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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 8, 2011 #321 of 406
    Sixto

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    Loved Chris' post, yep, using the cloud has been great.

    Obviously large video is local, but 32GB has been plenty (for me).
     
  2. Apr 8, 2011 #322 of 406
    klang

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    They have stopped selling the empty boxes at the Apple stores but it looks like you can still sign up online. I don't think it is going away but rumors are it is changing.
     
  3. Apr 8, 2011 #323 of 406
    Steve

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    It's funny how folks who never used a tablet know exactly what's important. :p I can say this, because I used to be one of those people! :lol:
     
  4. Apr 8, 2011 #324 of 406
    tcusta00

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    I put my entire music library on my 32GB and it's still half empty. Can't wait for the ability to load my DVR content onto the iPad. :)
     
  5. Apr 8, 2011 #325 of 406
    Rich

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    Two people told me yesterday that they had heard rumors about Apple's dissatisfaction with the March-April release dates and would like to move them up to July-August. If they do that this year, it might be the iPad3! Now, I know it's only rumors, but suppose they do that?

    Rich
     
  6. Apr 8, 2011 #326 of 406
    hdtvfan0001

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    Yup. I've seen those too. The most common is the WIN7 shortcomings...since it really wasn't designed to support tablets - that's what WIN8 will be there for.

    Clearly the "perfect tablet" doesn't yet exist, yet there are choices, and all have pros and cons.

    I guess the criteria of how you will use it drives the list of candidates.

    In my case, the ability to print content easily, have expandable storage, and good connectivity to other devices via USB are minimum requirements. If the iPad was more "open" in its connectivity and storage, I'd likely look more strongly to that option. It will become an issue more and more as downloaded video media is viewed on these tablet devices (huge files).

    Compatibility to MS Office content would be a plus. Many sites refer to tablet devices as "Tablet PC's, and I guess I share that as a description of a target use for these units. I don't see them replacing a PC overall, but an alternative for folks looking to be more mobile with most of the same functions, including the obvious internet and e-mail access.
     
  7. Apr 8, 2011 #327 of 406
    tcusta00

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    He'll still hate Apple and find something to hate about it. :lol:
     
  8. Apr 8, 2011 #328 of 406
    hdtvfan0001

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    That's actually rumored in more than one place from what I've read.

    Apple is not a dumb company...they might be stubborn, but not dumb. They will learn from the feedback on iPad and iPad 2, and likely come out with an iPad 3 that is even better than anything to date. They have a very good product that could be great with a few refinements.

    That adds more reason to what you were saying earlier - the tablet offerings are still immature in a number of ways, and 6-12 months from now...we'll likely see another "generation" of offerings.
     
  9. Apr 8, 2011 #329 of 406
    Sixto

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    One of the key traits that I've learned and obsessed on, especially recently ... is that I need to be "open" to new ideas and adaptable.

    TiVo was great ... HR2x (for me) is now great ... but I don't trash TiVo, just moved on to something "better" ... and if something comes out better then that, well, I'll move on again.

    Optimum Online was great ... FTTP (FiOS) is now great ... but I don't trash Cablevision (ah shucks, maybe I do :)).

    Blackberry was great ... I now believe that the iPhone is better (haven't upgraded yet) ... and they've sold 100 million devices, so when I migrate I'll be moving to very mature platform.

    Really thought that I had little use for a Tablet ...

    Then I got an iPad as a gift, and was very disappointed because it was VERY expensive gift, and felt so bad that I might return it. At the time, I thought that I might prefer the Playbook, being a Blackberry guy.

    Well, long story short, I now tell the story all the time: the iPad is one of the best gifts that I've ever received, it again opened my eyes that you need to embrace new ideas.

    I now use the iPad all-day every day, it's changed my day-to-day life. And it doesn't hurt that I'm using a platform that may sell 40 million (40 million!) units this year.

    And the cloud stuff really is cool ...

    I thought that I'd always be sync'ing files and carrying USB sticks, nope, that's the old way, love MobileMe and SugarSync, just love it.
     
  10. Apr 8, 2011 #330 of 406
    Chris Blount

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    Yeah, after I wrote that I realized it was a little harsh. I guess what I was trying to say was that it seems like tablet makers are trying to retrofit the old way of doing things. Not everything about Honeycomb is "backward". Definitely a slick OS.
     
  11. Apr 8, 2011 #331 of 406
    Steve

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    The new Acer tablet is less than 3 weeks away, according to this report.

    $449 MSRP for 16GB wi-fi. Size, weight and battery life may be the trade-off, according to the article.
     
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    hdtvfan0001

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    Thank you for that link Steve.
     
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    Stewart Vernon

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    Regarding printing from an iPad...

    I don't get the dire need to do it.

    Yeah, it might be cool sometimes...

    But I always felt part of the point of a portable tablet like an iPad was to be small and convenient.

    Are you going to carry a printer with you? Or depend on someone else having a printer where you are going? How much do you really need to print from your iPad anyway?

    Yeah, there are some drawing and writing programs... so you can kind of develop some stuff on an iPad that you might want to print... but honestly, if you find yourself needing to print a lot from an iPad, my argument would be that you needed a laptop/notebook instead.

    I'm not an Apple defender by any stretch... but I do believe in applying reality to your expectations. Saying all the things that an iPad cannot do that are things it never was intended to do... that doesn't seem productive to me.

    There are lots of things the iPad will not do... but most of them aren't things I would have expected it to do in the first place.
     
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    Steve

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    I think the point is since cloud-based document editing is available on the iPad, with apps like Google Docs, you can edit it for print-out, if you want to or need to.

    What I don't get is the criticism of pulling it down electronically vs. USB (assuming the guest computer even allows you access to it's physical ports). Either way, you have to open a copy of the file on another computer to print it, so what difference does it make how it gets there? :scratchin
     
  15. Apr 8, 2011 #335 of 406
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    Today I downloaded dropbox and docstogo. They work together and that seems to work very well for my situation.
     
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    Steve

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    :up:

    Problem solved! :)

    After seeing the slick Bing iPad app Microsoft just introduced, it wouldn't surprise me if Office Live will be made more than "read only" for the iPad. If not, they risk losing the iPad "cloud" users to Google and Mobile Me. Plus Mac Office users would probably like to see the same editing tools on their iPads.
     
  17. Apr 8, 2011 #337 of 406
    Sixto

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    One of the key points is that there continues to be innovation, and new more modern ways to do things.

    I've found it very interesting over the past few months to have the following RSS site in GoogleReader:
    Here's just another example of cool possibilities:
    Personally, I couldn't imagine going with one of these clone companies, as innovation is continuing to be pursued by those producing high volumes, with much profit for Research & Development.

    Exciting times these days.
     
  18. Apr 8, 2011 #338 of 406
    Chris Blount

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    I guess it really depends on what you are doing. My daughter prints her school work from her iPad to our printer all the time. Remember, on the iPad you can create, edit and print Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents so it works very well for her.

    Sure, not everyone would use it, but it comes in handy when needed.
     
  19. Apr 8, 2011 #339 of 406
    Steve

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    I love e-Ink displays, because not only do you measure battery life in weeks instead of hours, but they look better in bright sunlight, instead of worse. They're currently too slow for gaming, but great for e-books and fine for web browsing, IMO, based on the experimental browser in my Kindle.

    There's even a Chinese company working on a color e-ink display, though it's a little pricey at the moment!
     
  20. Apr 8, 2011 #340 of 406
    Rich

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    I almost pulled the trigger on one this morning, then thought about those rumors and decided to let this play out for a while longer.

    Rich
     

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