It’s common for a major update to bring some small issues, but iPad 2 owners describe the iOS 8 update as unusable and worse.
If you are thinking of installing the update you need to check out these iOS 8 iPad 2 reviews from regular users who aren’t happy with the iOS 8 performance on the iPad 2 or with crashes and other issues.
The iPad 2 is the oldest iPad Apple supports with the iOS 8 update, and this may be the last major update that Apple is able to push on to the tablet. There are some exciting new iOS 8 features coming to the iPad 2 that users will enjoy, but not all make the cut.
You don’t need to install the iOS 8 update on the iPad 2. You can stay on iOS 7.1.2 forever if you want. There is a small window to downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7, but it closes any day now, and it won’t open back up. There is hope that an iOS 8.1 update will delivery better iPad 2 performance, but that could take months to arrive.
Here are must-read iPad 2 iOS 8 reviews from users that regret installing the free iOS 8 update.
iPad 2 “Useless” After iOS 8
Vocal users are not happy with the iOS 8 iPad 2 performance. One user calls the device useless and another says it is now a pretty picture frame.
— iPadFix (@iPadfixcouk) September 19, 2014
My iPad 2 with iOS 8 is by far the most beautiful photo frame I've ever owned.
— Josh Helfferich (@JoshHelfferich) September 19, 2014
iOS 8 iPad 2 Safari Problems
Other users complain that with iOS 8 install on the iPad 2 Safari locks up and is slow. “Safari is a joke,” one user tweets at Tim Cook along with a list of other problems.
Safari in iOS 8 on an iPad 2 is horrible. Very slow and frequently just locks up.
— r1d3r (@r1d3r) September 19, 2014
iOS 8 iPad 2 Speed & Performance
Judging from all of the user reviews of iOS 8 on the iPad 2 speed is an issue. Many users on Twitter say the iPad 2 runs slower after the update.
— Michael Bandy (@Evil_Heat) September 19, 2014
Not all users feel this way. Some report the update didn’t slow the iPad 2 down, but that it was already slowing over the past several months anyway.
@gillw72 Yep. My iPad 2 has been running slow for a good few months now, but no deterioration since updating to iOS 8, same as on iOS 7.
— Dewi Rogers (@dgrog) September 19, 2014
This isn’t a shock. Ars Technica tested iOS 8 and iOS 7 on the iPad 2 and found that some tasks do take longer on the iPad 2. Safari, Settings, Mail, Messages and Calendar all take noticeably longer to open on the iPad 2 running iOS 8.
iOS 8 iPad 2 Bugs & Problems
Although the user does not go into detail about each issue, Sandeep reports blue screen problems, restarts and WiFi issues. WiFi issues are particularly troublesome as they can be hard to pinpoint and fix.
Apple Support forums include complaints about iOS 8 WiFi problems, but at this point they don’t seem as bad as on earlier updates.
Should You Install iOS 8 on the iPad?
At this point it looks like you should not install iOS 8 on the iPad 2. If you don’t need the new features, and you can’t get all of them anyway, it’s a good idea to stay on iOS 7.1.2 for now.
Soon you will be stuck on iOS 8 and you may not see an iOS 8.1 update that could bring improvements until a few months now.
If you feel the need to install iOS 8, you may want to at least hold off for a few weeks to see if problems are subsiding.
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