The Internet is used as a research tool by everyone. it is good to have forums like these to have a way where we can express our likes and dislikes of a product. Companies can find this forum using google just as I did and if there is enough of a concern or demand for a certain change, you never know it might just get heard. We see this happen all of the time.
So do not think of someone's rants as useless nonsense, I have seen first hand how little forums like this can make a difference. No product is perfect.
Call me captain obvious, but some just don't seem to get this and take other people criticisms personally.
Thanks to everyone. This has been a very pleasant experience and the vast majority of you are very knowledgeable and tolerant. I agree that it's threads like these that help others make decisions.
Ok, permit me one more rant/question. And, this is not something I would have even thought about pre-sale. It IS a big disappointment and one that would have caused me not to purchase the iPad had I been buying it for myself. In other words, this is a showstopper.
I have a Droid Incredible phone. I do web surfing on it like most people do on their phones. Often times, especially with regular websites not optimized for phones, the web page is too small to read the print. So, I just use the normal multi-touch to enlarge the web page. The page enlarges and the text re-flows to fit the screen. It's easier to read and I'm a happy camper. This works the way it should on ALL web sites, not just ones optimized for mobile devices.
On the iPad it's different, unless you can help me with a setting. When I enlarge a web page on the iPad to make a web page larger the text doesn't re-flow to fit the new size. In fact, it's worse since the text now goes right off the right hand side of the screen. For every line I must drag it to the page to see the rest of the text and then drag the screen back to see the beginning of the next line. This is very annoying and bothersome and makes the experience of reading a web page just a pain. Sometimes I'll just read a few lines and then either shrink it down and squint or just give up on that page.
So, here's the question: Is there a setting that makes it flow properly to fit the screen size like the Droid does? Or is this just the way the iPad OS works? Is it this way on the iPhone also?
What am I doing wrong?
Last edited by Stingray; 08-02-2010 at 04:08 PM.
You have a large range of sizes that you can expand the page to, and often if you just move to landscape view, it is plenty big enough to read. I have never had troubles with the font size and I am blind as a bat. I just need to enlarge short pieces at times. Of course, sometimes I will just enlarge sections to eliminate the advertising clutter on the sides.
I'd be interested in that answer too.
Maybe I'm the only person on the planet who wants this, but I'd like a larger iPad. Maybe around 12 to 13 inches instead of 10. It'd be just as easy/difficult to lug around and those few extra inches of screen real estate would make a huge difference (at least to me) - and they might even be able to squeeze a little more power into the thing with more space in the guts.
Yea, I was taken aback from the get go with the Safari Browser when I was able to enlarge it to the point of only having a couple characters on the screen. On my Windows Mobile phone using Opera, the text reflows automatically once you zoom in to your desired text size, so that all you have to do is scroll down. The iPhone HAS to have this feature doesn't it? How else would you read a website on an iPhone then, unless you were forced to visit the mobile version of every site? So can it be ported to the iPad somehow?
The iPad totally rocks. If you have one you can't help but love it! However, it doesn't take very long to figure out that it is heavy and hard to hold while trying to respond to an email, watch a movie or play a game. Thank God I found a new product called ePillow. It changed the way I use my iPad!
You go purpleorchid.....you guys really know your stuff....