iOS 5 performance on iPad 1?

zarusoba

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Feb 3, 2006
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Hello,

I'm thinking of getting a secondhand or refurb iPad 1 for my Mum and I'm wondering if iOS 5 will perform adequately on it?

I've heard mixed reports.

Cheers.
 

Macman45

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Jul 29, 2011
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It really depends on what you are planing on doing with it....I gave my 1 to a buddy, and he runs IOS5 without issues...He uses his iPad for web surfing, and a little drawing...He is not a gamer, nor does he use Pages or Numbers.

Bottom line is that the 1 WILL run IOS5 though.
 

mlim650

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Sep 11, 2010
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I bought a used iPad recently and upgraded it to IOS 5.1.1 and jailbroken. Seems fine. It's for my son to play games and watch kids stuff on youtube.
 

SteveAbootman

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May 12, 2008
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I'd say it performs adequately. It has noticeable lag when rendering web pages, but once everything loads it's good.

Switching between apps also takes a noticeable amount of time. Even closing them to go to the home screen sometimes lags.

That said, it's still a great piece of tech, and I'm sure your mum wouldn't mind receiving it as a gift.
 

scaredpoet

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Apr 6, 2007
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It's a little bit slower in launching apps and such, but for most things, the iPad 1 works fine in iOS5. My gf had one before we upgraded, and it was working really well on it.
 

Kyotoma

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I still use my iPad first gen every single day multiple times a day. Pages runs great on it. Infinity Blade II is a little slow sometimes but it manages to play smoothly most of the time. Web sites are great. The general OS is also fine and smooth. Still waiting for a breakthrough feature(and a budget) to upgrade to a newer one.
 

iphone1105

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For what I need from an iPad, my iPad 1st gen is great with iOS5. Web browsing, apps, pages, note apps, etc...Right as rain! I don't do heavy gaming, but I am positive the newer iPads will run the games smoother no doubt, but maybe your mom won't be playing heavy games either!
 

zarusoba

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Original poster
Feb 3, 2006
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Thanks for your replies... My Mum would just be using it for web browsing, facebook, YouTube, simple games like Words With Friends.
 

jgc

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Feb 21, 2012
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I think you should get the refurb iPad 2. The price difference for the base model is what, $20? It's absolutely worth the extra money for the increase in performance. And it'll be much more capable of running iOS 6 if interested when it comes out.
 
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