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Viking. Apple IPads reduced today. Eg Air 2 64gb £446.40 inc VAT

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I know this is maybe not the lowest price but the reasons for me listing are. There are some cheaper deals I've seen but these are either scam sites or foreign seller so business purchasing it cant… Read More
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2y, 6m agoFound 2 years, 6 months ago
I know this is maybe not the lowest price but the reasons for me listing are.

There are some cheaper deals I've seen but these are either scam sites or foreign seller so business purchasing it cant claim the VAT back. I'm buying for a business so it's important to me. I believe costco are selling it at about this price but a card is needed (and I don't have one)

Next day delivery for a Christmas present. Went through checkout and it did come up as Delivery 24th December)

Not too sure what the warranty is on this as it does not say.

Possible 1% cashback (wow) via quidco.
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#1
Can't understand the cold votes. Price is competitive beating most established sellers from what I can see and the next day delivery is a must if you want it for Christmas which other retailers would charge extra for.

If you cold vote would like to hear your reasons. Obviously the fact it has Apple in the title will be enough for some people.
#2
thanks
#3
> foreign seller so business purchasing it cant claim the VAT back. I'm buying for a business so it's important to me.

Yay! Something Amazon Marketplace refuses to accept, so to find out the vat status if your items you have to go through to the final stage of the checkout.

> I believe costco are selling it at about this price but a card is needed (and I don't have one)

afaik you don't need a card for online orders, but never tried it.
#4
I think I'd wait until the New Year now for such a significant purchase - surely there are likely to be better deals from the major retailers in their Boxing Day sales?
#5
simonbrowne
Can't understand the cold votes. Price is competitive beating most established sellers from what I can see and the next day delivery is a must if you want it for Christmas which other retailers would charge extra for.

If you cold vote would like to hear your reasons. Obviously the fact it has Apple in the title will be enough for some people.

If Apple is in the title you have already paid more than you should. With Facebook on the wane lets hope that the Apple craze will soon fall by the wayside as well.

Buy a Nexus/Samsung and pocket the £100+ you saved yourself.
#6
Gryzor
simonbrowne
Can't understand the cold votes. Price is competitive beating most established sellers from what I can see and the next day delivery is a must if you want it for Christmas which other retailers would charge extra for.

If you cold vote would like to hear your reasons. Obviously the fact it has Apple in the title will be enough for some people.

If Apple is in the title you have already paid more than you should. With Facebook on the wane lets hope that the Apple craze will soon fall by the wayside as well.

Buy a Nexus/Samsung and pocket the £100+ you saved yourself.

Or a Surface? More money again but more useful, if its a Surface 3 Pro as you can install standard Windows software. Which Samsung - Tab S 10.5?
#7
Or a Surface? More money again but more useful, if its a Surface 3 Pro as you can install standard Windows software. Which Samsung - Tab S 10.5?

Apple as well as other manufacturers are struggling to push the numbers of tablets like they can with smartphones due to saturation point being reached. Ultimately the 5.5"-6" phablet smartphones that are already the standard size for Asian markets will become standard in Western economies as well. There are currently a lot of consumers particularly the Apple buyers who have complained about the size but ultimately they will follow suit. The next problem is the price points of Windows/ChromeOS laptops falling. This all adds up to bad times for the tablet market. Chromebooks and cheap HP Windows devices at £150ish are nibbling at the cheaper end of the market and 5"+ devices are eating into tablets from the other end. Then there are other devices such as the Roku/Chromecast/FireTV that are hitting the media end of the market.

If I had £160 to spend I would buy a Chromebook.
If I had £450 to spend I would buy a Chromebook + (something else you want!).
If I needed a mobile device I would buy a phablet (5"+ smartphone).
If I wanted a tablet for kids buy a throwaway android for <£99.
If I wanted to watch movies, buy a Chromecast and use it with whatever your current device is.
If you want it for productivity......then you have to choose based on the apps/services you require.
#8
Broadsands
Gryzor
simonbrowne
Can't understand the cold votes. Price is competitive beating most established sellers from what I can see and the next day delivery is a must if you want it for Christmas which other retailers would charge extra for.

If you cold vote would like to hear your reasons. Obviously the fact it has Apple in the title will be enough for some people.

If Apple is in the title you have already paid more than you should. With Facebook on the wane lets hope that the Apple craze will soon fall by the wayside as well.

Buy a Nexus/Samsung and pocket the £100+ you saved yourself.

Or a Surface? More money again but more useful, if its a Surface 3 Pro as you can install standard Windows software. Which Samsung - Tab S 10.5?

MS have been trying to win the handheld/mobile market for almost 2 decades.

I'm not sure I'd want to install standard desktop software on a tablet. The standard apps are good enough for me.
#9
A decent Samsung tablet is about the same price as an iPad anyway isn't it - it's just deciding which ecosystem you "buy" into - Android or IOS - with the Apple Watch due to be launched early next year (as a "proper" watch fan and seeing how Apple have actually made some real effort with Sapphire crystal etc. it looks like it could be a nice bit of kit to own) and my phone (current HTC One) due for an upgrade soon too it's time to decide I guess.

As for the Surface - being able to use the full Office suite, plug my laser printer in to it and an external hard drive is appealing. Then again, you could buy an iPad Air and a Chromebook for the same price as a decent spec Surface and keyboard! oO


Edited By: Broadsands on Dec 23, 2014 16:14
#10
Broadsands
I think I'd wait until the New Year now for such a significant purchase - surely there are likely to be better deals from the major retailers in their Boxing Day sales?

the trouble is these never really get discounted apart from when the new models come out. Was looking black Friday and nothing... could put of buying it but dont believe theres going to be any big offers
#11
andrewmcgregor
> foreign seller so business purchasing it cant claim the VAT back. I'm buying for a business so it's important to me.

Yay! Something Amazon Marketplace refuses to accept, so to find out the vat status if your items you have to go through to the final stage of the checkout.

> I believe costco are selling it at about this price but a card is needed (and I don't have one)
afaik you don't need a card for online orders, but never tried it.

I got prime for the next day delivery but without showing if company's is vat registered (even on ebay most sellers indicate that they are if they are) you are taking a risk and i end up not buying from there as it does make a difference. on the ipad I bought today £75.

Looked into it a bit further and it seems costco is the price you see if you have a card. If you do not have a card (that you pay for annually ) you pay 5% more

Total Goods (inc VAT): £459.99
Total Goods (ex VAT): £383.32
Premium Services (ex VAT): £0.00
* Non-Member 5% Surcharge (ex VAT): £19.17
Total Order (inc VAT): £482.99
#12
Gryzor
simonbrowne
Can't understand the cold votes. Price is competitive beating most established sellers from what I can see and the next day delivery is a must if you want it for Christmas which other retailers would charge extra for.

If you cold vote would like to hear your reasons. Obviously the fact it has Apple in the title will be enough for some people.

If Apple is in the title you have already paid more than you should. With Facebook on the wane lets hope that the Apple craze will soon fall by the wayside as well.

Buy a Nexus/Samsung and pocket the £100+ you saved yourself.

I guess that's your opinion. I much prefer the simplicity of the ios devices than android each one being different.
My oap dad bought a android phone the other day and I'm sure he's going to have problems finding how to do things.
Shame some android user don't respect the judgment of people who buy Apple device, really dont understand it.
#13
Broadsands
A decent Samsung tablet is about the same price as an iPad anyway isn't it

The only Samsung tablets that come close to the £400+ area are the pro versions.....I think you are then talking the top end with LTE and 12.2 inch screens. So in summary no, thats just the Apple tax.

I am not saying they aren't good products but once you are in you are kind of stuck in and thats just good marketing. As for specs and features Apple has been following Android for at least 2 years now. The new iOS is simply a refresh whereas Lollipop has really changed the whole vision of Android as a polished system.

Regarding ecosystem, this is better on Android without a doubt. Some big wins....
You can install the Amazon App Store if you wish you don't have to buy your apps from Google Play
You can upload MP3s (20k limit) into the Google Music Cloud at zero cost and they are upscaled to high bitrate for you
You can download play movies/music easily by 'pinning' them to the device
You can play all kinda of formats from Google Drive or other cloud storage OR via microSD card slot/USB
You can play all kinda of formats without iTunes wanting to convert them
You can sideload apps that were bought elsewhere, from a USB drive, you made, your company uses.
You can browse and install apps from the website......even if you home/tablet is not with you.
You can play music/video even if your phone is not with you straight from the website
You have GMail not iCloud
You can keep your naked selfies without someone hacking your account :P
#14
Thanks for the detail - currently I have the HTC One and a Google Nexus and the calendar sync is great, but I also have a 64gb iPod Touch for music hence wondering with that and the Apple Watch/time(!) for phone upgrade coming soon, whether Apple would be the way to go. The iPad is a sweet looking bit of kit and as far as I can tell, only the Surface comes close for that/build quality....the Samsung being plastic?

I understood it as the tab 10.5s being better than the Pro Tabs - as the screen is better? I've seen a tab S 10.5 for £379 with a £40 Samsung case and then £50 back from Samsung which seemed like a reasonable deal, but that does make it close to the price of a 32gb iPad Air!

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