Reminder: Apple iPad Air release date is tomorrow, November 1
1. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I am going to the Apple Store to check out the Air. This time, I am not going to make the same mistake with the 32GB iPad Mini. This time, my credit cards are staying home.
Apple got me with the mini -- the moment I picked it up, I was completely unprepared for such a light tablet. At the time, I was using the iPad 2. I am typically the type of guy that reads all the reviews, thinks and stews before making a purchase.
5. MrsPotatoHead (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Im confused, what didn't you like about the mini iPad I almost got me one when it came out. I was thinkin about getting the Air one but will probably wait for Christmas, you dont think its gonna be good. I was also thinking if Walmart carry it I could try putting it on layaway because what I need to do right now is just replace my phone.
9. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
In the case of the iPad Mini -- after playing with for a few minutes at the Apple store, I was suckered and immediately whipped out my wallet (with credit card) and made an impulse decision to buy it.
This time, when I check out the Air at the Apple store, my credit cards are staying home. I am not making a $600 impulse purchase this time.
13. quakan (Posts: 1351; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
So were you satisfied or unsatisfied with your purchase? I think MrsPotatoHead and I are both wondering because on one note, you quickly fell in love, but on another note you're regretting your impulsiveness. Personally, it's not clear if you're happy you bought it or not.
20. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I love my iPad Mini -- I hated being sucked in by the newness of the device. I had an iPad 2, so I wasn't desperate for a tablet, but holding that iPad Mini caused me to lose my rationality. It's scary. I like to believe I am a rational person.
It's not like a $10 device. I got the 32GB and I also bought a 30-pin to lightning port adapter, so it was almost $500 out the door.
I am just upset that I didn't budget for the mini. I could have waited 3 months.
14. MrsPotatoHead (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
No thank you, I had enough of being a sucker. I did that with my phone cause it was suppossed to be unlimited everything but I cant get no service and the phone do me no good without service. But I know a tablet is different although I have my original iPad but it just seem like it cant do much compared to the new ones. Not to mention I still cant use that Facetime on it. Just the other day a friend a mine asked me to do that video calling thing and I was just to embarrassed cause I didnt have it on my iPad and I cant do it on my phone on count of my connection. I liked the iPad air when it was announced but now I just aint to sure especially with all them other tablets out their now. Everybody talkin about them Nexuses and I like them new Microsoft ones with the keyboard. This time I aint impluse buying anything either, Ill just wait and see what everybody have to say about it.
21. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I learned my lesson. First, I am going to wait until the iPad Mini with a retina display to come out before deciding between the Air and the new mini.
Second, I am going to save some $$$ and getting a refurbished device. My iPad 2 was refurbished at 10% off at Best Buy. Now, you can order refurbished iPads from Apple and save 15% or more, and as much as 30% if you get LTE.
With refurbished units, Apple gives you a new battery and certifies the device. I am putting $100 aside each month for my next refurbished Apple tablet.
4. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 327; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Hopefully orders start online at 12:01am UK time. If i get my order in early then hopefully i'll have it delivered on Saturday??
6. yonith (Posts: 142; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
I'm still torn between this and the new mini. I'm literally just going to have to test both at Bestbuy (that's all Bestbuy is really good for anyway, am I right? LOL). Ugh. Decisions decisions.
16. quakan (Posts: 1351; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
Yeah many people only use Best Buy as a showroom and then buy the product online for cheaper. I've been using that to my advantage though. Since they price-match online offers, I can get the benefit of the cheaper price without having to wait for it to come in the mail.
7. mr.techdude (Posts: 569; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I don't know why but I feel like buying this iPad although I'm a apple hater.
8. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Reminder: since most of the world prefers Android - most of the world doesn't care.
11. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
My iPad 2 is my gaming device. I have games loaded on my iPad Mini and 5S, but I find the best gaming experience is on the iPad 2.
Take Infinity Blade 1. It's still an awesome game and a great way to release stress and unwind. I played it so much I am ranked number #1 in Kills (over 10,500) and Levels (over 1,050). My actual kills combined over different devices and players must have totalled at least 14,000+.
There is a lot of deep strategy to the game, which helps since I don't have the fastest reaction time. It has high replay value. Based on the hours spent, I clearly got my money's worth for a tablet.
In another game, called Reiner Knizia's Money, I have the highest ELO ranking, and that took two months to beat the prior high score.
I like the fact I pay one price, and the games are available on all my devices. Apple was smart in getting great games on their App store. The depth of games -- many are free to try out -- means there is something for everyone.
15. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 327; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
And yet this will sell millions upon millions of units. Oh and no, most of the world doesn't prefer Android, especially when it comes to tablets!
18. TheRetina (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
What a joke.
Story of Android:
Google hastily creates a phone OS to compete with the iPhone and also have a way to track every single thing a person does to increase add revenue. The OS is complete garbage, suffering from terrible battery life, constant lag and horrible Apps.
To combat these issues, companies begin putting obnoxious hardware into their phones so that the choppiness isn't so noticeable. By doing so, the phones suddenly need a lot more battery power to function. To fix this problem, they start making much larger phones to accommodate the bigger battery and market them as having "bigger screens." This ends up working out in the long run because all of the morons hear "Quad-Core" and "gigs of RAM" and think that makes the phone awesome even though its completely unnecessary and never utilized.
Android will never be a better experience than iOS because iOS is optimized for the HW it runs on; it doesn't need to work on 8,000,000 different plastic phones.. Thats why an iPhone with half the CPU and RAM RUINS the latest Android phones in Benchmarks.
19. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
you're right, what a joke.. your post was ... attack of the iClones was my least favorite SW flick and your post? terrible bro, just laughably terrible
12. Esteban4u (Posts: 64; Member since: 15 Oct 2013)
Who Cares? The Google Nexus 5 is the device to get.
17. JMartin22 (Posts: 1889; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
If you have an iPad 3 or 4, skip this and save some money then. The hardware is exactly the same, except for the SoC.