1. therealmatt84's Avatar
    So here's the situation:

    I currently have a 3rd generation iPad that works fine. I only really have two issues with it: it's starting to get slow and lag and also the weight.

    I moderately use my iPad for work, some light html/ css/ javascript coding, gaming, and general browsing.

    Now I can get 15% off a new iPad Air 2 through a friend. I'm leaning towards just waiting till the new one comes and forgetting the 15% but I can't always wait for the latest and greatest otherwise I would be waiting forever.

    Thanks ahead for the insights!
    02-03-2015 07:37 PM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    It will be much faster. I've been thru all generations of the iPad and the 3 was definite sluggish because it was the first with the retina screen. The Air 2 is a huge improvement and was noticeably faster than even the Air 1. It being there only iDevice with 2GB RAM doesn't hurt either.
    02-03-2015 07:42 PM
  3. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    And new ones probably won't be out until late Oct/early Nov. so you'd have almost a year to wait.
    02-03-2015 07:43 PM
  4. therealmatt84's Avatar
    Thanks for the advice. I think I will pull the trigger and get it!
    02-03-2015 10:42 PM
  5. Optid's Avatar
    I would definitely recommend it. I had the iPad 4 and decided to pull the trigger. I am definitely glad I did. My older iPad was getting so heavy and I definitely started to notice lag. It really irritated me because the damn thing was not even two years old.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    02-04-2015 01:58 AM
  6. therealmatt84's Avatar
    Yeah there definitely is a lag whenever I start to type fast or if I rotate my screen "fast". How is the screen? I've heard that it's a huge improvement over the older models. I've seen and kind of played with one at the stores but it's a bit different when you have it at home, I think.
    02-04-2015 12:05 PM
  7. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    The Air 2 screen is better. I think it's the first iPad to have the glass and lcd laminated together which makes it look more like you are touching objects in the screen rather than under it.
    02-04-2015 12:26 PM
  8. Flow39's Avatar
    The screen is beautiful like Karen said. It is a laminated display now, so it looks as if the pixels are right on the surface and not under the glass. It is also 56% less reflective, which helps when looking at it in direct light.

    It would be a good idea to upgrade from the iPad 3 IMO. I upgraded from last year's iPad Mini 2, and the speed difference is noticeable. 2 GB of RAM makes the Air 2 leaps ahead of any previous iPad. Tabs stay open longer, apps continue to run in the background without refreshing or closing, and keeps everything running smoothly overall.

    The Air 2 is fantastic, I would recommend it without hesitation!
    02-04-2015 11:56 PM
  9. therealmatt84's Avatar
    Thanks everyone for all the advice! I'm probably going to get the silver iPad 64gb. I'm also curious on what everyone mainly uses their iPad for?
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    02-05-2015 06:01 PM
  10. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Reading
    Games
    Foruming
    A little bit of Netflix.
    02-05-2015 06:07 PM
  11. Evilguppy's Avatar
    I was happy with the Air 1, but my husband decided to have my Air 1 and let me upgrade to Air 2.
    I must say I'm speechless because yes, it's better.
    I love the speed, the display, the Touch ID, Apple pay, I just freaking love it all.
    OMG I'm turning into such an Apple freak, considering my history, it's downright shocking, lol.
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    02-05-2015 08:42 PM
  12. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I was happy with the Air 1, but my husband decided to have my Air 1 and let me upgrade to Air 2.
    I must say I'm speechless because yes, it's better.
    I love the speed, the display, the Touch ID, Apple pay, I just freaking love it all.
    OMG I'm turning into such an Apple freak, considering my history, it's downright shocking, lol.
    One word....YES. Smile
    02-05-2015 08:47 PM
  13. Nathan Bael's Avatar
    I was happy with the Air 1, but my husband decided to have my Air 1 and let me upgrade to Air 2.
    I must say I'm speechless because yes, it's better.
    I love the speed, the display, the Touch ID, Apple pay, I just freaking love it all.
    OMG I'm turning into such an Apple freak, considering my history, it's downright shocking, lol.
    Does apple pay work with the cellular iPads or only for online purchases?
    02-05-2015 08:59 PM
  14. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Does apple pay work with the cellular iPads or only for online purchases?
    Pay on iPads does not work at point-of-sale. It does work for purchases within apps.
    02-05-2015 09:23 PM
  15. Nathan Bael's Avatar
    Pay on iPads does not work at point-of-sale. It does work for purchases within apps.
    Ah so not even with the cellular iPad then? That is a shame.
    02-06-2015 07:21 PM
  16. parker5011's Avatar
    Reading
    Games
    Foruming
    A little bit of Netflix.
    All this. When I get home my phone goes on the counter and my iPad is the choice for the rest of the time.


    iPhone 6 sending this your way!
    02-06-2015 08:06 PM
  17. therealmatt84's Avatar
    Finally picked it up 64gb white wifi! It's a lot faster than my older iPad 3, screen is great, and the size is perfect. This is probably the best size for a tablet. I've thought about if they make a larger 12"+ iPad it would be too heavy and a bit too big (though I do have a 6 plus and love the large screen on it).
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    02-08-2015 02:59 PM
  18. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Finally picked it up 64gb white wifi! It's a lot faster than my older iPad 3, screen is great, and the size is perfect. This is probably the best size for a tablet. I've thought about if they make a larger 12"+ iPad it would be too heavy and a bit too big (though I do have a 6 plus and love the large screen on it).
    Enjoy your new toy!
    therealmatt84 likes this.
    02-08-2015 03:06 PM
  19. therealmatt84's Avatar
    Thanks for everyone's input!
    02-09-2015 04:53 PM
  20. Channan's Avatar
    Going to address a few points in this thread because I also upgraded from the 3rd gen iPad to the iPad Air 2. I know OP already upgraded, but other people in the same situation might read this in the future.

    This iPad is WAY faster than the third gen. Not so much in loading things, but there's just no lag or stutter whatsoever. I use Hangouts a lot and it would sometimes take around 10 seconds from opening the app (running in the background) to actually being able to type my message to the person I'm trying to send it to. There was so much keyboard lag as well. This has none.

    The weight isn't a major deal IMO. When I first got it, I was blown away by how much thinner and lighter it was. But the more I use it, the heavier it feels and it doesn't feel like such a huge change anymore. It could be just me, though I'm sure if I picked up a 3rd gen iPad now, it would feel ridiculously heavy.

    The extra GB of RAM alone is a major reason to upgrade. I don't think I've ever had a tab in Safari reload on this tablet. Sometimes having just two tabs on the 3rd gen iPad would make the background tab reload when you went back to it.

    The screen is awesome, but really just because of the anti-reflective coating, IMO. I don't care so much that it's laminated, other than making it a little thinner. It doesn't look any better or worse to me. But having the anti-reflective coating means I don't need the brightness so high, which saves battery life. It's also nice not seeing yourself and everything behind you while using it.

    Also, a white front looks so much nicer than black with iOS 7+.
    therealmatt84 and JOSH_WH1TE like this.
    02-11-2015 04:01 PM
  21. Closingracer's Avatar
    Ah so not even with the cellular iPad then? That is a shame.
    Do you really want to wave your iPad on those pads ....I have had android phones and have yet to use google wallet or softcard and they had one of those options out for a few years already .


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    02-11-2015 05:25 PM
  22. therealmatt84's Avatar
    Going to address a few points in this thread because I also upgraded from the 3rd gen iPad to the iPad Air 2. I know OP already upgraded, but other people in the same situation might read this in the future.

    This iPad is WAY faster than the third gen. Not so much in loading things, but there's just no lag or stutter whatsoever. I use Hangouts a lot and it would sometimes take around 10 seconds from opening the app (running in the background) to actually being able to type my message to the person I'm trying to send it to. There was so much keyboard lag as well. This has none.

    The weight isn't a major deal IMO. When I first got it, I was blown away by how much thinner and lighter it was. But the more I use it, the heavier it feels and it doesn't feel like such a huge change anymore. It could be just me, though I'm sure if I picked up a 3rd gen iPad now, it would feel ridiculously heavy.

    The extra GB of RAM alone is a major reason to upgrade. I don't think I've ever had a tab in Safari reload on this tablet. Sometimes having just two tabs on the 3rd gen iPad would make the background tab reload when you went back to it.

    The screen is awesome, but really just because of the anti-reflective coating, IMO. I don't care so much that it's laminated, other than making it a little thinner. It doesn't look any better or worse to me. But having the anti-reflective coating means I don't need the brightness so high, which saves battery life. It's also nice not seeing yourself and everything behind you while using it.

    Also, a white front looks so much nicer than black with iOS 7+.
    I totally agree on all points.

    Everything is just so much better. I actually had the opposite reaction to the weight when I first got it. I thought there wasn't too much of a difference but as I use it more it feels lighter and much easier to carry meeting to meeting.

    Great thing is, is that developers are only scratching the surface of the power. Can't wait for what they come up with for the future.
    02-11-2015 10:08 PM
  23. Evilguppy's Avatar
    About the screen: I added an anti glare screen protector to my iPad Air 2 and today, I have been on my iPad almost all day, outside, in the sun.
    And... It was perfect.
    Crisp, clear, no eye strain, just freaking perfect.
    And zero typos.
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    02-14-2015 08:36 PM
  24. Jsince80's Avatar
    I came from iPad 2 and it was working fine, but when I got this iPad Air 2 for Xmas I realized the upgrade was overdue. This thing is amazing all around the board
    02-16-2015 06:59 PM
  25. Luckygarden's Avatar
    So here's the situation:

    I currently have a 3rd generation iPad that works fine. I only really have two issues with it: it's starting to get slow and lag and also the weight.

    I moderately use my iPad for work, some light html/ css/ javascript coding, gaming, and general browsing.

    Now I can get 15% off a new iPad Air 2 through a friend. I'm leaning towards just waiting till the new one comes and forgetting the 15% but I can't always wait for the latest and greatest otherwise I would be waiting forever.

    Thanks ahead for the insights!
    for work , you should go and wait for iPad Pro 12.2
    02-28-2015 05:49 AM
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