Just a little story of me, feeling weird using and loving my ancient iPad 1. (Caution - long! If you don't want to read the whole thing, please just comment what you think about still using an iPad 1) The not so little gadget came to me about four years and three months ago. It was one of the first devices sold in central Europe. I played out a few press contacts to being able to get the device about two weeks earlier than the average early adopter who pre-ordered months before the actual launch. Back then, it was stupidly futuristic. In Austria, most people aren't too interested in technology. And while they still buy fancy gadgets once they see them in local stores, most Austrians don't read any technology-focused magazines, blogs or websites. At that time, nobody knew what that weird big black thing in my hand was (no pun intended). It was new. It was shiny. It was not only state of the art, it was the future. Coming with an Apple A4 chip, using a single core clocked at 1 GHz, the iPad 1 used to be a beast. It felt fast, and offered a completely new internet experience. The 256 MB RAM didn't feel limiting at that time - websites loaded adequately fast and all the apps were optimized pretty well. It didn't offer too many features. No multi tasking. No notifications. No app folders. Not even the option to mark all emails read. But I didn't care. I intended it to browse the web and read my RSS feeds on the couch. And for that, it was much more comfortable than my huge, heavy, loud and hot 15" MacBook Pro (mid 2009). Being a new, shiny gadget, naturally I also used it to play some games, watch some movies and try some things out. Loving dedicated video game consoles and handhelds, I still got a fair amount of fun out of the iPad. Games like Galaxy on Fire 2 and Sentinel 3 were stunning and deep experiences. Games like Super Mega Worm, Cliffed or Badland offered quick bursts of fun. And it also was the perfect platform to play Sudoku, Mindmaster, Chess & co. I never really filled the 64 gig of storage. I just was glad I didn't need to care about how big an app was. I didn't need to choose a single movie to bring with me. I always had a huge chunk of music on there. Everything was there. With the updates to iOS 4 and 5, the iPad got an amazing new range of features. iCloud and AirPlay integration, home screen folders, multi-tasking and multi-touch gestures are just a few of them. But then, the misery began. Due to the tiny amount of RAM, the iPad 1 wasn't able to run iOS 6. Or any other iOS version since then. While all my other devices happily communicate to each other using iCloud, my iPad needs clunky workarounds with Dropbox or something similar to get some data. Hardly any app on the App Store can be downloaded to the device since they require iOS 7. And notably, it's stuck with the worst music app Apple ever made. iOS 5, with all the nice features it brought, had a horrible look. Some parts were horribly skeumorphic, some parts were clean and flat. You literally can see the internal fight at Apple between Johny Ive's hate for skeumorphic user interfaces and the iPad UI team which thought the opposite. Also, it starts to get a little slow. Just as a comparison point - using Geekbench, the iPad 1 scores roughly 200 points, while the one year old iPad Air scores 2500 points. Using Apples own benchmark, which includes memory and graphic speeds, the iPad Air is 36 times faster than the iPad 1. Thirty six times. Here in Austria, the iPad only started becoming popular by the time the iPad 3 launched. When a friend comes over and sees my iPad, I sometimes get the question "Which iPad is this? The iPad 3?" When I tell them it's the iPad 1, they look at me like I just showed them a living dinosaur. They grab the iPad and look at it as it is a relict of long forgotten times. And in some way, they're right. It's an important piece of history of modern consumer electronics. But isn't it still a capable and modern device? The display, while "only" offering a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, still looks awesome. The IPS panel with LED backlight offers rich colors, good contrast and great viewing angles. The resolution only becomes a problem when reading small text on websites, and in that case, you simply can zoom in a little bit. The battery still holds multiple days, or more than 8 hours actual usage. The device is much thicker than the new models, but I still think it has been the most beautiful iPad design of all time. The flat border simply looks awesome, and more importantly, it feels good in your hand. It looks and feels like it's a new device. And because of how well it still works, I still use it for the same things I intended to use it four years back. I don't do the novelty things I did because it's a shiny new gadget anymore, like playing games on it. But it has the best YouTube app there ever was. It shows more than three videos on a page (looking at you, new official YouTube app). It is AirPlay compatible, so that I can see all the YouTube videos on my TV in HD. And most notably, it literally is not able to display any ad - video or other. Watching hours of YouTube on my TV without ever having to see any kind of ad is an incredible experience, especially since the ads got more and more annoying during the past 12 months. My favorite RSS reade - Pulse - works beautifully on the iPad 1. And while the built-in Pulse browser sometimes crashes due to memory overflow, it is fast and beautiful when it works. The browser displays all websites correctly. And while it takes a while to load a website, it's just fast enough to browse some sites while watching a movie, where browsing speed is not a huge priority. I don't use it for music, since the music app is actually that bad. But streaming podcasts and audiobooks to my speakers via AirPlay works great. And due to the huge amount of storage, I have enough content for months on the device before needing to sync it again. It feels too slow to use it for work. But I literally always have a Mac in reach when I need to get work done. A MacBook beneath my couch, a Mac Mini on my desktop, an iMac at my workplace. So there's no real need for getting work done on the device. And when I need to get much work done on the move anytime, I'd prefer a MacBook Air by a mile. The traditional notebook form factor simply works better for actual work, in my opinion. So it's now more than four years later, and I still use the iPad for what I intended to use it. And it still does the job perfectly fine. So why shouldn't I continue to use it and go for a newer, shinier one - which displays my YouTube videos with ads? As I can't find a viable answer to this question right now, I'll continue using my iPad until I can. What do you think about this? Did you own an iPad 1, or do you still use one? Am I simply an ancient relict that doesn't know what's a usable device anymore?