Currently Being ModeratedJun 11, 2013 12:55 PM (in response to DanielSogor)
When you talk about refurbished, do you mean from the Apple on-line store? We have bought two for our family last year and another one as a gift last month. They have been great.
If bought from the Apple on-line store, the front and back covers are new, have new batteries, and a full one year warranty. Most resellers do not so this. I would not buy anything like this from anywhere but the Apple on-line refurb store.
The ipad 3 is the one that was discontinued months after it came out, and for many reasons, you might want to avoid that one.
There are minis in the store, too, if you're interested and people love their minis (too small for my eyes.) There are 32gb for $359.00 refurbished. Mini 16 gb is $279.00 US dollars.
Whatever you decide, you should get as much space as you can because if you run out of space, you'll have to delete apps, pictures, music, etc. to add to your ipad.
Tough decision, and I'm sure many other posters will have their opinions. So review them all and then make a decision that you'll be happy with and enjoy your new ipad.
Hope this helps.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 11, 2013 1:32 PM (in response to DanielSogor)
I have a third-generation iPad as well as an iPad 2, and I would definitely suggest the 3rd-gen model. The 3rd-gen iPad was almost certainly replaced quickly due to competitive pressures with other tablets coming out at that time, not due to any inherent faults in the iPad. There are a number of features in the 3rd-gen iPad that are not in the iPad 2, and if you get a refurbished unit from Apple you'll have a full warranty should any problems arise.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 11, 2013 6:26 PM (in response to DanielSogor)
As long as it's apple refurbished, go for the 3. When iOS7 comes out 'this fall' the 2 will be eligible for the update, but it looks like most of those new features won't run on the 2, which also suggests that when iOS8 comes out the 2 will be left behind.
Your 3 will have a far longer life.