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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Rich2putt, May 18, 2011.
Now that is an excellent post.....saves me some typing!
This is my list from a closed thread. After almost a year of use, I love my iPad but find these shortcomings quite frustrating. The fact that the iPad 2 doesn't address even one of these issues is also quite disappointing. When it comes time replace my iPad I will be taking a close look at Android devices.
I see that the apologists are at work on this thread as usual. I just don't see why we should accept things as they are in an evolving device category (i.e. tablet computers).
Apple has made a giant leap over Windows tablets with the iPad. It's not surprising that they didn't get it 100% right in version 1 but they don't seem to be interested in building on such a good start. Surely innovation and responsiveness should be paramount at this early point in the development of tablet devices.
Anyway, here's my list:-
1- No access to the file system and restricted file sharing between apps.
2 - Apologists for the lack of a file system. I have heard no justification for this that I can accept.
3 - The spell checker. Auto-correct doesn't work very well and the only way to turn it off is to turn the spell checker off completely.
4 - Repeated loss of focus for text boxes (vanishing cursor) in Safari when a page is opened.
5 - The lack of cursor keys on the keyboard. The magnifier thingy is no substitute. Text selection in general can be quite frustrating.
7 - Related to Item 1, the lack of a USB port and SD card slot. I would like to see both.
8 - The lack of Flash.
9 - Apologists for the lack of Flash. Regardless of the justifications, it means that there are web sites that I can't access from the iPad.
10 - The "It's not supposed to be a computer" excuse for these shortcomings. There are things that that you should be able to do on the iPad but can't for various of the above reasons.
11 - The fact that Apple doesn't seem to be interested in addressing the above shortcomings.
We all knew when we bought our iPad that it isn't a laptop. If I needed Flash or to use a USB or SD card, I would have bought a netbook. It would probably have been cheaper too!
I get a lot of pleasure out of my iPad, I can access my photos easily, I can watch films I've downloaded, listen to my music and read my books. I can email my friends, I can shop online, I can chat on Facebook, I can play games.
Everything is much faster than my laptop and the picture quality is excellent.
Herein lies the problem. A lot of folks don't know this and they expected it.
I would be really happy with my Porsche if it got 40 miles to the gallon.
A lot of these shortcomings could be fixed if/when we ever get a working JailBreak for the ipad2.........
I'm guilty of believing all those who wrote/say that their ipad did in fact replace their laptop and figured lack of TRUE multi task wouldn't be as big a deal for me as it has been. I understand it is a trade off for security from viral or worm attack but didn't realize at first it was not indeed me but the iPad is not a desktop replacement for MY needs. Maybe theirs but not mine.
Like I wrote before , what it does it does well and if we aren't willing to accept the limitations and find contentment with it's abilities there are other tablets out there as well as nice laptops, notebooks and netbooks
I personally will weigh my options when other tablets are available but for now my iPad and my Inc make a nice tag team, hence the reason for my forum avatar
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I have to think that this is coming and is inevitable. When they started (and it was fairly recent really) that had no way of knowing and so it's all still set up to be a peripheral that adds functionality to the computer you already own.
A good example is a post I read on the Xoom when it first came out...the mini USB was set up at the time to be out, not in...in other words: good for letting your desktop read your tablet as a peripheral, not for allowing your tablet to read other peripherals.
The overwhelming desire from the marketplace though has been fairly obvious: people use tablets as computers, not computer add ons. It's only a matter of time (and probably not very long) until new developments reflect this very obvious desire of consumers.
My prediction is that you'll start to see more and more ability to interact with it's own peripherals, hopefully even storage drives and such.
Given the mindset that it started out with though, you have to be a little impressed at how close it is already.
Just because you view all of these things as shortcomings doesn't mean that Apple and other users do as well...
I already own a laptop & I did not purchased an iPad as a replacement. Whether people agree with me or not, the iPad can not even delete a simple photo. To me that's pretty pathetic.
Anyway, I am not here to start a war but only to state my likes & dislikes of the ipad.