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So, I Bought an iPad, and I'm NOT Happy.

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Rich, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Apr 3, 2011 #221 of 406
    bobukcat

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    I posted both of these replies from the DBSTalk application on my Xoom. :)

    I do wish I could get Netflix on the Xoom, not site how much I would actually use it but.... There is a Netflix app that will let you edit your Queue and works for streaming on some devices but not on the Xoom yet.
     
  2. Apr 3, 2011 #222 of 406
    Alan Gordon

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    Not really... :D

    Sorry... I don't always clarify my thoughts as well as I should... particularly when I'm dealing with a project at work that's always stressful...

    My point was that Dish Network from the beginning (to my knowledge), and DirecTV for years now, have taken control of the software in which you view their service. Basically, they want their subscribers to have a consistent experience (give and take a little). While choices can be good, there's nothing wrong with that...

    If I want to play one of my PS3 games ("Uncharted" for example), I'd need to fix or replace my PS3. If I want to play a "Halo" game, or use Kinect, I'd need to buy an XBOX 360. If I were to buy either one, I'd bet you my only choice of manufacturers would be Sony or Microsoft... ;)

    If I want to visit DBSTalk.com, I can do so with a PC, a Mac, or a Linux machine. If I want to make a spreadsheet, I can do that with either choice. As long as no one is forcing you to buy a Mac, then there's nothing wrong with Apple "choosing" what they feel is the best way for you to experience their products. If we do not like the way they chose, we are free to go elsewhere.

    When I bought my iPad, I researched it, and I knew what I was getting. Would I like more GBs, or the ability to expand using an SD memory card, sure, but I knew that before I got one, and it has yet to be an issue for me, and I don't see it becoming one. On the other hand, I need a PC for work, and Apple prices their computers too high for someone like me, so I'm perfectly fine with my PC products.

    A relative of mine (he first got me started on the internet) was telling me last year that he converted to Mac and hasn't been happier...

    After I got the iPad, I honestly don't see me using my laptop or netbook much... well, I'm using my laptop right now, but only because my desktop went kaput earlier this year (not long after my HDTV went kaput), and I haven't finished cleaning off an old desktop to use. That lets out the MacBook... and Mac Mini and the iMac are both a little steep for a "minimum wage schlub"... plus, I'd still need a PC for when I bring work home...

    That's fine though, because I like Windows... well, Windows 7 and XP, if I had to use Vista, I'd probably consider a Mac! ;)

    ~Alan
     
  3. Apr 4, 2011 #223 of 406
    Rich

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    I wasn't even able to sign in to DBS on my Xoom. I got the NetFlix apps that let you manipulate the content, but I could view NF content on the iPad. The PQ on the iPad was more than acceptable.

    I was looking at Amazon apps last night and they have SwiftKey. Perhaps that's where I got it. I'll have to check my saved Amazon receipts when I get back on my email program. Just checked, I did get it on my Droid not from Amazon. When I look at the apps offered on the Droid, the lists seem to go on forever. Not so with the Xoom.

    Add all that to my displeasure with purchasing the Xoom from Staples and getting attacked by the manager and one of his cohorts about purchasing a $199 two year warranty on the Xoom. Last big purchase I make from Staples. All the time I was using the Xoom, I was thinking about getting double teamed by those guys implying that I was stupid because I didn't want to spend one third of the original cost for a warranty. And I used my Amex card to buy it and that extends the manufacturer's warranty for a year. The whole thing with Staples was a bad experience. When I told my wife what happened, her first comment was, "You'll be taking that back." That was before we even opened the box.

    Rich
     
  4. Apr 4, 2011 #224 of 406
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    staples is such a horrible place for big ticket items...and yet their no questions asked return policy can be worth it...
     
  5. Apr 4, 2011 #225 of 406
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    Apparently Sony will be releasing a Honeycomb tablet as well, end of summer.

    As one reader commented, "Oh, man... I can't wait to pay $1200.00 for a 9.8" tablet with a built-in Memory Stick reader." :lol:
     
  6. Apr 4, 2011 #226 of 406
    Rich

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    They used up their one chance with me. Too many other ways to purchase things than using Staples. The only real reason I went there was because I was so close to it. Live and learn.

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  7. Apr 4, 2011 #227 of 406
    Rich

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    This is gonna be a never ending story. After all these manufacturers get done releasing their tablets, it'll be next March and the new iPad3 will come out and blow them all away and restart the cycle again.

    Meanwhile only 22 days to my birthday and I gotta feeling that I'm not gonna get anything again. Only eight days to my son's 21st birthday and my wife's actually considering buying him a Dodge Charger. :nono2:

    Rich
     
  8. Apr 4, 2011 #228 of 406
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    Rich, is it that you aren't going to get anything for your birthday, or that you can't find anything that you want so your wife doesn't know what to get you. Tell her YOU want the Dodge Charger :).
     
  9. Apr 4, 2011 #229 of 406
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    I would rather take my chances with BestBuy as they have a Great Return Policy and have always treated me Nice and they have Great Extended Warranties if I choose to go that route.

    I'll probably get the Xoom unless the Toshiba Tablet turns out to be Great and works as advertised but if you can't get alot of Apps with either then I will just wait.
     
  10. Apr 4, 2011 #230 of 406
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    Assuming all else is equal, my advice would be to wait and get the lightest Honeycomb tablet available. I say that because holding the Xoom at BestBuy for an hour was a bit more "tiring" than an hour spent with my wife's iPad2 at home. And the Xoom only weighs 20% more than the iPad2, although it's almost 50% thicker at .5". I don't know what the weight and thickness of the Toshiba is. Those specs haven't yet been published, AFAIK. But based on this view, it looks like it will definitely be thicker than the Xoom. Looks to be about 3/4", based on the 1/4" jacks pictured there.

    I now understand now why Apple chose to make the iPad 2 slimmer and lighter, rather than keep it the same size as the iPad 1 and increase the battery life. They did their homework.

    Just my .02, FWIW.
     

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    Richierich

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    Steve, I agree that Lighter is what I want and a Long Battery Life is Imperative and the Number 1 thing I look for in a Tablet.
     
  12. Apr 4, 2011 #232 of 406
    Steve

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    Ya. I actually lowered the default screen brightness a bit on my wife's iPad2 from 50% to 40%... it's VERY bright indoors. It's been used a lot over the past three weeks... at least a couple of hours per day, and we've only charged it about once per week, so far.
     
  13. Apr 4, 2011 #233 of 406
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    If you subscribe to the theory that second generation products tend to be better, the Samsung 10.1 inch tablet appears to be the lightest of the four in this chart, along with the largest battery. :up:

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  14. Apr 4, 2011 #234 of 406
    Richierich

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    i'll be curious to see how the Toshiba Tablet stacks up against the others as I like the User Replaceable Battery and the USB and Mini USB Ports.

    I probably want buy one until June or July prior to my Hawaii Vacation.
     
  15. Apr 4, 2011 #235 of 406
    Rich

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    Oh, she doesn't know what to get me. And I don't know what I want. She bought me a Caddie a couple years ago. I don't want a Dodge Charger.

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  16. Apr 4, 2011 #236 of 406
    Rich

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    They always do their homework.

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  17. Apr 4, 2011 #237 of 406
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    Does anyone know if the Samsung Tab actually supports USB. I'm reading conflicting info, anywhere from "yes", to "no" to "yes with a dongle".

    I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on a xoom. After looking at the Toshiba and the Samsung, I'm not sure I see an advantage in waiting.
     
  18. Apr 4, 2011 #238 of 406
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    Apple does great research.

    -1 in re thread title....

    Via jpm's iPad using DBSTalk
     
  19. Apr 4, 2011 #239 of 406
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    Based on their track record of not upgrading the OS version on their Android Smartphones I don't think I would take a chance on a Samsung tablet.
     
  20. Apr 4, 2011 #240 of 406
    Alan Gordon

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    AMEN brother...

    I think my next HDTV will be a Samsung though...

    ~Alan<~~~~~~~~~~~Who owns a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone...
     

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