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Buying my first iPad

Somewhat late to the iPad party but the time has come to get myself one of these new-fangled shiny-fruit-communicators (aka apple products).

Advice please!

I will use it mostly evenings/weekends for non-work emails, skype, social media, music (my iTunes library is comically small and outdated), family photos etc. I live/work in Geneva but will be travelling regularly in Europe (mostly CH/FR/UK) and internationally 3-4 times a year (Africa/Asia/US). I would like the option of having permanent internet access.

A) which model do I go for?
B) what GB do I need?
C) should I buy in Geneva, or London, or elsewhere? Or doesn't it matter?
D) when I buy, do I have to sign up for a sim contract (like with a mobile phone?)
E) any other idiot-proof advice?

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Old 03.06.2015, 12:25
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Re: Buying my first iPad

A: Don't go for the original iPad mini, which is still on sale - The screen is low res and the processor is several generations old now. Other than that I would any of the others would be fine. The iPad Air 2 is a beast, but given what you say you'll use it for it's overkill.

As far the Mini v the larger Air is concerned - I prefer the Mini for portability but the Air for using at home - I have both, but could get along fine with either of them in either role. It really comes down to your preference here.

B: Avoid going for a 16GB iPad, especially as you want to put your itunes library on it. Even though it may be the case that everything you want now will fit onto it, you'll almost certainly find yourself having running out of space in the future. Go for the most storage you can afford. In the past I didn't and always ended up regretting it.

C: The price of Apple gear doesn't vary that much across countries, and it can be that Switzerland turns out to be cheaper due to the lower VAT/MwSt rates.

D: No, you can always get a data plan later, although you may find that if you buy the iPad from a network provider and take a data contract at the same time you'll get some kind of subsidy. Also bear in mind that if you currently have a smartphone (iOS or Android) then, as long as your mobile service provider allows it, you can tether the iPad to the phone and use the phones data connection. This means that you could go for the cheaper WiFi only iPad, and not have to pay for a separate data plan. This is what I do.

E: Don't expect an iPad to replace a laptop. Also if you're planning on doing a lot of typing it's well worth getting a bluetooth keyboard or keyboard case for it.
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Old 03.06.2015, 16:19
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Re: Buying my first iPad

i am a fan of my ipad mini. Rumour is they will release the new ones around October...

Even the base model has wifi, but the cost of 3G (mobile phone) when travelling might outweigh the 'connectivity'... It's not hard to find free wifi across Europe.

The biggest difference from the base model upwards is the storage, and I would go with the higher amount...same advice as above...

I am happy with my base model ipad mini but will be hanging out to upgrade after October to more memory and the higher res screen... But for now it is still doing what I bought it for...and maybe it's a good thing that the kids can only load a few games at a time on it...
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Old 03.06.2015, 20:57
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Re: Buying my first iPad

Hi,

there is really no point in getting a tablet with a SIM card as you can always use your smartphone as the wireless modem. The phone also does not need to be using ios and you use the phone either as a modem over bluetooth or as a personal wifi hotspot. If you have a decent data plan with your phone you can save money by getting the wireless only version of a tablet.

Also if you are looking at a tablet compare the offerings from different manufacturers as you will find that you can be get a deal. As a tablet is a companion device it is not something that you update that often.

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Old 03.06.2015, 22:00
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there is really no point in getting a tablet with a SIM card as you can always use your smartphone as the wireless modem. The phone also does not need to be using ios and you use the phone either as a modem over bluetooth or as a personal wifi hotspot. If you have a decent data plan with your phone you can save money by getting the wireless only version of a tablet.
Yes - I got my mini, with cellular, long before I had a phone that did anything other than make calls, and have used it extensively, without always having to seek out free wifi hotspots, constantly sign onto this or that network and get loads of ads. (Probably doing something wrong).
Have a Data Easy abo with Swisscom - 19 chufs gives me 500 MB per month, which is usually sufficient as an extra 9 chufs for TV Air gives unlimited streaming on Swisscom TV app.

16 GB memory is fine as I don't use iTunes or need loads of piped music to the brain, don't need games - just useful stuff.

Might not be retina display, but, honestly, does it really need to be so crystal clear and sharp, when the screen is covered in greasy finger prints and the sun's blaring down on the screen?

As for the processor - it's plenty quick enough - much quicker than my 'only a little bit smart' phone.

I use the two together, which is why I only bought a cheap 4" screen, basic Android phone. The mini is easy to slip into a coat pocket and use one handed.

Unless you have a super-dooper 5"+ phone, then the mini is the way to go .... and get an original one, with 16GB, and don't rule out cellular - again, unless you have unlimited data package on your phone and want to tether.

With iPads, you don't always need to get the latest version - leave that to the tech heads.

I will only upgrade mine, when it dies, as it's still doing everything I want it too.
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Old 03.06.2015, 22:11
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E) any other idiot-proof advice?
Yes. Buy a cover. Keep your receipt.
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Old 03.06.2015, 22:17
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Re: Buying my first iPad

I'm on my second iPad. I use it about 4 hours a day. As above, go for the biggest memory you can.

My iPad 2 was 32Gb and I filled it. Also OS updates slowed it down until it became less attractive to use.

Two months ago I bought an iPad Air 128Gb and the speed was restored. Can't imagine life without one. It goes everywhere with me and the latest is so light. I don't have a SIM / mobile version...
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Re: Buying my first iPad

It is very simple:

- if you want a small one, go for a iPad Mini, otherwise for a regular iPad
- if you want cellular, go for the cellular one
- if you favorite color is gold, buy the gold color
- if you favorite color is silver, buy the silver color
- if you favorite color is space gray, buy the space grey color
- if you don't care about color at all, an Apple product is probably not the best choice for you
- if you have Apple shares and want to maximize profit, buy the 128 Gb version
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Old 03.06.2015, 22:58
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Re: Buying my first iPad

I know it's not Apple, but if you want something a bit more future-proof (and a lot cheaper) than an iPad, you could hold out for the Chromebook Flip to come on sale in CH.

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Old 03.06.2015, 23:07
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Re: Buying my first iPad

I have the iPad mini 2 4G 64GB and I love it. I have big hands but opted for the mini because it's easier to bring everywhere compared to the humongous iPad Air 2. I use it now more than my iPhone because the battery lasts much longer - 2 days on 4G surfing.

Get at least 64GB to avoid regrets in the future. Get the 4G one cause tethering internet from your phone will kill the battery.

Buy in Geneva for the warranty and price. Get one from Salt or another provider.

Get a nice case for it.
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Re: Buying my first iPad

another vote for a Mini. I have a 64Gb 4G one. And I managed to get my 23'500 songs onto it without hassle, I pay for iTunes Match

I have to charge the darned thing every day, that's how much I use it.

I'd never buy a device without SIM card slot now. The only device without a SIM in it is my 2-year-old laptop....everything else has connectivity everywhere.

The magnetic smart cover works as a nice stand and offers basic protection. I've managed to drop my iPad a few times so it's dinked and dented.....maybe I should have gone for a better case
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Re: Buying my first iPad

Yep .... I have a couple of fully enclosing cases, for better protection - but always revert back to the magnetic smart cover (which only covers the screen on a mini), because it just makes it that little bit more pocketable (lighter and less bulky).

I always charge mine everyday (overnight), as I use it a fair amount. Certainly don't get 10 hours, but I could probably tweek a few settings for better battery life.
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