Upgrade advice from iPad 2.
I have had an iPad 2 since launch. I haven't really used it much since I bought a 6 plus at launch. I now have regular 6s and want to use a larger screen while at home. I was at Bestbuy and saw they have the iPad mini 4 for only $299 or the iPad Air 2 for $399 They both have fairly similar specs munis the A8 vs A8X chip. How different in real world use are they and which one has the longest life left and is one better than the other? Either would be great. If I could Id buy both. The other question is should I get the new pro 9.7 for $599. Is it worth the $300 more than the mini4 or the $200 more than the Air 2? I don't care about the pencil but I like how it has 32 gb and newer specs which makes me think it will be relevant longer than the other options. But the fact it has no more ram than the mini4 or Air2 makes me wonder about that. All suggestions and thoughts are appreciated.
- 03-26-2016, 03:18 AM #2iMore Intermediate
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Re: Upgrade advice from iPad 2.
I've just ordered a new 9.7" iPad Pro 128GB cellular model to replace my iPad Air 64GB cellular model, which I'm using now and have for hours daily since I purchased it. It's been a great iPad and has no issues running the latest version of iOS 9.3. That said, I've been hoping for awhile that Apple would come out with an upgrade that would entice me to move on, so I could hand this model down to another family member.
This new model appears to be a really great upgrade, inheriting many parts and features from the huge 12.9" model. The downsides are the installed 2GB RAM and USB 2 Lightning port, but it gains the great iPhone 6S 12MP camera and the new photos software features that that allows (Live Photos, 4K video, etc.). The updates are huge compared to my iPad Air, and upgrading was a no brainier for me.
The Pencil and Smart Keyboard are nice new features, but neither were the discriminator for me, since I'm neither an artist nor prolific writer. It was the power of the A9X CPU, additional storage, and additional RAM that pushed me over the edge. As I said, my iPad Air has been great, but I was ready for something new and substantially more powerful to future proof me for the next three years.
The iPad Air 2 poses a more nuanced consideration compared to the new iPad Pro 9.7". The A9X blows away the A7 in my iPad Air, but is only about 15% faster in suite tests compared to the A8X in the iPad Air 2. So, if you don't imagine you'll ever use the Pencil, Smart Keyboard, or be seduced by Live Photos, the price difference may be the discriminator for you. If you do decide to go with the new iPad Pro 9.7", keep in mind that the photos it takes are going to consume 15% more storage with the higher resolution camera. That, and more movie storage, is what pushed me to the 128GB model.
- 03-27-2016, 08:18 PM #3
Re: Upgrade advice from iPad 2.
Considering you've had the iPad 2 since launch and you don't use it as aggressively anymore, I'd pick up an iPad Pro 9.7". But I'd wait to some sales pop up for the device towards the fall.
Reason I say this is because getting the newer and much more powerful device will future proof you a bit, allowing you to hold onto the iPad before it becomes obsolete. Which would happen a whole lot later than the Mini 4 and even the Air 2. Plus, since you don't use that device that much, it's worth sitting tight a little bit for some discounts.
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