Sold my iPad Air, regretting the decision.

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  1. BJB Productions macrumors 65816

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    I sold my iPad Air a week ago on eBay in anticipation for the next release. I usually upgrade my iPad every two years so it holds some decent resale value and I like to have the latest form factor. This year I should've listened to the rumors about the minor upgrade and kept my Air. I just can't justify paying an extra $100 for features I won't even use. Anyone else in the same boat? What's my best place to find an affordable iPad Air 2?
     
  2. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    I can honestly say the iPad Air 2 is still the iPad to go with unless you need keyboard or pencil...still has 2 GB of ram and should last as long as the iPad pro 9" for the most part. In regard to cheap. You can get refurbs from Apple for $340 now or on eBay you can get them for under $300....6 months ago prior to the price drop I got a iPad Air 2 LTE for $270.
     
  3. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's exactly what I'm thinking, too. I sold my iPad Air for a great price so maybe I'll make out okay in the end getting an Air 2 for so much less now.
     
  4. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Depending on how much money you made from the resale, an Air 2 might not cost you too much, and it is a notable upgrade over the Air 1. I say, treat yourself to a new device and enjoy. :)
     
  5. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Or faster processor, or four speakers, or better screen. Not much difference really.
     
  6. mountain macrumors 6502

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    I guess you can buy one on craigslist if you don't want to ditch out the extra $$$
     
  7. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    +$200 premium. I wasn't denying those add ons. The OP said he was happy with his iPad Air so a iPad Air 2 is still a massive upgrade and probably the best iPad ever made to this point in regards to longevity. I am just as happy with my iPad as I was in 2014 when it came out.

    In terms of usability other then the keyboard and pencil there is nothing you can do on the iPad pro that you can't do on the iPad Air 2.
     
  8. Scifivision macrumors newbie

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    I'm going to be selling mine on eBay in a couple days. For me the whole reason is the pencil. I have a white/gold 128gb wifi with Smart Cover near mint condition. Even if not though there are others on eBay. Or you could try for a refurb.
     
  9. 617aircav Suspended

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    Why did you sell it when the rumors pointed to an iPad Pro being announced and not an air.
     
  10. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Just poor judgement on my part.
     
  11. mrklaw macrumors 65816

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    I sold my ipad air 2 - how do you think I feel? ;)

    You'll be fine. The ipad air 2 is a nice jump over the Air 1 - laminated screen is gorgeous and the 2GB ram makes a noticable difference in safari. So you can go anywhere from a refurb Air 2, to a new Air 2, to a pro 9.7 and any of those will be a nice upgrade for you.
     
  12. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, I think I'll look at eBay. 16gb is fine for me.
     
  13. urkel macrumors 68030

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    Considering the age of your Air2 and the fact that you sold BEFORE the price drop then didn't you come out ahead in all this?

    I know you feel the Pro 9.7 is disappointing but why not take the Pro plunge and consider yourself fortunate that you didn't lose much. (Especially in comparison to the people who are dumping their 3mo old Pro12.9 for 30% off. At least you got two years out of yours)

    The new iPad Pro has some frustrating reveals (like 2GB Ram, USB2 transfer speeds, incompatible Air smart covers) but it's still a very solid 3yr device. At least you're getting something new and let's face it, there's literally nothing on the horizon for both the Air and Pro at this point.
     
  14. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    Depends why you normally upgrade your iPad. If you upgrade for a faster, more capable device with a better screen, then this is no different. It has those and then some. Throw in much better sound from the four speakers as a bonus.

    The Pencil and smart connector accessories are not necessarily something you have to consider. They're there if you want them, great, if not your still getting a not insignificant upgrade over the Air 2.

    That's not to say that the Air 2 isn't still a capable device, it most certainly is. But the Pro has several benefits over it even without the Pencil and such.
     
  15. BJB Productions thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Right now used Air 2s are selling for more on eBay than a refurb direct form Apple is. Weird
     
  16. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    Uninformed people on eBay take longer to react to pricing changes. Thats my guess at least.
     
  17. temna macrumors 6502a

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    ACK! 16gb is only good enough for business bought devices. I tell people all the time that when Apple sells a 16gb device, a puppy dies.
     
  18. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    ...umm strongly disagree. First off. People on the forums need to understand that we are in the minority of people who buy these devices. A large portion of people are 50+ who want to play candy crush, e-mail and browse the web.

    Other then that. I have a 16 GB Air 2 LTE and I am extremely happy with it. If it was my only device, yes I would need more, but I have a 64 GB phone and a rMBP. I don't store things on my iPad. I use it for netflix, books, a few games, and web browsing on the couch. I still have 5 GB free.

    The only time I wish I had more storage is the few times I fly and I want movies on my device, but that is maybe once or twice a year so I get over it. If I really want to i'll bring my Macbook.
     
  19. temna macrumors 6502a

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    I'll definitely agree to disagree with you, but than again, I'm a digital hoarder and use my iPad as much for movies as the web, so I usually have a half dozen or more favorite movies on it at all times.. So..
     
  20. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    Are you away from WIFI that often? With services like PLEX or iTunes in the cloud whats the point. Like I said, the only time I typically don't have some sort of connectivity is on a plane...and even now they have WIFI often. The few times I am away from WIFI I have LTE or a phone I can tether off of.
     
  21. temna macrumors 6502a

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    I like to take my iPad with me camping, so we can watch movies in bed before we fall asleep. And of course, work doesn't appreciate me using their bandwidth to watch movies during lunch. Lol
     
  22. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    That makes sense. I don't disagree there is reasons for large storage but for a large majority of people a 16 GB is enough unless they need movies or want to have a lot of large games installed on their devices...my recommendation. Enjoy the great outdoors technology free lol ;)
     
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  24. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    Your right...I didn't say there isn't a reason for large storage iPads. Sure I'd love to have more, but for a large majority of iPad buyers 16 GB is enough. I can safely say most people don't have that many games, or at least don't have them all loaded all the time. If games and movies loaded on your device aren't important to you, you really don't need anymore. With streaming and WIFI everywhere it's becoming less important.
     
  25. bodonnell202 macrumors 6502a

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    The Air 2 is a great device which is even better with it's new lower price, and it is a big upgrade from the Air 1. It'll easily get you through another 2+ years if that is your iPad upgrade cycle. I've had good luck with buying refurbished from Apple, you get a great price for a product that feels like brand new.
     

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