Ten reasons to Hate the iPad

We know, you’ve been seeing lots of posts expressing disappointment with the new Apple iPad and listing all the missing features but we thought we’d run down the list one more time with our own special spin.
1. No multitasking
What’s the real reason Apple hasn’t been able to multitask on the iPhone OS since day one despite all the whining from the fans? After all, the iPhone runs the same kernel as the Mac OS X which is based on Unix. Is it a resource limitation like insufficient memory, a battery life, over heating or, performance issue? Only the keepers of the iPhone SDK have the answer to the question but we can always keep hope alive that it will appear on the iPad when it ships.
2. AT&T 3G
The problem with AT&T is really more about dropped calls and poor coverage than problems with high speed data transmissions. Since you won’t be making any calls on your iPad, what’s the big deal? In our opinion the big deal is the one more monthly bill you'll have to pay.
3. Special adaptors for connectivity
Have you ever seen a MacBook owner dig through their bag of connectors to hook up their laptop to a projector while the PC user just plugs in the VGA connector? What is Apple's obsession with requiring an adaptor to hook up to standard connections?
4. No Flash
We're not talking about a camera flash although that would be nice to (so would a camera). We're still trying to get our arms around the Adobe Flash issue. We hear that HTML 5 may make Flash less necessary but there is still an awful lot of content that is only available in Flash like Hulu and a lot of Facebook games. We wonder what is really behind this feud. Doesn’t Apple remember how it was Adobe’s Photoshop and Postscript that made the Mac what it is today c’mon folks can’t we just get along?
5. No camera
This is an interesting complaint. Everyone was thinking how this new network appliance would make a great video conferencing machine. One problem is how would you mount a video camera so it could swivel into position when the tablet was vertical or horizontal? It also sounds like the iPad is more a web browsing, game playing, media viewing, home controller than it is a communication device. On the other hand, if Apple can build a video camera into an iPod Nano, you'd think they could do the same on the iPad.
6. No widescreen display
One thing we have to admit is that this thing will be perfect to have on an airplane with you even if you can’t hold a lot of HD movies in even 64GB (Blu-ray discs are typically 25 – 50 GB) and propping it up to view movies will require an accessory or ingenuity. The major complaint is that we understand widescreen format content will have those annoying bars on the top and bottom.
7. External video out limited to 480p
We won't even mention the fact that there is no HDMI connector but we would have liked to have seen a higher resolution high definition output just in case we were able to figure out a way to get the signal to our HDTVs.
8. Battery Life
Yes, 10 hours sounds pretty good but we have learned to be wary of battery life claims before anyone gets a chance to run some real world tests. Even so if this thing hangs around on the coffee table all the time, someone is going to have to remember to plug it in every day.
9. Price
The entry level price of $499 doesn't sound too bad until you bump it up to the next memory level so you can hold a high definition movie or two and by the time you add 3G to the high end model you're talking $829.
10. Form factor
If there is one thing Apple knows how to do, it's design nice looking products but the iPad raises questions about how you're going to hold up this slightly heavy, slightly bulky device to read and what's it's going to be like typing on that flat surface. We admit, we should probably wait and see what users have to say but we thought as long as we were whining about the iPad, we'd throw that one out along with the rest.
On the Other Hand….
There are many things we're impressed with about the iPad. To get the positive spin on the iPad check out our companion article on "Reasons to Love the iPad."
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Say it ain't so

Points 2, 3, and 5 through 10 have merit and should be debated, but multitasking & Flash FUD (Fear Uncertainty Doubt)?

Adobe's Flash on OS X is buggy, prone to crashing, and a resource hog. Ask any non-Adobe-employed developer familiar with the platform. Video on the web will move to HTML5 and faster than people fear. Games are a tougher issue, but a solution exists. Game developers need to precompile.

iPhone OS does multitasking all the time. All of Apple's apps use multitasking in one way or another. What Apple restricts is 3rd party app multitasking. They say it's to improve battery life & usability, which seems reasonable. As blueDonkey says, "...IF it is written PROPERLY a background app does little or no harm to battery life." (emphasis mine) It would seem many (most?) iPhone 3rd party developers don't write proper apps according to Apple, otherwise they might allow them to multitask.

An example of poor app design is how state saves are handled. If more 3rd party developers correctly saved state when interrupted or terminated, I suspect a majority of people would stop complaining about multitasking (e.g., Tweetie 2 & the latest Facebook always "remember" where they were when exited).

Src: http://weblog.bluedonkey.org/?p=941

Src: http://www.iphonedeveloperlabs.com/2009/08/18/effective-ways-of-handling...


Yes, it's an Apple, looks cool, has some nice items.
But, after you look @ the functions it will perform, it is an iTouch & the Newton rolled into one.
You can do all the tasks of an iTouch, plus iWork, so you can generate/edit/save/send Office suite like items.
I can see it being used for the educaion market, reducing the cost/need for textbooks.
Bookshelf allows text & sould also allow multimedia text (mp4 format for example), if it does not, there will probably be an app for that.

Ability for developers to make more apps to meet needs. Gotta GNU.. ;)

Will Skype run on it? Or Vonage? Since it is not using the voice channels, & only the data or WiFi channels, it will be interesting to see.

It allows me to take my 'digital life' w/ me, but I will still need to synch it w/ my home - mothership computer.

As for the external projector, there are pico projectors w/ an iPod/iTouch/iPhone connector that allows media play to the external projector.

The iPad has usable functions, they left some items out(FLASH!!!!!), but this is the first of it's kind.
They have a test bed to try out new things. When we buy it, it will off set the R&D cost. And most users will be happy watching movies that are loaded on it, or connect to their Apple MacTV.

They tested the underlying strucure on the iPod/iTouch/iPhone.
This is the next logical step.
Would not be suprised that they developa 2nd gen iPad w/ all the items missed in this one.
Maybe call it the iSlate, or if they use an OSX based OS (not the iPhone based OS - looks like OSX, but different kernal development), maybe the MacTablet. We all know Jobs will not use the Newton name. He axed it inthe first place. If he did not, we may already have this concept device in production.




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A lot of good points in this

A lot of good points in this article, but doesn't the ipad come with a protective case that also acts like a stand? That would knock one annoying ipad quirk thing off of this list.

More reasons not to like the ipad

Besides ATT being a level of telecommunications hell so I would never use them again for anything; the ipad is made by Apple. Since I believe the Apple Logo mocks God, I would rather not even own a computer, than own anything with that logo on it.
iPad? What kind of name is that? Too bad it's not called Stay Free. (The new StayFree computer--all the apps will be free--just like on a desktop.)
It's huge. If I wanted to lug something that big around, I would get a laptop. I purposely bought the HP iPAQ 111 because it is a PC in my hand. I have a desktop and I don't need a phone--where this may have been perfect for my needs, (reading and light media), it is cost prohibitive and I can't see myself pulling it out to read anything when I'm in line or just waiting around for something.
I hear everyone go on and on about the apps that Apple offers. I have added many apps to my Windows based PC, and quite frankly, who has time to look at all the things that are on your device as it is. Through marketing, Apple has made the sheep think that apps are something they have to have (and yes some are necessary) and then told them the more the better (I have more apps then you, ha-ha) and then to add insult to injury--charge for them. On my desktop, I don't have to pay for any add-ons. Yet, even on my Windows based PDA, I have already invested an extra $60 in apps. That has brought the cost of my handheld up to $320 plus my monthly data plan. That's a lot of money for something I really don't use all that often--but more than anything else, I believe this is just the latest attempt of Steve Jobs to bump Bill Gates out of the #1 position of the wealthiest people of the world competition--the bulky ipad--ha!
If keeping up with the neighbors is how you gauge the successfulness of your life, (he has one, she has one, I have to have one too), then by all means, keep buying Apple products.
By the way--moving away from the handheld computer is the biggest mistake that these companies can make. There is an army of us, that only in the last ten years finally got on board with all new technology and really have not much use for texting or a phone for that matter. Most of the apps are really no more than pretty icons to look at rather that anything we actually use. We are readers. That is why the new e-book readers are so wildly successful. My pocket PC can read anything and everything--every kind of file you can name, I can read it somehow with my pocket pc--plus I have the media capability as well. And if I really wanted to turn it into a phone, there is a way to do that as well.
And yes, I know there are smartphones, but the Samsung Omnia, which I consider to be the best of those, (though Verizon is another level of telecommunications hell), cannot handle the things it says it can do. After, downloading files and some software into the device--it fried. I want my handheld to do what my desktop can do--but in my hand. My pocket PC does just that.
Yes, the clarity of your screen is better. So what?

Total agreement on 1-5.

I feel like you were just trying to find 5 more things for 6-10. But I definitely agree with 1-5. I'm not displeased with the AT&T since I live in a more rural area and our 3G and Edge coverage here is adequate. But I do wish it was opened up to more carriers. Maybe in the future. The no camera thing just blows my mind. I can't believe there's no camera. And the main reason I would upgrade from my iPhone to the iPad would be to multi-task. So... until that happens, I might hold off.

Yupp - I agree

You've done a good job of summarizing the negative aspects of the ipad. Steve Jobs did say it was a "dream" to type on, I believe, so I'm hoping he wasn't exaggerating the experience. The lack of webcam is inexcusable. Good write-up.