The Brooks Review’s Ben Brooks says
that every day he uses two devices from Apple: an iPhone 3GS and an original iPad, and while it’s great that Apple decided to continue to support both of these devices, at in theory, in practice he kind of wishes they hadn’t. He notes that even running iOS 5.1.1 both devices are laggy and buggy, noting that updating apps on either is an exercise in patience and control to not throw the device against the nearest hard surface, entering the password for iTunes alone can cause stuttering, and don’t get him started with how bad the implementation of iTunes Match is on the 3GS
Brooks observes that Apple has elected to offer iOS 6 support for the 3GS, but not the original iPad (which is newer and faster), the retionale being that you can still buy a 3GS new so they feel compelled to support it, but that Apple knows iOS 6 is going to run even worse on the original iPad than iOS 5 does, and in his estimation is doing iPad 1 users a favor by not supporting it, his point being: “if you are going to do something, don’t half ass it.”
Good point. Personally, I think there’s a point arrived at with any computer device where you hit the ultimate compromise between features and performance, and it’s unwise to upgrade further, even if such upgrades are supported.