Its not about file system access its about flexibility.
Having what amounts to a separate file system for each app essentially dooms you to a single path world - it restricts your flexibility. Suppose I use one app to write documents, and then decide to move to another. If the documents are all in the "my documents" folder on windows, or the "home directory" on Mac/Unix/Linux they're there ready to be used. Otherwise I'm either locked in to one app (and given that most apps are far from perfect, this is not good), or I have to go through a complicated process to get them.
This model is just needlessly restrictive for me. To take your point, "oftware is the tool we use to get work done and all the rest should be under the hood and just work" - exactly, but this doesn't just work. Software is indeed just a tool, so my data should not be locked into it.
If they "never know it" then there is no problem for that user.
You are making the assumption that everyone is buying the iPad as some kind of Desktop or Laptop replacement - something for which it was never intended.
Mainly just having to use iTunes.. pure hatred for that program!
Don't get me wrong iPad is a very cool device for all of the apps and form factor, but most users did not buy it thinking they were just getting an oversized iPhone. Lots of purchasers returned the iPad when they discovered it's limitations, and that's why there is little criticism of them on users forums. I think Apple needs to deviate their iOS to tailor it to the tablet, which what appears to be happening with the 4.2 release.
(sent from my iPad) - but it took 5x longer because you can't touch type on the QWERTY screen keypad, grumble grumble...
Last edited by RussW; 10-25-2010 at 01:05 PM.
I don't need to have a file system in order to work with documents and photos and other files. From the current apps I use, everything I need and expect from an internet consumption device is handled. Even without Jailbreaking.
Again, I don't expect to ever use an iPad in my work flow for either photography or film editing. Viewing? Yes. Editing? No.
Assuming people think or want the same thing is just nuts. I got it to have a device that would easily travel and maintain a consistent connection. After publishing an entire blog with photos while on vacation in Scotland for 16 days using only a Blackberry Curve, I never want to do that again on a device that small. However, I didn't want to add another 10# of weight by carrying my laptop, power supply, bags and other things that go with it. That trip is what sold me on something like an iPad. I got home, borrowed a friend's after groveling (since I made fun of him) and a few days after that, I became an owner.
When people have unreasonable (maybe not the best word, but my thesaurus isn't working) expectations and assumptions, it is not the designers' fault.
As for taking "5 times longer" it just takes practice. I will say, I have turned off the "autocorrect" feature.
Is there a good reason why there are no arrow keys?
That magnify thinggy is cute but it's a pain to scroll.
I can understand where you are coming from, but most people are not looking for an 'additional' device at $700 (mid-range). At this price you could easily have a full blown PC laptop, but of course not nearly so compact. Think of those who can only afford -one- device; which would you choose? The iPad in it's current configuration is a luxury device with mostly 'cool gadget' uses. There needs to be more substance to it as a PC before it will ever seriously compete with the laptop PC market in the long term.
If a tablet can't do most everything a laptop PC is capable of, then it does not make sense for most PC users because they would have to drag along an additional, likely older laptop to get their job done. The OP was a prime example of this. It was suggested he back up to a PC before using the iOS as a presentation device because it has weak filesharing capability. This is precisely the reason why the iOS needs filesharing! And websites that use streaming flash to display realtime data is the reason why a flash plugin is needed; but Jobs is more worried about censoring/blocking porn than improving the USEFULNESS of the device.
The iPad is not a PC replacement device. It is not a Tablet PC. It just isn't and it was never billed as such.
As for disabling Flash support in favor of "blocking porn" (nice assumption, BTW) it doesn't block porn. We just had to seize and wipe an iPad from someone here at work who had logged 15 hours on y o u p o r n. Funny, why would he be on that long if it didn't work? And yes, he was let go and escorted out.
Techies have a habit of assuming everyone will be using a device for the same reasons they are. If the iPad was so bad, why is it one of the fastest selling device in recent history?
All that being said
Yes, I wish I had better file structure
Yes, I would like to see Flash added, but for 99% of what I go to, Flash isn't needed.
Yes, multitasking will be nice with iOS4 - I want to use my IM without exiting every time.
Yes, I want to utilize BT for more than speakers/headphones.