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Best affordable iPad model for gaming?

11-03-2013, 03:02 PM
#1
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Best affordable iPad model for gaming?

Hello,

I have fallen in love with gaming on iOS (with my budget and limited free time it is perfect for me), but I am left wanting a larger screen than my iPhone 5.

In order to have an iPad that will last me for gaming and other things, such as mail and web browsing, for years to come, do I need to purchase the latest iPad Air, or is there a refurbished model that you would recommend that will serve me just as well for upcoming apps and game releases?

Thank you!
11-03-2013, 03:19 PM
#2
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Originally Posted by CaptainAhab View Post
Hello,

I have fallen in love with gaming on iOS (with my budget and limited free time it is perfect for me), but I am left wanting a larger screen than my iPhone 5.

In order to have an iPad that will last me for gaming and other things, such as mail and web browsing, for years to come, do I need to purchase the latest iPad Air, or is there a refurbished model that you would recommend that will serve me just as well for upcoming apps and game releases?

Thank you!
Hey Unfortunately even the Air probably won't last "for years to come" for the latest games so I would say if you can afford it go for the newest to future proof yourself as much as possible. Definitely don't go for less than iPad 4. Don't bother with current mini, but the new mini would be a good bet if you want something a bit more "hold able" for gaming.

Size wise, don't go for the smallest. Some games are pretty big these days with retina and all!

I just ordered a 128 Air coz even on my 64 gig iPad 4 I have now I always need to delete stuff I'd rather not be deleting to install new games or update xcom!

11-03-2013, 03:55 PM
#3
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I'm in the same boat, I have iPhone 5s, but now I'm considering iPad in the near future. But not this years releases.
11-03-2013, 04:22 PM
#4
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Originally Posted by CaptainAhab View Post
Hello,

I have fallen in love with gaming on iOS (with my budget and limited free time it is perfect for me), but I am left wanting a larger screen than my iPhone 5.

In order to have an iPad that will last me for gaming and other things, such as mail and web browsing, for years to come, do I need to purchase the latest iPad Air, or is there a refurbished model that you would recommend that will serve me just as well for upcoming apps and game releases?

Thank you!
Depends on what you mean by "affordable": if your budget allows you to stretch to the latest and greatest, do it. Any full-sized iPad from this generation or the previous one will easily last you a minimum of two years of fluid gameplay from when it was released, however, if not longer. While I'd recommend the Air for the sake of "future-proofing" and all its other improved attributes, the 4th-gen iPad will still hold up well through the end of next year without hassle if you want to go refurbished.

If you do a lot of web browsing, read books or magazines, or play games that rely on player immersion or have a lot of small graphical details (including ported RPGs, and modern board or card games), I'd definitely recommend the Air over the new Retina mini, as you'll find the bigger screen a noticeable plus in that regard. The weight difference between those two devices is a mere 138g, so I personally find any benefit provided by the tiny difference in weight to be overshadowed by the drawbacks of the smaller screen.

As advised by Mr. T, you should probably also always go for the biggest storage size you can afford if you're a gamer or other heavy user, because you can't manually expand that later; I've known soooo many people who have started off thinking that there's no way they'd ever even fill a 32GB device, let alone anything bigger, and only a few days later have realised just how wrong they were. :P

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11-03-2013, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Appletini View Post
Depends on what you mean by "affordable": if your budget allows you to stretch to the latest and greatest, do it. Any full-sized iPad from this generation or the previous one will easily last you a minimum of two years of fluid gameplay from when it was released, however, if not longer. While I'd recommend the Air for the sake of "future-proofing" and all its other improved attributes, the 4th-gen iPad will still hold up well through the end of next year without hassle if you want to go refurbished.

If you do a lot of web browsing, read books or magazines, or play games that rely on player immersion or have a lot of small graphical details (including ported RPGs, and modern board or card games), I'd definitely recommend the Air over the new Retina mini, as you'll find the bigger screen a noticeable plus in that regard. The weight difference between those two devices is a mere 138g, so I personally find any benefit provided by the tiny difference in weight to be overshadowed by the drawbacks of the smaller screen.

As advised by Mr. T, you should probably also always go for the biggest storage size you can afford if you're a gamer or other heavy user, because you can't manually expand that later; I've known soooo many people who have started off thinking that there's no way they'd ever even fill a 32GB device, let alone anything bigger, and only a few days later have realised just how wrong they were. :P
Well I'm a college student, so affordable for me is probably dirt cheap for anyone with a full-time income.

I could potentially afford the 16GB iPad Air, but 16GB is simply too small to justify purchasing. I'm thinking of picking up a refurbished 32GB iPad 4th gen. Any 64GB model that is relevant is simply out of my price range, unfortunately, and I doubt I can use a student discount for any refurbished product.
11-03-2013, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by CaptainAhab View Post
Hello,

I have fallen in love with gaming on iOS (with my budget and limited free time it is perfect for me), but I am left wanting a larger screen than my iPhone 5.

In order to have an iPad that will last me for gaming and other things, such as mail and web browsing, for years to come, do I need to purchase the latest iPad Air, or is there a refurbished model that you would recommend that will serve me just as well for upcoming apps and game releases?

Thank you!
If you want to save money, buy a used ipad 4, there are probably people now trying to sell them to get an ipad air.

Or even consider buying an used ipad 3, you may get one dirt cheap cause of it's tarnished image. But trust me, the ipad 3 isn't all that bad, and only a handful of games still to this day don't play well on it.
11-03-2013, 05:20 PM
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I'm thinking of picking up a refurbished 32GB iPad 4th gen.
That's probably your best option under the circumstances, then; I wouldn't go any smaller or further back than that if you're looking for a device that will last you a while. You should be able to get by with a 32GB device as long as you can resist the typical iOS gamer's hoarding urge, and don't try to keep every app you own on your device at the same time. ^_^

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11-03-2013, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Appletini View Post
That's probably your best option under the circumstances, then; I wouldn't go any smaller or further back than that if you're looking for a device that will last you a while. You should be able to get by with a 32GB device as long as you can resist the typical iOS gamer's hoarding urge, and don't try to keep every app you own on your device at the same time. ^_^
I have no issues deleting some apps after I have either completed the game or gotten bored with it, or simply find no use for it anymore; my biggest problem on my iPhone 5 is the sheer lack of space (for example, GTA Vice City takes up a good 10% of my remaining space, which is an issue considering the types of games that I am interested in are all "serious/complex," large, big-budget titles. Oh, and Angry Birds Star Wars II. Damn is that game fun.
11-03-2013, 07:59 PM
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Well I'm a college student, so affordable for me is probably dirt cheap for anyone with a full-time income.

I could potentially afford the 16GB iPad Air, but 16GB is simply too small to justify purchasing. I'm thinking of picking up a refurbished 32GB iPad 4th gen. Any 64GB model that is relevant is simply out of my price range, unfortunately, and I doubt I can use a student discount for any refurbished product.
I'd say wait a little bit then get a 32GB retina iPad mini. It has the same specs as the iPad air and the 32GB model is the same price as the 16GB air. If you go for an iPad 2 or mini 1 or a refurbished 4 I think it'll be outdated quick.
11-03-2013, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by one.sixty.four View Post
I'd say wait a little bit then get a 32GB retina iPad mini. It has the same specs as the iPad air and the 32GB model is the same price as the 16GB air. If you go for an iPad 2 or mini 1 or a refurbished 4 I think it'll be outdated quick.
True. $450 vs. $499. I could wait a little while longer (I make ~$300 a month with my job on campus, though that money often goes to necessary purchases rather than things like this).

I just hope some game controllers launch for it! Hopefully they will.