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Reader has question about purchasing an i-Pad

Posted February 19, 2014

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One of our readers, Melissa, was hoping that some of you could answer some questions she has about purchasing an i-Pad. Any advice you can offer would be appreciated!  Here is her e-mail to me:

"We are planning to purchase an I-Pad, but curious if you or your readers can offer any advice. Where's the best place to purchase one? Pro or Cons between models? Best bet for our money?"


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  • Mon Account Feb 20, 2014

    If you do not already have Apple products (iPhone/Mac) then an iPad an only an option - also look at Android if you use Gmail and Google's services.

    Regardless of iOS or Android, the next consideration is features. What do you need it for? Casual email, games-with-friends, facebook, etc? You don't need a powerful one. If you're watching movies or playing serious games, you need more power - and storage space.

    Next is screen size. This is usually the point in the game where you know a few models that fit your needs - go to a store and test drive!

    Most Apple products are the same price regardless of the store. Android products vary widely in price. But price is the final decider...

  • watchhillgirl Feb 19, 2014

    I bought my kids each one a couple of years ago at best buy for Christmas. They usually offer deals or target will offer a gift card with one. Usually you can find one on sale ( maybe 20 dollars off). After I bought the kids theirs, my daughter won one for answering a survey so she gave it to me! Yeah me!! Lol

  • tiffanyne03 Feb 19, 2014

    I bought an iPad mini- cheaper than the full size, does all the same stuff, but easier to carry around. I bought it at a military PX (my husband was in the army at the time) so I got a good deal and didn't have to pay sales tax. If I didn't have that option, I would have bought it on amazon... yes, they do charge sales tax now, but you still have the benefit of seeing several different retailers price, as well as options for used and refurbished models. I've also heard great things about other tablets that aren't apple, but I don't have first hand experience there so I can't make any suggestions on that.

  • erika483 Feb 19, 2014

    Another important detail to keep in mind is the hard drive space. If you plan to load movies or anything keep in mind they tend to be about a GB each so you can eat into space quickly. Better to spend $100 up front for a bigger size than find yourself lacking what you need. Also double check if any of your employers offer discount programs for them. My husband was able to get about 10% discount on an iPad through Cisco.

  • paintbananas Feb 19, 2014

    I love my iPad mini. I wanted the size for travel reasons. It was important to decide why I wanted the iPad before picking a specific model - that was part of why I went with Apple (really not my favorite) instead of an Android tablet because I had other specific needs that Apple was best for.

  • kellyb66 Feb 19, 2014

    We bought 2 at two different times. I bought mine from Apple. They were GREAT with setting it up and showing me how to work it. My husband bought his from Best Buy and they tried to sell him all kinds of things with it. They are not hard to set up or figure out, but I would suggest going to Apple. Sometimes even if you have to pay a little more (not saying that you will) to not have the hassle of an electronic is worth any extra money that you have to pay.

  • kyliesmom Feb 19, 2014

    We have the last 3 models in our house and the only big difference to me in the air vs the retina display model is the weight. Obviously the air is much lighter/thinner, the screen quality is the same to me.