For a phone, I use Android. (Specifically, an HTC One M8, which is now very old).

For my personal computers, I use Windows.

At work, I use a MacMini.

For reading, I use a Kindle Paperwhite (which I cannot recommend enough).

That is to say, I’m not an Apple fan. But, since I’ve recently started reading graphic novels, I realized that my Kindle Paperwhite was just not big enough. After practically putting the (300 DPI) screen on my eyeballs to read dialogue, I decided it was time to invest in a better comic reader.

All of my Internet research pointed me to the iPad (3 or above) with its Retina screen. The only comparable Android tablets either received terrible reviews or were extremely expensive.

At first, I was reluctnant to go down the Apple path but, at $90-$100 on Swappa, I decided to take the plunge with an iPad 3.

After unwrapping it and updating I realized there is one major problem: Apple prevents anyone with iPads 3 and under from downloading all the major apps by demanding you have iOS 10.0 or above, even though you cannot update iPad 3s or below to iOS 10. 

Google Chrome? Nope.

Amazon Kindle? Nope.

Google Play Books? Nope.

For some reason, this isn’t actively discussed or issued as a disclaimer and appears to only come up when you specifically search for the problem.

There is a work-around for some applications. You must install a legacy version of iTunes, add said program to your account, and then try to download it with the iPad. At that point, you may, or may not, be able to download the older version of the program.

I also want to take a moment, now realizing my error, to expound on issues with buying a used iPad.

The first place you probably look is thewirecutter.com, where they expound at great lengths about how the iPad is the greatest of all the tablets.

They do specifically mention that the iPad 6 is the greatest. But the iPad 6 costs $330.

For the rest of us, buying a used or older version of the device seems like a no-brainer. For a person like me, who wants to read recipes and comics, the choice is clear.

I’ll admit, I was probably naive to think that an Apple device would function relatively the same as when it was released. After all, my HTC M8, released in 2014, is still going strong. No slow downs. Few hiccups.

As evidenced by the the revelations that Apple intentionally slows down older devices in updates to make people buy the new versions, I should have known better.

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