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

Why my iPad is now a very expensive digital photo frame... a world driven by convenience, if it's not ready to go, I'm moving on.

And in a vicious cycle, if I'm not using my iPad regularly, I'm not going to get into a routine of charging it up.

4. I can watch iPlayer on my TV

An oft-cited use for the iPad is being able to watch iPlayer in bed and, I confess, I have on many occasions done just that.


I find the Kindle so much more convenient than the iPad for reading on the commute to workPhoto: David Carnoy/CBS Interactive

But then I have a TV in my bedroom which can link to the internet, giving me the choice of watching iPlayer on a bigger screen that doesn't require me to hold it. The TV wins, the iPad loses.

5. The Kindle is so much better for reading

I, like many people, believed the iPad would be the death of e-readers - who wants a device that does one thing when you can have a device that does 10? While I wouldn't go as far as to say the iPad is a jack of all trades, master of none, there are devices that fulfil certain functions better - for me, at least.

And you know what, I don't mind slipping my Kindle into my handbag because it hardly weighs anything, doesn't hurt my eyes when I read from it and - back to point three - it tends to be charged most of the time.

The Kindle is, in my opinion, a very good e-reader and so when I want to read, the Kindle comes along.

The end of the road for me and my iPad?

It's not that I think the iPad is a bad tablet - in fact I think it's a great tablet. If you're in the market for one, I'd recommend the iPad.

I guess I'm just not sold on the need for a tablet device if you've got a smartphone, a laptop, internet-enabled TV and an e-reader. Perhaps I just have too many gadgets, but that's true of most people buying an iPad.

And yet I did love it, once. It just seems as though everyday life got in the way.

Perhaps, as with any good relationship, both parties have to put in the effort to make it work, so maybe it's time for me to try a little harder. Maybe it's not time to write off my relationship with iPad just yet.