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Old Jun 7th, 2012, 06:03 PM   #1
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Is the iPad 1 still usable?

Hey guys, I've been looking at an iPad for a while and for general use - web, videos, occasional app usage, etc. Is the first iPad still worth it? I've seen them go for about $200 on kijiji or so compared to $519 for the third gen. Is the third gen worth the extra $300+? or will the first gen iPad still be good? I've owned the first gen and the second gen iPad before and I remember there being a big performance difference between the first and second gen. That's about it. Any iPad 1 owners care to refresh my memory?
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Old Jun 7th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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You would still be happy with the iPad 2. But the 3rd gen is worth it. Great battery and screen. Forget the 1st gen iPad.
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Old Jun 7th, 2012, 08:12 PM   #3
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At this point, the thing you need to be most concerned about with a first-gen iPad is battery life. How many charge cycles has it done since it was new? If it is nearing the end of its life cycle (and it may well...but can't say this for certain), then you will have to factor-in the cost of a new battery and installation. With that, suddenly the deal isn't such as great one anymore.
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Old Jun 7th, 2012, 08:36 PM   #4
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I got top end model on the release morning and I still use it today. I'm heavily invested in this one (with taxes it was about $1K) and can't find enough reason to ditch it for a newer one. So yes, the iPad 1 is still quite usable.
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my wife is using an iPad 1 and loves it
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Still using two iPad 1's. Upgraded my wife to iPad 2 for the cameras. Might upgrade to new iPad after I see what's going on in the next iOS.
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Old Jun 7th, 2012, 10:57 PM   #7
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My wife, my daughter and I use our iPad 1's daily and have not found a reason to upgrade yet, nor have any plans too at this point.
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Both my daughters use their iPad 1's all the time. No camera, but they transfer pics from their other camera or their iPods. Still very useable.
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my wife is using an iPad 1 and loves it
Ditto!
More than meets her needs, though FaceTime would be nice for a few instances.
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Old Jun 7th, 2012, 11:37 PM   #10
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Alright! sounds good. I guess i'll go with the iPad 1. I mean, you can't really go wrong for $200-$250 and worst case scenario, I can always sell it. Does anyone know if the Wifi version had the GPS module built in? I want to mount it to my car and use it as a 10" TomTom
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