Hey guys, Been a regular reader here for some time, though this is my first actual post I'm just curious to see: how many of you are still using an iPad 2 as your primary iPad? Personally, I have a black 16 GB Wi-Fi model which I bought in October 2011 - I use it just about every day for watching Netflix/Youtube/etc., controlling my Sonos speaker system and reading news articles. Obviously, its performance is nowhere near that of the newer gen iPads but it does the job for me; apps sometimes load a bit slowly, but overall performance is perfectly fine. My iPad is running iOS 9.3.5 with about 30 apps installed and I get decent performance out of it - I've seen countless posts and videos stating that the performance is absolutely dreadful on iOS 9. Since I'm quite fond of the device and intend to continue using it daily, I spent some time tweaking its settings after finally upgrading from 6.1.3 earlier this fall; so here are a few tips from a daily iPad 2 user on how to maximize the device's performance: Start off by doing a clean install of 9.3.5 through iTunes. Do not restore from a backup, since I found this had a major impact on performance coming from an iOS 6 installation that had been in use for a couple of years. Enable "Reduce Motion" under Settings>General>Accessibility. Quite a few people swear by enabling "Reduce Transparency" as well, though personally I didn't find it to make much of a difference aside from turning the Dock into a ugly one-colored mess. Disable "Background App Refresh" under Settings>General. Next, go into Spotlight settings and disable Spotlight for all apps. I haven't done a side by side comparison, but this is another tip that's widespread throughout forums and Youtube channels - and it kinda makes sense, because enabling Spotlight for all apps would cause the device to run indexing on its internal storage which in turn should have some degree of negative impact on performance. Disable automatic app updates. Disable any Notification Center widgets that may be enabled on your device, including the stock iOS ones I also disabled iCloud services that I don't use, such as iCloud Photo Library, Game Center etc. As I got used to running iOS 9 on my venerable iPad 2, I found that the Safari web browser was absolutely horrible performance-wise. If you're using the iPad 2 for browsing the web, go ahead and download Puffin from the App Store right away - the difference in performance vs Safari is huge! I found that using Puffin along with applying the tweaks listed above made for a perfectly fine iPad experience, especially considering that this tablet was originally released in early 2011. This truly is a testament to the overall longevity of Apple hardware - I can't for the life of me imagine a 2011 Android tablet such as the original Galaxy Tab being of any use whatsoever in late 2017. All in all, I'd have to say that my beloved iPad 2 is one of the best tech purchases I've ever made. Mine is almost 7 yo now and still works great - the battery, amazingly, still gives me about 10 hrs of use and the iPad still looks like new due to the fact that I've been using a transparent case, Smart Cover and screen protector (currently a tempered glass one) since the day I bought it. I intend to use it for as long as it still works. When it finally throws in the towel, it'll probably be replaced with an iPad Pro 10.5 (love the high screen refresh rate!) It'd be interesting to know how many of you still use the iPad 2 on a daily basis. For me, it turned out to be a great return on investment. What are your thoughts?