iPad Worth upgrading to an Air 1 from a 4?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Jawnathin, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. Jawnathin macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    I've currently got a iPad 4 and came across a great deal for a similarly spec'ed Air 1. Would cost less than $100 out of pocket to make the switch, hopefully closer to $50. Just gotta do the wheeling and dealing and sell the 4.

    As much as I would like an Air 2, that is closer to $400 out of pocket and therefore a lot more expensive.

    I'm pretty happy with the 4 for the time I've had it, it did give me trouble on the initial upgrade to iOS8, but after a full restore its much better now. Its still not as fast as I would like but oh well.

    Anyone move from a 4 to an Air 1? Is it worth the upgrade? I know that A7 is pretty killer, but the A6X isn't too shabby either.

  2. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I have had both in the house for the past year or so. I would not say it's worth it for the speed alone. For me it was all about the weight - the Air is so much lighter and easy to hold that it changed how I viewed the device. We still use both every day and I would have a hard time telling the difference in day to day use as to which is faster.

    Still, if it's only $100, that's a pretty good price for the upgrade.
  3. Jawnathin thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    Thanks for that, I appreciate your feedback.

    My biggest desire is improved performance. But it sounds like it might not be that noticeable. That is a bummer, the A7 was really fast in my 5S.

    You bright up a good point, I do really like the Air form factor (the Air, Mini & iPhone 5 have the best design language from Apple IMO) and while I don't find my 4 to be a burden, I would appreciate the reduced weight and smaller size.

    I still have some thinking to do...
  4. vgamedude macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2013
    I was very disappointed when I had the Air, I got a refund. The 1gb of RAM alone to me is enough to say no it doesn't warrant an upgrade.
  5. mrsean macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
    I own an Air 1. You should skip it and save enough money for an Air 2 instead.
  6. iF34R macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2011
    South Carolina
    I've kept my 4 instead of getting an Air. The weight was the biggest benefit for me, but I held out until this new one was announced.
  7. mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    It's not worth the upgrade to Air 1. It has the same 1GB RAM and the CPU/GPU upgrades aren't very noticeable. The Air 1 features focused on light/thin. Upgrade to Air 2, it should be called Air S, because it is focused on internal improvements, increasing its longevity. Speaking of longevity, you should have kept your iPad 4 on the iOS it came with, iOS 6, for performance longevity.
  8. Jawnathin thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    Very interesting, I must say I am quite surprised at the feedback. I've always thought of the Air as a pretty significant upgrade over the 4.

    New design language, much lighter, better battery life, and 2x the CPU/GPU of the A6X, without any downsides. Sure it only has 1GB of RAM but so does the 4. For $100 it seemed like a fair deal to trade up to.

    The specs on the Air2 are killer. I had a pre-order in, but cancelled it. Based on the feedback here, maybe I ought to wait for a Black Friday deal and pick up an Air 2 instead and not worry about the Air 1...


    Oh, regarding keeping the 4 on iOS6, no can do. Speed trade off is well worth the continuity & handoff features. SMS Forwarding is awesome.
  9. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    I bought an iPad 4 at its release. I then bought an Air at its release. After a week, I returned the Air. It wasn't worth the upgrade to me. I did enjoy the smaller size and weight. I didn't enjoy the hollow tapping sound and lack of improvement in virtually every other aspect.

    Now I'm ready for Touch ID and a lighter tablet, so the Air 2 is on the way.

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