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Apple iPad: The biggest annoyances

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The Apple iPad has been lauded as a revolutionary new form factor for the PC. But, the product also has its share of worts. Here are photos that help document some of its biggest annoyances.

Also read the companion blog post: Apple iPad: The five biggest annoyances

This first photo shows how bad the iPad screen can get. The iPad on the right is a standard model during normal daily use. The one on the left has an antiglare screen film on it. Notice the lack of fingerprints and how much better the one on the left handles glare.?

Photo credit: Jason Hiner/TechRepublic

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53 comments
patch21
patch21

Ok let me get this straight... I thought this was supposed to be a 'flawed based assessment'? All I've seen is a bunch of pics and some nit picking crap about fingerprints. It's called wear and tear guys. It's what happens to ANY item that u use frequently. This post has wasted allot of my time n data so unless you've got something significant to ward me away from the iPad, stop ur bitching and move on to something constructive.

nadam9
nadam9

Wow! The antiglare screen film affects the lightning not only on the iPad but also on the surface behind the iPad (see the first two pictures). Seriously, pointing a light at the iPad without the film to exaggerate the effect is pretty lame. /not an apple fanboi

xraybear
xraybear

I have this cover and I agree it can look pretty beat up. I finally just took a mild soap and water mix on a wash cloth and wiped it up. I was very pleased that it cleaned up beautifully and looked brand new!

TrueDinosaur
TrueDinosaur

Don't writers use a spell check? MS Word 2007 complains about worts

flash4ipad
flash4ipad

I agree entirely that after all the war of words, its simply an annoyance that flash is not available for the average user. join the voices signing the online petition http://flash4ipad.com

ken
ken

Can you see her? In the first photo? Is the Ipad trying to go too far and going to go down?

brighteyes459
brighteyes459

I have only seen and played with the iPad in BestBuy, and never have I seen finger prints on one as I have seen in the picture here, what was he doing, eating fried chicken then using the iPad? I am sure that there isn't anyone who is wiping down the iPads in BestBuy or Apple stores after each user use and they don't have finger prints like that. LOL What are you doing to beat up the case like that? You must be hard on things is all I can figure.

mafergus
mafergus

Is how everyone gets religious in either their hatred or blind love based on the logo. The Ipad has some decent features, but it's just another device in a looong line of touchscreen devices. Personally I am waiting for the Icloud with the neural optical interface.

tc399
tc399

I think wort is a component of beer brewing. A wart is a virus which can cause an ugly growth. And I think someone who gets paid to write ought to know the difference.

ocmel001
ocmel001

but still haven't used it. I'm a recent adopter of iPhone and just getting used to that and the iTunes synching and all. While I was intrigued with iPad I wasn't ready to buy one and low and behold I won an iPad from a vendor. I have synched it and downloaded bunches of free apps, have had it for over a month and yet to USE it! ONE time I wanted to use it and I got the nasty 'need flashplayer but Apple products don't support it message'. Bah. Definitely, IF I were using it, I would want a case, a stand, and the film glare. I regularly wipe my iPhone clean, and did that with my Blackberry when I had that, I just think that is basic things to do and not one to add as an annoyance just for iPad. But just not getting the usefulness of this toy yet.

andy
andy

GoodReader looks interesting, but you still have to sync it with iTunes to get all your documents onto it. I don't have an iPad, but for the iPhone DropBox is an awesome (free) way to sync and view documents without having to plug it into a computer. I don't know what GoodReader might do that DropBox doesn't, but for the price it's really worth checking out. As an added bonus, it also syncs the files across all of your computers. Create it on your work PC, open and edit it on your MacBook, review it on your iPhone/iPad. You may even be able to edit it on iPad, but not sure.

jpackley
jpackley

You might want to remove your serial number in that one picture.

IT_Lunatic
IT_Lunatic

Fingerprints and all, i think the iPad is worth every bit of $200. Not the $499/$629 starting price. Buy hey, it's Apple right? They could put their logo on a piece of cow dung and sell it for a premium. Bah... i will stick with my good old laptop/Blackberry solution until the price of these toys come down. And thats all i see them as, a toy.

Dknopp
Dknopp

What is this article about? A bunch of pictures of fingerprints and how the ipad stands up? Was this proofread before it was posted?

sar10538
sar10538

Thanks for pointing out these serious annoyances Jason, these are such a showstopper for me and without your timely advice I'd have gone out and bought a piece of junk. Guess I'll just stick with the good old slate and pencil then. The slate has a great non reflective surface and I never seem to get fingermarks on it but then I carry around a cloth so I can clean it when I need to. My slate is a little fragile so I take a little care not to throw it around and always carry it in a padded bag so I do not drop it. When I'm using it I take care not to have dirty hands that could make my precious slate slip from my hands and I never seem to have trouble using it on my lap but it works really well when I put it on a table too, making sure the table is not dirty with things that would scratch the back of my precious slate. I guess you'd say I was proud of my slate and treat it with a good deal of respect as it is a valuable tool to me and I'd be lost without it, let alone the cost of having to replace it. I don't like to clutter my slate up with lots of unnecessary stuff, like writing times tables on it, so I keep it very clear and it leaves lots of space for me to work quickly. My only regret is that it cannot play music but I can get a really high-pitched sound when I run my finger-nails down it. This is very useful to get rid of annoying people when they are around me. If I want to see pictures on my slate I can just draw them, it is really fun. I don't know why everyone doesn't have a slate like mine, I've had mine for decades and it has never needed the batteries replaced so it is very economical to run. One tip though, if your going to buy a slate the best slate comes from Wales in the UK. Yaki dah!

Tom-Tech
Tom-Tech

Surely the biggest annoyance of the iPad is the same as for all Apple products?... ;-)

lcave
lcave

At least one of these is a "show stopper" for me. I'll wait for the iPad 2.0. Thanks very much for the info.

jack-techrepublic
jack-techrepublic

This is rubbish really. Just like a regular mobile, the iPhone, your keyboard, even the monitor or any other device where we put our hands on, we better clean it regularly. This is basic hygiene, and very important to prevent an important accumulation of microbs.

tim.oconnnor
tim.oconnnor

So it's not perfect... Weigh the pros and cons and decide if it is worth your money. Also send your feedback to Apple or use these missing pieces as a chance to build/develop your own solution.

david.hunt
david.hunt

As I'm dojng most of my web browsing on 64 bit Linux, I don't really miss Flash. With all the security exploits that it has exposed in recent years, it has become a pain in the a*** in lieu of a feature. Looks to me as if the iPad is a solution, looking for a problem to solve. I don't have the right problem.

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

do not care enough. This fact has been known for ages. If you bought an 'i' device then you have no right to feel aggrieved do you?

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

No idea what it means. Perhaps, as a previous poster suggested, it means Jason had fried chicken for lunch that day. :p

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

[i]I am sure that there isn't anyone who is wiping down the iPads in BestBuy or Apple stores after each user use...[/i] Not only is somebody wiping down the iPads in Best Buy, they're doing it three or four time an hour. As for not leaving noticeable prints on the demo, if you played with it the way I did, you most likely spent a couple of minutes with it and made, at most 15-20 touches or swipes. The iPad in these images is being [u]used[/u]. It's not sitting in a controlled environment with no abrasive surfaces or sharp edges in sight.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

There's no way I'd let myself in for that. iTunes with a neural optical interface? Not just earwigs, but Apple's choice of earwigs? No thanks! :p

Papa_Bill
Papa_Bill

C'mon writers, spell check doesn't catch everything (except "C'mon)

johno
johno

One point only here, flash... and one pic would of done. My god i hope it didn't take you long to put this crap together. PS - Wash your bloody hands!

PMPsicle
PMPsicle

Iechyd da ... although it's still a little early in the day for me. (Good Health or Cheers for the Saesneg speakers here).

johno
johno

I'll take a few pls.

benardquek
benardquek

Didn't you do this sometime back, talk about the annoying attributes. Now you are doing it all again except that you have images of the casings and screen protectors...which is what I EXACTLY told you to do the last time. Gawd sakes, did it take you this long to discover this solution? For an IT guy, you're not very bright.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

That is what this article is about. We know what's good about the iPad, now we need to see what is bad so we know what the pros and cons are.

sar10538
sar10538

There'll be a welcome in the glen... Anyone seen my dragon...

stewagd
stewagd

I also get terribly annoyed that my car needs regular cleaning. I've looked for a protective film for the windshield which cleans itself every time it gets smudged but can't find one which is satisfactory. The built-in windshield wipers are barely serviceable as they only clean a portion of the glass, not the whole surface. Self-changing tyres ought to be standard considering the cost of a modern vehicle. Then again, I think my home should have self-vaccumed carpets, a self-stocking refrigerator, and smart walls which move when I weave... The most annoying thing about any computer is that it simply refuses to read the human mind. We think and they just sit there waiting for us to lay hands on the keyboard and type letters -- and they don't even know the difference between the letters we mean to type versus the letters we actually strike! How useless...! Basically, this gripe sheet is juvenile whinging. Anything "logo-Apple" gets hammered by the digital press for every minor flaw, real or perceived. Apple is on the leading edge of new technologies (ie. un-tested technologies) so there are bound to be points of improvement -- but it's just silly to write off a new technology for failing to meet unrealistic expectations from the gate. I suppose if the bloody thing sang, danced and made a decent cup of coffee, it would be criticised for singing out of tune.

SciHacker
SciHacker

Foolish comment: "There are two major flaws to the iPad (apart from its name and the fact that the cut-down form, connectivity and software makes it prettty much just a Vtech style kiddie computer), firstly it should retail for around fifty dollars, to fit it into the kiddie computer market and secondly, and more importantly, it needs finger-loops on the back, so it can be held fairly comfortably. One single, rotateable lopp of plastic would have been a useful addition." If you've used any Vtech style kiddie computers and the iPad you'll discover the former lack the interface ease of use of the latter; ironically as Vtech is supposed to be for kids. The iPad is, for now, easily the best kiddie computer of all time! And not just for kids! 8-)

hartiq
hartiq

Any Apple machine would only sing out of tune if you forgot to process the song through iWorks, iLife, iPhoto and most especially iTunes. Use iWares and it would sign like an Opera Star. That's not a flaw, it's just how they do things. There are two major flaws to the iPad (apart from its name and the fact that the cut-down form, connectivity and software makes it prettty much just a Vtech style kiddie computer), firstly it should retail for around fifty dollars, to fit it into the kiddie computer market and secondly, and more importantly, it needs finger-loops on the back, so it can be held fairly comfortably. One single, rotateable lopp of plastic would have been a useful addition. That is not a Windosed-fanboi dig at Apple, *no* tablet has support loops. Some have handles, but usually only the ruggedised ones. One would have thought some manufacturer would have thought of it. Maybe the designers and planning and marketing committees don't actually *carry* the things for more than a few seconds? :> H.

James
James

It's basically an entertainment and / or reference device. You can read on it (web pages, email, books) watch video, listen to music, play games (but not flash games). It does those things well, and has an unbelievable battery life. You can do some work on it, but anything that requires much typing is a pain in the butt. Loading new apps and syncing through iTunes is a snap, but otherwise getting data on and off of it is not convenient. It's not a cheaper laptop. It does a completely different job. If you want a cheaper laptop, buy a netbook: you can get 2 or 3 (maybe 4) for the price of a iPad.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

In this case, the point appears to be to separate you from as much money as possible so you can say you have an iPad.

jmcguire
jmcguire

...If there is one near you. They will let you have a lot of hands-on use in the store.

reggaethecat
reggaethecat

of an iPad, given that it is a minimum of GBP 150 more expensive that a netbook, less powerful, more awkward to use, has less storage, can't print, has no USB, no camera/webcam, etc etc etc etc. It won't even stand up securely or fit on your lap or a train/plane table for ease of use. And an iPhone does everything it can do and more, for the same or less money. Pointless.

David_burbage
David_burbage

Re your comment"Apple is on the leading edge of new technologies (ie. un-tested technologies) so there are bound to be points of improvement -- but it's just silly to write off a new technology for failing to meet unrealistic expectations from the gate." Excuse me but don't the ads state that you can do everything on the iPad and that it is the most user friendly device around (as opposed to the big bad MS). When you make claims like that then expect to get slammed when it is not well thought out. Like the new iPhone which has to have a special case to stop calls from dropping out Apple just show that their "make it proprietary and restrict users from getting accessories at budget price" policy comes home to roost eventually. Can't wait for the alternative makers to bring out their versions - wouldn't touch Apple with a three metre barge pole!

JJFitz
JJFitz

Since it can't truly multi-task, it could only sing OR dance OR make a decent cup of coffee - one at a time.

glhowe1
glhowe1

I have seen a plethera of positive aspects about the Ipad. So much so, it almosted seemed silly Not to get one (even though I cannot afford one). A closer look however, at the cons, provides readers with the opportunity to make an intelligent decision as to whether or not spending that kind of money on a device is worth the sacrifice. Never, in all my life, have I ever heard of a review of the cons of a product referred to as whining. So if noone takes the time to share with consumers what might not work for them or may prevent them from spending money on a device that will not do what they need it to, what are our other options? Just curious.

rmolson1
rmolson1

Right on! It just seems there is too much criticism All of this will work out. Personally, I love it!

su3264
su3264

We actually have a local brewery that brews iBeer that we sell at The Bridge Inn in dear old Topsham. Of course, some of our locals are expiring from thirst waiting for iBeer4G... N

kuragh_1
kuragh_1

I think you will find the reason that Apple gets a bit hammered is that they do not deliver on their promises. Look at Microsoft, it cops the same thing. If a company promotes a "Magical and Revolutionary" device (thats an actual Apple quote - lame) then we expect it to be "Magical and Revolutionary" i'm afraid that the iPad is neither. iPad is really only for those who buy something if "It's shiny and has an Apple logo on it" for anyone else looking for a practical device....get pretty much anything else.

cjreynolds
cjreynolds

If OTHER cars DID clean themselves and remove smudges from the windshield, and Ford claimed to have the cleanest car on the market, I WOULD expect Ford's new car to clean itself and remove smudges, just like their competitors! We're not asking iPad to do things that other devices don't already do. If my car doesn't clean itself, but that feature doesn't exist on other cars either, no problem! But if lots of other cars DO clean themselves, it's hard to laud the cars that don't clean themselves as "state-of-the-art".

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

It is a wireless web appliance running the Apple iPhone OS. You can browse the web, download apps from the App[le} store, send and receive email. You can't use Flash or run more than one app at a time. The only external connection on the device is the proprietary Apple docking port. Boiled down to the essentials, the iPad is an iPhone without telephone capability: an "iPhone Max" if you will.

brotherjim01
brotherjim01

To begin, I must say I have no idea what the reason for the Ipad is! Actually, in seeing this article, I was hoping I could get a handle on the Ipad, but looking at the various screens shown above, I must admit, I am very confused. It seems to be a computer by one page I noted that seemed to have icons upon the screen, and so I presume software can be run on the Ipad, even as on any laptop - is that correct? The first notion I got concerning the hardware, was from TV, when someone spoke of basically reading books on the Ipad, and that 1000 books would be freely sold with the Ipad, this then I expect giving me a wrong way of looking at it! Is it just a cheaper laptop? Can it be used as a wireless machine to a printer so that what you write can be printed out? For someone with my lack of understanding, this annoyances article hasn't helped me to know what this new Ipad can be used for, and I would that someone tells me if I am anywhere inside the ballpark in what I am thinking, or not. Thank you for answering.

johno
johno

Fook, if it could pure a pint... hmmm that would be great. Or maybe some APPLE cider (i am trade marking that one!) I think i'll buy one of those houses! :)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

[i]I suppose if the bloody thing sang, danced and made a decent cup of coffee, it would be criticised for singing out of tune. [/i] The criticism would be for the poor combination of dance and song. After all, everybody knows you don't dance the Charleston to "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree", you do the Lindy Hop. Let's be real here: the Apple iPad* is not everything Apple would have us believe. - it's not the original touch-screen tablet; - it's not the be-all-end-all personal portable device; and, - it's not suitable for everybody's work environment. I've played with it. It's cute, it's neat, but other than that, I have no need for one. *as opposed to the Fujitsu Ipad (predates Apple's product by [b]8[/b] years), Siemens' series of motors and engines, or the Canadian bra. And I wouldn't be a bit surprised to find a feminine hygiene product also named the Ipad.