I was digging through my box of stuff for eBay… and found myself eyeing off my son’s old iPad Mini - 1st Generation; Wifi, 16GB. It hasn’t been used for about 2 years or so; I gather they’re worth about $30 - $50 at best on eBay… and thought - maybe I can use it myself instead of selling it.
So, I charged it up, and - as I’d wiped the data when preparing it to sell - set it up with my iTunes account.
It’s running iOS 9.3.5, which I’m reticent to update, as I will no doubt only be able to go to the absolute highest iOS that is compatible, which will likely mean slowing the device down with new features. What I’m finding however is that there seems to be a lot of app compatibility issues… (Well, based on 1 exploration…) Trying to find a Battery Health app (as there’s no native option to check the battery health), and nothing will run either due to the model of iPad, or the iOS.
So looks like I’ll have to test the battery the old fashioned way… I’ll try playing YouTube or something, and time how long til it runs flat. Even just going through the settings, and App Store, seemed to drop around 9% charge over 20 minutes…
I doubt installing a new battery would be economical… as I’m not keen on DIY… and even if I did, it would probably still be better to buy something newer.
Just a shame considering it’s otherwise in good shape. I’d love to have it to just play YouTube, maybe Disney/Plex whilst in the kitchen doing dinner/dishes etc. Maybe join the kids playing Clash of Clans again…