Your Advice Please

Discussion in 'iPad' started by AndrewR23, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    Trying to decide between getting my first ever iPad. Want the iPad mini 2.

    Should I either get

    A. 16GB ipad mini 2 AT&T from Swappa for 275$

    B. 32Gb Wifi ipad mini 2 wifi only 319$ from Apple

    Both will be factory sealed.

    Thx
     
  2. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Question 2. If I get the Apple one, I can get free engraving. and can't i use my phones LTE to make a hotspot for my iPad if I'm in an area with no wifi?
     
  3. Kal-037 macrumors 6502a

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    I suggest going with Apple, it's a better deal. 32GB is always better than 16GB. And yes you can use your phone as hotspot, but make sure you have unlimited data to do so.


    Kal.
     
  4. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    We have a 50GB data plan with ATT right now lol.
     
  5. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Or should I just pay 499 to get the iPad mini 4?
     
  6. Kal-037 macrumors 6502a

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    iPad Mini 4 is great but if you can get the deal you mentioned i'd go with the mini 2 as it is still amazing. To get the mini 4 is an extra $200 bucks, though you do get better RAM, processors, wifi 802.11ac, better camera, and more storage.... again it's a bit more expensive though.
     
  7. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    If you are buying the Mini 2, get a used one or a refurb from Apple. I wouldn't pay Apple's retail price for a 2 year old device.
     
  8. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Is it worth waiting for black friday deals on the mini 2 and 4?
     
  9. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    Obviously - as the name suggests Black Friday will bring you a "deal". Now there are no deals. Unless you have are lining up a gift before then, or something dire, like your livelihood, "needs" that iPad; it will obviously be worth waiting for Black Friday.
     
  10. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

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    If you think you might want a GPS device, consider an iPad with cellular service. Only the cellular ipads have GPS, and they're really good for it; large enough to show a decent size portion of a map, while small enough to easily be placed in the passenger seat of a car. GPS is the main reason I got an iPad mini with cellular.

    The main reason for getting an iPad mini 4 instead of a mini 2 is it's likely to be able to run the latest iOS and software acceptably for a longer period of time. Right now, while the mini 4 is a bit snappier, the mini 2 works great. But you'd probably be able to keep the mini 4 longer without being tempted to upgrade. Another reason for getting the mini 4 is it has decent external speakers. They're not great, but they're far better than the mini 2 which are way to soft to be very usable. In your shoes getting a new device I'd get the mini 4, but then I make great use of my mini.
     
  11. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yeah I plan on using this for 5 years ish. About as long as I use my MacBooks for
     
  12. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    After researching, I think ill get the iPad mini 4 on black Friday
     
  13. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    I think that's sound. The updated specs of the 4 make it much more future proof IMHO. I'd personally rather shell out a bit more on the front end and be happier for longer than spend a little less and be frustrated with performance.
     

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