I had a first day delivery original iPad. It was not obsolete, nor is it going to be for a long while. I was going to wait until this summer to replace it, or wait to the 4th gen. However, I have a relative that needs something like the iPad while under going dialysis. My wife and I decided that if I moved up my next purchase a few months, it would help them out. Yes, each year brings advancements, but you decide on spending your money.