So, I have had an iPad for a few days now. Â Since there are SO many reviews on the interwebz about the iPad I thought I would take a bit of a different approach. Â So far I love love the iPad (even though it has a terrible name…who the heck came up with that name, sheesh!), but in my daily usage of it there are some issues that I’ve uncovered.
I have actually been using the iPad for a couple of different things. Â The first is a media consumption device. Â For this it’s terrific. Â News, TV Shows, movies, Netflix streaming, ABC (although I will say the show on ABC cut off halfway and I had to watch a ton of commercials to get back to where I was), it’s all good. Â Frankly, and I can’t explain it, but Netflix streaming blows my mind. Â It’s so fast and so pretty. Â I, and I’m not joking here, watched Iron Eagle on Saturday over Netflix! Â An 80’s military flying movie staring Lou Gossett Jr, what’s not to love!??!?
More importantly though, I have been using it to try to be productive at work. Â This is where it gets a bit dicey. Â I use a few tools to get around at the office. Â The first is email. Â The second is Evernote. Â Email is terrific, it shows the email list on the left side of the screen with the full email message as if it’s the preview pane in Microsoft Office. Â It’s really nice. Â I used to have an iPhone, and the OS is really familiar to me. Â But let’s be honest, the iPhone mail client isn’t perfect. Â For example, sending a message with a weak signal is a huge pain. Â I also have encountered a bug a few times where the email keeps getting sent over and over but still remains in my inbox. Â That bug has almost got me killed a couple of times!
But my bigger issue is that the keyboard simply isn’t forgiving enough. Â If I’m super-focused on what I’m typing it’s terrific, but the second I start to pay attention to something else (like a person talking in a meeting) my accuracy rate gets really (really) low. Â In other cases I’m accidentally touching the message area of the screen which moves the cursor and I start typing in different places, which is pretty frustrating. Â Also, I still haven’t figured out how to correct errors after the fact. Â This one is my fault, but if I see a misspelling, I touch it and a new word comes up. Â Why doesn’t touching the word bubble change the misspelled word??? Â I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.
Evernote is OK, but for some reason I’m getting a weird error that won’t let me sync. Â I need to figure that one out, but why couldn’t it just work?? Â I won’t complain too much about that.
Another dealbreaker is the lack of a video conferencing camera. Â I had an argument, and I’m not joking here, about the camera. Â Somebody told me, ‘well, if Apple didn’t put it on the iPad, maybe we don’t need it.’ Â REALLY?!? Â Apple doesn’t give you food… Â do you need that? Â Apple doesn’t give you a car to drive to work… do you need that???
Seriously though, how hard would it have been to put a freaking video camera in this thing for Skype? Â That would have made it truly a device from the future. Â Oh well, iPad 2 I guess.
My last gripe about the iPad is the lack of multitasking. Â I know the iPhone doesn’t have it, but you know what, it’s a phone. Â I personally have a Droid which has multitasking but I can understand why Apple made the decision to not allow it. Â Whatever. Â But if the iPad is going to be a netbook/laptop replacement for me then it’s going to really need multitasking. Â I need to be able to copy and paste text from an email into a note, or copy a picture from a website into an email. Â If I have to start an app each time I try to do anything then it becomes a huge pain for me (and undoable in a lot of cases).
So that’s it for me. Â I have a few more days on this thing before I give my final recommendation on whether people should buy this or not. Â I will say, if you decide to jump in, get the Apple case for it. Â It’s brilliant. Â It folds out perfectly so you can type at a great angle while in meetings. Â Plus you can stand it up so you can watch shows while the iPad is facing you without you needing to hold it. Â It’s an amazing case and worth the extra money.
If you have any questions about the iPad, just ask!