iPad Looking for cheapest iPad option. iPad 1 still alright?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Tropischen, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Tropischen macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2013
    Hello everybody,

    I got myself an ipad air and I'm very happy with it. It's my first ipad and it's just amazing and fun. I have it for a month now and every day I'm smiling as if it's the day I bought it.
    So, my girlfriend uses it a lot too and I see us fighting for it every evening. She's a Pinterest, Facebook, eyem, Instagram and so on addict. She's not playing any demanding 3d games or is doing other hardware hungry things with it.
    So I'm thinking of a Christmas gift to her. We said we won't spent more than 150€ on each other's presents so I'd really like to get her a tablet. Around this price range there are many offers for ipad 1st generation on eBay. Is it still worth buying this old veteran? Or should I look out for something else, maybe another brand? I don't want to buy trash, so I'd rather spend my money on a quality second hand product.

    Thank you in advance
  2. eggersj macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2008
    I'd go used ipad 2 or ipad mini personally... you may be able to find one that cheap.
  3. EDH667 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2009
    Northern California
    I would second that opinion of getting the iPad 2, iPad 3 or iPad mini used or on sale. The iPad 1 is not being upgraded to the latest IOS version where the iPad 2 and iPad mini will probably be upgraded through a couple more IOS versions.
  4. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    I own and still use my iPad 1, i'd suggest at least an iPad 2.

    The not being able to upgrade past iOS5 is an issue these days as apps are rapidly dropping it as their baseline. I'm starting to have A LOT of websites blow up safari (probably similar to what is happening on the air - but the 1 is working with 256mb of RAM). Every other Facebook app version stinks, Pinterest is a hog with all the pictures... I only use it when i'm really bored! LOL!!

    Overall, I can deal with the quirks and such - because I've had it all along.

    I'd buy another one if it fit my needs, but again I am well aware of the limitations. Oh and for kids? Nope, only a device that will run iOS6 or higher based on current games (edu and fun).
  5. Tropischen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2013
    Alright, i get your points, thank you for the insights. Going to watch out for an ipad 2 or mini 1 then.
  6. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    You don't know how this will play out.

    I'm pretty sure you will be using whatever iPad you buy for her, while she is browsing on the iPad Air ;)
  7. GoingDark macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2013
    I still have an iPad 1 lying around and it's a terrible experience. Safari constantly crashes (along with most other apps), everything is unbelievably slow and choppy, and there are a lot of apps that need iOS 6 while the iPad 1 is stuck on 5.1.

    I wouldn't buy one now for any amount of money. Definitely look for at least an iPad 2 or Mini. If you're desperate and really can't fit one into your budget, I would even suggest a cheap Android tablet like a Nexus 7 over an iPad 1.
  8. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    mini 1 will probably be the least expensive option for your needs.

    Also since it's an actively sold product, Apple will at least try to support it as long as possible. The iPad1 is already left out to pasture.
  9. klover macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    iPad 1 on iOS 5.0+ is a slow, sluggish, crashing, jittery mess of an experience that is bested by $79 Chinese crap-tablets.

    Ipad Mini first-gen is best bet (but beware that it, too, will have a short life given it's already-two-and-a-half-years-old internals).
  10. JGWolven macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2013
  11. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    our ipad 1 still works like new. (but i agree with the consensus OP - ipad 2 or OG mini)
  12. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010

    She wins.
  13. DeSnousa macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    Would a Nexus 7 be a possibility? Cheap price point and good hardware for the money.
  14. xNYMetsx macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2013
    An iPad mini is great too. But I would NOT get an iPad 1. It does not get the latest iOS and developers will drop support for the software it is running.
  15. mhdena macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    After seeing the screen of your ipad air, you can't get less than a 3 or 4 at this point Might as well get a 4 so the chargers are the same.

    Get a refurb from the Apple store.
  16. TheAnvil macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2013
    +1. Good value for money and generally a good buy as long as you don't mind straying from the Apple ecosystem.
  17. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I'd go Mini. Updated cameras for FaceTime and the A5 at least is still being covered under ios7 and possibly ios8
  18. HappyFunnyCrap macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2013
  19. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I also think this is the way to go.
  20. dave420 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    I recently upgraded from an iPad 1 to an iPad Air and Safari still constantly crashes. Lots of other apps too. One day I am hoping for a stable Safari experience on an iPad.
  21. albertfallickwa macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2014
    I still use my 1st generation iPad everyday to watch TV shows. Very solid device. I really wish that I had the 64gb version of the 1st generation.
  22. Haynzee macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2012
    I've gave the iPad 1 to my sister, she doesn't bother with it, too many crashes on it to make it useful anymore, shame really as in it's day it was a great device would love to restore it back to 3.x as, as a web viewer it was ok!
  23. Cdumitru78 macrumors member

    May 7, 2008
    Still use the original ipad, love the feel of it. While some of the apps cannot be updated, it works just fine for web browsing, music, videos and the like. I love the solid feel of it, sure, is heavier and slower, but I like it. I have a retina mini as well, and used pretty much every ipad ever released.
  24. redmamoth macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2011
    My advice, don't get her an iPad at all, she wont want it since she can just use yours.

    Get her a spa voucher, some perfume, some creams / body lotions. C'mon man!
  25. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'd avoid the first generation iPad at this point, its just too slow and too limited. Look to the Mini (non retina) or the iPad 2.

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