iPad A Disappointment

I know a number of people out there who rushed out to buy the first iPad, many of them wondering if it would be everything the iPhone was for them. To be honest, the reactions apparently were a bit mixed.

Did the iPad 2 address these problems? I have found that while new features were added and some other improvements were made, there are still some issues that might have been overlooked. At least, this is why I wanted to find out about. What I found is detailed below.

1. Add-ons. Come on, who really needs to buy a special keyboard just to have something tactile to use on the iPad?  Seems kind of silly. Has this been resolved with the iPad 2? Well, last time I looked, no. You’re still going to need to get a separate keyboard unless you like holding your neck at a weird angle and typing.

2. It’s just a big iPhone. The iPad 1 offered nothing all that compelling that made anyone think of anything other than it being a huge iPhone. With the iPad 2… you know have a camera. If you love your iPhone, you’ll love the iPad because it’s… less portable?

iPad A Disappointment
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3. No HDMI connections. Heck, one might think that the iPad would have offered this! Sadly, the iPad 2 also fails here. But at least there is plenty of room for extra purchases, like a new AV adapter by Apple. While I am not thrilled about this, it is nice that Apple is providing some option here.

4. If memory serves me, the iPad 1 wasn’t released with multitasking. At least this is what I’ve been told. Considering both versions of the iPad offer multitasking, this is almost a moot point now. Besides that, the real difference now is that the iPad 2 offers faster multitasking. Guess we can thank the newer iOS releases for slowing down the older iPad model?

Is it even worth it?

So is it worth your time to even bother with an iPad? To be honest, I will take a netbook any day of the week. While it might not be as sexy, having used both the iPad and a netbook, the netbook just does more. Then again, there is always room for the iPad 3 to perhaps sway me. But as an iPhone 4 owner, I’m not looking for a larger model of the same basic device.

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  • Maxwell Evans

    Though, I agree with some of your points. You seem to be writing this with your needs in mind. Isn’t writing about things, such as this, supposed to be a neutral kind of thing? I was thinking mainly to tell people what’s what, rather than what you prefer. Just my opinion though. =

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=700198032 Alex Jared Hawk

    No. I am an Apple fanboy, and bought an MSI Wind over an iPad

  • Laser

    Actually you may find there are people who would like a bigger iPhone! I am getting on in age and it is difficult to read the iphone. So I am one of those who would love the iPad tto also be a phone!

  • Rgr1444

    I had a net book before I bought the iPad. I can not tell you how disappointedI was in it. I bought a Toshiba with XP. I did not want the handicapped Win 7 so I got the one with XP. My main machines are all Macs. I do have an HP with Win 7, but I am not happy with 7 or Vista. XP is a little harder to find find things for, but I would rather use it than other Windows offerings. I use my iPad for many things. It is more convenient than a netbook or laptop for many things. You have to know when to put it down and pick up a laptop. It will not not replace my MacBook, but is a lot easier to carry than the netbook. In the same bag I carried the netbook I now carry the iPad, a Nook, a digital camera, charger and assorted cables. That goes every where I go. Keep your net books and send me your iPads.


  • Anonymous

    People know only few social sites as facebook , linkedin , myspace, twitter and now g+. And as g+ comes with many advanced features than other social sites. So more people will use g+ in coming days so as this point google can topple other social site. But if people may know about social site diaspora then they will not go for g+ and google’s new project of social site might again be fall.

  • Sam Morris

    look at this GIF i made about g+ and FB https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-kRXPSseI414/Tno7yZFIU0I/AAAAAAAAABw/T3wwM8aiwQs/s280/tmh.gif 

    (+sam Morris)