iPad iPad 3 Sluggish?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TahoeDust, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    So, I just received my first iPad on Friday. It is a Refurbed 16gb iPad 3. Compared to my iPhone 5 it just feels, well, sluggish. When scrolling quickly through apps in the app store it kinda skips. When scrolling through some web pages quickly it kinda blanks out for a second then fills in. It is not unbearable by any means, but it just does not feel buttery smooth like my iPhone 5. Were my expectations too high? Has my iPhone 5 just spoiled me? Could there actually be something wrong with my iPad?
  2. macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2012
    Try a restore first, this might help. Or even restarting the device. The App Store is slow anyway if you are on iOS 6 ? I also found my three slowed down on iOS 6 compared to 5.1 in safari etc.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    Well, yes the iPad 3 is really sluggish if you compare it to the iPhone 5. First the iPhone 5 has a better processore (A6 vs iPhone 5x). Second the iPad retina display is very hard on the processor/graphic card.

    The iOS6 app store is very slow on the iPad 3, but it's not fast even on the iPhone 5 and iPad 4. It's crappy software
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    It makes me wonder if going with the ipad 4 would have been worth the extra $120. Hrm...what is the return window for a refurb bought through the online apple store?
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jun 6, 2010
    My "new" iPad was like this from day one, as I suspect most people's were. If you can afford to get the 4 - although I have not tried one yet to know if it suffers the same way.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    16 gb is not enough for great performance once you start to fill it up with apps.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    What does storage size have to do with performance? Performance should be dictated by processor, ram, and storage access speed. Not by storage capacity.
  8. macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2012
    My 4 stutters . I'm 100% sure it's iOS 6. Hopefully 6.1 will speed it up
  9. macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2010
    I've seen it as we'll on the 4. I agree that it's iOS 6.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2012
    My ipad 3 is on 6.0 and I have yet to see any difference in performance.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2012
    My ipad3 actually sped up with ios6. Browsing got twice as snappy!
  12. macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2012
    El Salvador
    The problem there is the App Store, before ios6 it was pretty quick.
  13. macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2012
    It's funny , seems to affect people differently. Def slowed my three down and four isn't great. Although it seems to only slow down in portrait mode...

    Actually does it in landscape too lol just tested again
  14. Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    ... this is exactly why I sold my 3 on eBay, and bought a 4.

    The "sluggishness" has now gone.

    I'd suggest returning that 3 and spending a little more to get the 4.

    It's definitely worth it ...
  15. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    It would have -- but still not too late for you. You have 14 days. I have a 3, like my 3, doesn't make financial sense for me to dump it at it's current value. If I could upgrade my 3 for $120 I do it in a sprinter's racing heart beat.

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