Is ipad air 1 still good enough?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mclld, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. mclld macrumors 68020

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    I have a friend looking to get a couple cheap, used ipads and I recommended looking for an ipad air 1 at least. I figured they are still more than good enough for kids to play games on.
     
  2. masotime macrumors 68020

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    Depends on the type of games. Simple games should be fine. More complex games might require the 2GB RAM or faster graphics that the Air 2 provides.

    I still think the iPad Air 2 is a rock solid choice for many people. On the other hand, my dad still insists he's fine with his iPad 2, so again, YMMV.
     
  3. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

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    The Air 1 really struggles now. Safari reloads a lot, and the same with apps when you try to multitask. It's ok, but using an Air 2 or Pro is a hugely better experience.
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Core

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    For simple tasks, the Air 1 is still good
    For simple tasks and nothing heavy in multitasking.
     
  5. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    Yes Air 1 is fine for basic productivity and media consumption day to day. Students use them a lot still. They are definitely alittle less smooth as the Air 2 but the time to load webpages, emails, documents and PDFs is not that far apart. Personally I would recommend a Air 2 still as it will provide a much nicer overall experience.
     
  6. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    If he can get the Air for cheap, sure. However, if it's just like $50-100 less than Air 2, I highly recommend going with the Air 2.
     
  7. Channan macrumors 68030

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    Like @rui no onna said, if you can get one for a really good price, go for it. Otherwise, it would be better to go for at least the iPad Air 2. That extra GB of RAM makes such a massive difference.
     
  8. bufffilm Suspended

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    Get air2 or better.
     
  9. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    It really depends on what you're using it for and what your expectations are. I know a number of people with iPad Airs or even older models who find them perfectly fine and see no reason why they should replace them.
     
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    Replacing is very different than buying...OP's question makes it difficult to recommend anything other than air2 (or better).
     
  11. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    True. I just meant to say that an Air 1 is still capable of fulfilling most people's tablet needs. But yes, unless one is getting significant savings over a more current model then the more current model is always going to be better. The OP asked about getting a couple of cheap tablets for kids to play on. I don't agree that the Air 1 should be out of the question
     
  12. hinesmj macrumors regular

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    Typing this response on an Air 1. I find it to be more than enough for my needs...web browsing, streaming, etc. I use it a lot to take notes in grad classes. I don't play games on it though. I'd say if you're going for an older model, the air should be fine. I wouldn't go older than this though.
     
  13. Geekbabe macrumors 6502a

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    I gave my husband my 32GB Air & he enjoys it. Perfect for Netflix, Facebook, web surfing
     
  14. mlody macrumors 6502a

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    I picked up a used iPad Air 16GB with 8 months left on AppleCare fro $220. This iPad is for my mother and will replace her iPad 3rd gen. She was still fine with 3rd gen iPad but wanted something smaller and lighter, so I figured iPad Air 1 would be great upgrade without breaking the bank.
     
  15. bufffilm Suspended

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    A Brand new air2 32gb is $400.

    Like I said, if you are considering an air1...I think you are crazy.
     
  16. mlody macrumors 6502a

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    I do not believe it is crazy to consider iPad Air. For what I paid and the intended use case the Air 1 is perfect at the half the price of new Air 2. My mom loves it. It is snappy, no lag in keyboard and the 5 apps she is using are flying on it. I would feel really bad recommending Air 2 at the double of cost for her.
     
  17. Mr_Killjoy Suspended

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    Depends on the price. Honestly, they could likely find Air 2s or Mini 4s for just a bit more than an original Air, and that being the case, I'd recommend that route.

    But, that being said, if the price on the Air is excellent? It'll still work decently. Maybe not the best option, but at a super cheap price it's still reasonable for kids.
     
  18. bufffilm Suspended

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    Knock yourself out on the air1 if you want to...most places have it around $220 (and up) used and that's the 16gb.

    You won't get anywhere near the longevity of the 2gb ram iPads.

    The air2 is where the smart money is at.
     
  19. Math889 macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't reccomend to buy ANY iPad and iPhone with 1 GB of RAM TODAY . It's waste of money. Buy an Air 1 now with just 1GB of RAM is not a good idea . I think the maximum OS that the Air 1 can run is IOS 12. Really, if you buy the Air 1 or any 1GB of RAM IPhone/IPad you are stupid !!
     
  20. bufffilm Suspended

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    To call them stupid is a bit much. Some may choose the Air1 because money is extremely tight, etc.
     
  21. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    This all depends on cost. If one can buy 2x iPad Air for close to the same price as 1x iPad Air 2, particularly given they'll just be for kids to play with, I'd say go for it. After 1-2 years, if future perfomance is lacking, one can always buy the iPad Air 2 or even Pro 9.7 at a fraction of the current price.
     
  22. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    If it goes as far as iOS 12 that's still nearly 3 years of support. Depending on intended usage and the price, there may be nothing stupid at all about getting an Air 1. Sometimes buying a generation or two old to save some money is actually really smart.
     
  23. Math889, Oct 11, 2016
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    --- Post Merged, Oct 11, 2016 ---
    Buy an Air 1 in 2016? it is 3 years old now not worth it
     
  24. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    Not worth what? It depends on the price. You act like it's a paperweight. An iPad Air can still do most of the things that any other iPad can do.
     
  25. Math889 macrumors 65816

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    Multitasking feature,2 apps running at the same time, touch id,it s really annoying to put the passcode, slo mo and more
     

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