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The iPad 1 is the first version of the iPad - a highly portable tablet computer designed for web access, email, music, movies and other multimedia applications, falling somewhere between a laptop and a smartphone. It shares many features of the iPhone & iPod Touch but with a much larger display. Like the iPod & iPhone, it only runs applications downloaded from Apple's App Store but it does come with a full featured web browser & email program and a selection of utilities that enable it to fulfil most people's needs straight out of the box.
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We have also searched eBay to find the best deals on secondhand iPad 1 tablets. These may include some refurbished and nearly new items, as well as secondhand. You will find some iPad bargains here...
Apple iPad 1st Gen. 32GB, Wi-Fi, 9.7in - Black (CA)
Apple iPad Pro 1st Gen. 128GB, Wi-Fi Cellular (Unlocked), 9.7 Retina Space Gray
Apple iPad Air (1st Generation), 9.7", WiFi/Cellular Gray/Silver
Apple iPad Air 1st Gen. 16GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular VERIZON 9.7in Space Gray (0391)
Something to be aware of when buying an iPad: There are four different generations of iPad - the original iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3 and the latest iPad 4 and they are often all referred to as just 'iPad' so make sure you know which version you are buying! All four look very similar but the iPad 4 has the new 8 pin Lightning Dock connector instead of the old 30 pin connector. The iPad 1 had no camera whereas iPad 2 and iPad 3 both have front & rear cameras and look almost identical. iPad 4 has a better front-facing camera than the iPad 3 (1.2MP instead of 0.3MP) for better video chatting and also has a faster processor.
Brand new iPad 1 tablets are hard to find although there are plenty of secondhand and nearly new iPad 1 for sale on eBay. We have put together a price comparison page for the few new iPad 1 tablets that are still available but there is far more choice secondhand.
Secondhand can be an attractive option, saving you the initial depreciation that happens as soon as you open the box, and if you buy a fairly new secondhand one, all the manufacturer's warranty will still be in place so you will be fully covered in the event of any faults. If you're prepared to go slightly older, you can often pick up some real bargains with last year's model going for a fraction of it's original price. eBay is of course one of the best places to find secondhand iPad bargains and we have created a page that searches eBay for you to find the best deals on secondhand original iPads for sale. Our unique filtering system trawls through the eBay database selecting only the most relevant offers and best deals to save you time.
For more detailed information about the iPad including it's technology, history and specifications there is a great iPad article on Wikipedia.