I've religiously followed every Apple iOS recommended update for my device, bought in 2011, and think we've come to the end of the road with iOS 10, which isn't available for the iPad 2. However, since iOS 7 or 8, performance has been getting progressively worse. I'm not saying this is all down to iOS, as web-pages and applications have no doubt become considerably more bloated and complex since 2011, but I expect a considerable amount of the problem is due to iOS 9 requiring much better hardware than the older iPads have. I have now decided that performance and stability of many apps, most notably Safari, has moved from "slow, but tolerable" to "unacceptable". In many cases, web-pages take tens of seconds to load completely (with a fast, strong wi-fi signal), and I often can't scroll while this happening. Page reloads are frequent, particularly after waking from a temporary screen lock and it can't sustain more than a couple of tabs with small web pages without re-loading. Application crashes and restarts are common - I imagine the 512MB memory is just too limited to work reliably with many modern apps. Last year, I realised I also needed a small computer, but I was off-put by the price of the MacBook, so I bought a Surface 3 (not the Pro, the 10.8" quad-core Atom version). This is also pretty sluggish and the MS Edge browser seems not much better than the crippled iPad Safari! It does have some advantages over an iPad for light use, being able to run a desktop OS, but I wish Apple made something like this (and no, an iPad Pro still doesn't replace a real laptop for my use - I need to run specialist software). So, I realise I probably need a better iPad, or a better lightweight laptop (let's see what new Macs appear later this year). In the meantime, two questions: 1) Is there anything I can do to improve the performance of my iPad 2 - e.g. lightweight browsers, downgrade OS etc. 2) When I do find an upgrade, what are good uses for a "semi-retired" iPad? It's not really good enough to give away (I wouldn't want others to suffer my frustration), but I'd hate to throw it in the trash while it still works. e-book reader or music control station maybe? Would the merciful thing be to take it to the woods and put a bullet through it?