At first I was psyched about the iPad. Not now, My god, am I underwhelmed by it. If you plan on writing documents, blogging, doing photography, or tried to print anything. There is more pain on tap with the ipad. This is a list of reasons I would not recomend buying the IPad and instead would urge everyone to buy a netbook or the macbook air until some of these change.
Blogging is a nightmare, If you find a web page that you want to share, you should be able to just tap the “Share page” option and you should then be presented with all the apps that are capable of sharing, for example WORDPRESS, blogger, Twitter, TweetDeck, Facebook, Evernote, delicious, stumble, Gmail, etc, even Bluetooth should all be a sharing option. This should have been there from day 1. I want WordPress, LastPass and Xmarks in Safari, and I want it last year. Now if you find a page in Safari on your iPad and you tap the Share button, your options are Add Bookmark, Add to Home Screen, Mail Link to this Page and Print. then you can really only share after you are at your laptop. LAME, You can share on Netbooks easy.The Keyboard, writing even a cover letter is frustrating. Forget a resume.
I bought the Ipad specifically to be able to apply for jobs anywhere, anytime. This has been a failure. After downloading numerous writing programs including iWork’s pages, I found it extremely time consuming to write and particularly format custom cover letters for each job in any program including Google Docs. The main problem is move the cursor and selecting text to be edited.
1st The Keyboard should be customizable,I may want numbers on the main keyboard 2nd Arrow Keys are very helpful when a composing documents. It’s such a nightmare tryng to edit a document when the only way of moving the cursor is with the auto-select-pointer that never goes right where I want it and then highlight-selectsseamingly random text. Trying to just delete a period in the middle of a paragraph can be super frustration. There is plenty of room in horizontal mode for numbers and arrow keys. Especially because in Horizontal mode the keyboard is so big you can hardly see your work and there is no way to adjust it’s size. The keys also lays awkwardly flat on the screen so I wouldn’t plan on writing your term paper on it. None of the programs I used easily pulled down Google Docs and editing was too time consuming. Don’t get me started on formatting. For long-term writing on the go, a physical Netbook keyboard still wins. Even the IBM 5100 beats the ipad in writing.
Why can’t I turn off the Auto correct on individual apps every time I hit the space bar I have to make sure the right word was entered. If your not a good speller there is nothing worst than a program entering misspelled words in place of your correctly spelled words, because when you scan back you may not have noticed the switch-a-roo. Constantly going back to correct these with the crazy selector is super time consuming.
No USB port means there is no external harddrive support for file transfer from camera or documents to external drives. I was just in Europe and I was shooting about 60GB of RAW photos a day, there is no way for the ipad to move that many photos off my camera and on to my rugged drive. You can’t even transfer to a flash drive or the cloud because you’d have to first put them on the Ipad then upload to the cloud which would be super time consuming on the ipad. 64GB of space may seem like a lot, but really if you are a photographer or just into buying movies, TV shows, music or have lots of snap shots, this can run out quicker than you’d think.
The SD adapter says “amateur photographers only.” I know Apple isn’t big on putting ports and drives onto their devices, but one USB3 or even mini-firewire port would do a lot towards allowing for additional functionality on the iPad. Particularly connecting an external hard drive for quick data transfer, backup and CD media (or any media other than from an App Store) . Netbooks can install files off USB drives or With a simple USB DVD/CD-ROM drive, or via any other input method. Netbooks also have at least 2 USB ports standard.NO Editable Playlists and no Ratings enabled iTunes and no sound / bluetooth button-
The difference between the iPad and a MacBook is that one is a multi-purpose device and the other is a media player. So why can’t I have usability over how I listen or watch my media?With all the possable functionality the Ipad could have, the lameness of iTunes really stands out as a loser. I envisioned itunes being more as a DJ program like MegaSeg 4.50, Traktor 3, Serato Scratch Live, But instead what you get is a watered down version of a pathetic outdated program. There is no way to organize your music on the ipad other than Songs, Artist, Album, Genre, Composer. No Ratings, No BPM, No Date Added, no most played, nothing. Plus you can’t hook up an external drive to bring your whole collection on a trip or event like you can on on a netbooks.
Can I get a bluetooth button in itune or anywhere so I don’t have to navigate all the way through the settings to connect to my bluetooth headset.
Why can’t you download in the background? I already hate the store, because it is so time consuming to search through with nearly no options for search, and Apple kicks me out after each purchase? What kind of shopping experience is it where you have to leave the store after each purchase?No central DROP BOX.
There needs to be a central DROP BOX that all applications can write and read to. The way it is now each program has it’s own folder that other programs can not access. When you want to move files on and off your ipad you have to dig into each program;s folder from with itunes. There is no preview or sorting option in the itunes window to help you find the files your looking for. Then you have to sync again and you have to do that for each program.
No Settings for iWork’s Apps?-There are no settings for Pages, Keynote and Numbers. Weird, because they do have each have a dedicated Settings panel in System Settings. But all you will find there are the version number and credits. I can imagine a lot of little settings I would like to adjust, LIKE FONTS AND LINE SPACING!!!!. They are just not there. Of coarse you can use MS Word on Netbooks or just hop on Google Docs.The iCal is cumbersome and doesn’t sync back to G-Cal-
it takes like 10 steps to enter just time and place. It won’t sync back to G-calendar. Imagine your walking down the street and you get a call to set up a job interview and the caller wants to be brief, you stop and pull out your Ipad, in 10 seconds you’ll want to tap on the chosen date and type the time, name and place in one line and save like you would in G-calendar, or outlook. But no, Apple wants you to fill out a 10 step form, complete with rolling dials like a slot machine. The chances of you getting everything right in 10seconds is slim. And then when you get back to your computer and jump on G-Cal, guess what, you have to remember to re-enter it again on your main cal. Now multiply that through out your week and you’ll be less than impressed too. Netbooks use the G-Cal Natively and any other Cal app.Defualt MultiTasking on all the time on all programs.
Every-time you open a program and then quit it, guess what it’s still running, everytime. You have to double click the home button than press, then scroll, then press and hold, than select to to quit programs evrytime . You can’t choose what apps will run in the multitasking background and which ones will not. Default multitasking on 256MB RAM is stupid. Apple fanboys trying to convince everyone that the OS is intelligent enough to allocate enough RAM to the primary application on its own, It’s not, you basically have to clear all running apps when you launch the web Browser. Sure, netbooks might not have touchscreens, but you can install whatever software you’d like on them.No Android type Widgets-
The idea that apps like the NYTimes can show me a headlines preview for each section without launching the full app is very appealing. Tap the bar to go from one section to the next and only if I’m interested in a story, I tap it and then the app launches taking me directly to that story. I want widgets for job searches for all three of my emails accounts, for Google Books, YouTube videos, Facebook updates, Twitter mentions and Browser bookmarks. Very powerful stuff. The iPad has nothing comparable to this.
More on the way.