One year iPad report

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Ibill, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. Ibill

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    I purchased my iPad about a year ago and used it as my primary bill paying and surfing source. I came to this conclusion after after this time period.
    Paying bills is a total frustrating appearance. Keyboard is the culprit. Entering numbers is a hair pulling experience. Jumping to the next number box on a web site causes the keyboard to switch back to alphas. Telephone numbers, payment amounts doesn't matter. Typing something like ($2 to $4) and (5 + 5 = 10) is nearing a circus act. Why cant the USER decide when to change the keyboard? Auto cap is a great feature when typing a letter but entering a log on name and password and an email address with alphas and numbers becomes a chore. Word selection is OK, but what if you don't want a space behind your selected word? Back you go. Finding a #$%&@ :"?><,. is a time consuming job switching keyboards back and forth.
    Surfing is sometimes very frustrating. Some sites open a response in a new window but iPad wont let it return unless you delete the new window and go back to the old window. Works in Windows like it should. Putting emotions in a response or adding a pic is impossible in many forums. How come they work in Windows and/or Android? Since iOS 8 keyboard actions sometime lock up Safari or Chrome. Going back to the iPad home screen and swiping the browser off the screen and reloading the browser is the only remedy. All thread responses are gone. WHY?
    Back to paying bills on the lap top. Takes half the time and some sites don't like iOS that well. Will suffer through the surfing problems with the iPad because of its convenient size. Playing my slot game on the iPad is wonderful! Buy the way I'm typing this on my lap top for fear of the iPads keyboard locking me up on such a long post.
     
  2. twerppoet

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    Part of this might be solved with a third party keyboard. Several include the numbers row. In the case of bill paying, you'll want to be careful to choose one that does not require a server connection to work.

    You still have to use Apple's native keyboard for password entry. They won't let you take chances with that.
     
  3. giradman

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    Agree completely, I've had the iPad 2 since spring of 2011 and also a BT keyboard - I dislike the on-screen KB except for minor entires, so whenever I need to type in a LOT of information (e.g. answering forum posts on a trip w/o my laptop, entries into a variety of apps, etc.), I always use the BT keyboard - makes like a LOT easier. Dave :)
     
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    I cheat. For anything more than a couple paragraphs I put down the iPad and use the computer. I only have one chair in the trailer, and it's right by the computer desk.

    Or, if I'm out and about, I send the link to myself, then wait until I can get home and sit down at the computer.
     
  5. s2mikey

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    The stock keyboard does need some work. It's got some nifty hidden features like holding a key down to get other options and finger swiping up also reveals more options for each key. But, yeah, the lack of a row of numbers across the top does irritate me too. No reason they can't at least make it an option for people to use it or not.

    It will require more screen real estate or slightly smaller keys though which could be an issue. I do find the keys to be the perfect size right now for accurate typing. Wouldn't want them to get too small.
     
  6. Ibill

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    I tried several keyboards and settled on the Touch Pal. After the learning curve I gave it a go. But after having many swiping errors I gave up. Still the same go back and correct problem. Settled on TPs methoud and use the computer. Kind of disappointed as I wanted to use iPad my one source tool. Maybe some day they will give better keyboard options for all.
     
  7. giradman

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    Well, despite my positive post about using a BT KB w/ the iPad, I still dislike the need to both type on keys and also touching the screen for certain purposes; at home, I virtually always use my Macbook Pro to respond in forums. Dave :)
     
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    I tried using the BT keyboard that came with my iMac. I hated it for the same reasons I use my ancient Extended Keyboard II on my desktop: the BT's touch is awful and it doesn't have enough keys. To me, it's no better then the onscreen keyboard in iOS, which I've gotten used to, mostly. The only place it's really bad is this forum, where editing is really difficult because the normal iPad selection gestures don't work.

    Still...I'm looking at an empty horizontal space above the prediction choices, to the right of the Save/Fill buttons. It could easily be filled with number keys.
     
  9. Ibill

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    I also found the annoying edit function with the keyboard on this forum only. I even quit coming here for awhile. It started working again but I don't know why. It could have been the last update or one of my reboots.

    THE KEYBOARD LOCKED UP MAKING THIS POST!!!
     
  10. col.bris

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    I have never had my keyboard lock up
     

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