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Old 06-02-2014, 11:13
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Hi all

I've been toying with the idea of getting an iPad for some time.
Never really had any justification or need to get one.

My son is autistic and has responded very well to some fun apps on my iphone. I'm thinking an iPad would be even better.

So which one? I'm confused with all these generation ones.
The iPad air is the latest right?

I don't need a large hard drive with sim card, 4G etc. Just an iPad with Wifi for the internet and apps.

What should I consider going for?

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Old 06-02-2014, 11:17
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The iPad Air is the latest model.

It sounds like you just need the wifi 16GB version for what you want to use it for.
http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-ipad/ipad-air
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:25
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Thanks for the reply.

Ouch - 399.
I don't suppose I'll get that cheaper anywhere else eh?

I may need to wait a month or two for the purchase.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:44
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Thanks for the reply.

Ouch - 399.
I don't suppose I'll get that cheaper anywhere else eh?

I may need to wait a month or two for the purchase.
You can get the iPad 2 new for 329. It is slower with a lower resolution screen, but still does the job.

You can also see if the iPad 4 is still available. It isn't as thin and light as the Air, but might actually be a little more robust for that.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:47
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If it's for your son, why not look at the iPad Mini 16GB wifi - it's smaller and lighter, but still really usable for games, web browsing etc.

Basic 16GB mini, non Retina is 249 from Apple. Looks like Argos are currently selling for 219.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:48
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Is the iPad Mini something you'd be interested in?
219 from Argos atm.
(16GB/Wifi/1Gen version)

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/1432543.htm
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:21
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Thank you all.

The mini is nice but would prefer the larger screen.
Thanks for all the info, its appreciated
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:46
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If price is an issue you could look at Android tablets as well if the apps you want are available
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Old 06-02-2014, 15:20
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Is the iPad Mini something you'd be interested in?
219 from Argos atm.
(16GB/Wifi/1Gen version)

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/1432543.htm
Bought that one.
Very happy with it
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Old 06-02-2014, 15:38
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Is the iPad Mini something you'd be interested in?
219 from Argos atm.
(16GB/Wifi/1Gen version)

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/1432543.htm
That's actually a good price for that, At the RRP its difficult to recommend over the retina.
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Old 06-02-2014, 16:52
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If you really want an iPad and don't want to risk buying second hand take a look at the Apple refurb site http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/specialdeals/ipad they come with the same Apple warranty as a new one but are cheaper but not as cheap as an Android Tablet. Just check out the differences, Apps and security issues with Android before you decide which to buy.
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Old 13-02-2014, 15:05
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I've had a refurb iPad from Apple and it was like new, including new box, cables etc.
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Old 14-02-2014, 13:26
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You can get the iPad 2 new for 329. It is slower with a lower resolution screen, but still does the job.

You can also see if the iPad 4 is still available. It isn't as thin and light as the Air, but might actually be a little more robust for that.
Since the tablet is mostly for the child's use I'd go for the cheaper and sturdier iPad 2 option (though I'd hurry since according to this story it will soon be no longer available).
That being said I've been lucky enough to get my hands on an Air and it's a brilliant little device, if you've got the cash it's definitely worth the splurge.
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Old 14-02-2014, 21:28
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Since the tablet is mostly for the child's use I'd go for the cheaper and sturdier iPad 2 option (though I'd hurry since according to this story it will soon be no longer available).
That being said I've been lucky enough to get my hands on an Air and it's a brilliant little device, if you've got the cash it's definitely worth the splurge.
If you can source iPad gen 3 go with that. Otherwise go with sean says, just go with Gen 3 if you can find one.
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Old 14-02-2014, 23:36
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Air all the way
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Old 18-02-2014, 16:46
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I am obviously in thick mode......can someone please confirm these 2 are the same. As usual JL are higher, but am doubting myself in that one model is inferior to the other...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-IPAD-W...pr_product_top

http://www.johnlewis.com/apple-ipad-...abinfo-ratings
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Old 18-02-2014, 17:10
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I am obviously in thick mode......can someone please confirm these 2 are the same. As usual JL are higher, but am doubting myself in that one model is inferior to the other...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-IPAD-W...pr_product_top

http://www.johnlewis.com/apple-ipad-...abinfo-ratings
Yeah both are the same apart from the colour.
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Old 18-02-2014, 17:17
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Yeah both are the same apart from the colour.
JL are selling at Apple's recommended price - Amazon at less than this!
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Old 18-02-2014, 17:21
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Yeah both are the same apart from the colour.
Many thanks for your response.
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Old 18-02-2014, 17:50
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I dont get why people would pay over the odds for an iPad when there are sites like Smartfonestore.com that do refurb models which are a fraction of the price!

They've been engineer tested and checked over and come with a limited warranty and power cable.
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Old 18-02-2014, 17:58
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.......speaking personally I like brand new.
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Old 18-02-2014, 19:43
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I dont get why people would pay over the odds for an iPad when there are sites like Smartfonestore.com that do refurb models which are a fraction of the price!

They've been engineer tested and checked over and come with a limited warranty and power cable.
In the case of John Lewis it's because they give a five year warranty on their electrical items, though not sure that this applies to the iPad. It's a peace of mind thing and for just a little more money.
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Old 18-02-2014, 20:20
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Thanks for the reply.

Ouch - 399.
I don't suppose I'll get that cheaper anywhere else eh?

I may need to wait a month or two for the purchase.
just bought a 16GB, wi-fi, white, iPad 3 off ebay for 250. Came with case, extra charger, HDMI cable and screen protector. All in original packaging and you won't be able to tell it wasn't new.

Just keep looking, decent ones do pop up. And check gumtree and facebook as well. For example just saw a 16GB iPad2, no box or charger (its probably nicked) going for 170 on local facebook group. Charger and cable are around 15.


(btw, I would of course tell you to get nexus 7 or hudl, lol)
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Old 19-02-2014, 10:21
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with regards to buying refurb iPads, I've no idea why people by refurb iPads from other retailers when Apple themselves sell refurb models on their online store for very good prices. They also come as like brand new with new box/screen/cables etc.
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Old 19-02-2014, 11:25
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In the case of John Lewis it's because they give a five year warranty on their electrical items, though not sure that this applies to the iPad.
It's 5 years on TVs! iPads get (normally) 2 years (but they increased this to 3 for a while around Christmas time)

JL will price-match as well (but not against web-only retailers)
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