iPad Is iPad 4 still a good buy in 2014?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by snow755, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. snow755 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2012
    Am about two go down and pick up a ipad 4 but is the ipad 4 a good still a good ipad in 2014? I had a ipad air and I refuse two buy one when I had the air at one time it filt like the srceen was going two break that srceen is so weak the ipad 4 srceen is strong I may upgrade two ipad air 2 later but will keep the 4th for now
  2. sanke1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2010
    Wait for iPad Air 2. Don't waste your money on 2 year old tech.

    Very simple but practical advice I can give you.

  3. Ledgem macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    That depends on the price, and also on what you're planning on doing with it. I'm still using my iPad 3, as it works just fine for most of my uses.
  4. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    I disagree. It depends on how you look at it. The iPad 4 is still a very good device and does not fail in any regard. Other than a slight speed bump and chassis design, there isn't much difference between the Air and 4. Of course, Apple could change that in Air 2 - but the 4 will probably work very well for another 2 years.
  5. snow755, Aug 2, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2014

    snow755 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2012
    This got back. With iPad 4. You can not buy a iPad 4. At walmart. For $349 wish was 399 349 is a vary good buy I all so got a Belkin case for it

    Am planing on getting the air 2 but 1st I want two see what Apple dos with it
  6. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    I have an iPad 4 and it does everything I need to do with it fine. A little heavy but that don't bother me
  7. snow755 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2012

    I wish apple gos back two the old ipad look like the iPad 4 is the screen on the iPad 4 is vary strong. The screen on the iPad Air feels like if you drop it can break vary easy I hop when iPad Air 2 comes out they make the screen this like the iPad 4.
  8. chupachup macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2013
    Get it. It'll be fine. Upgrade it in 2 years.

    An iPad is an iPad. I would prefer thinner and lighter, but if you don't care about it, get the heavy one. It'll be just as good. For everyday use, you won't notice a bit of difference.
  9. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    The solution is not to use thicker glass like the older iPads, the solution is to use a laminated display.
    Thinner glass is not necessarily more fragile either, it can be more flexible and less likely to break.

    I wouldn't go back to an older iPad after owning the Air. The weight difference is significant.
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I think iPads are only going to get thinner. You should just get used to the feel -- the Air may feel more delicate than the 4, but it really isn't. Put it in a case, and it'll be fine.
  11. chupachup macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2013
    Irrelevant about screens breaking. Just put it on this


    The only reason my iPhone 4s still lives in my wife's hand is because of tough armor. She has dropped that phone hard many many times. The only crack is at the back of the case itself.

    And it doesn't make it much thicker either.
  12. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    I would say go for it. It's still capable. That's the good thing about Apple Devices they remain usable for a long time. My ipod touch 5th generation is still perfectly usable even though it's running on 2011 specs. Of course my ipad air is a bit snappier but my touch is fine. The iPad 4 is likely to see ios 9 so it will keep you going for at least 2 years.
  13. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    I have 2 iPad 4 and they work just fine, I mean... what else are you going to do with an iPad? just silly applications. You are not going to render or do 3D with it. Both I have are 32 GB of ram, I have all the applications I need and still a lot of space.

    Actually, when I see a good apple product I wait for it to be discontinued and buy it cheaper. I have done that with the Powerbooks many times as well with the iMacs.
  14. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Which is why I refuse to buy one, even though it would be perfect for my son. Had to go android instead of paying the $ for such ancient(tech years) tech. Same for the :apple:TV, I refuse to buy a single core A5 on a machine that will be updated. I went Chromecast instead.

    There is obviously an understanding with Apple, that you do not chase specs. But sorry, I refuse to buy REALLY old tech.

    Having said that, I would happily buy the iPAD 4, because I KNOW it will be brought along to iOS8 and iOS9. But like the iPod Touch 4th gen, apple could be selling old product, and then simply dismiss it from the iOS roadmap a few short months later.


    If only. Then my safari would not be constantly reloading with only 2 tabs and no other apps running.
  15. Tsepz macrumors 68020


    Jan 24, 2013
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Awesome, enjoy it :)
    I'm also waiting for the iPad Air 2, for now enjoying my iPad 4 LTE, welcome to the club.
  16. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    As always with previous models of devices the PRICE is the main piece of the puzzle. For a great deal and the right price the 4 is a fine unit. I bought the wifey a refurbished one about six months ago and it's perfect for her.

    Too many people here get all bent out of shape about buying previous gen devices. They don't stop working when the new ones come out. C'mon, folks! Lighten up!

    There are plenty of iPad 2 devices still plugging along just fine. ;)
  17. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    All that is true BUT if i'm going to drop $299 on a discounted iPad 4 with the imminent release of the new product. I'd say wait because you are buying a current model and there's no trade up price by waiting 2-3 months.
  18. mlody macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2012
    Windy City

    I agree with you on the iPad Air feel compared to the previous generations. I had Air for few days and returned it because I could not stand the cheapness of it.
    If you are set to get iPad 4, I would highly recommend to get iPad 4 refurbished from apple.com. For $299 it is a great deal over any promotion you will ever find at any retail stores.
  19. LemPh macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2014
    A little heavy to me but it works pretty well.
    Totally satisfied. I really love the Air but the size doesn't justify the change :)
    I prefer having a 32GB Cellular iPad 4 instead of a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air :rolleyes:
  20. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    Get the iPad 4! cheaper and it would do just the same, the rest is just ego.
  21. juanrp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2014
    If you don't mind having older technology, then go for it.

    If you are one of those people that prefers or NEEDS to have new tech the moment it comes out....then wait.

    It depends on how you use it.
  22. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    I would only buy it if you can get it refurb/good price on it. I love my 4 and wouldn't upgrade for a while but it will eventually crap out further down and the air will inevitably "last longer" in terms of support. (I upgraded from iPad 2 for retina display because reading on it is what i do most)

    If buying new, go for the air in terms of specs. (I think for the 16, it's only $100 difference for A7, 64 bit, M7 and one additional year of updates) That being said, if all you do is minor office stuff, the $100 savings is better and in that case, the 4 is good.
  23. tazz3 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2013
    I love my iPad 4, it does every thing you need it to do.
    I got it refurbed from the apple store its brand new.
    Check out the prices on apples site for refurbed iPad and iPad air
    If I was buying one now I would buy the air or Waite for the air 2'
    But the 4 is awesome only complant its a little heavy.
    It was heavier. Then my trans former tablet
  24. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    If these savings are substantial, I would go with the 4. The 4 will do well if you keep iOS 7 running on it. I'd wait to upgrade to 8, just to see what others say about that upgrade.
    I guess it really all depends on if you can afford the newer tech, then of course go with that.
  25. millar876 macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2004
    Kilmarnock, Scotland UK
    Ios8 runs fine on iPad 4, Id say posibly better than ios 7. Early betas not so much, but it passes the wife test.

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