Is it worth getting an iPad 1?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Bez59, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Bez59 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2012
    Derbyshire, England
    I have been wanting an iPad since they first came out but never got one as its more want than need.

    I have a MacBook pro for use at home and an iPhone for when i am out so i'm not really sure if i would use an iPad that much.

    I have been thinking of getting a 1st gen to see if i use it much as i don't want to spend loads on a 3rd gen for it to sit there doing nothing.

    If i use it a lot i will probably get a 3rd gen or maybe 4th gen or a mini depending when i decide to upgrade if i do.

    My question is do you think its worth getting one to browse the web, check emails and play games?

    I wouldn't be using it for work or school or anything and i don't think it would leave the house except when i go on holiday.

    I understand everybody's needs are different but is there anyone who only uses an iPad for web, email and games and is glad they got one?
  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Couldn't you just keep using your MacBook Pro? That's what I would do if the iPad was never going to leave the house.
  3. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    If you want to try an iPad, get one from Target. You have like 45 days to return it if you don't like it. I wouldn't get a 1st gen iPad as iOS 5 puts a strain on the limited amount of memory in the iPad 1.
  4. Ledgem macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    I'm increasingly using mine for school-related purposes, but as of now I'm primarily using my 3rd generation iPad for the reasons you've listed. In my case the iPad was a gift, though. If you can comfortably afford it, then sure, why not? If it's a bit of a stretch, then I don't think it's worth it.

    One other thought... isn't the iPad 1's hardware much less powerful than the iPad 2 and 3? That would be fine for web browsing and email, but if you're thinking about using it for games, stretching a bit farther may be worthwhile.

    The iPad is a nice and useful device. However, I'm the type of person who is OK with carrying my computer around nearly everywhere. If I had to give up my iPad tomorrow, I doubt that I would miss it too much. It strikes me as being more of a novelty device, although I'm sure there are some people who benefit greatly from it over a standard laptop.
  5. Medic311 macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
    i used to have the opinion that an iPad was useless.
    when the iPad 3 retina came out, the iPad 2 refurbs dropped to $319. i figured i would give it a try and if i don't like it i can return it on the 14th day.

    after owning one for 5 months, i will say it's a great device. despite already owning a laptop, i leave my laptop on my desk. my iPad is now my mobile computing device.
  6. Bez59 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 18, 2012
    Derbyshire, England
    Yeah that's what makes me think I don't need one and it wouldn't get much use.

    But it would be nice to have an iPad to use when my wife is using the MacBook instead of using my iPhone.

    I imagine web browsing is much better on an iPad than an iPhone.
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    No. I have the iPad 1 and it's fine for what I need (kitchen use) but I would get a refurbished 2 instead.
  8. Bez59 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 18, 2012
    Derbyshire, England
    That's a good point I remember having that problem when I had a 2nd gen iPod touch.

    My reason for the 1st gen was so I don't spend too much on it as I feel if I was going to spend more I may as well get a 3rd gen. Or wait for the mini if it happens.

    It's my birthday soon maybe if I'm good my wife will buy me one. :D


    Do you play any games on it?
  9. windowpain macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008
    I have an ipad 1 and love it..but you would be crazy not to get at least the ipad 2. There is a night and day difference between them, even for things like browsing and checking email, the extra speed is very noticeable.
    The ipad 1 can be a bit frustrating at times.

    I would either wait 3 days to see what is released or pick up a (refurb?) ipad 2.
  10. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005

    Wait for iPad mini next month.
  11. Bez59 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 18, 2012
    Derbyshire, England
    Thanks for the advice.

    I don't think I will bother with the 1st gen.

    Apart from the screen is there much difference between the 2nd and 3rd gen?
  12. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    3rd gen is slightly thicker and heavier. The battery is ever so slightly worse as well, but screen off it seems to last forever (playing music etc!). :)
  13. gadget123 macrumors 68020

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I think the Ipad 2 should have been the first Ipad really..

    The Ipad 1 was just testing the water and it was a hit..I liked it at the time but the thinner Ipad 2 and camera makes daily use so much better. Plus I'm sure Ipad 1 won't get IOS6.

    I would definitely recommend the Ipad 2 and Iphone 4 if people can't afford a 4S/Ipad 3rd gen. Very little difference.

    No doubt there will be bigger changes with Ipad 4th gen and obviously Iphone 5.
  14. Whoakapi macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2010
    If you don't know whether you need an iPad, you don't need one.

    In fact, I'd say that it's only 1 in 100 that actually needs one.
  15. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    No, the ipad 1 is honestly awful. Its underpowered, doesn't have enough ram (not even close) and is now no longer supported. Your better off with a nexus 7 if you don't wanna spend alot. I actually like my nexus 7 better than the new ipad and my ipad 2 I have from work.
  16. jamied95 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2009
    At this point, it'd be bonkers to buy iPad 1, I've got one and know various other people who do and it's so slow it's unusable, I'll only use it now as a very last resort, when everything else has run out of battery...
  17. stuaz macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    Yeah I wouldn't get an iPad 1 - I have one myself and its showing its age with the later Apps. Not to mention that iOS 6 will not be supported on it, which is Apples way of saying its obsolete.

    I myself am looking to see what the iPad Mini brings - if its £250 with a retina screen then I will be getting one of them to replace my iPad 1.
  18. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Nobody "needs" an iPad but I'd say that considerably more than "1 in 100" find indispensable uses once they get one. I have a consultant that I deal with who is a woman in her 70's. She logs a lot of air miles and was telling me how the iPad has been an essential tool for her in business because she can now forego paper copies of nearly everything and doesn't need to lug a laptop around anymore. She's become quite adept at marking up pdfs on the iPad and it's been worth every penny of its purchase price for her. Just one anecdote, but I work with a lot of people who have iPads and have found a very useful place for them in their business lives.
  19. AT101ET macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2012
    UK (London)
    I wouldn't recommend it as Apps will stop being developed for it and it will become too slow for the updates, and besides a nexus 7 is cheaper and a title contender with the new iPad, so why not get that?
  20. Bez59 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 18, 2012
    Derbyshire, England
    I did think about a nexus 7 but i have brought quite a lot of apps in the 4 years i have been using ios devices that i would use on an ipad.

    I also feel an ipad would work well in a MacBook-iPad-iPhone setup.
  21. AT101ET macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2012
    UK (London)
    [/QUOTE]I also feel an ipad would work well in a MacBook-iPad-iPhone setup.[/QUOTE]

    Well if thats what you are looking for, I'd recommend to wait for the apple event. They may release a good new cheaper version. If not, when they do release one, I think the 2 will depreciate and anyway its not that much more expensive than the 1st gen. If so, I'd recommend that.
  22. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    Many apps on android are free while their ios version costs money. The nexus 7 is absolutely worth the money. Heck it would still be worth it even at a hundred dollars more.
  23. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    I'd say unless it was very, very cheap, don't consider anything other than A5 based iPad models, so the iPad2, the "new" iPad (i.e., retina) and if the rumors play out, the new iPad Mini/Air/Junior.

    We have 1st gen iPad and after using my 3rd gen, there's a big difference is speed/latency (things like browser draw-in) , due to the faster CPU and larger RAM (and ignoring the difference in the display).

    I'd definitely wait and see what pans out in the next few months: revised new iPad, Mini, etc.
  24. akira2501 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2008

    The clarity in the screen really makes a difference. Just shell out the extra bucks and get something that you'll keep a long time. Get the 3. The new iPad. Just buy a refurb from apple. The screen is night and day, and yea I've owned them all so this is first hand experience.
  25. dwburnell macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2010
    I had a first gen iPad and gave it to the wife once the new one came out (i had to have that retina display :D) but she uses it for basic web browsing, a couple low end games, and for reading. I agree with a lot of people above though, might as well get a refurbished iPad 2 unless you could find an iPad 1 online for super cheap.

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