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    iPad2's Limited Operating System

    Iíve had my iPad2 for less than a month and have come to the conclusion that it has a lot of potential but is severely limited by its poor operating system. Many Apps use work-a-round methods to try to correct some of the numerous restrictions but many of these are awkward in operation.

    I believe these limitations were intentional in accordance to Steve Jobís Apple policy. Granted he was a great business man and forward thinking entrepreneur who greatly impacted the communications world of today but he was also a control freak who jealously guarded his Apple world from outside competition. He put great emphasis style and limited functionality where it strayed from his domain.

    Donít get me wrong, my first computer was an Apple II+ which I bought in the early 80ís and got great production from it using Multiplex for numerous spread functions for business and adapting 3rd party software for use in Ham radio applications but when IBM came out with the PC my Apple went on the shelf and still sits there today, gathering dust. When new tablets are introduced with the Windows 8 OS it will become crystal clear how limited the iPad2 OS really is.

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    What restrictions have you encountered? For sure, iOS is different to Windows but 'vive le difference'!

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    Being a PC user myself I can see why you feel that way. I understand that Apple does things differently and I dont agree with all their policies. That being said, in the tablet world right now there isnt an Android system that I'd be happy with. I just bought an ipad2 after some research and shopping. I played with them all, tried other peoples, etc, etc. I see why people like the iPads so much: They just "work" right and feel very well sorted out. The android tablets seem slapped together and while they have some great features, they just arent as well developed or as stable.

    I understood what I was getting with the iPad2 and what I was not getting with the iPad2. Not saying you didnt, but Ive accepted some of the "lock-down" that Apple enforces. However, I was willing to trade that for a more stable platform and zillions of tab-specific apps and the best interface out there.

    As for Windows 8 tablet systems - it will be interesting to see what they come up with. But, for what me and my family need, the iPad2 was the easy choice. At some point, I might even have a windows 8 tab. Who knows?
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    dont feed the trolls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somerled View Post
    dont feed the trolls.
    I dont think this person is being a troll - they have some legitimate gripes. No device is perfect, even the mighty iPad2

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    Quote Originally Posted by s2mikey View Post
    I dont think this person is being a troll - they have some legitimate gripes. No device is perfect, even the mighty iPad2
    I totally agree. So watch the comments. Please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toglenn View Post
    When new tablets are introduced with the Windows 8 OS it will become crystal clear how limited the iPad2 OS really is.
    What, an operating system designed to work on a phone is more limited than a full-blown OS designed for workstations? Call the Department of Under-Handedness, Tablet Computer Division! Their phone number is WELL-DUH, the person you'll need to speak to is Capt. Obveeus.

    How restricted is it compared to actual rivals like Android? Yeah, that's what I thought.

    If you were expecting full-pc performance from an iPad, I can understand your disappointment. What I can't understand is how you didn't know that before you bought one, since it's mentioned pretty much constantly - most iPad users can't sit still for more than 2 minutes without some blowhard plopping down to explain in lengthy detail how it's not a computer. Next you'll complain about how you didn't know Flash wasn't supported.

    Sell the iPad, get your Windows 8 tablet, be happy. Don't complain about the heavier weight, larger size, reduced battery life, viruses and such, okay?
    Last edited by epb; 10-12-2011 at 09:38 AM.
    You had your entire life to prepare for today.

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    This is a warning. All rude, disrespectful, and useless posts will be deleted from here on out and appropriate sanctions issued. This is a discussion board. Do so like adults, please.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetPoison
    This is a warning. All rude, disrespectful, and useless posts will be deleted from here on out and appropriate sanctions issued. This is a discussion board. Do so like adults, please.

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    Well said! I completely agree!!!!! Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, whether positive or not for our beloved iPad :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by epb View Post
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    How restricted is it compared to actual rivals like Android? Yeah, that's what I thought...
    Actually, iOS is quite restricted compared to Android. But it's not because iOS is a "poor" operating system. The restrictions stem from conscious design decisions, priorities, and inevitable compromises that are part of the entire "design" process. Apple places severe constraints on multitasking compared to Android, for example. That can be annoying and frustrating but it also means that devices like the iPhone and iPad don't suffer from the lags and unpredictable performance that can occur in an Android device when multiple applications compete for cpu cycles. That problem can be solved with a faster processor and more ram. Google is largely agnostic about that issue since they don't manufacture hardware. (Or at least they didn't when Android was developed.) Apple, on the other hand, is faced with designing an os to run on relatively inexpensive, low power processors. To make a device with long battery life and consistent performance, the obvious answer is to limit multitasking in the OS. Android devices have much greater access to background processing (especially valuable in widgets) and a much greater range of customized application launchers. Those features, however, mean that two identical devices may perform very differently. Apple avoids that. Likewise, Android devices enable selection of many different keyboards. But divorcing the keyboard from the OS and treating it as an app is relatively inefficient. No problem if there is sufficient processing power but a big problem if the hardware has performance constraints.

    Likewise, the design of iOS (and the devices on which it runs) resulted in the absence of a common data store that can be accessed by multiple applications. That can be a PITA in several ways. It means redundant storage when two applications each have copies of the same data object. It also means that eliminating a data object requires deleting every copy of a file stored with and controlled by individual apps. But it also means that one of the major vulnerabilities to viruses and malware is plugged in iOS. Since the OS leaves management of files to individual apps, it means the opportunity for a virus to "spread" throughout the system is largely eliminated.

    Personally, I'm a long time Windows, Unix, and Linux user. And I've been using an Android device for over two years. I appreciate the features those platforms provide. But I also understand why Apple makes the decisions they make. And for the most part those decisions are not based on Steve Jobs' reputation as a "control freak." They're reasonable compromises that make it possible for Apple to deliver a consistent user experience in the hardware Apple manufactures. I use Windows 7 every day and thank the Lord I was finally able to escape from Vista. But even with the vast improvements of Windows 7 I reboot my computers running that OS more often in a week than I've had to with my iPad in nine months. And I appreciate the customization I have with my Android smartphone. But with that "freedom" comes a considerably greater "system maintenance" burden than with my iPad.

    Again, design is a process of setting priorities and making compromises. Apple has a clear strategy with their iOS devices. Google has a very different strategy for Android. And Microsoft is striving mightily to provide a common os for devices from phones to quad core high performance desktops. Microsoft will face the need for compromises as well. In a year or so, we can all see how well they resolve those compromises.
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