A couple weeks ago, I looked to see if I could still get updates for my apps on iPad 1. (The answer was kinda - the OS wasn't upgradeable and apps were slowly stopping.) Things have gone downhill from there. It's like they timed it for this release. I got the iPad 1 as soon as it came out so it had a decent run. I was expecting the battery to be the limiting factor, not the OS patching.
Ordered a new iPad; it arrives Wed/Thurs. After I transfer everything to it, I'll see what to do with the old one. I think Best Buy gives a gift card.
This time, I got the 3G model. I don't expect to use the 3G much, but T-Mobile is giving 200MB free per month (allegedly.) And there have been a few times that I would have used 3G if I had it. Especially since it is month to month and not a contract. Pay if/when needed. I'm also going to get a keyboard this time. Scott let me try his in 2011. And while I can type without one, I make a lot more mistakes.
iPad 1 (likewise purchased when they first came out)
: used to track my partner's daily blood pressure (with iBP -- great program), and how I read the daily local newspaper.
iPad 3: my work iPad. Stays in my laptop bag when I'm not at work. At the office is used for more things than I can list. (Including playing Angry Birds Space during boring meetings.)
iPad mini: my general home tablet. It's what I cart around to different areas of the house, used for surfing, email, games, and more. A fantastic size and form factor for that use.
Why so many? I got the iPad 3 to test sites on a retina display, the mini to test sites on that form factor. (Also have a Nexus 7 primarily for testing. Likewise a GoogleTV.) But since the older iPad is still going strong and does what I need it to do, there's no sense putting it out to pasture.
Can the old ipad still read ebooks ? I ask because I finally passed on my first generation intel macbook when the kindle web reader wouldn't load on it anymore and when apple stopped upgrading the jdk's for it. I have a first generation Kindle and it is okay but it's hard to clear amazon errors -- such as books that partially load and then won't reload -- off it without a complete reset . I read on the big ipod touch but it would be nice to have more screen. I have thought about getting a refurbished ipad1 for a reader.
Is there a way that these old iPads could be refurbished? I have one which is aging and I don't want to buy a new one, but rather repair the one that I have for some defects and refurbish. Is there a way?
It might not work. The wording was changed to say you have to buy a new iPad. And I already did that. It did say some people are still receiving regular gift cards though. I'm going to Target tomorrow to try.
"Between November 3rd thru 9th, visit your local Target Mobility store and trade in any iPad for at least $200 to use towards the purchase of a new iPad."