iFans forum member chaofan writes:
Hi guys, just a quick question. My iPad 1 runs faster than a speeding snail. Would it be better if I download Cydia tweaks (if so, which ones?) or if I wipe, restore and not jailbreak the iPad?
Good question. Jailbreaking in itself does not fundamentally slow down the speed of an iPad, and there are a number of useful tweaks available on Cydia for tracking things like free RAM and other system information. As such, my recommendation is definitely in favor of jailbreaking the device. I would definitely look into tweaks like Activator and SBSettings…
As far as specific tweaks are concerned, it is hard to make suggestions since the original iPad can only be updated to iOS 5.1.1. Most tweaks available on Cydia require at least iOS 6 or later these days, with many others being exclusively for iOS 7 devices. But I would certainly advise looking into iCleaner Pro if it is compatible. Be prepared to restore if something goes wrong.
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