iPad iPad 2 for $130; worth it?

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  1. viperGTS macrumors 65816

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    Hey MacRumors! So I have a simple question today: is the iPad 2, base 16GB model, worth $130? I'm going to meet up with someone who is selling it at this price. Of course, I'm going to check it out before I hand any money over. Personally, I feel that this price is a steal, but what do you guys think?

    Also, I plan on using it mainly for Web surfing, viewing PDFs for school, and watching movies/videos. (This begs the question of whether or not it's alright for my needs. I'm going to test it on websites I go to often to see if I'm okay with its performance.)

    Thanks!
     
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    That seems about right to me. I wouldn't pay any more than.
     
  3. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    If it is still running iOS 6, then DEFINITELY. If iOS 7, maybe. If iOS8, pass.
     
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    viperGTS thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sweet, thanks!

    I'm going to test its performance regardless of OS version. I would definitely keep it if it's on iOS 7 (I might jailbreak it to use SemiRestore and restore fresh), and if it's on 8, I'd use it enough to make sure I'm okay with its speed. Are you suggesting that iOS 8 makes it unenjoyable to use?

    EDIT: The reviews for 8.1.2 seem generally positive.
    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2014/12/16/ipad-2-ios-8-1-2-reviews/
     
  5. matraco macrumors regular

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    That's certainly not a bad price if it is in good condition. Most used ipads 2 16gb go from 200$ to 250$ in my area.
     
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    viperGTS thread starter macrumors 65816

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    An update: met up with the guy, he was very nice!

    The iPad itself was flawless, clean screen and no visible scratches at a glance. It was on iOS 8.0 though, but the reports of 8.1.2 seem to be pretty good, so I might restore it to that version. Safari was quick, and iBooks and Settings launched very quickly anyway.

    He's waiting on someone else who offered $150, but he said if I agreed to $140 that he would hold it for me, since I showed up first. We agreed to that. Oh, and it comes with a brand new power adapter, but no cable. I think I found a great deal! :)
     
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Seems like a good deal to me. Enjoy your new iPad.
     
  8. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    I'd say that's fine. It sort of depends on what you want to do. Videos and movies and PDFs are probably fine. Safari will lag, but that's no big deal. Apps will suck on it, but if that's no issue to you, then no worries. It might be fun to jailbreak it when it loses iOS support.
     
  9. viperGTS thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you!

    Sounds like my usage. I'm sure I can work around the speed issues, and stuff like Twitter shouldn't lag. I think it'll be good!
     
  10. MikeAK macrumors regular

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    1gb of RAM. Enjoy it, but you'll soon find out why so many of us are done with that limitation.
     
  11. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    The iPad 2 has 512mb of RAM.

    At that price and for your uses $130 is fine. Don't expect to do a lot of heavy browsing however. PDFs and Movies will work just fine.

    At that price range, if you're looking for utility and longevity along with performance, something like an HP Stream 8 might fit the bill. Screen is a little smaller but it is much nicer and has a better resolution. Movies and PDFs will look better and web browsing will be smoother. it also comes with free tmobile 4g (200mb a month) and Microsoft Office. But if an iPad is what you want then by all means get it. Just keep in mind that IF it gets iOS 9, the update will not be kind to it. The iPad 2 is a nice piece of hardware though and it is still useable as long as one keeps their expectations in check.

    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store...-Signature-Edition-Tablet/productID.308781600
     
  12. GBNova macrumors member

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    ??
     
  13. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    You think I'm lying? Why would I make that up? Look it up. Ipads didn't get 1gb until the iPad 3.
     
  14. GBNova macrumors member

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    Sorry had my MB and GB mixed up. For some reason thought I read 512GB.

    You can take your guard down now.
     
  15. viperGTS thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you for the recommendation. I would consider that tablet, but I want to stay within the iOS ecosystem :) I mainly read articles online now and play a game called Pokemon Showdown; my 4S handled the game just fine, so I think my web usage will be satisfied with this iPad.
     
  16. s15119 macrumors 65816

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    I use my 2 with iOS 8 every day. I use it mainly for browsing, some games (asphalt), Netflix and other video programs. Works fine.
     
  17. viperGTS thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sweet! So games like Asphalt should run fine. Thank you for your input. :)
     

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