New Ipad 3 user thoughts from a PC/Android user.
I`ve owned an ipad 3rd gen for a few months now, its my first Apple product (apart from a cheap ipod stick years ago) and I thought i`d share some of my thoughts. I`m a long term Windows and Android user, I use windows 7 and have an android htc desire phone.
I bought it from the Apple store in London. Wasnt the best first impression. there were lots of staff around but whenever I went upto one and said i`d like to buy and ipad3 they said , oh sorry thats not my department you`ll have to ask one of these people. After 3 attempts I found someone who was willing to sell me one, although he seemed as bored as hell with his job. I felt guilty for wasting 5mins of his time.
First thoughts, was its heavy! and after about 30mins of use the edges are too sharp. So I went out and bought a rubber case for it which made it easier to hold. But the interface and screen are beautifully designed, so slick and clean. Very impressed with the operation of the ipad, its now my number one choice for web browsing. But there are a few things that I dont like. Firstly, itunes. Its horrendous! i`m amazed this is the main library software for Apple it feels so basic. I have many mp3`s in different folders and dont all have album names,etc just track names. So now I put them in itunes and where are all my folders? All the mp3`s are scattered all over the place and there is no way of sorting by folder structure. The same applies for photos. You can only sync from one folder and its sub folders. But I have photos in lots of other locations and its impossible to sync to different folders and drives. And when on the ipad it doesnt show the sub-folders in puts everything into a main folder, which creates a huge mess when viewing.
Coming from windows and android the whole syncing and itunes feels very restrictive. On android i just plug in my phone and i can view every folder on the device. I want that with the ipad.
The other negative is the cost of apps, I have the same apps on android and theyre free, i check on the ipad and the same apps seem to charge, and not small amounts neither. For example jriver is free on android but $9 on the ipad. Even paid android apps are alot cheaper, and theres no significant difference in their design to the ipads. I guess this is apple ripping off its users with a large percentage of the takings. i dont mind paying for apps, but they are too much on the ipad.
Also, on Android if you dont like an app you can get a refund within 15mins of downloading, I dont see a way of doing that on the ipad?
Oh and i miss android widgets. You can change the appearance of the home screen much more and add news , weather, etc widgets to those screens. Its a shame ipad doesnt have them.
Dont get me wrong, I *love* the ipad. I looked at other tablets but the ipad seemed the clear winner and still is imo, but it could be so much better with a bit less "dumbing down" of its os and less costly apps.
If anyone has work arounds for the above i`d really appreciate it.