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Topic # 154779 7-Nov-2014 12:28
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hey Geekzone, ive been scouring the interwebs for an hour now looking at where I could source about 6 ipad 2's for work, has any one got any suggestions? anyone done this b4?

I know that unit is old but Apple have a good track record of pumping out older units

Thanks in advance!

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  Reply # 1171351 8-Nov-2014 16:23
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Apple is no longer producing the iPad 2. Your best bet is probably Trademe. Otherwise a few stores still stock iPad 2s: 
hitechmobiles and pb tech. Might be worth getting in touch with them to see if they have the quantity of stock you require.

Keep in mind that the iPad 2 may not support some of the latest apps, although it does run iOS 8 (albeit not very smoothly), so be sure check that it is appropriate for your needs before buying. If you can get your hands on ones that are still running iOS 7 they'd probably perform better (although again you may be limited in what apps support it).



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  Reply # 1171359 8-Nov-2014 16:53
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Cheers we just want the Tablets for a certain web page no apps required, any suggestions of cheap 10" tablets for that purpose?

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  Reply # 1171524 8-Nov-2014 22:49
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Oh, if you just need it for browsing the web you'd probably be better off going in for a cheap android tablet, rather than an iPad. Something like this would be a decent 10 inch tablet and you wouldn't find many for cheaper. Obviously you won't get the same performance as something on the higher end but for a basic webpage it shouldn't matter too much. You'd want to test the webpage on an android device to make sure it runs correctly before splurging on a bunch of tablets though. 

If you don't need a full 10 inches and wouldn't mind a 7 inch tablet you could get them for cheaper still, somewhere in the $100-$200 range. 

I would never buy a tablet like this for personal use, because the overall user experience is pretty terrible, but if they're for a specific single webpage for work, then as long as you've verified the website functions correctly on the tablet then a cheap android one should do the trick.



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  Reply # 1171536 8-Nov-2014 23:41
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ooooooo that looks like it will do the trick and at about $200 cheaper will save us some cash, all the thanks in the world to you my friend!

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  Reply # 1171537 8-Nov-2014 23:45
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No problem, good luck with it!

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  Reply # 1171538 8-Nov-2014 23:46
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adida101: Apple is no longer producing the iPad 2. Your best bet is probably Trademe. Otherwise a few stores still stock iPad 2s: 
hitechmobiles and pb tech. Might be worth getting in touch with them to see if they have the quantity of stock you require.

Keep in mind that the iPad 2 may not support some of the latest apps, although it does run iOS 8 (albeit not very smoothly), so be sure check that it is appropriate for your needs before buying. If you can get your hands on ones that are still running iOS 7 they'd probably perform better (although again you may be limited in what apps support it).


The other option is hte ipad mini which is almost identical spec wise to the ipad 2, and I beleive is still sold. Funnily enough I haven't heard of anyone  having trouble with ios8 on it, which makes me wonder if the specs really are the same. I have managed to almost totally eliminate the laggyness of ios8 on my ipad 2 after a bit of tweaking. It should pretty much run most ios apps



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  Reply # 1171539 8-Nov-2014 23:48
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mattwnz:
adida101: Apple is no longer producing the iPad 2. Your best bet is probably Trademe. Otherwise a few stores still stock iPad 2s: 
hitechmobiles and pb tech. Might be worth getting in touch with them to see if they have the quantity of stock you require.

Keep in mind that the iPad 2 may not support some of the latest apps, although it does run iOS 8 (albeit not very smoothly), so be sure check that it is appropriate for your needs before buying. If you can get your hands on ones that are still running iOS 7 they'd probably perform better (although again you may be limited in what apps support it).


The other option is hte ipad mini which is almost identical spec wise to the ipad 2, and I beleive is still sold. Funnily enough I haven't heard of anyone  having trouble with ios8 on it, which makes me wonder if the specs really are the same. I have managed to almost totally eliminate the laggyness of ios8 on my ipad 2 after a bit of tweaking. It should pretty much run most ios apps


Unfortunately the 10" screen is what our client needs, so the Minis and the 7" android tablet range are out of the question. Cheers for your input !

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  Reply # 1171574 9-Nov-2014 09:40
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I have one :)




Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


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  Reply # 1181764 23-Nov-2014 20:52
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I have managed to almost totally eliminate the laggyness of ios8 on my ipad 2 after a bit of tweaking. It should pretty much run most ios apps


Please elaborate. I've found my iPad (earliest "retina" model, which I believe is a II) and SWMBO's (model immediately preceding) were doing just fine until iOS 8 came along. Now they're both slow and battery life has dropped suddenly and significantly.

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  Reply # 1181768 23-Nov-2014 21:03
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kiwigander:
I have managed to almost totally eliminate the laggyness of ios8 on my ipad 2 after a bit of tweaking. It should pretty much run most ios apps


Please elaborate. I've found my iPad (earliest "retina" model, which I believe is a II) and SWMBO's (model immediately preceding) were doing just fine until iOS 8 came along. Now they're both slow and battery life has dropped suddenly and significantly.


Earliest retina model was the 3

I agree though iOS 8 has made a lot of devices almost useless.

There are some tweaks that make them a bit more usable but nothing like they were before

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  Reply # 1181802 23-Nov-2014 22:40
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Earliest retina model was the 3

Right, thanks for the heads-up.  My iPad is a 3, hers is a 2. 






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  Reply # 1181817 23-Nov-2014 23:52
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kiwigander: Earliest retina model was the 3

Right, thanks for the heads-up.  My iPad is a 3, hers is a 2. 







I believe the 3 is slower than the 2 due to the retina screen, and having to push more pixels , which is why they quickly superseded it with the 4 only a few months after the 3 came out. IOS 8.1.1 released a couple of days ago has almost got my ipad back to how it preformed under ios7, as ios8.1.1 is supposed to fix the performance issues on the iphone 4s and ipad 2.

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  Reply # 1181904 24-Nov-2014 09:15
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The Wife and I both have 3's, and I have noticed on IOS8 that it is a bit slower, but still faster than a 2 I think.
8.1.1 has made it better I think (could be a placebo thing).
Still not slow enough or frustrating enough to make me buy a new one though.

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  Reply # 1181909 24-Nov-2014 09:20
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mattwnz:  I have managed to almost totally eliminate the laggyness of ios8 on my ipad 2 after a bit of tweaking. It should pretty much run most ios apps


Care to share? My 16yo daughters iPad 2 slowed, I turned off parallax (Reduce Motion to ON) I recall now Predictive to off helps, I must try that.

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  Reply # 1182233 24-Nov-2014 16:44
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tdgeek:
mattwnz:  I have managed to almost totally eliminate the laggyness of ios8 on my ipad 2 after a bit of tweaking. It should pretty much run most ios apps


Care to share? My 16yo daughters iPad 2 slowed, I turned off parallax (Reduce Motion to ON) I recall now Predictive to off helps, I must try that.


The only thing I disabled was the background app refresh in the general settings. You can do it for the few apps that cause the problem , or all of them. It pretty much solved the problem entirely. Now with ios8.1.1 I have a usable ipad 2 again. I don't think there is too much benefit having background app refresh on anyway, I haven't missed it.

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