Uses for a 1st Generation iPad

Don't Throw Out That 1st Gen iPad Just Yet!

The 1st Generation iPad seemed quite thin when it was first released, but the original iPad won't exactly hide behind a pencil. Apple, Inc.

It has been several years since Apple stopped supporting the original iPad, but while the 1st generation iPad may not be supported by Apple, it is not completely useless. While it's not going to multitask with two apps on the screen at the same time, it is quite capable of performing some of the everyday tasks you'd normally use a laptop or desktop PC to perform. We'll take a look at some of the ways that old iPad can still help out around the house.

Want to load your 1st Gen iPad up with apps? There are still plenty of apps in the App Store, but if you can't find what you are looking for and you know it exists, there's a neat trick for downloading newer apps onto the original iPad.

Couch Web Surfing

The modern day couch potato doesn't just sit in front of the tube mindlessly watching anything on television. No. The modern day couch potato multitasks, surfing the web, checking on Facebook or even live tweeting a commentary on the pilot of a new TV show. And let's not forget looking up that familiar face on IMBD! All of which can be quite easily accomplished on a 1st gen iPad.  The Safari web browser on the 1st generation iPad may not be as fast as current gen iPads, but web pages will still load on it.

Reading in Bed

The iPad has always been a great eReader, with iBooks debuting on the original iPad. You can even use the Kindle app to read ebooks you bought from Amazon. While not as lightweight as the iPad Mini, the original iPad still serves a great purpose as a bedside tablet and eReader.

The Vacation Tablet

If you are like me, you don't like bringing expensive electronics with you while on vacation. But you also don't like to be left with your phone's smaller display as your only digital outlet. The original iPad still does a great job of playing movies, and as mentioned above, it is more than adequate searching the web and staying connected. And if you do happen to leave it somewhere or it gets stolen, it won't sting quite as much as your iPad Air 2 going missing.

Learn to Play Music

When I first started playing guitar, learning my instrument meant either paying for lessons or buying music books to figure it out on my own. The world has changed. When I decided to learn piano a few years ago, I found YouTube to be the perfect teacher. Not only can you learn practice exercises and brush up on theory, you can learn actual songs with a number of great videos showing you how to play. And what makes the iPad great is how easy it fits on a music stand, allowing you to play along to the video.

The World's Best Boombox

Set your iPad up in your living room next to a Bluetooth speaker and you have the world's best boombox, or at the very least, the easiest boombox to control. The iPad makes a great iPod, and with the ability to connect to Bluetooth, you can get great sound out of it.

A Handy Recipe Book

The iPad can also help out in the kitchen. Not only can you can use the iBooks app to download recipe books, you can also write down your own recipes in the Notes app. Want quick access to your favorite cooking and recipe websites? You can save a website to your iPad's home screen and open it like it was an app.

Dedicated Email Inbox

If you like to keep current on your email, you can set up the iPad next to your computer and use it as a dedicated inbox. This is really great if you only have one monitor for your computer and you get a lot of emails that need quick responses. This effectively allows you to multitask, and it saves you the price of that extra monitor. 

Coffee Table Photo Album

 Photo albums have entered the digital era. The iPad makes a great way to store all of your photos, so when you have friends and family over, there's a convenient way to show them what all you have been up to since you were last together. You can also use the original iPad as a fantastic photo frame, putting a slideshow on to display all of your photos.  Share your photos using Photo Stream.

The "Kids iPad"

If you are tired of sharing your iPad with your children and are thinking of upgrading to a newer model, you can kill two birds with one stone. The original iPad may not be as snappy as the new iPad Air 2, but it can still be great at casual gaming. You may need to use the download trick to put more games on it, but it can be a great tablet for younger kids.

Believe it or not, the 16 GB Wi-Fi 1st Generation iPad still has some value. And it also makes a great way to help subsidize an upgrade to a newer model.   More »

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