iPad buying advice

bgo544

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I've never owned an iPad, but am thinking of getting one for my wife for Christmas. She wants a tablet that she can use to run the peleton app while she uses our non-peleton exercise bike, and something for Face-timing family, who all have iPads/IPhones. Ideally one of the larger-screen versions (9-10 in). Looking around online, there seem to be a billion different versions and generations, so I'm not really sure what to target for upcoming sales. Looking mostly at lower-priced options. Any advice about what model/generation to target would be appreciated.
 

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Probably the 10.2 and then choose memory dependent on what you think you will use it for. Mine only has WiFi. I say “mine” but it was a gift to my wife and my kids have mostly commandeered it since Covid started for various reasons that I don’t need to go into.

https://www.macrumors.com/guide/best-ipad-to-buy/
 

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I work with iPads as a core function of my job. Given what you've described, I think the 8th generation iPad with the 10.2-inch screen will work well for your needs. The camera will be lower grade and you won't be able to access the latest iPad pencil or the new Magic Keyboard, but it'll be fire for the Peloton, FaceTime, and general internet browsing etc. You just might run into features down the road (like a memoji) that are cool/appealing but are not accessible because you bought the entry-grade iPad.
 

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As someone who reviews gadgets for a living and also personally really enjoys iPads, agree with the recommendation for the eighth-generation model with the 10.2-inch screen. Basically, it's the current one that was just refreshed a few months ago. You can often find the base model for around $250 from Amazon, etc.

For her use cases, definitely don't spend extra on apps. I might recommend more than the 32GB base storage.... if you, for example, wanted to save a few movies for watching offline on a plane, it would chew through that quickly. 128GB is plenty, and that'll give her more room to do more with it if she really likes it.
 

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All I can say is this: I bought one a year and a half ago, just a regular iPad and an iPencil to go along with it. It is, without a doubt, the best piece of tech I've ever owned. It's absolutely fantastic.
 

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If I had money to burn I'd get the iPad Air. It's basically a pro looking unit, which I own a Pro because the options when I bought it sucked and I love. At $599 it's a great machine and has the latest chips and some bells and whistles.

But, it's really hard to justify paying double the regular iPad. You could buy that iPad now, 3 years down the line buy another one and you are at basically the same cost of an Air you'd have to have for 6 years instead of 2 new iPads.
 

luckiestman

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Or maybe skip the 200 buck fee for the name Ipad and buy something not from Apple.
Man, I don’t agree. I think most apple products are solid. Also, for a gift I always try to get the person what they want vs what I think they should have.
 

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Man, I don’t agree. I think most apple products are solid. Also, for a gift I always try to get the person what they want vs what I think they should have.
I still wish 12 year old me got that Atari system instead of the Magnavox Odyssey!

I love my iPad Air (64 gb), definitely avoid the bigger Pro. I would also get get Apple care (it may come automatically for a year?). You'll also get Apple TV sub if you don't already have one.
 

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I'm a longtime iPad user (started with iPad 2, then Air 2) who got the Pro 10.2 earlier this year. Mainly for the FaceID capability because I got tired of using TouchID. The only issue is that I'm not as happy with FaceID on the iPad because it doesn't always work correctly. I think this is due to the size of the device so the camera is not always correctly seeing my face.

This is in contrast with my phone which almost always just work due to the small size.
 

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I still wish 12 year old me got that Atari system instead of the Magnavox Odyssey!

I love my iPad Air (64 gb), definitely avoid the bigger Pro. I would also get get Apple care (it may come automatically for a year?). You'll also get Apple TV sub if you don't already have one.
Holy crap Magnavox Odyssey. We had the yellow one. It was so very futuristic in the mid-70’s
 

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For what it's worth, I don't like Apple and I got the Galaxy Tab 6 in the spring. It's fucking awesome. I'd highly recommend it.
 

donutogre

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Man, I don’t agree. I think most apple products are solid. Also, for a gift I always try to get the person what they want vs what I think they should have.
Yeah, in terms of performance and app availability, iPad is pretty much the only game in the tablet world, until you start getting into full fledged computers like Microsoft's Surface lineup. $330 for the basic iPad remains one of the best deals in tech.
 

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Yeah, in terms of performance and app availability, iPad is pretty much the only game in the tablet world, until you start getting into full fledged computers like Microsoft's Surface lineup. $330 for the basic iPad remains one of the best deals in tech.
I would also add reliability, battery life and form factor as pluses for iPad. I had a Surface Pro 3 and I'll never go back to that lineup again. Battery life is horrible and it's unreliable. Never again.
 

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Big iPad Air fan here - I've used the same one for six years now - with 64GB capacity - and I actually launched a successful photography hobby with it in 2014. (I've since moved on to real cameras, etc., but I've actually taken pics with the iPad that have been displayed in various galleries in Boston). It easily holds several photo editings apps - like Snapseed, plus the usual FB, IG, News apps, Netflix (watched many an episode during my Boston commute, pre-Covid), Twitter, etc. Comes with iMovie (which I've used to put together corporate training vids that I threw onto Youtube), and much more (Google Photos, Spotify, SoSH - all the cool apps!).
 

bgo544

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Thanks for all the tips, I'll look at the base iPad and the Air, depending on what kinds of deals pop up this week.