buying used iPad -- what to check for?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by itskerem, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. itskerem macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2011
    Hey folks,

    I'm thinking about buying a used ipad. My question is, when I'm buying it, what should I check for?

    With iphones, for instance, I know that you've gotta make sure the wifi works.

    And of course gotta check that all the buttons work, that it turns on and off, that a computer recognizes it, that the headphone thingie works.

    Anything else? What are some of the most typical problems?

    Help is much appreciated.

    Oh and I am NOT seeking advice on whether I should buy it.
  2. Tritons macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2011
    Pretty much all that you said + dead/stuckpixels.
    It's iPad or iPad 2?
  3. itskerem thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2011
    Depends on the deal I find. I'm seeing a wifi iPad 2 16 gb inexplicably priced at $170 right now (here) so I'm tryna jump on that.
  4. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
  5. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    Microphone and speaker. If 3G make sure it has a SIM. See if GPS works.
  6. NTeggerdine macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2011
    Montrose Iowa
    On the iPad and iPhone there is a little sticker inside the dock connector. When ever u buy a used iPad or iPhone look inside the dock connector and look for anything that is red. If there has been any water damage to the device there is a little square in there that will turn bright red. It's hard to see if it has not turned red so if you don't see anything like that then no water damage.
  7. lokster macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2010
    dead pixels
    touch screen, multigestures if you can

    all physical buttons work, the rotation lock, power button, volume up and down and the home button.

    look at the dock connector and the headphone connector make sure its all white and no red stuff.

    mess with the brightness mess with the sound

    if you have 3g make sure that it works also

    make sure the serial at the ipad matches the box, that way its the original or not a replacement

    try playing a game or video and make sure everything is working,

    tilt the ipad to see if the orientation works

    thats all i can think of for now.

    good luck :D
  8. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    I would check and make sure you don't get robbed. Why would anyone sell iPad 2 for 170 dollars?

    If it is too good to be true, then it isn't real.

    This thing sounds like a scam.
  9. av8or macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2011
    san di-ya-go
    all these are good advice.. however though, this is only good if the seller hasn't done a reset on the system.. ive sold 2 of my ipad and an iphone 4 and on all occasions, i did a complete reset before i sold it (everything on it worked fine prior).. when you turn it on, it asks to be connected to itunes.. so you cannot test anything..
  10. Tritons macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2011
    almost every iPad 2 has at least small backlight bleed. And it dosnt change a thing but dead or stuck pixel is hard to ignore.

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