Still rocking the original iPad :)

Woodcrest64

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I have had my iPad 1 since the year it came out and over time with installing dozens of apps, music and iOS updates it started to slow down. I just did a system restore with no additional apps, music or anything. It feels so much snappier now :) Safari is also much more stable. This should hold me out a little longer now. Didn't think a system restore could do that much!
 

Lindsford

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I have had my iPad 1 since the year it came out and over time with installing dozens of apps, music and iOS updates it started to slow down. I just did a system restore with no additional apps, music or anything. It feels so much snappier now :) Safari is also much more stable. This should hold me out a little longer now. Didn't think a system restore could do that much!
I had an original iPad for a while. A lot of people were complaining it was to slow on iOS 5 and were unhappy. Mine worked like a champ
 

iLLUMI

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I still have my iPad 1 however it has slowed down a lot since jail breaking it and constant tweaking etc. It's still running iOS 4.3 too. I might do an upgrade to iOS 5.1.1 and see how it performs. But overall it still does its job.
But I mostly use my iPad 2 (2,4 model) as it has longer battery life and is much snappier. But WiFi reception on my iPad 1 is way better that iPad 2, not sure what that is. Even if the majority of apps are no longer supported I can still use iPad 1 for performing basic tasks, surfing the net etc.
 

Acorn

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I have an ipad 1 and speedwise it doesnt bother me. Its just that I do alot of reading and web surfing and I think the high res screen of the ipad 3 would be a good upgrade for me. I plan to ask for apple gift cards for christmas and use those towards an upgrade for hopefully the ipad 4 in march.
 

CoMoMacUser

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I have had my iPad 1 since the year it came out and over time with installing dozens of apps, music and iOS updates it started to slow down. I just did a system restore with no additional apps, music or anything. It feels so much snappier now :) Safari is also much more stable. This should hold me out a little longer now. Didn't think a system restore could do that much!
I've been considering doing a system restore to improve performance. Any tips? For example, as long as it's been synced with iTunes before initiating restore, all I would lose are the settings (e.g., email account info), right? Don't photos, apps and everything else would get moved back onto the iPad once restore is complete?
 

cole01

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I'm a huge fan of the original iPad. They have served our family extremely well since launch day and my brother still uses his daily. Just a stunning quintessential Apple design and I find the performance on 5.1.1 to be very adequate for a 3 year old device.
 

CoMoMacUser

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I'm particularly impressed by the quality of the battery. After 2 1/2 years, it holds a charge like it's brand new.
 

JFC

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Happy to say I still have my iPad 1, which I got on launch day. Also happy to say that it looks and performs like the day I unboxed it. I prefer the design of the original over the subsequent iPads. I'll miss it, but I'm most likely upgrading when iPad 4 comes out.
 

Littleman

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Sorry to hijack but it got too slow for me.
The keyboard was not responsive enough. Sold for 150 GBP and bought a Nexus 7.
 

irDigital0l

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Still using it!

It runs well...of course graphic intense games aren't good but it does everything else.

The battery is still amazing.
 

Woodcrest64

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The battery on mine is working still very well. Before I did the system restore Safari was crashing too much. I was using Chrome and Atomic Browser to deal with that. As I said after the system restore my iPad 1 is far more responsive and stable.

I however did not sync it back with iTunes. I use it really only for surfing the internet, twitter and checking email. However before the restore I had dozens and dozens of apps on it, music and pictures that I rarely used.

The iPad 1 is still a great device for surfing the web. I do want the iPad 4 for a better screen, quicker cpu and better Wifi performance. I don't 'need' it but it would be nice. Overall considering its a 3 year old machine its still holding up quite well. :D

Thanks for all your comments.
 

POLBOSS

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My wife still has and uses her iPad 1 every single day... no complains about anything... at all...
I wish I could be like my wife and just keep using the technology because it serves my needs... Instead of buying the newest technology only because is... new...
 

kristoffer4

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After ios 5 my ipad 1 has become almost useless. Slow and keeps crashing. A restore didn't help. I am ready for the mini. :D
 

Bokes

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Just sold my ipad1 for far more than I thought it was worth.
Bring on the mini.
 

CoMoMacUser

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After ios 5 my ipad 1 has become almost useless. Slow and keeps crashing. A restore didn't help.
I'm bummed to hear that. Mine doesn't crash, but it's annoyingly slow, such as a second or longer lag after hitting a key before it shows up on screen. I'm going to give a restore a shot. But this is my first and last tablet. They're toys. Even email on them sucks.
 

afd

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still have an iPad 1, fine for most things. when os 5 came out seemed hopelessly slow, turned off gestures and that made it bearable. Absolutely fine for video watching.
 

irDigital0l

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still have an iPad 1, fine for most things. when os 5 came out seemed hopelessly slow, turned off gestures and that made it bearable. Absolutely fine for video watching.
any other ways to make the ipad 1 run smoother/faster?
 

KieranDotW

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I have both an original iPad and iPad 2 and I can't deny how leggy the original feels in comparison, especially after updating to iOS 5. The lack of iOS 6 support is also a bummer, not that I was expecting otherwise.
 

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