iPad Air 2 used

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  1. MacSafe macrumors regular

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    Hi
    My relative suggests me an iPad Air 2 16gb for 280$
    Worth it?
     
  2. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    Yeah,the iPad Air 2 is still,despite its old,a great tablet for internet browsing,social media,light to medium photo editing,e-books,video watching and many other things.
     
  3. dancefreak macrumors regular

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    Not remotely worth it. For starters 16gb is not enough. More importantly you should be able to find a 128GB Air 2 for $300 if you look hard enough.
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    That depends what the Air 2 would be used for and the condition of this one at $280.00. You likely could find a larger storage for somewhat more, but I think that's based on the OP's usage. The Air 2 still performs strong though.
     
  5. MacSafe thread starter macrumors regular

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    He said it's as good as new
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    If it's almost new condition as you're saying and for that price point, I think the Air 2 is a very solid device. If it were me, I likely would purchase it. But I also can survive on 16 GB of storage. And it also helps that you know the individual that you're purchasing it from.
     
  7. Badrottie Suspended

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    16GB is OK only if you put small apps into it and don't add large photos or music. Use cloud storage (Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive) for all of your digital photos and musics.
     
  8. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Just because 16GB isn't enough for you doesn't mean others can't make it work.

    Good condition iPad Air 2s, 128GB are going for about $375-400 in my area.
     
  9. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Personally, I'd spend the extra $20 for 32GB Air 2 or 2017 iPad. Those deals pop up often enough.

    I find at this point in time, 16GB is just too small.
     
  10. dancefreak, Jun 11, 2017
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    You miss my point entirely. I can pretty easily find a 128GB air 2 on Craigslist for $300 in Los Angeles where I live. That means paying only $20 less for 16GB--which will be a pain to update if you even have a couple videos or big apps on it --makes absolutely zero sense. Either pay a lot less if you feel like you only need 16GB or get a lot more storage for a similar price. Regardless of the preference, $280 is too much for that specific device.
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    Exactly. The entry level 2017 iPad will be brand new with a warranty, double the storage, and a faster processor. That it is only $49 more (at full price--less if you find a sale) proves how this is a bad deal. Buy it online from a vendor where you won't have to pay tax.
     
  11. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    I agree. Regardless if you think you can live with 16 GB, that's just too close the to edge to consider. And $280 is just too high.
     
  12. Mlrollin91, Jun 11, 2017
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    Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Just because you can find it in your area doesn't mean that's the case for everyone. That's a logical fallacy.

    Even nearby regions can vastly differ in price.

    Additionally, the new iPad is a significant downgrade than the Air 2. Non-laminated display, thicker, heavier, and a slower multi-core processor because its dual and not tricore.

    I would much rather buy an Air 2 over the 2017 if those were my only options.
     
  13. ninaco macrumors 6502

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    I'm surprised the Air 2's are going for as much as they are. Craigslist ads locally for my configuration (64GB wifi) are $375-400. I usually turn my old iPads over to my sister. But, since I recently got her the 2017 iPad, I'm tempted to sell the Air 2 rather than giving it to another family member.
     
  14. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    That's 2 faster cores on the A9 iPad 5 and 3 slower cores on the A8X Air 2. Real world use, the iPad 5 is gonna feel faster most of the time given most apps are limited by single-thread performance. Besides, iPad 5 matches the Air 2 on multi-core performance anyhow.

    The thickness and weight increase is negligible (we've got both at home). Realistically speaking, the only advantage of the Air 2 is the fully laminated display with lower reflectance.

    Gotta hand it to Apple, it's amazing how a chipset that powers the iPhone SE, 6s and 6s Plus actually matches or even exceeds the performance of the previous generation iPad flagship.
     
  15. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    The bolded is your opinion. I had the original Air and the Air 2. The Air 2 in my opinion is nicer to old one handed. Its thinner and lighter and when using one handed is noticeable. The Air and 2017 iPad are the same "shell" in terms of weight and thickness.

    As to the chipset, I use a lot of power intensive applications, especially with gaming. The Air 2 might be the same as the 2017 iPad in terms of Multicore, but why would I spend more for less overall? The display is a huge deal to me, so not being laminated is a huge turn off.
     
  16. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    I was refuting your comment about the iPad (5th gen) being slower because, well, it's not slower. It's faster than the Air 2 in apps bottlenecked by single thread. It matches Air 2 in apps that are multi threaded.

    The display is the only benefit to the Air 2 and the very slight weight and thickness reduction is a result of the the fully laminated display. And hey, I completely understand choosing the Air 2 over the iPad 5 for the nicer display. That's a matter of personal preference. I know I value the display enough to have purchased the Air 2 as my spare during the clearance sales last March (got a brand new 128GB Air 2 for $399).

    However, I'm cautioning against the purchase of a 16GB iPad at this point in time. Apps have gotten much larger compared to before. It might work if you barely download anything or are fine with doing frequent storage clean up. Otherwise, could end up being a frustrating experience.
     
  17. dancefreak macrumors regular

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    Nope.

    Considering it just took me 20 seconds to find someone selling it on eBay for $300 with 'Buy it now' it's not even remotely a logical fallacy. The op asked if it was a good deal. It's not.

    http://m.ebay.com/itm/Apple-iPad-Ai...%3A9a962efd15c0aca469df0666ffffcc51%7Ciid%3A9
     
  18. justinTlME macrumors 6502

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    I would sell you my Air 2 with 64 GB for the same price. haha
     
  19. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    There is a difference in stating whether something is a good deal or not, but comparing to what you can find, your area and so on is a logical fallacy. You were the one that brought up your area on Craigslist. And just because you are willing to buy on eBay does not mean others are. I much rather pay more in person than risk using eBay. eBay is an absolute disaster now days. This is coming from an eBay veteran who has sold and purchased dozens of iPods, iPhones, iPads and computers.
     
  20. dancefreak, Jun 12, 2017
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    dancefreak macrumors regular

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    Haha...ok. Point missed again!
    That's ok.
    Carry on, agent of hydra! Carry on!
     

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