iPad Refurbished or New iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Premium1337, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Premium1337

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    I'm about to purchase an iPad but trying to decide if I should pay the extra money for a new iPad or just purchase a refurbished one... from what I've heard, Apple refurbished items is essentially brand new. There's only one question I need answered: if I purchase a refurbished iPad, will the screen have any marks or scratches on it or do they replace the entire shell of the iPad?

    I'm not getting the new iPad because the upgrade isn't worth the extra money at this time to me. I want it for taking notes and using remote desktop for work, I don't play any games and so I feel that the faster processor and better graphics wont really be put to use that much.

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  2. twerppoet

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    A refurbished iPad directly from Apple will be difficult to tell from a new one without a very close examination. Or so I've heard.
     
  3. Tim SPRACKLEN

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    I think the picture has become more complex because of the arrival of the iPad2. Although you say you're not really interested in the iPad2 it has an 'impact' on your decision because, as the iPad2 is introduced, the price of the iPad1 has been dropped. So this will clearly have an impact on the price of refurbished units too, though Apple have yet to clarify precisely what that impact will be - i.e. how much cheaper will a refurbished unit be.

    To set your mind at rest though, a refurbished unit is physically indistinguishable from a new unit in every respect - any part of the unit that was less than absolutely perfect will have been replaced and it carries the exact same warranty as a brand new unit. So there is no need to worry about screen scratches or anything like that - you could put a refurbished unit and a new unit next to each other and you'd be unable to tell the difference.

    But it might be worth waiting just a while until the iPad2 officially 'hits the streets' in the next couple of weeks to see what Apple does about the price of refurbished units.

    Have fun and enjoy your iPad...

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    In the US they have announced deeper discounts for refurbished iPads. The 16gb wifi only model sells for $349.
     
  5. Premium1337

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    Exactly! I'm considering buying a used one for even cheaper from Amazon to avoid taxes and to be even cheaper then a refurbished, but I might hold off just to get the full warranty.

    At the moment I'm looking at $580 (tax included) for a refurbished iPad 64GB Wi-Fi only... which isn't too bad. All I'm really worried about is finding an iPad with no distinct usage marks... ESPECIALLY no marks on the screen and very little on the back.
     
  6. peled

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    refurbished for sure. and wait for iPAD-3

    refurbished . refurbished
     
  7. Tim SPRACKLEN

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    Apple refurbished units are guaranteed to be cosmetically perfect - no marks anywhere - back or screen.

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  8. sdcromer

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    I just ordered a 16Gb refurbished unit. Hope all of the good reviews are accurate!
     
  9. jhood2323

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    wait to look at the ipad 2 before ordering
     
  10. SheerLuckHolmes

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    I have purchased two iPad refurbished units. Both were flawless in physical and operating aspects.
     

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