My Review

Discussion in 'iPad Reviews' started by Kingsmuse, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. Kingsmuse

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    Perhaps, perhaps not.

    When you purchase a car you check many things and research it`s capabilities.
    Even take it for a test drive.
    You buy it and are pretty damn happy with your cool new vehicle until the first time you pull into a gas station to top it off because it`s running low only to find out…..there`s no gas cap.
    There`s no way to get fuel into the vehicle.
    Did you think to check for a gas cap in all that research and test driving?
    No you didn`t.
    Why?
    Because every car you ever drove had a gas cap because having a gas cap makes sense and you just took for granted there would be a gas cap.
    A gas cap is necessary, without it the vehicle is all but worthless.
    Bummer.

    This analogy works well with numerous problems with the iPad.
    E-Mail for one.
    I researched and discovered I could e-mail with the iPad.
    It`s true I never specifically checked whether or not I could attach and send a file through e-mail with the iPad.
    Why would I?
    Every e-mail software I`ve ever used had this ability, it never occurred to me Apple would "move backwards" 25 years in e-mail technology on purpose.
    Without the ability to transfer files iPad e-mail is all but worthless especially since the ability to move files to and from the iPad is so limited to begin with.
    My bad.

    I took for granted the same elegant intuitive technology I have grown used to from Apple products would be present in their most "Revolutionary" product yet.
    I was wrong.
    Again, my bad.

    Now I have a question.

    What can the iPad do that a Net Book can`t?
     
  2. Jake18oly

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    I think it is funny that you are on an ipad forum trashing the ipad and then calling people "fanbois" for sticking up for a product that all of us bought and most if not all of us like.

    There is no sense in us trying to sway you because you have already made up your mind. Sell your ipad and move on with your life.

    I have enjoyed researching about the ipad and figuring out new exciting things that you can do with it that you can't do with a netbook. I use a stylus and use the write pad app to convert my handwriting into text. That is definitely something you cant do on a netbook. Of course I didn't buy the ipad as an alterenative to a netbook. I bought it because I am in sales and I am able to interact with product demos and videos and then hand the ipad to my customers and they are able to do the same thing. I don't have to balance my laptop and I'm not constantly having to carry my charger with me for fear that it will be dead the next time I need to use it. My ipad is my go to device for everything. I store all my lead info on it, brochures, product videos etc and using my stylus I take all my notes on it.

    Call me an Apple "fanboi" if you want but I honestly was anti apple before I bought the iPad. I have never owned anything Apple other than an old ipod that I never used. The ipad has changed my thinking.

    Anyway it isn't like what I am saying matters in anyway but I don't think it is fair to bash a product on a forum dedicated to it and expect the members of the forum to sympathize with you.
     
  3. matt_90036

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    Ok here is my an advice from a hardcore windows user.... Don't be so upset, calm down a bit and figure out whether you are willing to spend 99c more on a goodreader and whether you have nerves to do some research to get around iPad crippling limitations. If you don't want to deal with it then sell it. Getting iPad to work as a netbook is like making a vista run smoothly on 1gb of ram. It's not impossible but it takes A little bit of time.
    Here are the reasons why I love iPad despite it's limitations:
    - there is a fast and smooth user experience.
    - beautiful screen. This one is ips, you will not find this in any current laptop or notebook. Ips screens were removed from the market around 3-4 years ago.
    - non-wide screen. Better for web browsing and viewing pictures than stupid 16:9
    - smaller, thinner and lighter than a netbook
    - easier to keep clean as thee is no physical keyboard
    - touchscreen is way better than a touchpad or a mouse. I use trackpoint on laptops and I don't buy any equipment without a trackpoint. Netbooks don't have those so they are out of the question
    Now you can either take apple very personally and get upset or you can simply decide the pros and cons for you. For me as you can see iPad made more sense than a netbook. Goodluck in whatever you choose to do.
     
  4. Kingsmuse

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    Excellent!
    Thank you, yes those are all qualities the iPad and only the iPad has.

    I`m also not upset, I`m just boggled as to how any engineer/designer can take such an outstanding unique platform and utterly disregard 90%of it`s potential.

    C`mon, can`t attach a file to e-mail?
    That`s asinine.
    Separate app for every task?
    If I want to print a Notes file I have to open Print Bureau but wait!.. can`t do that because I can`t format a font in Notes to print legibly.
    Can`t print a word file from Print Bureau.
    Can`t e-mail a Word file from anything.
    Can`t organize photos without two separate photo apps.
    This machine was unable to handle my 4th graders science project.
    That`s a major fail.

    The ultimate problem with this machine is that the user has absolutely no control over the content.
    None whatsoever.
    That makes for a crappy experience.

    So I figure most of my problems with this machine would be solved if there existed a file manager.
    A "real" file manager that actually allows me to see, and manipulate every file on the HD.

    I doubt one exists and if a consumer has to hack the system (Jailbreak) in order to use it the product is seriously flawed

    I`m not expecting sympathy.
    I`m expecting one person to agree that "Yeah it is really stupid that you can`t attach a file to an e-mail"
    Why?
    Because it is stupid!
    Denial of that is..odd.

    I`m sorry I was unaware this was a "Glowing iPad Reviews Only" forum.
    Thought it was simply labelled "iPad Reviews".

    I gave mine, my points are valid, at least no one here has been able to rebut one yet.
     
  5. iPadCharlie

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    Believe it or not, some people bought an iPad for what it is, not for what it could be if you circumvent the iOS.

    I bought my iPad to read books and magazines. It does that extremely well. I use it to listen to streaming audio and radio stations. It does that extremely well. I use it for web browsing. It does an OK job of this, not great, but OK. I can use it to make free VOIP phone calls. It does this extremely well. The list of things you can do with an iPad goes on and on.

    The bottom line is that it is a matter of expectations. My expectations for what the iPad can do are pretty well being met and obviously, very few of your expectations are being met.
     
  6. matt_90036

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    Kingsmuse, i know you are upset but all you have to do is spent 99c on a goodreader. this is a simple file manager which will alow you to attach files, send them to the cloud service and explore your documents. 99c is far less than what i have spent on anti-virus and anir-malware software for my windows machines.
     
  7. matt_90036

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    here are the tasks that my ipad does extremly well
    - attaching personal documents (99c goodreader)
    - managing personal documents (99c goodreader + google docs)
    - editing word documents ($9.99 pages - cheaper than MS word)
    - movie playback on IPS high quality screen
    - long battery life (7 hours of non stop video playback)
    - browsing through PDF files (faster than my C2D laptop)
    - smooth web experience (no flash = no bugs)
    - viewing my pictures
    - lighter than any laptop on the market considering that you don't need to take a charger with you
    - instant on

    if you need this device to do serious picture editing and movie editing then this is not a device for you. on the other hand give me a laptop that will give you 7 hour battery life with some people claiming of getting 12 hours of video playback.
     
  8. Jake18oly

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    I don't understand the stigma that it doesn't count if you have to use an app to do it. So what if you have to buy goodreader or docs to go to edit, create and email word documents. You have to buy Microsoft Office when you buy a pc if you want to create word docs and that is much more expensive.

    There are workarounds out there for many of your concerns but it may require an app purchase. I don't think that is such a big deal. A little research goes a long way when trying to figure out what apps are worth purchasing. The reality is if you don't want to buy some apps your experience will be much less fulfilling.
     
  9. matt_90036

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    i disagree. the difference is that for ipad you need to buy an app to attach a file to an email. and i agree with the OP, this is ridiculous.
    steve jobs could have made the ipad so much better but instead he chose to cripple it so the people buy apps to do basic computing.
    in the end this is still an amazing device but only once you find ways to work with it. some people jailbreak it, some buy extra apps. whatever works for everyone.
     
  10. Hasty

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    "steve jobs could have made the ipad so much better but instead he chose to cripple it so the people buy apps to do basic computing."

    ...................bet he pulled the wings off butterflies when he was little.
     

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