I got a new iPad this week. I've been using my trusty original wifi only iPad (with that huge 16 GB of storage!) for over two years now. While the new device is infinitely more beautiful to read and look at, the striking thing is that now, I can actually have apps and data that I've been having to leave in the Cloud on my previous machine. Also, I don't have to worry that the application RAM will get full and cause an app to hang or quit mysteriously.
I'm still amazed by how thin this unit is compared to my original. I rarely took the original out unless it was in a case, but the smart cover on this new iPad is giving me just enough grip and protection for the screen, and it's a svelte package, I must say.
I thought my original iPad would not be worth much on the wholesale market, and I was right. Gazelle wanted to give me $150 for it. I figured eBay would be a little more generous, but I think I actually underestimated the market. I posted it at 1:40 in the morning with a "Buy It Now" price of $199 plus shipping. Figured it would take a day or two to close. I got the listing email, and two minutes later, no lie, it was sold. Crazy!
So, as I tweeted just after that, I think there's a huge market out there for used iPads, but I don't think used "tablets" are in much demand, except from the geekiest of folks. Sure, new, fire-sale-priced Android tablets will make headlines, but a current-OS-running machine is what folks really want, without the hassle of rooting it and forcing it to do something other than what it was built to do.
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