I need help with my IPad.

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  1. johnda

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    Hi all,

    This is my first post and I am sorry it has to be like this! I just hope some of this community can help me to like this thing!

    My wife and I offered ourselves the latest and best, retina display, 64gb, wif fi and mobile for Christmas. We were so impatient to open it on Christmas day, but what did we find?

    A wonderful display and a wonderful display and a wonderful display! Very expensive for a screen.

    On the downside, one single button, no "back button", not even a "menu button".
    One single cable that does not seem to connect it to anything properly
    No apparent means of printing anything
    No usb socket, no sd card reader
    No way of having any control over what happens and what goes where (no equivalent of "windows explorer")
    One tiny sheet of paper as a user's handbook (a joke!)
    Free software is generally pretty pathetic and some software IS free on a browser, but when you try to download it, the ipad refuses to connect to the server.
    If you eventually figure out how to import photos with itunes, you have to import the whole lot and then cannot deleted any of them or even delete the whole folder.
    So you go and buy a silly piece of kit called a photo transfer kit or something. that works when it feels like it, as long as you rename every single file to a name the ipad will accept. And you can't use it to export files or import other files (.doc etc). The USB part just does not work at all (says not compatible or too much current or something)
    There is no problem transferring the superb photos and videos from my excellent Galaxy S3 to my PC etc but no way to get them onto the ipad or get the ipad things onto the pc.

    We are utterly frustrated. I have been wasting all my free time trying to figure out how to do the simplest things such type a letter and print it! I've tried "dropbox" and that is pathetically slow and things go into "dropbox" and i can't seem to be able to put them where I want them. One seems to need a work-around for everything. How can Apple make the simplest of things so complicated or plain impossible! Oh how we regret buying the thing! As if we didin't have better things to do than spend hours trying to figure out how to put a file on our computer (or vice versa) with no cable, no usb key, no cd, no memory card, no normal permanent WiFi connection!

    Sorry for all the rant, but it is good to get it off my chest and perhaps, some kind soul will get us on the right track to be able to use this thing with no hassle and end up liking it!

    Many thanks in advance for your replies.
     
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  2. evohicks

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    Welcome to the world of Apple!

    Seriously you should have read up on the iPad before taking the plunge. Apple hardware is very restricted and its definitely not for everyone. I couldn't use it as a replacement for my PC or my Android phone as it just doesn't cover my needs but I do love the ipad for what it's intended for.
    Give it more time definitely if this is your 1st experience with Apple but like I say, it's not for everyone.
     
  3. skimonkey

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    Hi--just to start you off on a more positive note, I have edited the title. By the way, Welcome to the forum.

    I have to ask whether researching the ipad before purchase was done. Unfortunately there is no USB within the iPad.

    There is a back button when you are using the safari browser. It is located in the upper left corner of the screen.

    You can swipe back and forth from one app to another by doing a 4-finger swipe.

    AirPrint support can be found here:
    AirPrint basics

    And a wifi to print thread here: http://www.ipadforums.net/airprint/38017-wi-fi-printing-ipad.html

    Downloading any app from the AppStore has not been a problem.

    iPads do have drop down me is depending on the app used. For instance, I have many drop downs when I use my word processor app, Pages.

    I use Dropbox and it syncs well between my PC and my iPad. Is your wifi connection strong enough?

    Hopefully others will help you here.
     
  4. johnda

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    Many thanks for the reply.

    No USB, but it seems every effort has been made to keep the ipad in its own little world and making communicating as difficult as possible.

    Ah! I didn't know that. Thanks!

    Airprint doesn't work with my printer (of course!) but my pc has no problem with the wifi printer connection. I'll look at the thread. Thank you, but it is just another work-around, like for everything!

    Yes of course. No I meant a "menu" button for a general menu as on the androids.
    Never had any problem up to now. Yesterday, getting a 10 second video from my Galaxy S3 to my Ipad took 20 minutes!

    Many thanks again.
     
  5. johnda

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    Many thanks evohicks!

    Actually, the choice was somewhat dictated by an App (Skydemon) only available for Ipad and I did not know Apple, but never imagined there could be such problems.
    What is it intended for? My galaxy S3 seems to do more, better and more easily. If I could just plug it into the Ipad and use the latter as a monitor, it would be nice! Just joking, but not a totally unfounded remark!
    I don't have much choice :) Thanks again for your reply
     
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    I'll bet you once you get more familiar with the iPad and its tips and tricks you'll have a different view on things. Being an android tablet and droid phone owner, I became very tired or the drop down menus that resulted in many unnecessary steps, IMO. Funny, I felt the same about my android tablet as you do with your iPad.

    Have a look at this iOS 5.0 - 6 iPad Manual: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ipad-user-guide-for-ios-5/id470308101?mt=11]Connecting

    Also: http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-os/49581-ios5-tips-tricks.html
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-general-discussions/21590-tips-tricks-those-us-who-dont-know.html
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-help...rtcuts-helpful-places-people-new-ipad-5.html#

    See if these are helpful.:)
     
  7. johnda

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    Thanks again Skymonkey,

    I'll look at the links tomorrow (off to bed now as it is twenty to one in the morning here -- in the UK)

    Cheers!

    John
     
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    Dear John and all others interested. I also am less satisfied with the iPad controls and lack of interface, the way to connect to printers etc. When I first got the ipad I downloaded a couple books and a couple games but now my $400.00 toy sits on the table next to my sofa in the living room most of the time. I tried reading out on a sunny day but the screen was not the greatest in the sun light. The other day I thought I would get the angry birds game because I can't think of much else to use it for. But I had not used it in such a long time I could not get it to down load the game. I tried and tried and I know that if I fool around with it enough I will figure out how to down load the games again. But I just don't have the time.
    I wish the surface machine would have been out when I bought the iPad. I do have to agree with one thing though the retina display is wonderful. On the other hand maybe you and I can learn to like this thing! What do you think about the surface?
     
  9. buerkletucson

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    This thread and any others like it IMHO are based on the user doing zero research before purchasing a product.
    You need to find out the details, what it's intended use is, and what it's good at or not good at doing.

    If you don't do the research and find it doesn't perform like a desktop or laptop computer then nobody can be blamed but yourself IMHO.
    My iPad is a purely pleasure device.............surfing the web, emails, games, tinkering, and just plain having fun.

    If I need to do any serious work, forget it. I grab my laptop or hop on the desktop.

    I can't imagine plunking down $500 - $900 for a device without researching the heck out of it first, so there are no surpirses once you get it.
    Information is very easy to get and plentiful these days.....
     
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    Welcome to the forum.

    It seems to me that the first and likely biggest part of your frustration is that you are trying to make the iPad adapt to the conventional ways of doing things with a computer. It just isn't designed to work that way and it was never intended to be a computer. If you can put aside those stereotypes that you must use it that way, you will realize how beautiful a concept it is. I am an engineer and travel extensively for work and only take an iPad with me on my business trips. I am an avid photographer and only take my iPad with me along with a camera connection kit with me on vacation. It is quite possible to do all of the things that you are trying but it isn't a computer and it will never work like one in the conventional means of doing things. If there are specific tasks that you want help with there are a number of people on this forum alone that will be able to help you use your iPad to accomplish pretty much anything that you wanted to do with it with the exception of turning it in to a PC. If that is what you need, you might be best served to simply return it and get a laptop.

    The iPad was originally designed and intended to be a consumption device (music, media, internet, email.) It has evolved through apps and developers in to a useful tool and creation device but that isn't what it is out of the box. It is incredibly intuitive to use for its intended purpose of consumption. Once you get comfortable manuevering the interface and structure of the iPad in it's out of the box state you can start to see ways to accomplish the things you want to do.

    Through the use of third party applications from the iTunes App store you can compose music, share files back and forth from a PC, you can import and export photos and documents. With an AirPrint enabled printer or with a connected printer and a web print app you can print documents and pictures. You can add a bluetooth wireless or USB wired keyboard to make typing and document creation faster and easier.
     

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