All iPads Ipad air 3 vs ipad pro 10.5 refurbished by apple

royce73

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I’m gonna upgrade my 6 gen ipad 9.7 next week and it’s hard to decide between ipad air 3 new or refurbished ipad pro 10.5 1 year warranty from apple...they are both 469$....
Any suggestions?
 

Seanm87

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If they are the same price get the pro. Considering they just put an a10 in the new iPad I’d say it’s going to be supported for quite a while.
 
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Freakonomics101

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10.5 Pro all the way. 4 speakers offers are drastically improved audio experience. Plus the bass on the 10.5 Pro is awesome.
 
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zkap

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I had the same dilemma. Decided to upgrade to a more powerful iPad in anticipation of iPadOS and was choosing between the Air 3 and the Pro 10,5. Decided to get the Pro for three main reasons: 1. Extra gigabyte of RAM, 2. ProMotion, 3. Quad speakers.
The way I see it, the only thing the Air 3 has over the Pro 10,5 is the A12, as opposed to the A10X. But I think this difference isn't that big as both chips will perform great and you'll use the 4GB of RAM more than you'd use the capabilities of the A12.
 

EugW

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Air has BT 5 and faster LTE. The Air also has no camera bump (although that's because the Pro's camera is much better). Also, the Air can use Logitech Crayon, and I believe AppleCare+ is cheaper for the Air.

I got the Pro.

BTW, in addition to the various other obvious benefits of the Pro like quad speakers and ProMotion, even just having the flash on the Pro is a bonus. It makes for easier document scanning, and it comes in handy as a flashlight in the dark.
 

royce73

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Yeah...that’s the risk...it is covered by 3 months warranty tough....
 

Siamchaim

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I bought a iPad 4 years and years ago, refurbished from the Apple store. It came with a 12 month warranty, and the iPad literally died a few weeks after 12 months of purchase.

I took it back to the Apple store, and they refused to do anything for me, the repair bill was £180 which was more than the cost of buying a 2nd hand iPad at that time.

There is an EU law which states that if there is a manufacturing fault that the manufacturer has to make right the defect for up to 5 YEARS after purchase.

I mentioned that to the Apple rep and they refused to accept it, saying there is no evidence it is a manufacturing defect. The thing is, it's a completely sealed unit, no water damage or anything, how can it be anything other than manufacturing defect? They did some tests on it and said it had a logic board error. Something popped on the logic board.

Anyways. I dont trust Apple refurb products anymore, they were faulty products returned, fixed (inadequately in my experience) and resold to the poor buyer.
 

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I’m gonna upgrade my 6 gen ipad 9.7 next week and it’s hard to decide between ipad air 3 new or refurbished ipad pro 10.5 1 year warranty from apple...they are both 469$....
Any suggestions?
Pro hands down. Promotion, 4 speakers, the A10X is still a beast, specially made for iPad instead of the Air chip that is used in last years iPhone.
 
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hinesmj

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I literally had the same internal debate. I pulled the trigger on the Pro 10.5 and it arrived yesterday. It's a beast compared to my original air. I made the right choice. And as to the refurb issue - I got my daughter a refurb'd Air 2 two years ago and it's been a rock. I've gotten several devices from the refurb store with no issues.
 

royce73

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I literally had the same internal debate. I pulled the trigger on the Pro 10.5 and it arrived yesterday. It's a beast compared to my original air. I made the right choice. And as to the refurb issue - I got my daughter a refurb'd Air 2 two years ago and it's been a rock. I've gotten several devices from the refurb store with no issues.
Did u buy the pro refurb?
 

QCassidy352

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I went with the air 3 for: a12, no camera bump, no known white spot issue. But the pro is a good choice too.

For all the comparison threads that have been done here, they’re like 95% the same device, and the 5% that’s different isn’t all that different. Can’t go wrong either way.
 

EugW

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I went with the air 3 for: a12, no camera bump, no known white spot issue. But the pro is a good choice too.

For all the comparison threads that have been done here, they’re like 95% the same device, and the 5% that’s different isn’t all that different. Can’t go wrong either way.
There is a thread here now on iPad Air 3 white spots. Only a few cases but the iPad Air 3 is still young.
 

royce73

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Aaand changed my mind again...got the amazon renewed one...one for me one for my girl..it was 356$ no tax vs 469+ tax at apple...let’s see how they look ..worst case i have 90 days to return..
 

royce73

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Got both ipads today ...they look and work like brand new..what a premium upgrade from the 9.7 6th gen...
 
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Aydy

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Got both ipads today ...they look and work like brand new..what a premium upgrade from the 9.7 6th gen...
Which model did you go with in the end?

Edit. Just spotted your earlier post for iPad Pro. Fwiw, I think you made the right decision. The 10.5 pro is a stellar choice.
 
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royce73

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Which model did you go with in the end?

Edit. Just spotted your earlier post for iPad Pro. Fwiw, I think you made the right decision. The 10.5 pro is a stellar choice.
Yep...i got the 10.5 pro..very very happy with it..
And... both of them still have apple care+ ...one for 5 more months the other one for almost a year...i guess i just got really lucky...😀
 
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QCassidy352

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There is a thread here now on iPad Air 3 white spots. Only a few cases but the iPad Air 3 is still young.
Yes I know, that’s why I said “no KNOWN issue.” Issues may yet develop, which would perhaps change the calculus, from my perspective.