle for iPhones and 6 years for iPads.
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