This is a discussion on After a week of usage, here are my thoughts within the iPad General Discussions forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by Purpleorchid The key to the OPs posting is that he bought it for his wife. He didn't buy it for himself. Indeed........
@Stingray Sounds like the iPad is not for you, that's cool
I can't stand Macs, so a Mac is not for me. That does not make me a Windows fanboy, or a bad person. It also does not mean the PC is better than Mac, or that there is anything wrong with Macs. It just means that a Mac is not for me.
iPad 1st Gen 16G
The OP makes many valid points. I will expand on them here:
Cannot subscribe to podcasts from the iPad
No widgets - Seriously Apple, Seriously.
No native network streaming of movies or audio
No playback of mkv, avi or other standard formats
No on the road importing of new music or books or movies
480P out through the vga connector is pathetic Apple
No choice of keyboards, clocks, layout, etc. Arrow keys Apple, ARROW KEYS.
Everything must go through iTunes to be assimilated into the OS.
Sure, there are workarounds for SOME of these issues, but none of them are sufficient. I understand WHY Apple has made these design choices, they are trying to force you to use their services via Itunes, much like how Verizon used to cripple their phones by disabling bluetooth and other features to force you to use VCast. This is my first 'i' device, so I did not realize how large of an issue this was until I experienced it, but its bad. I don't like the walled garden Apple has set up. I do like the portability and polished nature of the OS, but it has MAJOR flaws like a complete lack of customization. It will be a hard choice when a competing Android tablet comes out if I want to abandon the truly great apps that the iPad has, but unless iOS4.1 changes MAJOR issues I have with the iPad, I think I will probably move on to a better tablet.
Sadly, Apple has cornered itself into a non high definition screen corner with the current iPad, which means that subsequent iPads will have to be gimped out of the gate with giant black bars while playing movies. They cannot switch to a 16x9 screen on the next iPad, because they would need a whole NEW set of compatible apps for a whole new resolution.
Last edited by muyoso; 07-28-2010 at 10:14 PM.
The iPad is not for every one it is that simple. In saying that millions love it. I have met many Aussies whom have purchased the iPad all love it sure a couple said wish it had this or that but the fact is they all stated it provides total enjoyment day in and day out.
I am also amused by critics of the apple store frankly i purchase applications because they give me enjoyment for a small out lay of money and the choice is fantastic. I also have purchased comics and books which I also enjoy. Others seem to say it's too expensive to buy apps ? If one really thinks about most individuals will most likely have about 20 30 apps of which they use a small number all the time like me hahaha
Any way that's my 2 Cents worth guys.
I didn't realize I'd create such a stir.
I understand why people like the iPad, I really do. It's sexy. Very sexy. But it puts unnecessary demands to go along with that sexiness.
Some of them just can't be explained. Some of them can be fixed via apps.
For example: In a 16:9 world why would anyone make a 4:3 device? Even the $349 laptop in this week's Fry's ad is 16:9.
In a wireless world why do I need a wire to backup and sync? Even the Zune does everything without a wire!
In an HiDef world why is there only VGA out? Even a Droid X cell phone has HDMI out.
In a world of cheap picture frames where I can show a single picture for 24 hours before it changes, why can I only show a picture on an iPad for a maximum of 20 seconds in the slide show mode?
My complaint is that this device follows the "form over function" model. It's a sexy model without a lot of common sense.
I'd be willing to bet that many of these things will get corrected in the future. But, if history repeats itself ala the iPod, you will NOT see these upgrades, even software ones, on current models. Apple has a proven history of obsoleting older models. Yes, I know iOS4 should be available soon, but that will probably be the end of the line for the current model of the iPads.
Why, you ask, did I buy the iPad? Because my wife likes it. It's an $800 solitaire machine. If she's happy with it then it was a good purchase. That doesn't mean, however, that I can't point out its obvious flaws, though. I just won't point them out to her.
Last edited by Stingray; 07-29-2010 at 11:06 AM.