iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MJedi, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. MJedi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2010

    I currently have an iPad mini 2 and I'm considering getting a bigger screen iPad. If only Apple released an iPad Air 3, I would've gotten that. But, they kept the Air 2 around. The issue I have is that the Air 2 is "last year's" model and technology. (It's the tech geek in me.) So then I look at the iPad Pro since it's the latest and greatest. However, it's the first-generation of the model, and historically it's always better to wait for the next version.

    I use my current iPad mini 2 for Web surfing, watching video, playing games, and social media (Twitter and Facebook.)

    So, if money wasn't a factor, would you get last-year's tech (iPad Air 2), or the first-generation model (iPad Pro)?
  2. Ethan Coohill macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2015
    In same boat. I'm going to go with the air 2 probably. Especially since I have a MacBook Pro 13

    iPad pro isn't worth it unless you are a architect or something
  3. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I'd say it has a lot more to do with what you want to use it for than which technology is "the best" or whether or not it's a first-gen of the model (which is debatable seeing as how it's an iPad with proven internals, bigger or not). I got my iPP to carry around with me as my daily driver instead of my 13" rMBP; I'll also use it to take notes in meetings and stuff at work (once my Pencil arrives in a few weeks). If I just wanted an eReader or something to watch movies on, I'd probably have just stuck to my Air 2, which is a great tablet.
  4. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
  5. JT2002TJ macrumors 65816

    Nov 7, 2013
    x2. After 2 days of use with my IPP, I wont go back... My 6+ fills the need for a smaller more moble device. I noticed that I was using my Air 1 less, as the 6+ was big, now I think I have the best of both worlds.
  6. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601


    Apr 7, 2012
    To me its a size question. Keeping my Pro though.
  7. Sissyboy macrumors regular


    Jun 21, 2010
    I have both. Get the Pro! Unless... you are a book reader. Then I would suggest the Air 2.
  8. B.A.T macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2009
    I am waiting until iPads have 3D Touch before I upgrade any of my iPads
  9. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    Prescott Valley, AZ
    Money wasn't a factor in my decision but I ended up recently purchased an 128GB Air 2 for $549... there are similar deals going on for the next few weeks.

    The iPad Pro shows promise, but not nearly double the price worth of promise. I'll re-evaluate my decision with the iPP 2 is announced.
  10. iceman42 macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2012
    ill will get a iPad pro once my best buy gets the 128gb in stock
  11. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Definitely, definitely go and play with a Pro first before deciding on which one to buy. I used one for about half an hour today and cannot imagine it replacing my iPad Air 1. It may be great for specific use cases, but for browsing Facebook, reading, watching Netflix etc. the size seems more of a hindrance than an advantage.

    Just one example: I can't reach the middle of the keyboard in landscape when holding it. I write lots of notes on my Air in landscape and the split keyboard is really great. I couldn't find a way to split the Pro keyboard, and could barely reach the middle keys without laying it down on something. This probably is OK if you're at a desk with a Smart Cover, but for places I use my iPad most (sitting on the bus, in bed etc.) it would just be much more difficult.

    Again, Pro buyers have their reasons, but I can't see one being a realistic replacement for most people's current iPads. If you draw a lot, or wish to run two iPad apps side-by-side often then it may be great. But I think it's much more of a laptop replacement than an iPad replacement. Don't be sucked in by it just being the newest, as I believe that the Air and Pro are really quite disparate devices. The Air is simply a much more convenient size for 90% of the things people (traditionally) use iPads for.
  12. iceman42 macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2012
    best buy don't even have them on display at any of the best buys around here
  13. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
  14. map1978 macrumors 68020


    Feb 9, 2006
    Jacksonville, FL
    Yes exactly - older Touch ID and no 3D touch. No thanks, I'll personally wait for 2nd gen.

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