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Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

On the lookout for a tablet

Never owned an iPad and I don't know where to start looking. New devices seem pretty expensive. Are refurbished iPads any good? Can someone recommend some pages where I can start and go from there?

 

I thought about the Tablet Flex Data Plan from Bell as my usage is different every month. This way I would only pay for what I pay on data.

Mayor / Maire

Re: On the lookout for a tablet


@ute1978 wrote:

Never owned an iPad and I don't know where to start looking. New devices seem pretty expensive. Are refurbished iPads any good? Can someone recommend some pages where I can start and go from there?

 

I thought about the Tablet Flex Data Plan from Bell as my usage is different every month. This way I would only pay for what I pay on data.


Just do wifi to any wifi or hotspot off your phone. Cell connectivity is optional on tablets. But they'll have wifi.

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Oracle

Re: On the lookout for a tablet

Try the dog brand.  Great price for data and hardware.  Puts to shame any other carrier brand. 

 

https://www.fido.ca/consumer/tablets

Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: On the lookout for a tablet


@will13am wrote:

Try the dog brand.  Great price for data and hardware.  Puts to shame any other carrier brand. 

 

https://www.fido.ca/consumer/tablets


"You must be an existing, postpaid, mobile customer."

 

I am a PM customer Smiley Wink

Re: On the lookout for a tablet

@ute1978, you can find refurbished iPads all over the place.  As mentioned, tethering your iPad via wifi with your cellular phone (make it a metered connection) or WiFi hotspots, is very simple.  The WiFi-only models are significantly cheaper than cellular enabled.

 

I started with a 2nd hand Motorola tablet, before purchasing a brand new iPadAir (1st Gen) in 2013.  Huge difference in quality (at the time) with iPadAir being for me, a better device than any of the then-current Android tablets.

 

For as much as I dislike the iOS ecosystem, the displays are fantastic.  I'm an Android lover, and where I can, I use Android/Google-based applications on my tablet.   I generally use cross-platform apps also (Google plays with most platforms better than the others).

Oracle

Re: On the lookout for a tablet


@ute1978 wrote:

@will13am wrote:

Try the dog brand.  Great price for data and hardware.  Puts to shame any other carrier brand. 

 

https://www.fido.ca/consumer/tablets


"You must be an existing, postpaid, mobile customer."

 

I am a PM customer Smiley Wink


I am a PM customer also.  Go to a retail partner, find a commission hungry rep.  They will assist with bypassing these kinds of hoops.  If you are lucky, they will give you a gift card to go with the purchase. 

Mayor / Maire

Re: On the lookout for a tablet

@ute1978 I agree with @z10user4 & @stonechucker, hotspotting of you phone works great. I watch hockey games this way with no lag and I use a Gen 3 ipad. Also as mentioned the cellular models are more expensive.

Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: On the lookout for a tablet

So, would any of you recommend buying a refurbished tablet? What are the disadvantages?

Re: On the lookout for a tablet

I would.  Refurbished means cleaned up, parts replaced, and usually a short warranty period.

 

Should also come with replacement accessories originally included in the original packaging.

Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: On the lookout for a tablet

Well, you never know what the condition of the device looks like unless you see it in person. Also you don't know how shot the battery is because it could have been lightly used or heavily used.

 

I personally have a previously owned iPad 2 Air. It was lightly used because when I got it, it was still on IOS 9. The screen has scratches on the bezel so I made sure to buy a tempered glass screen protector ASAP. Overall it just comes down to luck.