This is now 8 years ago and it did fine to get this far. https://www.cnet.com/news/the-current-generation-ipad-is-back-to-its-black-friday-price-250/ seems to note the current gen for much less than your first iPad.
my wife has an older ipad model A1395 16gb 9.5" diagonal screen.
as per apples website they identify that as iPad 2 Year: 2011
after a recent software update it works but its VERY slow and sticky.
is there anything that can be done to bring this back to acceptable working speed or is this now just a useless relic?
i have heard that after a certain amount of years/software upgrades these apple products are basically at the end of the road?