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IPad Problems - 14 Problems with Apple's iPad

By newstigers
Mar 22, 2010
  1. Apple just revealed the new Apple iPad Tablet that will probably make it one of the first failures by Apple's latest line of products. Apple revealed this new Tablet PC as a challenger to netbooks. However, it's already been labeled a "less powerful, but more expensive netbook." Here are 14 iPad problems that made this Apple iPad an iDisappointment.

    1. No Multitasking
    The Apple iPad is just like the iPhone, in that there is no multitasking. You can't work on a document and talk on AIM or Gtalk. In other words, the iPad just a giant iPod Touch (the iPod Touch being better) and cannot match netbooks.

    2. It Has an Awkward Design
    The design is a bit awkward because you have to hold it in one hand and balance it while your other hand uses the functionality or more likely you will need to put it on your knees to use it properly. It's like holding a monitor, I'm sure nothing will happen to it.

    Some people complain about the Bezel being too large, but perhaps this was necessary so that you don't constantly give commands while moving around.

    3. No Adobe Flash
    Were you considering watching Hulu on this? How about youtube (well we'll have to wait for an app for that)? Thinking of playing flash games while waiting on the bus? Oh well.

    4. No USB, Need Adapters
    Again with the iPod design, you need to plug in the special Apple adapter. If you lose it, you'll have to buy another. If you want to plug in multiple devices you need USB to iPad adapters! Since it's not even using Mac OS, most USB devices would probably not work anyway.

    5. AT&T Once Again
    Are you thinking of purchasing the 3G version? You'll need to get it with AT&T and think of how overloaded their service will be now. There is no Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint service available for this product, some of which has better coverage. You can't use T-Mobile's 3G at all because of their MicroSIM made specifically for AT&T.

    6. Memory Business Model
    Apple will charge you extra for higher memory. It's a business model they use for all their products to increase profits. That's why they don't want other storage devices being inserted to improve memory. You're also stuck with a limit of 64GB, so don't think about putting in all your music, movies, or games.

    7. Touch Keyboard
    Many people were complaining about the touchscreen keyboard. Which would be fine if it worked perfectly and you didn't have to sit it exactly on your lap and make sure it's flat. You can however, attach an Apple keyboard, just another way for Apple to make money.

    8. App Store Again
    Just like the iPod Touch you have to download everything from an App store. Meaning if you don't like Safari, you're stuck with it. Some apps may be banned once again.

    9. No Cameras
    Yeah no web cams on the front, and no cameras for photos or videos from the back either.

    10. No Removable Battery
    You can't just take an extra battery with you on a long trip because the battery works the same way as an iPod (though my bet is, it doesn't last as long).

    11. No HDMI/DVI Output
    You can't plug this thing into your TV to display your HD movies. You'd need AppleTV for that.

    12. No Widescreen
    16:9 ain't happening, you're stuck with a 4:3 screen.

    13. No GPS
    There's no GPS, so --unlike the T-Mobile MyTouch or the Verizon Droid which both run on Android, can multitask and have GPS so that you can use the Beta Google Maps Navigation system for turn-by-turn directions-- you're stuck with locating yourself via WiFi hotspots.

    14. It's Large, Slow, and Clunky
    Not only will you have to buy accessories to protect your device, it's very large making it easy to drop and probably won't live a healthy life in a backpack filled with notebooks and other possibly sharp objects. There may be a number of accessories sold by Apple to cover some of these problems.

    The iPad max speed is 1GHz (A4 processor) and will probably be just as slow surfing the web as most other smartphones and it won't match up to netbooks. There is no Mac OS X or anything either, it's definitely the iPhone OS except without the Phone capability and of course I'm sure they will ban Google Voice and Skype.

    The iPad is about the size of a Kindle, so it is nice for reading e-books I suppose, but then I'm not sure why I wouldn't just buy a Kindle.

    As with all companies that initially have much success, they get a little overconfident and launch a product just to create more hype and increase their stock prices.

    More related iPad Problem resources:

    ipad wiki - What you need to know about iPad

    The iPad is a tablet computer developed by Apple Inc. Announced on January 27, 2010, it is similar in functionality to the iPhone and iPod touch, running the same operating system (iPhone OS) and almost all of the same applications...
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,657   +323

    With just 2 posts, and this one being the only one with any substantial quantity of text I'm sure you are just trolling. We've also had a lengthy discussion about the iPad on the news forum/front page. Anyway I'll bite for now.

    1. Yep, multitasking would be nice, I think there is limited multitasking, probably no more limited than the iPhone.

    2. Don't know if I agree, we haven't held one so the jury is still out. Can't be harder than holding a clipboard and lots of people do that every day without complaining.

    3. Flash sucks, and uses a lot of processor on even core 2 duos, to watch the NCAA MMOD games on my netbook it uses ~90% of the processor without being full screened. Full screen it and if anything else is opened it doesn't play smoothly. If you run a processor at 100% even if its an Atom or an A4 its going to suck the battery life much faster.
    Youtube works on iPhones with no flash by using h.264, some other sites do too. html5 may replace flash anyway.

    4. That does suck, putting even an SD card reader in it would have been nice.

    5. Its only a big deal for some people. I don't think the number of people that really want an iPad but won't because of AT&T is pretty small. iPhone is doing pretty well with AT&T. Also I heard some rumors a while back that Apple was trying to get out of using AT&T, so this may not be a limitation forever.

    6. Again SD/USB would be nice, but 64GB of music is a lot, its pretty big for photos, and its not terribly big for hd movies. But do you need to carry 10 HD movies on it at once? The battery won't play 10 movies in a row, so you'll need to charge it, when you are charging you can sync to swap movies.

    7. I don't see this as an issue.

    8. Again don't see this as a problem. The apps are controlled, ensuring they are going to work well.

    9. It would be useful for video conferencing, but beyond that I don't think it is useful. The frame for the thing looks like they can fit a camera in there (based on internal shots I've seen) so there will probably be one in a future revision.

    10. 10 hours is pretty long, if you need longer I'm sure there are cigarette lighter chargers for it and standalone wall chargers. You have to buy the 'car' charger for most phones anyway so I don't think its a big deal. Besides, how many people carry 2 batteries around for their phones?

    11. eh, I think there are component adapters for it, the thing doesn't do real hd anyway so you don't need dvi/hdmi. Plus, you really aren't going to use an iPad as a bluray replacement in your home theater.

    12. 4:3 is better at small resolutions for web pages, reading documents, and other things that don't involve widescreen movies. So yeh it sucks a bit for movies, but I don't think movies are its primary function.

    13. The iPad isn't a phone, so you'll still need to carry a phone with you - there is your GPS. If you need GPS and don't have a phone with GPS then I don't think you're going to be heartbroken by no GPS on the iPad. If its that important, get a real gps like the Garmin 60CSx.

    14. Large? You (or wherever you copy pasted from) were complaining about the screen size, without putting in a super high pixel density screen (at a substantial increase in cost) you aren't going to get HD (or anything close) with a smaller device. Smaller screen would also require zooming for most webpages. As for how it does in backpacks - there will be sleeves for it, most people have one for their laptops, so I don't see this as shocking that the iPad would need one if you are going to throw it in your backpack.

    You are speculating about the speed. Its got enough power to process the video so it can't be that slow. Without flash bogging down webpages it should do just fine.

    First the size was too big, now its the size of a Kindle which is fine to you? Screen is bigger than the Kindle, and it has more features than the Kindle, its pretty much not comparable at all other than you can read ebooks on both.

    You need to keep in mind the iPad is a device made to do a few things very well. It was never designed with the intention of being able to do an infinite amount of things, Apple likes to keep things simple. Once you start piling on the 'features' things get confusing to most non techies.
     
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