New or Refurbished iPad 2? Which to buy?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mtthwcmn1, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. mtthwcmn1 macrumors member


    Oct 9, 2011
    I am planning on getting an iPad 2, I use and borrow my roommates occasionally, but was wondering if I should buy one new or refurbished. My main concern is getting one without issues and in excellent cosmetic condition. Price isn't an issue, but people say that refurbs are banged up, and others say they are better than new because they go through a rigorous process for errors. Help would be great.
  2. keysersoze macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    I got a refurb iPad 2 from Apple. I have no issues with it and am happy I saved $80. I don't have any issues with light bleed and in my opinion it's as good as any new one I could have bought. No scuffs, scrapes or anything like that.
  3. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    Go for the refurb. They're probably less likely than new ones to have issues like light bleed because many of them were returned for those issues and so that was what was refurbished.
  4. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009

    Go for the refurb because when you want to sell it and get an iPad 3 you won't lose as much money
  5. HoddzDJ macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2011
    England, UK
    I have experience in both a brand new iPad 2 and a refurb. Why? Because a hi-fi speaker fell on my iPad right on the screen and above the sleep button. I bought that iPad 2 brand new from the Apple Online Store. After going to my local retail store, I was offered a refurbished iPad 2 which I then bought.

    In my honest opinion, there is no difference what so ever between a brand new iPad and a refurbished model from what I have seen so far! Other than the fact that my refurbished one has lasted twice as long as my brand new one already!!

    All that being said, if money isn't an option, I still think I would go for a refurbished model for the simple fact you still get a years warranty on it etc and as people have already said, it's gone through a rigorous process to even pass and be sold by Apple.
  6. WLS macrumors 65816

    Jul 10, 2008
    Yes go for the refurb now if you don't want to wait for the next iPad or money is an issue.
    $419 for an iPad2 in the refurb section of the Apple Store is a great price and you get a years warranty. It's better than buying a used one for $400 on eBay plus paying shipping and only getting a remaining warranty. Apple refurbs are top quality.
  7. Paratel macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2005
    Somewhere in the US
    Just got a 64gb iPad 2 and haven't had any problems, looks brand new to me. I would get applecare of some sort of warranty though just to be safe and protect your investment.
  8. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    People who say Apple refurbs are "banged up" have never seen an Apple refurb.
  9. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    As long as you get the refurb from Apple, they put new cases on everything - you won't get a banged up model.
  10. number84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2011
    you also get a new battery with a refurb too. no reason not to get a refurb IMO. if i was buying one now, i wouldn't hesitate.
  11. grggary macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2007
    I bought a refurb and it is cosmetically as nice as new. According to Apple's website, "We test and certify all Apple refurbished products and include a 1-year warranty. All refurbished iPad models also include a brand new battery and outer shell." Since all of the outer components, including the shell and glass are new, you can't tell it's a refurb by looking at it. Comes packed and shipped nicely as well. I'm totally happy with mine and really enjoyed saving the $$$!
  12. briceman macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2011
    I got a refurb, and had really bad light bleed, but because the warranty is identical to the new ones, I simply took it in and got a replacement. Pretty awesome.
  13. Edd.Dantes macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2007
    Wait 2-3 months and get a 3.

    I'm quite sure that your roommate will subsidize you for the coming months ;)
  14. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    This is what I would do but if you're fine with a 2 then buying a refurb from Apple is as close to new as you can get without just buying one new so I would do that.
  15. bassanoclapper macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2008
    Or wait until then and get a 2 when the price drops
  16. Roadking macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2008
    I agree. You can wait another month right?
  17. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    I thought backlight bleeding was one of those issues they don't bother fixing because the majority of customers aren't even aware of such an issue?
  18. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    I guess I'm assuming the OP is only worried about real, noticeable problems that would actually get fixed. Not "in a dark room at full brightness there's an eensy-weensy spot of light on this edge, OMG must return it!"
  19. Lindenhurst macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2011
    Refurb. Only difference is the box it comes in. I guess if you sell your devices after a year or so, the words refurb on the box may affect the price, but i have always bought refurbs from Apple and never found a defect yet.

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