iPad mini iPad Mini 2 First Purchase of an iPad

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  1. MrGuder, Dec 30, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014

    MrGuder macrumors 68020

    Nov 30, 2012
    Please bear with me, I know there are tons of threads about the iPad mini....I've had my iPhone 5 for over 2 years now and it still works perfect, had the battery replaced recently for free.

    However, I've never had an iPad before and I have always wanted the iPad Mini since I like the form factor. I don't need the mini 3 for the finger print reader and I don't want to pay full price for a Mini 2.

    If I get a Refurbished iPad Mini 2 w/ Retina display Wifi version and 64 GB, they are selling for $349.00....this is a pretty good deal, right? I thought of the 32 GB but I have 52 GB of music in iTunes and if I want to put it on my iPad I thought I better get the 64 model. I trust Apple's Refurbished products since I bought a Time Capsule refurb a year ago for my Mac Mini and it works perfect.

    So this is a good deal at $349.00 for a refurb??
  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    I think so. I just paid with tax and warranty $500+ for 32gb
  3. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    That sounds fair to me. Have you considered an LTE model,though? The mini makes a wonderful gps device, if you need it for that.
  4. MrGuder thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 30, 2012
    Yes, I thought about that but in the past 2 months I've never seen a Verizon refurb mini 2 they always have AT&T but never a Verizon and if I keep waiting I may as well wait till Fall for the refresh so I think I'm just going to get the Wifi model, I can always tether from iPhone 5 creating a hotspot, right?
  5. temna macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2008
    hmm, I still would have gotten the AT&T model, if only for the GPS chip. I'm not sure if tethering sends the GPS info anymore, but there are plenty of offline navigation apps, my current favorite being Here maps from Nokia.
  6. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    Thats what I do, tether off my iPhone 5. And I agree that the refurb models look new except the packaging you would not know the difference!
  7. MrGuder thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 30, 2012
    Thanks everyone, I snagged a Wifi model before they were gone, I think the refurb is the best deal and I've had no issues with other refurbs I bought from Apple. I already have Google Maps navigations on my iPhone 5 so don't really need a Cellular Model.

    I've been comparing prices:
    Wifi Refurb iPad Mini 2 (64 GB) is $349.00
    Wifi New iPad Mini 3 (64 GB) is $499.00

    So that is $150.00 savings.

    I'm really looking forward to getting my first iPad, just want to use it around the house for photos, facetime, surfing web, media. I'm tired of looking at my 4" iPhone screen all the time.
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Refurbs are always the way to go.
  9. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
  10. MrGuder thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 30, 2012
    So my refurb iPad Mini 2 w/ Retina is on it's way to me from Apple, does anyone know what iOS version will come on it? Will it be iOS 7.0 or 8.0 or the latest 8.1.2?
  11. carlgo macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    A dash-mounted (Proclip) iPad, particularly a Mini with nav makes a lot of sense. My 5s is mounted on the dash and works well, but is a little hard to read and manipulate due to its size and the distance. Maybe a phablet device would be ok and would of course be something you would take with you all the time anyway.

    Or, simply buy a Tesla with the giant screen...

    I buy cars, tools, electronics refurb with warranties from real companies and never have had a problem.
  12. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Apple Refurb prices tend to match the used market if not be only a hair more expensive. But it's worth it as you get stock warranty and AppleCare options whereas with a used product, you're sort of at the mercy of the seller's attention to these services and the date that THEY purchased it.

    But yes, that does sound like a fine deal.
  13. MrGuder thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 30, 2012
    Just an update that I received my iPad Mini 2 w/ Retina Refurbished from Apple and can confirm it came with iOS 7
  14. Trickhot3102 macrumors 6502


    Dec 21, 2013
    iOS 7 most likely. My new mini had iOS 7
  15. studIOS5 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Oregon, OH
    Just got a mini 2 last night from the Apple Store and it had iOS 7 on it. Updeated straight away for handoff and sms texting from the iPad. I now have an air 2 and mini 2. Overkill? Idk but it's nice to have both around
  16. adam9c1 macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2012
    take a look at microcenter deals.
    they are clearing out their old stock.

    I picked up iPad Mini 2 (retina) 64GB Cellular for $239 or something around there.

    It was $253 or so with tax.
  17. sw6lee macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2013
    You people living in the states are so lucky :( in canada, there is almost zero stock for apple refurbished products. When i go on the american website, there are ALWAYS so many refurb options! Very jealous.
  18. boiee macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2005
    Wow. That sounds too good to be true. iPad mini 2, 64 gigs, Wi-fi + Cellular?

    Do you have the link by any chance?
  19. adam9c1 macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2012
    This was a local pickup only, limited stock.

    I checked availability in the two local stores (online) and they did not have this deal anymore.
    They had a 128 version for $50 more as well.

    The unit I got was set for Sprint and I almost returned it and bought a 16GB for $20 extra just so it says TMO (which is my carrier).
    Turns out all iPad Mini 2 (r) Cellular are the same.

    It's sweet. 64 is plenty of space for me as I have iPad 2 16GB and IP5S 32GB

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