what to test when buying a used iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bj097, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. bj097 macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    someone on the web is selling used iPad which is cheap and I am interested because I need a spare iPad for my work.

    what to test and how to test to make sure the iPad works perfectly and correctly?

    You know once he leaves with the cash there is nothing I can do if it's a defeated product
  2. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    I would suggest testing all the physical buttons and ports, as well as speakers. I guess you won't have time to properly test the battery. Obviously test the touchscreen. Tap, swipe, try multi-touch gestures.
  3. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    ... camera, flash, wifi, Bluetooth, finger ID sensor, vibration buzzer, stuck/dead pixel, screen bleeding (if you are picky).
  4. heyyitssusan macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2014
    First make sure activation lock is removed and it's not tied to any Apple ID. Then do a visual check of the device.
  5. lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    iPads don't have a vibration motor or a Taptic Engine. Testing for that would be fruitless and or make the person think the none existing thing is broken.
  6. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    ... Rotation sensor, ambient light sensor (screen brightness control)
  7. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2015
    If it's new enough, you can always get it replaced under warranty. I bought a 12.9" iPad Pro for cheap on Craigslist, noticed the backlight was exceptionally bad (you can see my other thread about this) and came away with a new one.
  8. bj097 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013

    Hello. Flash? I guess WiFi mini of all generations do not have flash , right?

    what is vibration buzzer and how to test for screen bleeding
    --- Post Merged, Jul 14, 2016 ---
    How to test the Rotation sensor and ambient light sensor?? Sorry
  9. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

    Sep 2, 2015
    Meet at an Apple Store and have them do a Complimentary free Diagnostic best to show up when they open so there's minimal waiting involved.

    Maybe even a battery diagnostic
  10. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    Might be asking the seller a bit much...just sayin'.
  11. ALW1026 macrumors member


    Jul 14, 2016
    Have them factory reset it in front of you.
    Then you log into it and make sure you can activate find my IPAD
    Then go to Apple website and check serial on Support page.
    This will let you know if you have any coverage left. If you have coverage you dont care. Just take it to Apple store and they will fix/replace it if any issues. The coverage follows the device not the user. So as long as you can log into it your covered. Been buying broke iPads off Craig's list for 30 to 50 bucks and getting them fixed or replaced for free.

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