iPad iPad Air or iPad 4?

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  1. Slimmyhendrix macrumors regular

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    I can't decide between both. Looks like they are basically the same other than the air is slightly smaller.
    Mainly going to use it for playing games and surfing web but also for wife's school books.

    I can get a 32g 4 refurb for $379 or a new air 16g for $400.

    How are iPads for heavy display action like MMO games with lots of stuff going on at the same time? Do they get doggy and laggy at all?
    Thanks all
     
  2. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    Why don't you wait till next month for the announcement of the iPad's to see what they offer? If your decision is iPad 4 vs the Air. It's no contest as the Air has better specs, less weight and size. The only feature worth noting on the iPad 4 is that the glass is thicker so there's no hollow sound when tapping the screen which is what happens with the Air.
     
  3. Slimmyhendrix thread starter macrumors regular

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    iPad Air now is $400. If a new ipad is released before Xmas it
    Will be at least $520-540. It can't be that much better than current version.
     
  4. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    You'd be foolish to buy old tech this late in the game.

    The 4 is a fantastic iPad, the Air is probably skippable, the Air 2 is going to remedy the RAM problem of the Air. The Air 2 is going to be the one you want.
     
  5. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    If you were just using it for light browsing and email, then it would be OK to go for a cheap iPad 4. But you mentioned games, some of which trend to ride on the leading edge of the latest CPU+GPU performance. So buying hardware that will be one or two generations behind (in about a month) may not serve your requirements best over the next two years or so.
     
  6. Slimmyhendrix thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does anyone have experience with the higher graphic games and how they work on the devices? They play just fine on my 5c but the screen is way to small to play on.
     
  7. saudor macrumors 6502

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    i haven't had any issues with my iPad4. Runs everything i've thrown at it just fine..

    but yeah.. for a ~$100 difference, id wait for the latest tech. Ipad4 is powerful but it won't be for long. Again, this depends on your usage. When the iPad air 2 is released, iPad air might even hit that $400 mark too.
     
  8. Skika macrumors 68030

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    What makes you so sure they wont use the same A8 chip from the iPhones? I think there is a big chance Air 2 will come with 1GB of RAM.
     
  9. Slimmyhendrix thread starter macrumors regular

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    My original budget was $300 for a used one. $500+ is just was over that. I still need $$$ for a MacBook Air
     
  10. Flip Vinyl macrumors newbie

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    Evil Empire, Walmart, was advertising a new 4th gen iPad 32GB for $298 a couple days back.
     
  11. G-Ziss macrumors regular

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    Where did you see it for $400?
     
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  13. G-Ziss macrumors regular

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    Damn, I'm sorry I missed that.
     
  14. Slimmyhendrix thread starter macrumors regular

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  15. cornerexit macrumors regular

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    No issues with my air since I got it a year ago. Web mostly, mail, and use it lots to send video to the ATV. I use my desktop an hour a month. I want a 13" IPad Air.
     
  16. Slimmyhendrix thread starter macrumors regular

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    I want an ipad 13" as well. Maybe I might hold off now. Guess it's going to be like $700 for 2 iphone 6
     
  17. chupachup macrumors 6502

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    Get the iPad 4. The more storage the better.

    Leave it alone. Leave it as it comes out of the box. Don't start tinkering with it and updating it.
     
  18. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    As always with these decisions it comes down to usage and cost. If you can find a truly good deal on a 4th gen ipad then they are still fairly current. The Air is a better all around tablet though and will be supported a little longer too since it's newer. If the cost difference is trivial then the Air is the correct purchase, IMO.
     

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