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Apple iPad blues: Five reasons I fell out of love with my tablet

Why my iPad is now a very expensive digital photo frame...

Apple may be selling iPads by the million, but silicon.com's Shelley Portet has found the magic fading.

It was love at first sight. It was so smooth, so sleek, so not a laptop or a smartphone.

We went everywhere together. We played games, we listened to music, we caught up on missed episodes of The Apprentice.

In fact, I began to wonder how I had managed life without it.

But that was then.

Once my best friend forever, my iPad now sits in my flat, reduced to the status of a digital photo frame, our true love faded into a mere shadow of what it used to be.

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I loved my iPad once, but somewhere along the line the spark fadedPhoto: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

So why the breakdown in our rapport? At first I was taken in by the newness of our relationship, but once it faded, all that was left was something that wasn't a laptop and wasn't a smartphone and too useful either.

Here's why my iPad love has waned.

1. Typing on a screen is no fun

Typing on a screen is a bit like walking up the stairs instead of the escalator: it takes what feels like unnecessary time and effort when we know there are faster ways of doing it.

At first I thought the faff of typing on a glass screen simply meant I wouldn't use my iPad to type long emails, but then I found that entering bank details on the iPad and even filling in registration forms became an arduous task as well.

As a result, I found myself browsing on my iPad, only to switch over to my laptop when I wanted to pay for something or do some typing. Eventually I preferred to skip the middleman, going straight to browsing on my laptop without using the iPad first.

2. My iPad is not always the most convenient device

On the occasions when I know using the web will be restricted to idle browsing - an ideal time to use an iPad - my smartphone is almost always next to me (I can't say the same about my iPad) and so gets picked up first.

For scrolling through my Twitter feed or Facebook updates, my smartphone does the trick. Why get up to hunt for my iPad?

3. My iPad battery is always drained

There have, however, been several occasions in the recent past when I have been about to look up something on my smartphone and decided to use my iPad instead, only to then find the battery has drained.

Again, I know it might sound lazy, but...

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