New to these forums and I never really post anything about how I feel about a device but I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on my new iPad and see what you guys think.
I bought an iPad 2 3G a couple of days of ago - mostly for work as my company has recently allowed push email on iOS devices through Lotus Notes. So I thought, great, I can keep up to date with my emails on the move. And for the most part I've been very happy about most things on my iPad and it has served it's purpose on the whole. I think outside of emails, games have been great and it's an awesome device for video and content consumption in general. Plus it's a very well built machine - you can always count on Apple to deliver something sleek and visually pleasing.
Having said all this, I guess a couple of things shocked me about iOS in general. I have a ipod touch 4G, which ive had since launch, but never really do much on it other than the odd casual game and very brief web browsing. But ever since my ipad purchase Ive had to use iOS a lot more, especially for productivity.
I use an Android phone so maybe my mobile experience is shaped by it to an extent. What I was shocked with iOS is the completely awkward approach to file management. Things like not being able to attach multiple files to emails, not being able to hit reply to emails and attach files without going through numerous steps, changing fonts and colour (I wouldnt normally care but my company uses a company font and its not Arial - maybe I should complain to them!). I shouldnt need extra apps or take extra steps to do these things and I find it quite infuriating. For me these are givens of a basic OS. I know that Apple ring fences their apps so that they each have their own file system and are not easily accessible to other apps for security and performance concerns but I still cant get around it in my head. Maybe its just a completely different approach to traditional OS standards but I have to say, in it's current iteration, iOS is not particularly designed with productivity in mind - but the thing is...it so easily could be. But aside from just productivity, customisation is a problem I've encountered. I literally cant change anything of substance on the ipad. I cant use widgets, notification management is poor, everything looks very uniform and one thing that surprised me was no desktop preview (Exposť: something that OSX pioneered for the mainstream market - been a Linux functions for eons)
I think the iOS experience can be summed up like this - it completely overwhelms me with how pretty everything is and how simple some tasks are to perform...but I cannot get away with the feeling iOS is at the same time treating me with kid gloves and telling me "dont be silly, you dont need that function." I'm not saying Android is any better...stability, compatibility are just some of the issues for android, but I feel like the OS treats me like a grown up for one of a better way to describe it. It lets me have the freedom to do what I want.
People will say if I jailbreak my ipad maybe I wont feel so restricted by iOS. But unfortunately in order for the security to work properly on our company email, jailbreaking is out of the question.
So I come back to it, iOS is fantastic in what it allows you to do, and infuriatingly dictatorial in what it wont let you do. And the worst thing is that for a lot of the things it wont let you do weve spent a lifetime using for granted.
I will keep my ipad as its great fun for games and media consumption. But beyond that I think unless Apple decide to be more generous with standard functions Im not sure Ill buy another iOS product. I can see the market for these things (youngsters, older folk) but for a guy like me that loves tech I can control, it's at odds with the way I see how tech should be progressing. I hear a lot of iOS users asking for the most basic functions and Apple duly gives the community 3 or 4 new functions in each iOS iteration. I dont like to beg for what I believe are functions that we're are entitled to ( yes, entitlement!)
Not sure what you guys think...I know theres a lot of Android vs iOS debate/flaming and really thats not the point of my post. Rather its iOS vs all OSes the way I see it.