iPad 1 still good?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mark28, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    I'm thinking about picking up an iPad 1 64 gb + 3G tomorrow for cheap, brand new from a store that is trying to get rid of them.

    But I'm still doubting because the iPad 2 is much more powerful.

    Is the iPad 1 still good enough? It doesn't lag at all?
  2. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Does not lag, it has even better specs than iPhone 4, and running about the same resolution.

    It has slightly less graphical fidelity in some heavy 3D games.
    Some next gen 3D games may not work, or may not work well.
    It will likely stop getting OS updates before iPad 2. Probably won't get iOS7.
    No multi-finger gestures, no airplay mirroring to AppleTV.

    In the grand scheme of things, not a real big deal, IMO.
  3. jmpnop macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    Agree with this, iPad 1 still a good deal if you can find one for cheap..

    Btw iPad has inferior specs than the iPhone 4 (256MB RAM vs 512MB on iP4), negligible though.
  4. 06Honda macrumors regular

    May 25, 2011
    I have been using the original ipad on the original os and no issues at all. I will keep it until it dies.
  5. Asc3nsion macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2011
    I love mine!

    I have had mine for over a year, my buddy has an ipad 2 and I don't see a big enough difference to upgrade. I love the ipad. I wouldn't hesistate to buy the one at this time, now if a ipad 3 was coming soon I might wait but otherwise I say buy!
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yeah there's nothing wrong with them, especially if you can score one for cheap. If a shop near me was selling them off super cheap I'd certainly grab one no question!
  7. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

    Jun 10, 2007
    Cary, NC
    I've had my iPad 1 since day 1 and am as happy with it now as I was when I purchased it. Having said that I do plan to upgrade whenever iPad 3 comes out. I figure I'll get every other model (and pass my old ones down to my wife).
  8. Evan_11 macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2004
    Ok so what store is selling them, and for how much?

    The biggest problem I see with the iPad 1 is that you cannot use multi-figure gestures under iOS 5. I own an iPad 2 and I would not want to go back to using the home button to switch between apps. In fact, I would prefer if Apple ditched the home screen button completely with the iPad 3 and just make the on/off button multi-purpose.
  9. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    Depends on the price. iPad 1 is definitely a good tablet especially if you don't plan to do too much with it. If your using it mainly for just browsing and email then it's fine. I just picked up an iPad 2 last week (day of Steve's passing) after using my iPad 1 since day of release and I can say that the speed and 512 MB RAM is huge improvement for me. I also just love the gestures, but that can be enabled on iPad 1 by jailbreaking, afaik.
  10. mark28 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Only $450. :p
  11. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    Do you need 3G and 64GB? For little more, I would either buy a iPad 2 wifi 16 or 32. You'll be able to sell iPad 2 for more than iPad 1 when time to upgrade to iPad 3. :D
  12. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    wow, $450? That's a big discount from $800~$900 range, but if I were you, I'd hold on for a "little longer" and wait for iPad 3.
    Just my opinion.
  13. Wozza2010 macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2010
    Like doboy said, you could get a 16gb ipad2 instead. Do you really need 64gb?

    I've had an ipad1 for year. It's been ok buts it starting to show its limitations now. Its been chuggy since os4 tbh, switching between apps is jerky. Safari is still pretty slow even with os5. Also, I very much doubt ipad1 will get os6.

    If it was me I would wait till march and get ipad3, but if you can't wait then get the iPad2 16gb for sure.

    Ipad1 is pretty much a dead end road from now on.
  14. jmpnop macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    By "little longer" you mean 5 months?
  15. ruvil macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2010
    iPad 1 still works just fine - but if you are going to buy a brand new iPad, get the iPad 2 instead.
  16. Xenc macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    London, England
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    Then, when the iPad 3 comes out, wait a little longer for the iPad 4 :p
  17. Bymatt, Oct 15, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011

    Bymatt macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2011
    Had my used iPad 1 for abt 6 mos now

    Paid 400 for it in pristine shape w orig box and apple care until june 2012. DEALS ARE out there !
    See a lot of comments that it wont mirror. That is correct, however it ignores the fact that one can handbrake then store movies, etc on it and use it with an ATV2 to hook through HDMI amp-receiver and enjoy movies w 5.1 audio through your wifi system. Plays wonderfully all the time, not JB. When done with movie, remove it from iTunes, but leave it on archival disc for future use, Casual email retrieval, browsing, reviewing of PDFs for field use Get a 64g w WIFI. You never know when you will cant field use and you would be amazed at how fast you can fill 64g if you get to loading movies on it, even temporarily. Its my place holder until the 3 is here. Wanted to be sure I would like whole iPad concept. Wont be without one now.
  18. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Then, when the iPad 4 comes out, wait a little longer for the iPad 5 :p
  19. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    What do you plan on using it for?
    Did you end up getting it?>
  20. iMoo macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2010
    Same as what i am doing, getting every other one. I had iPhone 3G and waited for 4, now will skip 4s and wait for 5.
    I do have ipad 1 and though some apps crash as they run out of memory (i got it jailbroken so can see as the memory gets less) think i can hold out until ipad 3.

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