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My iPad has died.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Last night, when I tried to switch on my iPad, all I got was a black screen with a faint light glowing from the sides. Reset it and it still didn't work. Charged it overnight and tried it again this morning and it is still dead.

The only thing I have yet to try is to slap it. Maybe, I should slap it (a few times) this evening when I get home. It might be in a deep slumber and hard slaps could be the remedy. You don't think so?

While driving to work, I was thinking of buying a replacement iPad. I am rather partial to the iPad Mini after seeing the one a friend has. The iPad Mini weighs a paltry 308gm. I find that attractive.

Since Apple dropped the price to $408.00 for the old iPad Mini with the new version launched, it is even more attractive to get the old version now. Of course, since I am not in a hurry, I could wait to get a refurbished iPad Mini for only $348.00 direct from Apple Store (and with warranty too)!

My iPad was pre-owned. A friend who was upgrading to the iPad 2 back then gave this to me more than 2 years ago. After using it for a bit, I was so wowed by it that I bought two iPad 2s, one for my mom and one for my niece. Now, we cannot imagine not having an iPad at home.

Rationally, however, I don't think I need an iPad. A friend told me I was under-utilising mine as I use it mostly for games and movies.

An iPad is definitely nice to have but, for me, it is probably not a necessity. Having said this, I suspect that it will still be hard not to have one around because I am so used to watching movies in bed (which is not a good habit, I know). The portability is very attractive.

I was doing quite well with just my PC and notebook before the iPad came into my life more than 2 years ago. Will I suffer withdrawal symptoms from being iPad-less? I guess there is only one way to find out. Wish me luck!

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19 comments: said...

A refurbished iPad Mini for only $348.00 is quite a good deal, value for money. :)

AK71 said...

Hi boonchin,

You think so? Everyone I spoke to seems to think so.

My resolve to try living without an iPad is being chipped away! -.-"

qinzheng said...

Hi AK,

Maybe u can consider iPad Air, I just hands on to the iPad Air yesterday. Other than the price everything is great, haha. Is really light and compact. I'm thinking of getting one too, although is more than a want than a need. said...

Yeah, is like 20% cheaper compare to the original price (S$448). Is like below NAV, but it's not growth stock :p

kh said...

Hi AK,

You can consider the Google Nexus 7 as well if you're not too particular on the platform. I'm normally an Apple fanboy but I have to admit that it's better value for money than the iPad mini. It's around $300 with free shipping from Amazon and has a retina quality screen which the original iPad mini lacks.

AK71 said...

Hi qinzheng,

I saw the iPad Air this evening. Having spent $700+ on a new iPad 2 for my mom before, I think $688 is OK. However, now that I have a $348 option in the iPad Mini, I cannot bring myself to pay 100% more. ;p

AK71 said...

Hi boonchin,

I like how you put it. ;p

I am going to report 2 miracles later and you contributed to one of them! ;)

AK71 said...

Hi kh,

I am a creature of habit. I am so used to my iPad which I have been using for more than 2 years.

Anyway, I doubt that the retina display is something I would appreciate. ;p

AK71 said...

Hi all,

I am reporting 2 miracles here:

1. I bought both refurbished iPad Minis from the Apple Store online! They had 2 available: one black and one white! Yup, not one but 2 and I bought both!

I am going to give one to my mom as she brings her iPad2 around all the time. The iPad Mini is half the weight and that was what convinced her I made a good decision. She loves her iPad 2 but if it could be lighter, better for her. ;p

2. I read on a forum that some people with the same problem I had with the iPad (first gen) simply gave the screen a few hard slaps.

There was no harm trying. So, I gave my iPad at least 10 hard slaps and the screen came back on! It is a miracle! Seriously! My niece was watching me and she was tickled silly!

Now, I have a spare iPad Mini. -.-" said...

Ah, I made a contribution :p

But your slaps on iPad is indeed, a miracle!!

AK71 said...

Hi boonchin,

I was a bit sceptical when I read the advice.

Well, you know what they say in Chinese: 死马当活马医. (Try to save the dead horse as if it was still alive.)

No harm trying and it worked!

This reminds me of the days when I was a little boy. I saw how my grandparents would whack the TV when it was not working properly! The wisdom of our elders!

Solace said...

Haha AK,

Thats a good move. Getting a refurbished ipad mini makes perfect sense. No need to go with trend and get the latest mondel, i am sure the first generation of Ipad mini will serve your needs well.

During lunch time, i share with my colleagues that when my 1st generation ipad died on me eventually, i will be getting ipad2 as the the price is slashed because of the new launch of Ipad air.

Some expressed surprise at my decision and thought that i am outdated haha.

AK71 said...

Hi Solace,

After talking to a friend, I shall use the iPad Mini when I travel. It is less than half the weight of my iPad which weighs a ton! :)

As for iPad 2, a refurbished unit costs $418.00 now. Good deal! ;)

I also like the fact that it is lighter than the iPad 3. However, it is still twice as heavy as the iPad Mini.

AhJohn said...

Retina display is a must have feature.

SnOOpy168 said...


Perhaps your friends in the US can help .

AK71 said...

Hi Ah John,

Really? I was told that on a smaller screen, it really doesn't make much of a difference.

Never mind lah. I have been using the iPad with no retina display and won't know what I am missing anyway. ;p

AK71 said...

Hi SnOOpy168,

I don't know my friends well enough to ask them to do favours like this. Anyway, I have already ordered the refurbished iPads from Apple Store in Singapore. :)

Pok Chow said...

Get the mini!

AK71 said...

Hi Pok Chow,

I hear you! LOL. A resounding endorsement. Any particular reason for liking the iPad Mini?

I am now waiting for them to deliver to my office. Hope I get them by tomorrow. :)

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