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Apple iPad: The five biggest annoyances

There's plenty to like about the Apple iPad, but there are also serious annoyances that hinder the overall product experience. Here are my top five.

There's plenty to like about the Apple iPad (see my business review of the iPad), but there are also some serious annoyances that hinder the overall product experience. Here are my top five.

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5. The impractical screen

I'll admit up front that I hate Apple's glossy displays. The MacBook Pro that I use has the antiglare coating, even though it's ridiculously overpriced as a $150 add-on. However, the glossy screen is one thing on a laptop, it's another thing entirely on a touchscreen device that you are constantly putting your fingers on.

Within a few minutes of use, the iPad's glass display gets fingerprints all over it and the screen is hideous to look it. Combine that with the fact that the glossy display has a wicked glare problem that makes it difficult to use outdoors and in office buildings with overhead florescent lights and it makes the iPad a much less enjoyable device to use if you don't have a screen protector. I bought the Power Support Anti-Glare Film ($25), and it made a huge difference. This needs to be built into the iPad (and the iPhone, too, for that matter).

4. Docking in portrait mode

If you want to use the iPad as a laptop replacement, Apple offers a Keyboard Dock ($70) that allows you to sit at a desk and type out some serious documents and emails. However, the keyboard stand only works in portrait mode because the iPad only has a doc connector on the bottom.

This is a serious nuisance for a couple reasons. First, we're all trained to work in landscape mode when we sit at a desktop or a laptop. And second, most apps that you'll want to use when docked--email and productivity apps--are faster to navigate in landscape mode. Heck, Apple's own Keynote app doesn't even work in Portrait mode. It refuses to shift.

The best workaround for this is to buy an iPad stand like Griffin's A-Frame ($50) or JaDu's Skadoosh ($58) and place the iPad in it in landscape mode, and then use Apple's Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard ($70) instead of the Keyboard Dock.

3. It's awkward to hold

The first time you hold the iPad in your hands and quickly flip through some full-sized Web pages with a few flicks of your fingers, it feels great. It's an especially liberating experience when you're sitting on the couch or in bed at night.

The problem is that once you get past about 30 minutes, the device gets pretty heavy and then it gets awkward to try to prop it up against your legs or lean it against something or find a place to set it where you can comfortably get a good viewing angle (especially if you don't have an antiglare film).

Then, it gets really awkward once you try to type on it. Holding it with two hands in portrait mode, it's almost small enough to type on it with your thumbs like a smartphone. Holding it with two hands and trying to type in landscape mode won't work because your thumbs won't reach the middle of the keyboard (unless you have really big hands). In landscape mode you could hold it with one hand and hunt-and-peck with the other hand, but that's too slow.

So, what most people seem to do is to put the iPad on a lap or a flat surface and then type like they would on a normal keyboard. At that point, you're basically emulating a laptop, but the experience you get is not nearly as fast or natural. Apple's official iPad Case ($40) helps a little bit since it folds into a stand, but it doesn't take away all of the awkwardness.

2. Lack of Adobe Flash

Apple's overzealous crusade against Adobe Flash (and Adobe's whiny responses) are annoying enough. However, that soap opera has gotten so intense that it has almost begun to cloud the issue that a lot of very good Web sites have been rendered useless because of this little showdown.

The Flash issue is bad enough on iPhone, but most of users rely on apps more than the open Web on iPhone. The iPad is much more of a Web browsing device and the lack of Flash breaks a lot of sites with Web video, animations, analytics and reports, and creative designs.

It is a massive annoyance to try to do some work, browsing, or reading on the iPad, only to find out that one of the sites you need to access uses Flash, so you're forced to put down the iPad and go sit at a desktop or fire up a laptop.

1. The PC umbilical cord

To do everything you need to do on the iPad, you still need to connect it regularly to a PC or a Mac. You have to connect in order to sync up your latest podcasts and media files. You need to sync to get OS updates. You need to sync in order to get your latest business documents on the iPad.

So what happens if you only want to carry the iPad--and no laptop--on a business trip? You'll have to sync all of your files before you go. What if you want to download a podcast or a video while you're on the road? You'll have to do it manually through the iTunes app and hope you can catch a decent Wi-Fi or 3G connection. It would also be nice if there was an Ethernet dongle for the iPad, for when you're in the office or at a hotel without in-room Wi-Fi.

However, for corporate users, the biggest problem with the iPad's PC umbilical cord is syncing business documents. The iPad can be a great device for reading PDFs and long documents, but there needs to be better ways to transfer those documents to the iPad.

I've been using the third-party app GoodReader ($1), which lets you sync files through iTunes and it can even recognize, save, and view some files from the Web. But, it would be much better to have functionality built into the OS to let you save files from the browser or email to the device's local storage or to a cloud service.

Photos of the iPad annoyances

To see photos of many of these annoyances--and a few more not listed here--click the image below to view entire photo gallery of iPad annoyances.

The iPad on the right is a standard model with fingerprints all over the screen, while the one on the left has an antiglare screen film. Photo credit: Jason Hiner

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403 comments
Oz_Media
Oz_Media

It seems that everyone that Jobs says is 'copying' the iPad, has worked around many these issues too. Glossy screen - Products I have used or sold have a matte screen or even a semigloss to work around the glare issue and some even incorporate a 'smudge free' screen. It works better than a gloss screen but of course not completely smudge free but also offers stylus input to avoid the issue all together. Docking: most competitive units I've seen offer connectivity from the device, USB, HDMI etc.to eliminate the need for a dock. awkward to hold, full sized units I've seen have handles or grips on the sides and are carefully balanced to be carried all day. They actually THOUGHT of things things when designing their tablets. People have to actually work with them too, not just parade around break rooms or Starbucks looking cool. Lack of Adobe FLASH, considering that most other full size tablets have a full XP,Win7 or Linux OS, Flash is not even a passing thought, yet alone an issue. PC Umbilical cord, while other tablets offer such connectivity OPTIONS, they also use WiFi, Bluetooth etc for connectivity (mouse, keyboard or what have you) and synch needs. So again, I just can't see ANY value or actual use for an iPad that isn't already available with other devices. Sure they cost up to 10 X more than an iPad, but you get what you pay for. Just because something is cheap, it doesn't mean it will do what you need or that you even need it to begin with. If you have an actual NEED for tablet based computing, there are much better devices available. For people that just want an even bigger iPhone, without actually having a phone in it, the iPad is a fantastic gadget. Digital newspaper is about it, expensive newspaper subscription though isn't it?

jfreedle2
jfreedle2

The biggest annoyance of the Apple iPad is that everybody assumes that you want the peice of junk. This form factor is nothing new, Apple does not create new products, they just copy old ideas that have been around for decades. What Apple has done is give you a device that is based on their useless phone operating system and call it a computer. In the strict sense it does qualify as a computer, but you really cannot do anything useful on the device. Frankly I am tired of everybody assuming that you would want this peice of junk.

pansypotterUK
pansypotterUK

Very helpful article, but what strikes me most now is this tree displaying the comment threads - I've never seen this before [my ignorance, I'm sure] but I find it SO helpful. I'll be back . . .

HyipFolo.com
HyipFolo.com

I love my iDevices and all my experiences had been great. Then oneday I was checking my new ecurrency accounts. As I signed in and went to enter the captcha...I could not view it because it was in FLASH! That hurt my feelings right there...had to go and fireup the laptop just to view my 1 but main ecurrency account! www.HyipFolio.com

JohnOfStony
JohnOfStony

At last! Someone who, like me, finds glossy screens impractical where ambient lighting isn't ideal. Why, oh why do all laptop manufacturers (and Apple) think that gloss screens are best? I'm looking for a new laptop at a sensible price (less than 600 GB Pounds) with video editing capability (using Adobe Premier Elements 8) but with a matte screen. Is there such a beast? I have found the odd one so far but it's overpriced for what it offers, e.g. only a 160GB hard drive. Every retail store I enter has nothing but highly reflective gloss screens on all their laptops except for the more expensive ones such as a Sony Vaio at 1299 GBP. I'm still using my excellent 5 year old Dell which I've upgraded 3 times which has a wonderful non-reflective 4:3 aspect screen which is ideal for everything I want to do, not one of these glossy reduced height screens (cunningly described as "widescreen"). If I want to watch 16:9 movies, a black bar top and bottom is NOT a problem. Please continue campaigning for matte screens!

andjoh
andjoh

The biggest annoyance about this blog is trying to read the feedback and you have to click each one for a page reload. The pic looks like you've photoshopped clouds onto it or you've been eating KFC then using it. You said to update podcast you need to find a connection, so does any other computer, laptop or what ever else needs internet connection. And lack of Flash has never been a problem for me so that's only your opinion.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

What can an iPad to that a Net / Laptop can't? What can an Net / Laptop do that a iPad can't? What can an Smartphone do that a iPad can't? What can an iPad do that a Smartphone can't? Who's your winner?

DNSB
DNSB

"Negative. Bigwig in the '60s counterculture movement. Founded the 'Yippie' movement. He spelled it without the 'e', but I left it in for satirical purposes." While he may have MCed the various Woodstock events and definitely qualified as a hippie, I would hardly refer to Wavy Gravy as the founder of the Yippie movement. At least that's my not so humble opinion based of my memories of the late 60's. Remembering, of course, that if you remember the 60's, you weren't really there.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

No flash, no USB port, no GPS, no multitasking (!!), no keyboard, no camera, no 16:9 aspect (it's 4:3), no HDMI out. 'Nuff said

SaeedZam
SaeedZam

Great!!! now to be fair, maybe you should also list 5 biggest positive trait as well to be fair? I am sure it has some. Why write an article just focusing on the negatives? I think I can grab any product and come up with biggest things that annoy me - then again, it's a great way to start a troll session!!! and looks like that's what you were looking for.

DNSB
DNSB

You scribbled: "I would guess... that all the additons needed to hook up a camera to the ipad would be about the same weight as a spare battery." Take a look at the images of the kit on the Apple store site. The dock connector to USB unit and the SDCard reader unit are pretty much the same size as the 30 pin dock connector. Depending on the camera and storage, one of those would be all you needed. I think you would find either unit much lighter than the iPad battery. Since the Camera Connector kit isn't available here yet and I don't feel like heading across the border to see one in person, they made have coated them in collapsium and you might be right but that's not the way I'd place a bet. You might want to consider that your apparent lack of ability and/or desire to do your own research severely handicaps you in any discussion/debate. As Thomas Paine phrased it, "to argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, is as futile as administering medicine to the dead."

ShockMe
ShockMe

Full-size tablets can be heavier, a stylus can be lost, they might lack battery life, or be, as you suggest, more expensive. All reasons to get an iPad if those are things that matter to you. Connectivity is nice if it doesn't compromise the purpose of the device. The more you hang of your mobile device the less mobile it becomes. This is why most things the iPad will connect to it will connect to wirelessly. The iPad can accomplish tasks we once relied on other devices to do. But what makes it useful is whether the task can be done more comfortably or efficiently with a multi-touch surface. Clearly reading text and viewing media in lowlight situations are among the things it is most immediately useful for and best at (especially when one is away from a desk or a table). It is also good at interpreting gestures, something that will make it even more useful as developers begun to understand the capabilities of all the built-in sensors. While I agree flash and a matte screen would increase it's appeal, the tradeoffs in battery life, the accelerated incorporation of new APIs, and image presentation might also make it less appealing for others. As we will see with the 7inch Android devices, the increase in size makes it easier for adults to interact with the multitouch surface and the increased area allows for even more points of interaction. While the Galaxy Tab is in fact a ginormous phone, the iPad is large enough to add additional screen elements and targets to make certain tasks even more efficient. Books, magazines, newspapers, television, movies, are all available and the market will soon let providers learn the best price for their offerings. Other devices will cost more or less, have more ports or less, be bigger or smaller and the market will teach hardware makers what to offer. In the mean time, people will just enjoy their iPads smile pleasantly when you don't grumble in your corner about how the sky is falling and them dogs and cats livin together.

jfuller05
jfuller05

people that strictly surf the web and use social media applications. Think about it. The typical computer user will use their laptop/desktop for surfing the web, social media websites, or you know general article reading on the internet. This user will love the iPad and new tablet devices coming out in the future. Why? Because this kind of user just wants to use the internet basically. Now, the content creator user probably will not enjoy the tablet device as much because he/she uses a computer to create things like documents, presentations, websites, and he/she typically uses the web for blogging, typing, etc. I'm not saying this type of user will hate tablets, just saying that a typical computer user (like the one in the first paragraph) will really enjoy the tablet because of its ease of use and quickness.

hmcm
hmcm

>>The biggest annoyance of the Apple iPad is that everybody assumes that you want the peice of junk.What Apple has done is give you a device that is based on their useless phone operating system and call it a computer. ... but you really cannot do anything useful on the device.

ShockMe
ShockMe

Your assumptions suggest that the biggest annoyance should be people's calling something useless based on their inability to categorize it. Not having a personal use for something doesn't make something useless for everyone else. The iPad's size makes it easier to interact with than a phone. The iPad's long battery life and low weight make it more portable than a full notebook. If you need something more there are loads of options if you are willing to compromise on where, how, and how long you use the more traditional computer.

BBaldwin803
BBaldwin803

As a photographer I can tell you that MOST people involved with editing visual/graphical content prefer the quality of image that glossy screens provide vs matte screens. While glossy screens have their drawbacks (actually, it's only one drawback of reflections) the image quality for saturation, contrast and definition is regarded by most photographers that I know as being superior. I am surprised that someone who is involved with editing visual content (video editing) as you said you are, doesn't know this. I'm also surprised that you are looking for a mid-range computer to do video editing on. The few people I know that edit video talk about how processor and memory intensive that is and that usually folks who edit video tend to lean toward the high end equipment as a result. Of course, as they say.. "to each his/her own".

spookyone1
spookyone1

It doesn't need to be the "winner." If it does something you need that another device you carry doesn't do, that justifies it. In my case, that is the large display for Office documents, video and games AND the instant-on feature no netbook I've seen has.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I'm my winner, since I'm not dropping a dime on any of them.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Incidentally, if you find you can't reply to a comment because the maximum has been exceeded, you can reply to the next-highest posting. If you do, be sure to include the name of the person you're responding to in the title; sometimes we have several dozen posts all at the same level and it gets confusing. Thanks for the correction.

DNSB
DNSB

Multitasking due in the next release of the OS. Funny that Apple is adding multitasking while Microsoft ripped it out of Windows Mobile 7. No Flash? Hmmm... I use a Firefox addon to block most Flash -- seems to be popular for advertising. Videos seem to be moving away from Flash so not a big loss there. No USB port? Part of the docking port. If you want a USB A compatible socket, the USB camera adapter also allows quite a few USB peripherals to be used if supported by the OS. No GPS? Not much of a loss in my world. The only GPS I have is in the car for when I travel. And even there it has glitches unless I was supposed to get from Bakersfield to Primm via the air force base. No keyboard? It's a fricking tablet. They ain't supposed to have keyboards. You can add one if you really insist. No camera? You want the camera to take photos while you travel? Carry a small digital camera. The image quality beats any cellphone camera I've seen. The comparison to my digital SLR isn't even in the same time zone. Or you want a front facing camera so you can do a web chat with your smiling face front and center? Going to be fun typing on the soft keyboard while holding the camera steady. 16:9 aspect? Only important if you want to watch 16:9 movies full screen. Why not ask for 24:10 to match the theatrical movie format? Or perhaps 3D? That seems to be what's being pushed lately. Of course, we then need external storage -- even the largest iPad's internal storage isn't going to cut the mustard when you want to storage multiple high definition movies. HDMI out? Might be nice for some people but then you ran into all the issues with HDMI's security requirements. I've had 3 different camcorders green screen my TV when the TV failed to handshake properly. Yeah, those images of my niece's wedding must be violating some copyright.

ShockMe
ShockMe

I doubt their first priority in developing a portable device was to start hanging bits off it or hanging it off anything other than a computer. This is by far the best peripheral since the laser printer all those years ago. When was the last time you complained that your mouse doesn't print or your monitor doesn't have HDMI out?

davee106
davee106

If it don't have it. Then Stevie J knows we don't need it. He just knows! It worked for the iPhone. We just need the latest Apple Gadget. Not "we" as in "everyone" 'cause I don't need one. And I don't want one.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

List the 5 biggest things that annoy you about them! They beter be good. Four.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Apple backed off from that policy over the weekend.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

In fact, you can get cameras smaller than said adapter. I would also hazard a guess that by taking the adapter you would likely by needing more power as you intend to transfer and view photos. Given this, you now need to carry the charger as well. I'm willing to bet the charger is heavy compared to a spare battery.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

is the inability to find the weight of a spare battery. Oh, wait; there is no spare battery. Oops, hang on: 148 grams. http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/12289/How+much+do+the+individual+iPad+component+weigh Not that it would do you any good. Also, I can't find a replacement or spare AC adapter for sale. I've seen several mentions of limited availability on the adapter. Looks like you lug your sole adapter around with you. That's really the component whose weight should be compared to the mythical spare battery.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

[i]Full-size tablets can be heavier, a stylus can be lost, they might lack battery life, or be, as you suggest, more expensive. All reasons to get an iPad if those are things that matter to you.[/i] If you have a need for a high end tablet, even if you absolutely HATE stylus, you aren't going to be able to get by with an iPad, they are just FAR to limited by the OS itself, without even getting into lack of functionality, durability etc. Companies that seek BETTER tablets,m have stringent requirements, they are used in teh field where users would kill 10 iPads a year, they are cheap and do not hold up to full time use that way. I know, Stephen's IT consulting business has been using one and it holds up just fine but that's not exactly demanding use. There's no way an iPad can even begin competing with some of the tablets out there, it doesn't even SKIM the surface of what they offer, not even a consideration for their users. Connectivity is a requirement of most companies I bid. They have a truck mounted printer, or they have a belt mounted printer and they need to quickly plug in and print receipts for their clients. Some other devices also have a printer interface available for them also, as is the case with POS tablets. [i]But what makes it useful is whether the task can be done more comfortably or efficiently with a multi-touch surface. [/i] There's NOTHING efficient about incorrect input. This is why the system FAILED when it was first introduced to compete with major touch screen manufacturer's, long before Apple bought the old patent from them. They then added a multi-touch chip that wasn't theirs, lost a lawsuit about patent infringement and STILL haven't upheld their end of the bargain when shipping iProducts using another company's patented multitouch system into North America. So a poor touch system that they don't even own, they are sued and given the right to use it and pay a large tariff for imports to North America, they ignore that and continue anyway, what a super duper company! [i]The iPad can accomplish tasks we once relied on other devices to do. But what makes it useful is whether the task can be done more comfortably or efficiently with a multi-touch surface. [/i] Again with multitouch. The CONCEPT of multitouch is good, the system Apple designed is half arsed at best. I suppose for people who don't know much about touch interfaces it seems good, but when I touch a screen I know what type of screen it is and instantly know it's drawbacks and limitations. Adding a multitouch chipset doesn't fix problems it just makes people THINK it's kinda cool an cutting edge. Businesses that rely on such input accuracy just won't even consider a substandard system as found in Apple's devices. How many false positive entries do you want YOUR cashier or sales staff entering each day? Me? None. [i]Clearly reading text and viewing media in lowlight situations are among the things it is most immediately useful for and best at (especially when one is away from a desk or a table). It is also good at interpreting gestures, something that will make it even more useful as developers begun to understand the capabilities of all the built-in sensors.[/i] A glossy screen had been worked around for years already, as it has been proven bad in such situations. The problem is, mate, anti-glare glass is a lot more expensive, and thus Apple will not employ it in their cheaply produced products. As for developer understanding the capabilities of multitouch, it's been around AGES, and the developer DO know the capabilities and have patents on such. Patents which Apple ignores and carries on with anyway. Apple is not about to incorporate that same chipset in a more useful screen though, such as Accutouch, accoustic pulse, surface wave etc. as they are too expensive for THEIR devices, though the people that Apple is trying to copy DO incorporate such systems in their more expensive and more useful products. Smaller devices will often include stylus touch, handwriting recognition etc. to make input for a mobile user far easier. Lost stylus? Get real. a pack of 5 costs less than $10 and they are often tethered. I've used touch devices with a stylus since the mid 90's and have never lost a stylus, I am far from careful with this stuff either, I toss products in and out of bags, use them a bars etc. [i]In the mean time, people will just enjoy their iPads smile pleasantly when you don't grumble in your corner about how the sky is falling and them dogs and cats livin together. [/i] You can sit in your corner all you like and nobody is grumbling about the sky falling. People who like iPad's seem to believe they are a new device on the market and offer cutting edge features that others will try to copy, as also echoed by Steve Jobs. These people would clearly include yourself of course, as made obvious in your last reply. My point is, you are wrong. Apple's iPad is not unique, it is old technology, cheaped down and brought to market for Joe consumer who just doesn't know that better devices have been around for a decade now. Larger screens, better input options, better operating systems, better software, more durable, better construction, components, warranty etc. just BETTER all around. Jobs puts the focus on some upcoming devices with smaller screens and everyone starts thinking that they are trying to copy Apple's device which is a mix of old, copied and stolen technology. It is false, Apple copied other devices to bring a cheapo consumer gadget to market that pales hideously in the face of those it tries to imitate. I KNOW you don't have a clue what I am talking about just because of the references you used in your post, it shows someone who is new to mobile and tablet computing, not a big deal of course, I was too until it became my job to know better. That doesn't change the facts though. Apple was the copycat (to be nice and not call them thieves that have been sued for it already) and they have pretended that market does not exist and the they are the pioneers. They ARE the pioneers when it comes to cheap, but that's where it stops. They lag behind and lack big time where others have excelled for years already.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

I guess I'm not a typical computer user or a content creator. Maybe I don't even need a computer! I THOUGHT I was a typical user but I hate social networking. I can't stand reading articles online, 99% horseshlt from nobody's with an instant voice of reckoning. I create documents and presentations though. So maybe I'm a content creator, even though I use a computer for other things most of the time. Is there anything for those that are a bit of both? Wouldn't the typical user, as noted in your first description of the two types of computer user, be more satisfied with a keypad for text input instead of a glossy screen with inaccurate input abilities?

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

Gawd, the Apple gang really grasps at straws! "Sales are thru the roof." That does NOT equate to either a valuable product, a worthy product or even a useful product. People will buy ANYTHING if it's sold to them, especially the US consumer who buys just for the sake of buying and having. "Is that useless phone operating system the same one that sells so many smart phones?" Actually it's the one that only sells a lot of smart phones in the USA. On a global scale, Apple's OS sucks hind teet by a long shot. American consumers, I've often joked that I can sell absolutely ANYTHING to an American that wouldn't sell anywhere else in the world, and thus proves Apple. [i]Sure could have fooled me. My wife bought one and loves it. She is not a computer junkie. She loves it because it is an appliance that works almost instantly when she turns it on. Probably just another case of an unenlighted consumer. [/i] Nice counter argument! You still haven't said how it is useful, just that your wife loves it. My sister owns one too, she had to so she could be cool at work and show that she was in touch and could buy cool toys. It doesn't mean it's useful though. So far she just gets pissed and won't even discuss it with me when I show her what she COULD have in a tablet that dances circles around anything Apple will EVER become. "well, I love it and everyone else does too, so there!" Great rebuttals! I can only imagine how much she'd love a real tablet.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

But not even 10% as useful. [i]compromise on where, how, and how long you use the more traditional computer.[/i] Compromise? I use my notebook all day, in and out of sleep, running presentations, email etc. In the evening I use it for vehicle diagnostics through an interface that communicates with the car's computer. It's got a stock 6 cell battery, nothing high end at all, but it lasts the day, every day. Sure, running it non stop would kill the battery in 5-6 hours, but that's hardly an inconvenience when in that 6 hours I am sure I will fin power somewhere. If my battery dies, I can run out and buy a new one in one of a half dozen shops around town and install it in 20 seconds. If I really needed it, carrying an extra battery is not exactly something I'd have to have a helper for. How weak are people getting where 'cheap quality' is excused as being more portable? iPad users seem to be following the trend of Linux users. We'll find a reason to defend our choices, whether it applies or not.

Slayer_
Slayer_

But I don't see why I would need more than my laptop for mobile computing. My Laptop can do almost everything my desktop can, it just has overall less computing power, slower processor, slower video, less RAM, slower RAM. I almost never use my laptop in the house except for when I hook it up to a TV, or as Saturday, when the power kept going on and off, this doesn't disrupt the laptop. It also for some reason plays Atlantica far better, its 7600 does way better than my 9600 in that game for some reason.

DNSB
DNSB

I really get tired of those you have reached your maximum message level messages.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"Funny that Apple is adding multitasking while Microsoft ripped it out of Windows Mobile 7." I'm guessing that's because MS intends Windows 7 (full, non-mobile variety) as its OS for tablet applications, and Mobile 7 for phones. Google seems to think multitasking is an important Android feature.

ShockMe
ShockMe

Ask why no WiDi, why no LTE or WiMax, why no no induction charging and wireless sync? How about 60Hz 1080p OTA? 120Hz? ATSC tuner with Ariel in the box? For 500 clams I'm golden.

ShockMe
ShockMe

Really, the only thing that kept me from buying the top of the line iPad was that it lacked a LTE radio and a 128 GB SSD. In the mean time I'll get by with the 16 GB wifi and a 4G WiMax via the sprint overdrive. Then I limited only by coverage and the relatively short battery life of the overdrive. Less than ideal but at least my phone won't be tied up or drained with the task and my other devices can share the signal when I travel. BTW AirDisplay rocks.

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

You would lose your bet. Of course, you'll never know because you'll never buy an iPad, right?

DNSB
DNSB

Actually, one person I chat with says she is using a 4 port USB hub with it's 5V@2.5A power adapter and it will recharge her iPad. Admittedly, she also says that hub violates the usual limitation of 500mA/port by supplying up to 2000mA (close to what USB 3.0 and USB OTG supply for battery charging) out of one port when the rest are not loaded. She used to carry one AC to USB adapter but too many devices with incompatible USB plugs these days -- cellphone uses a mini-A, Bluetooth headset uses a micro-B, old external hard drive uses a B, Kobo uses a mini-A. The powered hub also allows her to leave multiple devices charging without having to use a power bar to plug in multiple adapters. One idiotic cellphone does require her to connect her laptop to start the charging process. Once it has done it's handshake with the laptop, it'll continue to charge even after the laptop is disconnected. As for the iPad AC adapter, one ships with the iPad and the Apple store shows you can order spare unitswith the same shipping as the iPad in the USA. In Canada, still shows any iPad stuff as shipping in June. Hmmm... $29.00 here, $29.00 there, a few more times and we'll get to the serious dollars.

ShockMe
ShockMe

Well one area to excel in is certainly affordability. I also never suggested it was unique, I only mention what it is good for. I've no doubt better examples exist,we've used them. We've also seen wonderful resistive techand hardened case for more than a decade in the wider market. But the mix has not been right for wide acceptance. You can also buy lanyards for wandering stylii, but it is a weakness as a single point of interaction except in sketch type applications where as you say false input is disastrous. Line personnel also make false input with hardware switches. If you are saying the algorithm to distinguish between the two is not good enough for you who am I to disagree.?If it can be deployed within budgets as they exist than such tech will succeed and I welcome it. But in the mean time I have a solution until that tech filters down to a price point we can use and develop for. Eventually better tech will be less expensive and it will make sense to consider it. Part of excelling is actually meeting your customers needs. One of those needs is your customer's budget. The iPad allows to deliver services we couldn't before without pricing ourselves out if the bidding. But hey go ahead and poke at your own solution it doesn't affect me.

ShockMe
ShockMe

It just has to work. Microsoft proved that. Whether it is Xerox who had no idea what a valuable IP it owned, or a company with valuable IP but not the wherewithal to defend it. The world would be better without thieves and hoarders. But until the current IP system meets the needs of all parties this will continue to happen. That's part of what makes the M&A world go round.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

"I'm sure eventually we will see well executed convertible tablet with a hardware keyboard." Yeah I'm sure they'll come out with one, circa 2004. Apple hasn't done it though, so it mustn't exist yet. [i]As I see it, the main problems with text entry on the iPad are the non-standard key-map and the lack of precise targeting of cursor for placement and text selection during editing.[/i] A company tried making touch screens in 1993 to compete with the ELO/Tyco's of the world. It failed miserably as Tyco had moved onto Accutouch which was widely adopted as the defacto standard of touch for kiosk type systems. When the competing company filed for bankruptcy, Apple bought their patents and technology. They then decided that the only way to make it a feasible system was to incorporate the multitouch chipset. As they did so, a lawsuit was filed against their shipping it into America as it infringed on their patent 357. a court upheld the claim and Apple settled, but still imported it's products to America, while reneging on the agreement they had with respect to importation taxes, royalties etc. Then they were dragged off to court again in April this year to address the shipping of iPads with the same system. Again the courts found reasonable ground for them, which Apple has continued to ignore and this ANOTHER suit is currently being seen. Simply put; They bought and outdated system that was not accurate enough to work in the heavily stylus'd world at the time. They then took someone else's technology (Elan's 357 petent), ignored the restrictions behind exporting it from China to America and STILL face the same issues even after saying, "yeah we'll pay them for it" Apple mobile is an utter and complete farce. Their products are substandard, poor quality and not unique or cutting edge as they like to pretend they are. They steal technology, work around a lawsuit and then don't uphold their end of the bargain. They are bottom feeders or the mobile world, yet all these gadget junkies see is a company trying to give MS a run for its money and that makes people happy. They ignore the fact that Apple is producing garbage that's not new at all and when it does have something new, they've just stolen it from someone else and not upheld their end of the deal, essentially ripping off the technology developers.

ShockMe
ShockMe

It's really simple. If you need something with a keyboard buy any one of a thousand other options with a hardware keyboard built-in. Keyboards are pretty useful but we shouldn't let them channel us into one form of interaction. Many people that create documents begin by consulting other documents and media. This makes the iPad and a number of other tablets a wonderful companion device in the workplace. You are moving forward from a false assumption. The iPad isn't meant to replace, it is meant complement existing devices by providing a more points of interaction in more comfortable settings. Like you I dislike most social networking sites and find what passes for commentary online sadly lacking. As for a bit of both, I'm sure eventually we will see well executed convertible tablet with a hardware keyboard. As I see it, the main problems with text entry on the iPad are the non-standard key-map and the lack of precise targeting of cursor for placement and text selection during editing. Something a set of arrow keys and a modifier key could easily address. This would leave only the key-switch feedback issue for those accustomed to touch typing. Touch typing having arisen as a human adaptation to the main defect in the design of the original hardware keyboard. (Not being able to see the intended key label immediately in advance of the key that is actually chosen.) I suspect what we will see is progressively larger multitouch trackpad surface used for those situations where we currently use desktops and notebook form factors. This will add to the bandwidth we already have with the keyboard, the mouse and the graphics stylus. The fact that many people can get by quite well with iPad and nothing else outside the workplace, and have found uses for it inside the workplace, doesn't mean you have to chuck out all the gear you currently have. For many home users the general purpose personal computer is overkill and has been for quite some time. If you don't think you'll have a use for the iPad then don't buy one. Many people are choosing the MacBook Air or a less expensive netbook for just that reason. Start with the task you want to accomplish. Then, choose the device that makes it easiest for you. For many everyday tasks, other people have chosen an iPad. Get over it.

ShockMe
ShockMe

I've even seen one used on board a high-speed ferry to diagnose a gas turbine. It is also very popular in my local tuner community who take a perverse pride in adding yet more distractions to the passenger cabins of automobiles. I can run out to have a dozen shops and buy inductive chargers for work benches, solar chargers, and even a crank set to power it for those occasions when the grid is 7 hours, two river fords, and mountain pass away. What was your point again?

DNSB
DNSB

I've made a habit of either replying to the original post or not bothering to reply when the limit message is there. Sorry to say but the majority of the discussions on TechRepublic have not been such as to encourage me to continue threads. "Did to, did not, did to, did not...." would be the level most posters strive to achieve.

DNSB
DNSB

Earlier versions of Windows Mobile supported multitasking. Ever wonder why the support was dropped? Not to mention that most phone users seem to want multitasking for the same reasons as users of more traditional computing platforms. As for using Windows 7 for tablets? So far, pure tablets running Windows 7 seem to be dropping like flies -- the HP Slate comes to mind as does the Microsoft Courier. Seems as if Android and WebOS are becoming OSs of choice for non-Apple tablets. Note that by tablet, I'm not referring to those bastard covertible laptop/tablets where you get the worst of both worlds.

DNSB
DNSB

Why not 3D? At least 4 USB 3.0 ports? An eSATA port? A 10 gigabit Ethernet port. Heck, add a 10 gigabit optical Ethernet port. A LightPeak port? Optical outputs for video and audio capable of 3840 x 2160 at 240Hz? Some pundits claiming that's the next logical step in high definition. A 2.4:1 aspect ratio screen with 2592*1080 resolution -- preferably, an OLED screen? And make it a 50cm diagonal screen just to have a decent amount of real estate to touch. Front and rear facing cameras with 10:1 optical zoom and 25 megapixel resolution on a full 24*36 sensor? (hey, Nikon, Canon and Kodak have those sensors -- it's not like I'm asking for a really big sensor in the medium format camera size with 50 megapixels) And then we have to find some sucker to buy a $8000 tablet that is 12cm thick and weighs in the 8kg range without it's batteries. With all those doodads, I figure we'll need at least 3 batteries or perhaps just borrow one from a Chevy Volt. Anyone else here remember the Simpson's episode where Homer got to design a vehicle? I think "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" was the name. G-man seems to want the iPad design team to have striven for the tablet equivalent of "The Homer". And with about the same sales potential.

spookyone1
spookyone1

Although my Sprint device is the HC EVO 4G.

DNSB
DNSB

Dropped by the local Future shop and got to check out the charger in person. Not a scientific measure since I just got to hold the charger in my hand but considerably less than 146 gms. That's without the optional 2m cord. Heck, dust-man, since they are on sale now even in the hinterlands of Scotland, you might want to check this for yourself.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

2"x2"x1" block with a plug on it--and a USB-A socket is not a weight so the answer is you don't know.

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

It consists of a 2"x2"x1" block with a plug on it--and a USB-A socket. Maybe half the weight of the battery if that much.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

cant find out the weight of the charging kit anywhere.