I bought an iPad in September.
For some of us though, functionality is a bigger part of the user experience than how it looks, or how good I look when I’m using it in a public space. I’ve been in computer science for nearly 35 years. I feel no need to impress people with my tech savvy.
I bought this iPad because I do work in education and new media and I need to be able to see what people are making, doing, and talking about. Many apps for the ipad are available ONLY on the ipad. So I bought one.
It has a nice screen. The touch interface works well – most of the time (though it is certainly not as responsive or reliable as iPad junkies would have you believe).
There are some fun games available.
It’s pretty good – most of the time – for reading mail. It’s very slow and often requires you to re-start the app in order to move things along.
It’s mediocre at surfing the web – again: it’s slow, frequently hangs, and of course, there’s the whole “can’t do anything that requires flash of Java” thing (see later, under why I hate my iPad).
The sound is OK.
It’s fairly light; easy to carry around and the batteries last a pretty long time.
That’s about where my accolades end.
The list of reasons I hate my iPad is long and grows almost daily.
Why I Hate my iPad
Here are the first ten that pop into my head:
- You can’t initialize your iPad unless you have a computer.
- AND an iTunes account.
- My ability to personalize the device (it is MINE, right?) is extremely limited.
- Many of the apps can’t be personalized (what if don’t LIKE brown for my calendar)?
- It does not support flash.
- It does not support Java.
- It has no USB ports.
- Memory is limited.
- It can only do one thing at a time.
- There is no BACK button.
- There is only one way to do most things.
- You can’t put anything on it, except through iTunes.
- You can’t take anything off, except through iTunes.
- There are many things you can’t readily save elsewhere AT ALL.
Oh, yeah, and the camera SUCKS. (My DS takes better pictures.)
It also doesn’t record image information in the same way as other devices, like, my DS, my phone, and EVERY digital camera I have ever owned.
There are many more but these are the ones that popped into my head in the first 30 seconds. I’ll add more as they occur to me…..