iPad mini How is your iPad Mini 1 holding up?

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  1. BallparkDreamer macrumors regular

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    I haven't used my original mini for a long while, and decided to dust it off. It's only 16 GB, so I'm not going to exactly use it heavily. Originally stopped using it because the keyboard lag was becoming pretty brutal, but restoring it seemed to help. I imagine some light browsing and reading? It'd be nice to find some type of niche, since it wouldn't be worth getting rid of :p
     
  2. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    I use mine every day. It always has the latest beta, and is either parked in a speaker dock for Siri, or in the um, reading room. It works fine, except that the News app can get pretty slow.

    A.
     
  3. east85 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I'm using it on iOS 8.4.1. Pretty much use it daily. Even though I like a lot of the features on iOS 8 sometimes I wish I would have stayed with iOS 7.2.1. I upgraded to 9 the day it came out and downgraded after two days. Everything kept crashing, it was a real mess for me. The keyboard lag in iOS 8.4.1 is very real for me but it was much worse with the initial release of iOS 9.
     
  4. BallparkDreamer thread starter macrumors regular

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    I wish I had stayed on iOS 8. It's getting close to unusable, which is a bummer. I'll probably just get a stand for it, and just use it for music and Siri.
     
  5. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    Mine was getting very slow so I sold it on ebay and bough a mini 3.
     
  6. BallparkDreamer thread starter macrumors regular

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    You made the right call! :p What did you get for it, out of curiosity?
     
  7. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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  8. BallparkDreamer thread starter macrumors regular

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    No kidding? That's exactly what I have. Might have to look into it.
     
  9. gadgets1990 macrumors newbie

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    Put it on Craigslist, I sold my Mini 1 16gb for 200$ lol. Had a case and a Zagg Shield.
     
  10. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    Mine was put onto light duty when it was handed over to my wife. Lately it's developed the "ghost touch" issue, where it will randomly act as if upper parts of the screen are being pressed and/or swiped. Going to have to troubleshoot that one a bit...
     
  11. Blujelly macrumors 65816

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    mine was pretty un-bearable but then iOS9 came out and its quicker the it was, still use it every other day just light duties only thought to be hones. Sometimes as a small second monitor as well.
     
  12. hungrypenguin macrumors member

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    I use mine (iPad mini 1, 32gb, WiFi) for
    - reading in the kindle app
    - note taking in classes (GoodNotes app + Jot Adonit)
    - listening to music (if the iPhone battery dies early)
    - writing short iMessages and mails
    - watching Netflix.

    I'm currently on iOS 9.2 and I really regret moving on from iOS 8. If I want to look something up on the internet, I'd rather go with my iPhone 6 than with my mini because it really really really is slow and laggy while loading stuff, typing, etc.

    Hope you will find some love for your Mini! Otherwise you could sell it and add some more cash to buy a newer model? ;)
    If my mini would stop working and was beyond any hope, I'd order the iPad pro on the spot!
     
  13. Blujelly macrumors 65816

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    Take a hammer to it, that should do the trick!
     
  14. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    The screen on mine has ghosting. :( That pulled Vidyo app works nice on it though.
     
  15. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Javascript-heavy web sites are a killer, and lack of content-blocker support really hurts. I wouldn't want to spend too much time on TheVerge with my mini 1. On the other hand, browsing Wikipedia is a piece of cake.

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  16. MacRazySwe macrumors 6502a

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    Mine was simply getting too slow, sold it on our equivalent of Craigslist for around $150. Resale values are great.

    I figured I'd be able to do without an iPad but it took less than a week before I realized I needed another. I managed to buy a brand new iPad Air in store for $200 so I got a lot of additional horsepower and features (thank god for Retina) for only an additional $50.
     
  17. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    Sold my personal one only two months after I bought it because it was so slow, even with iOS 7.1.2 on it.

    But we have one we use on stage at work for controlling AVL equipment and sometimes acting as a stand in POS iPad for the store. It was on iOS 7 and ran pretty well, but had to jump to iOS 9.x to work with our new payment system. So far it still runs well for it's intended tasks (stage light control, audio controls, video switcher, POS apps, VNC/Remote desktop, some Safari). I did have to turn on reduce motion and increase contrast to make the UI more "useable" so I don't hit things while it's still loading. That helps tremendously.

    Facts are: The A5 is slow, it only has 512MB of RAM, screen is 1024x768, and it probably won't get iOS 10. But for what it does, it's fine where it's at. We still have an iPad 1 that sees service as a PDF reader :cool:

    As far as holding up goes, it's been dropped more than a few times and has some dents and dings, but no cracks thus far. Seems to hold up well for the abuse it can take. Same goes with our iPod touches that serve similar duties.
     

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