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I've been selling the idea (to my wife) of setting up a cheap sim in our garage for me... err... my 8 year old to use over the winter.  My current plan is to pick up an R10 once they're more available and sorted out.  The best cheap way to use it would be to use the free E6 range and 5 courses, unfortunately, I am an Android guy, so I don't own any iOS devices.  Looking for advice on the cheapest iPad that anyone has had success with running E6 Connect.  My limited research looks like I can get an iPad 5th gen (which is on E6's requirement list) for ~$200 used.  Anything else I am missing?  Has anyone used an older generation successfully?

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On 10/2/2021 at 4:03 AM, jjschafe said:

I've been selling the idea (to my wife) of setting up a cheap sim in our garage for me... err... my 8 year old to use over the winter.  My current plan is to pick up an R10 once they're more available and sorted out.  The best cheap way to use it would be to use the free E6 range and 5 courses, unfortunately, I am an Android guy, so I don't own any iOS devices.  Looking for advice on the cheapest iPad that anyone has had success with running E6 Connect.  My limited research looks like I can get an iPad 5th gen (which is on E6's requirement list) for ~$200 used.  Anything else I am missing?  Has anyone used an older generation successfully?

Hey! I just went through this search and found a compromise.

 

I really wanted the new M1 Ipad Pro,  but I could not find a deal and the price.... well, it was out of my comfortable price range. $799 for the cheapest one.

 

 

So I did some background search,

 

Lowest possible iPhone Processor it can handle comfortably "A11" Bionic Chip. (would NOT go any lower, even if it said the A9's can do it) 

 

I have the Iphone XR, that I started with E6 on.  The Iphone XR has an A12 Bionic Chip,  so at the minimum it ran it.  On my projector though it was scaled down.  The phone got pretty darn hot as well.

 

So I started search the chips thinking the chip has to be above the A12. Apple compare tool  and found that the Best bang for the Buck at minimum was the A14 chip.

Now, Anything on an iPhone screen is useless to read and also making pinpoint adjustment for targeting was useless as well. So I needed a bigger screen.   I had an Ipad Mini 2 (old),  But that  7.9" screen wasn't cutting it either.

 

 

AT&T had a special Trade in,  That they would knock off 50% off the Ipad Air, if I had any tablet device with a $20 value.  So I took my old Mini Ipad, it qualified and I was able to get the Ipad Air (4th gen, A14 Chip + cellular) for $365 NEW. (rebates etc)

 

The Ipad 5th Gen with the A9 chip will run it,  but spending $200 for it, for just OK and it will get HOT....well just not worth it in my opinion.

 

 

Check out your cellphone company if they have any trade in offers, they will take any "tablet" that has a value, so even if you have galaxy tab or an Ipad mini, you can "trade up" (hopefully valued at $20)

 

$365 for a decent chip with a 10.9 Screen.  Couldnt not pass it by.

 

Been using it just about every day with my Mevo+ and E6.

 

on and older DLP Projector, its working great for me!

 

GL! 

 

 

 

 

 

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