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    Doubts on choosing an ipad. I need advices.
    Hello everybody.

    I need to buy an ipad. New. The budget is 500 euros. I don't know what to choose. I only think that 9.7 inch seems like the right size, so no mini-ipads.
    I also noticed that ipad pro are too expensive so they're out too.
    I just want to understand what's the difference between a normal ipad and an ipad air. When it comes to mac, the mac air is generally thinner and with less stronger technical details.
    Also is it worth buying the cellular version? Does that mean that you can use the network of your smartphone or you have to pay a separate monthly fee to have mobile data?

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by britpoprule View Post
    Hello everybody.

    I need to buy an ipad. New. The budget is 500 euros. I don't know what to choose. I only think that 9.7 inch seems like the right size, so no mini-ipads.
    I also noticed that ipad pro are too expensive so they're out too.
    I just want to understand what's the difference between a normal ipad and an ipad air.
    I think I can help make things much clearer. Since you've already elliminated the iPad Pro and the iPad Mini...the only thing left is the 9.7" "iPad". There no longer is an iPad Air model (they were recently discontinued). Basically all you need to decide on is:

    - color
    - storage amount
    - wifi or wifi + cellular

    If your budget has a max. of 500 euros (440 British Pounds)...then you only have these two choices:

    - 32gig wifi only model (339 pounds)
    - 128gig wifi only model (429 pounds)

    Anything else is over your budget. Lowest cost 9.7" iPad with cellular is 469 pounds (over-budget).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    I think I can help make things much clearer. Since you've already elliminated the iPad Pro and the iPad Mini...the only thing left is the 9.7" "iPad". There no longer is an iPad Air model (they were recently discontinued). Basically all you need to decide on is:

    - color
    - storage amount
    - wifi or wifi + cellular

    If your budget has a max. of 500 euros (440 British Pounds)...then you only have these two choices:

    - 32gig wifi only model (339 pounds)
    - 128gig wifi only model (429 pounds)

    Anything else is over your budget. Lowest cost 9.7" iPad with cellular is 469 pounds (over-budget).

    - Nick
    Thanks a lot for your answer. It made things much easier.
    I was wondering....or at least I would like to know how it works in the UK (which I guess is the same in the rest of Europe), if you buy the cellular version, does the sim card that you buy for the ipad, use the data of the sim card on your smartphone (as if they connect) or you have to pay a separate monthly fee?
    Also, do you think 32GB go quite quickly? So 128GB would be more ideal?
    Many Thanks

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    I have no idea how that works in the UK or Europe, but I believe if you purchase a cellular iPad you will also need some sore of data plan or add on to your current iPhone plan. You can choose whichever carrier you wish for the cellular iPad. If it's the same as your iPhone, you will likely have to pay an additional fee. It's best to ask those questions to your carrier not here since we have no idea what they will or will not charge.

    I have a cellular iPad here in the US and my carrier (T-Mobile) allows 200MB of free data every month. If I go over that, I have to pay extra. I also have my iPhones with same carrier but that plan is separate.

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    do you think 32GB go quite quickly? So 128GB would be more ideal?
    Unless your uses of the iPad are modest, you'll find that 32GB will be used up very quickly. Once you allow for the iOS, it doesn't leave a lot of room for lots of apps - or photos and music which tend to consume a fair amount of storage.

    One of the "nuisances" of iOS devices is that the app may only be, say, 50MB but its usage quickly builds up associated data of, for example, 400MB - and there is no way of deleting the "scruff" and data without deleting, then reinstalling, the app.

    So, my advice would be to go for 128GB.

    It's within budget.

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    Yeah...Apple is making things somewhat difficult for us when choosing a storage amount with the "regular" 9.7" iPad. There used to be a 64gig version (32gig, 64gig, 128gig).

    It's very possible Apple is trying to push folks looking to purchase a regular 9.7" iPad towards the 10.5" iPad Pro...where the storage choices are 64gig, 256gig, and 512gig (if someone REALLY wanted just 64gig of storage).

    Of course the 10.7" iPad Pro with 64gig of storage still costs quite a bit more than the regular 9.7" iPad with 128gig of storage ($649 vs. $429).

    - Nick

    p.s. In the comparisions above...all models are WiFi only.
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    I don't know about rest of Europe, but in Slovenia, you can use your existing data plan from your phone. You just have to get a second sim card from your carrier. Prices for this option varies from 0-10 /month, depending on your existing plan or carrier.
    The second option would be to get separate data-only plan or a prepaid data-only plan (if you don't need cellular data regularly).

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    For myself, it would be redundant to purchase a cellular iPad since I now have iPhones. When I originally purchased my iPad 3 cellular device I was still using a flip phone. Most US carriers do have separate plans for an iPad or as I stated above, you can add another data plan for your iPad to your current iPhone data plan. All costing extra of course.

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