Seven Things to Do With Your Old iPad
The iPad (One - 1st Generation) was a revolutionary product when it was first announced by Steve Jobs on January 27, 2010 but now they're up to the fourth generation iPad and it has a lot more going for it, including a Retina display much more processing power, a better camera and on and on. If you're yearning to buy a new iPad or even the iPad Mini but would like to properly "retire" or even "repurpose" your old iPad before you do, here are some ideas that could make it easier to justify treating yourself to that new iPad.
1. Sell Your Old iPad on ebay or AmazonThe going rate for a used 16GB 1st generation iPad is about $250. If you don't want to donate your old iPad or "repurpose" it, consider posting it on craigslist, ebay or somewhere else. Don't forget to back up the data to your computer and the wipe everything out on your device by "restoring" it without using the backup. Here's a good article on preparing your iPad for sale.
2. Sell it Through a BrokerIf you're uneasy about selling your iPad yourself, there are brokers who will be happy to sell it for you. Gazelle, BuyMyTronics.com, NextWorth, and YouRenew.com are some of the popular services that will price your device and sell it for you. Apple even offers to take your old Apple products off your hands but probably for less than you can get elsewhere..
3. Donate it to a School or CharityDonating your iPad can be a way to provide a good home for it. One organization Recycling for Charities, doesn't so much as find a home for your device but sells it and donates the proceeds to charities. Another organization, Computers With Causes will evaluate your computer donation and if it is useable, they'll give it to a someone who can use it.
4. Keep it in Your Car as a GPS or Music and Video PlayerA good, large screen GPS device like a 7-inch Garmin StreetPilot could cost you around $250 or more. Admittedly, unless you have the 3G model, you may have to be tethered to a 3G or 4G phone in order to get real-time mapping or streaming capability but iPads can be used as in-car entertainment devices without being connected. Leaving an iPad in the car (out of sight) along with a charger and audio connection can make it easier than moving everything in and out of the car. There are also plenty of iPad car mounts to choose from ranging from seat back and dashboard suction mounts from companies like Arkon to more permanent installations like this one from Sound Man.
5 Keep it by Your Bedside as a Clock Radio For $2.99 you can purchase a very good looking and versatile clock app for you iPad called Clock Pro that will help turn your iPad in a very stylish bedside clock radio. For around $80 you can add a good looking iHome speaker dock that will also keep your iPad charged. Just leave your old iPad next to your bed and you'll always have it handy to play music, watch movies, solve crossword puzzles on or whatever else you like to do on your iPad in the comfort of your own bed.
6. Leave Your Old iPad in the Living Room as a Remote or Home ControllerA Logitech Harmony remote, considered one of the standards by which other remotes are judged can cost over $200 but at least the Harmony sends out IR beams which is what most devices use. Unfortunately Apple iPads (and iPhones) don't send IR signals so you need a separate device that uses Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to talk to your iPad and before it can send the appropriate commands via IR. The iRule company sells just such a device which runs a little over $100 to go with its free app. For about $70 you can buy Griffin Technology's Beacon which works with their app and others like Dijit's free TV guide and remote control app. You can also control all kinds of other things in your home on your iPad including the very cool Nest Thermostat.
7. Make it Your Kitchen ComputerFor $70 you can buy a cutting board with a built-in iPad stand along with some plastic sleeves ($20 for 25 sleeves) so you can watch cooking videos and prepare the food in one place. Belkin also sells a mount for $50 that holds an iPad onto a cabinet. Not only can you use your kitchen iPad as a recipe file but you can watch TV shows, listen to music or have video calls right in your kitchen. .

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Wau..some of the things here

Wau..some of the things here are really innovative and creative!
I have been playing computer game for a decade..hope to experience the real World some days.

that is great

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well i think all the 7

well i think all the 7 opportunities are good for the old i-pad selling, and we can use all of them any where.
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What to do with your old iPad

You missed some of the best old iPad uses.

1. My cable provider (Optimum) supports playing all of my cable channels on my iPads, iPhones and Macs so my old original iPad hasturned into a great portable TV for the bedroom, bath, backyard picnic table, wherever. Lay in bed with the Jay Leno Show or Daily Show and wake up to the weather channel, a composite view of your home security cameras, and latest messages and financial updates. It's my favorite portable live video player for all channels.

2. Since it can be left plugged in and always fully charged it's a great go to resource for quick answers from the net and a better composer of quick messages too large to text. Pages, Keynote and other apps let you start something and finish or refine it on a newer device.

3. Add a quick note or make a contact list update and iCloud will let you see it on your other Apple devices. It's handier since it's likely not packed up ready to go.

Your new iPad is likely to be your portable pad of choice but the added convenience of a device with a screen and capabilities that exceed that of your smartphone is great. I would have a difficult time giving it up. My old iPhone 4 is a close second.

Peter Cybuck

nice idea

I like the idea.

I recently upgraded form a Creative Zii to a Samsung 7 inch wifi tablet(with GPS and deliciousness, a good gps for the car atleast)
I've yet to find a good use for Zii, it has tho, a HDMI(mini) port, other than most of the tablets i've seen, any good use for it, thanks for the ideas here!!

You can make a pinball

You can make a pinball machine out of the old iPad

Thats what i did and it is so much fun

Forgot # 8

Use it for target practice. :)


Use it at a monitor for a networked security camera.