iOS8 on iPad 2 very slow

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I've installed 8.1.1 on my iPad 2 and it's horribly slow now, even keystrokes. Would an upgrade to iPad Air 2 give a faster response?
 
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I've installed 8.1.1 on my iPad 2 and it's horribly slow now, even keystrokes. Would an upgrade to iPad Air 2 give a faster response?

Of course it would. That's 4 generations newer than the iPad 2 and trust me, it is wickedly smooth.
 
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I've installed 8.1.1 on my iPad 2 and it's horribly slow now, even keystrokes. Would an upgrade to iPad Air 2 give a faster response?

Suggest trying a 'Reset' on the iPad 2, i.e. hold down the ON-OFF & HOME buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears, release both buttons and wait for a re-boot. I installed iOS 8.1.1 on my iPad 2 and did not experience the problem you state.

I bought my old iPad 2 in spring of 2011 and just replaced it w/ an iPad Air 2 (more RAM, super fast new processor & co-processor, etc.) - SO, I agree you would see a BIG difference w/ Apple's newest iPad; plus, after using the new iPad for just over a week, the iPad 2 feels like holding a brick - :) Dave
 

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