I'm new to this site and I originally joined to see if there are some great tips and tricks that could be found. I would consider myself highly technical and did major research before purchasing. With that being said, the iPad has some flaws and there have been many of my colleagues and friends that have returned or sold their devices because of the what they feel is missing from the iPad.
It seems that this forum is a lovefest for the iPad. People that share their disappointment with the device are called stupid or other names.
I enjoy my iPad. I use it to read books and magazine...but other than that it's a toy. It's just my opinion. I'd like to hear from people who agree.
In regards to this forum being a "lovefest for the iPad," maybe yes. I don't think I've heard of a site that exists only to criticize and pour hatred on a product, but something like that probably exists.
I don't believe I've seen anyone called stupid or other names for creating threads moaning about missing features of the iPad. I think it's just that the majority of us get tired of people who don't appear to do their research before purchase and then spend their time creating an account and whining and moaning about missing features that most likely will not get added anytime soon.
I love my iPad, it's great. It does whatever I need it to do and it does it without Flash, arrow keys, Java, orientation lock button, etc.
Improvise, adapt and overcome, that's how you get enjoyment out of something with a few shortcomings.
It's is a site for primarily iPad users... :)
Would you like to hear from someone who doesn't agree?
I find that there really is an "app for that" to get around any of the minor annoyances that one experiences in the locked-down iOS world.
It does as needed. I don't consider it a toy, however I'm sure my lifestyle is different from yours.
Some things people just don't understand, like the world doesn't have the same lifestyle as the OP. And this can come off as negative to people.
How are you going to tell me a iPad doesnt function well as a business tool, type deal.
It seems that the people who are most disappointed with the iPad are those who are "technologically literate". Their disappointment is based more on what they think the iPad should be rather than using it for its intended purpose, which is as a "consumption device". Of course the stuff Apple want's you to consume comes from... Apple!
I didn't want an iPad to replace a "real computer". If that was your intention, it is no wonder you are disappointed. My primary reason for wanting an iPad was to do the things I was doing on my iPod Touch but on a larger format which for the most part, is reading books and stuff like that.
Just because it does not do everything that a "real computer" will do does not mean it is a toy, but it definitely is a luxury item.
I agree with the point that it is a luxury item, but for me, it is sure one handy one! And with the plethora of apps, (both paid as well as FREE), I am finding that I am using it much more than I expected. Not just reading books, surfing the web, playing games, but annotating PDF files to study things for my job, taking a quick note at work or home, creating PDF files. It's doing what I would use my netbook for but even smoother, and with superb battery life. I am not an IT professional, but I'm pretty tech savvy; I'm no novice with computers. In fact, as I think about it, it's less luxury and just plain useful for me. Do I think it can do EVERYTHING? No, of course not. But I don't own anything that does every single solitary thing one could ever think of. The Flash thing has been beaten to death and beyond-it's well known it doesn't have it, and any other things people wish it had, well, people don't need to buy it then-it's a choice. iPad's specs are known. Anyone can Google to see does it do such and such. As mentioned, I too have found apps that add function I never expected to have.
Product: Apple Ipad
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Specifications: 9.7-inch IPS touch screen, Apple A4 1GHz processor, 16GB internal flash storage, WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone
Price: From $499 in US (around £400 dependant on state taxes, exchange rates and excluding shipping); UK price yet to be announced
I agree, it is a toy (for me, for others I cannot make such a statement). There isn't a single work related task that I can perform with my iPad. So what? It being such a cool and fun toy is enough for me!