So, we've got the new iPad and it's wow and all of that, but what about the original one? Don't let the naming (or the lack of it) confuse you, here, because we have the iPad and the new iPad, and the iPad 2 slotted in the middle somewhere. Anyway, what we're talking about here is the original model, which was launched amidst a lot of fanfare (which one wasnt?) way back in the month of April in 2010. The first generation iPad is currently selling on the Apple store for a cool $299 (approx Rs. 14,876). For those of you'll who have forgotten about this device, we'll remind you it's got the same 9.7-inch widescreen display and comes with 16 gigs of memory onboard. The processor is a 1GHz Apple A4 powered one with a low power system on chip. Coming back to the screen, it is and LED-backlit glossy widescreen multi touch display with IPS technology, a 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi) and comes with fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. It's the Wi-Fi only version that they're selling at that price and as part of connectivity options, there's Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR as well. Sensors include an accelerometer and an ambient light sensor.
Would you buy one?
The only issue is that this is the refurbished one, but like we've all got to know, Apple has a certain policy on their refurbished models, which include that they all come with a 1 year warranty, they all include a brand new battery and an outer shell as well. The availability for these models is guaranteed upon the receipt of full payment. So, at a price tag of close to Rs.15,000 it does compete with a lot of new budget tablets running on Gingerbread. Naturally, those prices are falling as well, but we're not comparing the specs between the devices. We're talking about the ecosystem. Obviously, the original iPad doesn't support all the apps as the current models, but a lot of the basic ones still work for all the models in the iOS ecosystem. That might be a good advantage considering how most apps designed for phones look pretty ridiculous on tablets running Gingerbread. On the other hand, you have the 'outdated' issue as well. We'll leave it upto you guys to decide. For Rs. 15,000 what would you rather go for? Let us know in the comments section below.
Published Date: Mar 10, 2012 11:47 am | Updated Date: Mar 10, 2012 11:47 am