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izid111

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Hello! I'm new to this forum, and I'm still learning English, so forgive me my mistakes :).
I have some kind of problem, because I'm thinking about buying a tablet like iPad, but because I don't so much money to buy even iPad Air, so I think about iPad 2/3 (I heard that iPad 3 is terrible, but it's looking better than iP2) or iPad Mini 1 gen. I want to play (maybe Pokemon GO?) (not so recently, because I have PS4 and Vita), watch films on YT and surfing Net (FB, Snapchat, etc.). Actually, I'm using iPhone 4s and I see, that it isn't very smooth - the apps aren't opening fast, there are some lags, multitasking is very limited (I'm using it on iOS 9.3.2).
So, here is the question - will the iPad Mini be allright for me? Or will it be the same as iPhone 4S?
Oh, and I will have question to people, which are using tablet. Is an iPad really thing, that will "change my life" or something like that?
 

M. Gustave

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If the 4s is your phone also, then obviously you should not be looking at iPads.

If not, then consider an iPad Air 1st gen. Much better screen than the early Minis, and still offers a smooth experience on 9.3.3. The 16 GB wifi is going for under $200 used on eBay.
 
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izid111

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If the 4s is your phone also, then obviously you should not be looking at iPads.

If not, then consider an iPad Air 1st gen. Much better screen than the early Minis, and still offers a smooth experience on 9.3.3.
Exacly, my phone I'm using is 4S
 
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izid111

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Thanks a lot for answers. I was thinking about buying 5S - I heard it has great value to price. My sister has got iPhone SE too. Will I see so much diffrence between SE and 5S?
 

Channan

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Thanks a lot for answers. I was thinking about buying 5S - I heard it has great value to price. My sister has got iPhone SE too. Will I see so much diffrence between SE and 5S?
Right now, I don't think you'd notice much of a difference between the iPhone 5s and iPhone SE, but after one or two more software updates you probably will thanks to the extra RAM in the iPhone SE.
 
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izid111

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What do you think about buying right now? I mean, iPhone 7 is going to be in shops in 2 months, so it will be cheaper, I think. Buy now or wait for iPhone 7?
 

izid111

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Oh, and I have one more question - how many years iPhone 5S will be supported?
 

Beerstalker

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I feel the 5S would be a poor buy at this time. If you need to save money look at the SE or iPhone 6/6+. My guess is the 5S will not be supported with IOS 11, but the SE will.
 
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Osty

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I feel the 5S would be a poor buy at this time. If you need to save money look at the SE or iPhone 6/6+. My guess is the 5S will not be supported with IOS 11, but the SE will.

I agree. Although I have just acquired my 5s it was a hand-me-down from my wife. I bought her the SE and it's a awesome phone. When money is only the line, I would err on the side of newer if I want longevity...
 

rui no onna

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I feel the 5S would be a poor buy at this time. If you need to save money look at the SE or iPhone 6/6+. My guess is the 5S will not be supported with IOS 11, but the SE will.
Nah, 5/5c (A6/32-bit) are still getting iOS 10 so guessing 5s (A7/64-bit) should get at least iOS 11.

That said, I agree, not much point getting the 5s when the SE is available at a fairly reasonable price and will likely get an extra 2 years worth of iOS updates. At the very least, you get better performance with the SE while the 5s is now exhibiting lag.
 

Channan

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I feel the 5S would be a poor buy at this time. If you need to save money look at the SE or iPhone 6/6+. My guess is the 5S will not be supported with IOS 11, but the SE will.
I would not recommend an iPhone 6/6s at this point. Definitely not the 6, since it's not much bigger than the iPhone SE. You have to REALLY want a bigger screen to get one. You'll pay more for a slower processor, worse rear camera, and half the RAM.
 

izid111

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Yea, I know how SE is fast - Snapchat is opening faster on her SE than... Settings on my 4s. But I will not have enough money for SE (even 6), only for 5/5s. I don't know what to do now.
 

Beerstalker

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Nah, 5/5c (A6/32-bit) are still getting iOS 10 so guessing 5s (A7/64-bit) should get at least iOS 11.

That said, I agree, not much point getting the 5s when the SE is available at a fairly reasonable price and will likely get an extra 2 years worth of iOS updates. At the very least, you get better performance with the SE while the 5s is now exhibiting lag.

I'm just thinking with all the security/privacy stuff going on lately they might require the "secure enclave" for IOS 11, so that would mean iPhone 6/6+ (as well as iPad Mini 4, and iPad Air 2) and newer.
 

rui no onna

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I'm just thinking with all the security/privacy stuff going on lately they might require the "secure enclave" for IOS 11, so that would mean iPhone 6/6+ (as well as iPad Mini 4, and iPad Air 2) and newer.
Most likely, Apple will cut out certain features requiring secure enclave from A7 devices (e.g. no content blockers for A6 and older) but will still release iOS 11 firmware update.
 
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