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Initial post: Aug 27, 2014 9:44:54 PM PDT
I would appreciate your help. I'm a veteran educator, speech-language pathologist. I use the first generation IPAD mini for applications that enhance the learning of students with ,operate to profound needs. I have no funding from my district. I am deciding whether or not to get the larger IPad for work and keep the mini for personal use. My budget is limited and therefore I looked at getting the HD for personal use and keeping the mini for school. I have so many apps I would lose if I did get another device. Any thoughts? Thank you in advance. [[ASIN:B008GFRDL0 Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G LTE Wireless, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 32 GB - Includes Special Offers]

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2014 10:16:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 27, 2014 10:29:35 PM PDT
Personally, I would stay with iOS not only because you're already familiar with it but because it's the forerunner in education, whereas Kindle Fire is always going to be primarily about media consumption. As far as the budget, or lack thereof, the Apple Online Store has some great deals on refurbs, which, unlike most any other device, have a new battery and new outer housings so the whole device is thoroughly checked out, not just wiped of fingerprints. I've been extremely pleased with their refurbished devices, and the prices, so much so that unless I came across a fantastic close out deal, I really wouldn't consider buying new.

ETA: Also, in case you're not aware, iTunes cards do go on sale occasionally at stores such as Best Buy and Staples. Every little bit helps, even 15 or 20% off apps and content.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2014 10:59:20 PM PDT
I so appreciate your writing. I hadn't thought of a refurbished IPAD. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2014 5:14:53 AM PDT
Sarida says:
Right now, Apple has more educational apps. That could change, but if you are used to the Apple ecosystem and iOS, then I would suggest sticking with that.

Dittie is correct. The refurbs on the Apple web site are significantly reduced. They have the same warranty as new. However, Apple also offers educational discounts on new, so check that out, too.

A couple of things....Apple is set to make a huge announcement in a few weeks. We don't know if an iPad will be in that announcement. The rumor mill is that they will announce the 4.7 iPhone and something, then make another announcement in October on the 5.5 iPhone and something. What that something may be is anyone's guess. BUT it's possible it could be an iPad. That means the present iPad may go for sale at a cheaper price.

I understand price is an issue, but since you are used to the mini, you won't be happy with the iPad 4, even though it's a great device, it's heavier. The weight difference is minimal between the mini and the iPad Air. I realize a lot of that depends on the case you choose, too.

My husband has the Air, and I have the mini w/retina. If you are near an Apple store or Best Buy (but don't buy from Best Buy!) go in and feel the weight and see what you think. If you aren't near an Apple store, just order online.

Now...if you had suggested using the HD for personal use and the mini for school, my suggestions may have been different. But for school, I think you will LOVE the 9.7 iPad. So will your students.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 6:47:03 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
If you bought another iPad would you register it to the same account home and school? If so, you can use the same apps on both, whereas buying a Fire would require buying all new apps.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 5:55:26 PM PDT
Mary McManus says:
And apps for Fires are not near as extensive as those for iOS.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 7:13:19 PM PDT
I am an SLP also. I bought a refurbished IPad 1 1/2 years ago and absolutely love it. I couldn't tell it was refurbished and I was able to get more memory that way. Get at least 32G of memory, more if you can afford it. The larger screen is so important when working with kids and the disabled. Most of the good speech/language and related apps are available first for iPad.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 7:19:32 PM PDT
On three occasions I bought iTunes gift cards at a 10% discount from Target. They are easy to purchase online. Twice the sale was mentioned on an SLP listserve, and once I happened across it on my own.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2014 7:37:06 PM PDT
The fifties are 15% off at Staples online right now.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2014 10:00:28 PM PDT
Wow! Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2014 10:01:48 PM PDT
You're welcome.

Don't spend it all in one place. Lol

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 12:14:20 AM PDT
onewac says:
Don't forget those educator discounts can also help sweeten the pot. There have been some good discounts already for current ipads which is usually a good indicator a new model is coming out this fall. Refurbed ipads at apple and BB can be a good deal just make sure the price is lower than the current ones. When BB discounts the stock ones they don't always mark down the refurbed or return ones to match the drop. Although by talking to a manager you can score a good discount on the refurbs if that happens. That is how I got my mini. It was a certified BB returned one and since they didn't lower the price I asked why I should get the returned one and pay more than the ones that were on sale. Ended up with an almost $300 discount after the saleperson got his manager involved, so I was happy and to date have not had a single problem with it. So always ask you never know.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 5:51:37 AM PDT
I'd almost forgotten -- Dollar General stores also sometimes have 15% off select denominations in iTunes gift cards.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 9:32:22 AM PDT
Four day Labor Day sale -- 15% off $100 iTunes card at Best Buy

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2014 11:14:57 PM PDT
Thank you for the help.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2014 8:13:22 AM PDT
lonbeehold says:
I agree. I think it would be a good idea to have both you personal and work devices from the same ecosystem so you don't have to repurchase apps, can easily sync information etc.

Apple often offers promotions for educators and students as well. Right now, they have a $100 gird card with Macbook purchases. They may have something similar for iPads.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2014 8:18:21 AM PDT
lonbeehold says:
<<Now...if you had suggested using the HD for personal use and the mini for school, my suggestions may have been different.>>

That's what she did suggest:

<<My budget is limited and therefore I looked at getting the HD for personal use and keeping the mini for school.>>

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2014 10:09:52 AM PDT
flipoid says:
Right now, in the Education store, I saw some refurbished iPad minis at a good price AND coming with a $50 iTunes gift card. I think the deal was through sometime next week.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2014 7:47:53 PM PDT
Sarida says:
I'm sorry :(

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 9:39:02 PM PDT
When I was last at the Apple store, they were offering previous generation iPads for a huge discount, like 399 or 299 for some. Check that out.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 1:14:46 PM PDT
Just FYI: 15% off $50 iTunes card at Staples online, again.

Also Apple store refurbs took another price cut sine last week's announcement.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2014 1:35:04 PM PDT
PS56k says:
yeah - as others have mentioned, I would stick with the iOS world, since that is what you have, and what SLP's would be using, along with any testing, or augmented types of apps...

Wifey is also a SLP in our school district. Ten years ago created a magnet kindergarten class for autistic kids... draws from the other 14 elem schools within the district. BTW, all the SLP's in our district were given a full size iPad with a clamshell Bluetooth keyboard.
Interresting trying to migrate from a PECS book to something more socially acceptable like an iPod or iPad...
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