Dodge Retort: Why don’t I love my iPad?

Well, I’ve had the iPad for a month and I am supposed to love it. Guess what? I don’t know quite what to do with it.

It seems like a toy….great for watching videos, perusing photos and perhaps reading a book. It’s very good for reading newspapers to which I am addicted, but not hugely better than my $290 PC laptop. It competently plays music, but no better than my much smaller and cheaper iPod Touch.

I surf the App Store about every night to find that killer which will tip me from “I like it” to “I love it.” Everybody else seems to.

The iPad technology is sound, elegant and reliable save its annoying habit of dropping my Wifi connection mid-session. My $290 PC laptop doesn’t ever drop as Wifi session.

I just checked Apple’s stock and it’s trading at $257 a share just $22 off its 52-week high. The market must love the iPad so why don’t I. I want to given that I waited a month for the privilege of shelling out $829 for it, but I am just not there yet.

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15 thoughts on “Dodge Retort: Why don’t I love my iPad?

  1. I dare not criticize any Apple product though I think they are just hyped up products. Just too many Apple fanboys out there. To each his own.

  2. How did it take John a month to work out that the Ipad is all glitz and no go. I was given one to play with for a few hours the day after the big release her is Australia. I was asked what I thought when I returned it. My response was that it was very stylish, but one very expensive Kindle and Ipod, but what can you really do with it. Personally I am still to see anyone actually use an Ipad for real work. Although I did see a restraurant usinging them as a self-ordering menu system; clever but personally, I like to give my order to a waiter or waitress. After all interaction with the staff is one of the pleasures of dining out.

  3. I wasn’t sure of the nitch for iPad either until I started using it.

    The instant on makes a huge difference for me. Push a button, slide your finger, and you are ready to check your mail, make a note, or look somthing up. My fastest laptop takes 3 minutes.

    I use the Pages app to write complete articles for magazines. The touchscreen keys are big enough to keep me from making fat finger errors.

    Safari on the iPad is now my main web browser. Other than flash sites, it works great.

    I use iDesign to make precision drawings when I don’t want to mess with the CAD program on my laptop. I can e-mail the drawings or use Print Central to print them out.

    My reading is now mostly on the Kindle app. My movies on the Netflix app. Twitter is slick on the pad using any of a dozen apps. Maps are actually readable. I have a waterproof case so the iPad can go with me to the lake and it is readable in sunlight.

    And most important, coming in just above the quick power up, is battery life. Most of my laptops can no longer be considered portable due to battery life measured in minutes instead of hours. I charge up my iPad every few days. I know the battery life will get worse as it gets older, but at the moment, It has plenty of headroom.

    For hours of steady work, a laptop plugged in at a desk is still better and probably always will be. However, for quick activities or leisure activities anywhere, the iPad is my preferred device.

  4. John,

    Interesting, your review on the iPad. As I don’t have an iPad I can not compare your findings with mine. I would like to suggest, as you only “like it” and not “love it”, is to send me your iPad for a month and see if I experience the same phenomenon as you. I’ve no four-legged pets that my think the iPad is a toy, nor any children who may want to use it as a frisbee. With a desktop and two laptop computers in our home I don’t believe my wife will be fighting me for the iPad (she is Apple illeterate =:o ).

    Kind regards,

    Wilson

  5. It is a toy, but educational.
    I leave it on the coffee table and only use w/less not sim.
    I have photo albums of recent trips if visitors are interested.
    Wiki and IMDB apps are great for handy & easy to reach info as well as checking your email or general browsing.
    I also download graphic novels and import via itunes.
    Chill out and treat it as it is – an optional luxury for when you are feeling like reading the paper or surfing on the couch or toilet rather than going to the computer room.

  6. what’s with the complaining? so you don’t like it. Is your post useful?

    I think it’s nifty. no mouse, no keyboard, lightweight, great apple features for things like resizing photos, fonts, scrolling. Your netbook doesn’t do that, I bet.

    And I bought one for my mom. At age 82, she has taken to it much faster than she took to a PC. In one month she is more functional than she was on a PC after a year.

    SIMPLICITY

  7. What happens to an iPad when the novelty factor wears out?
    I will also never have an iPhone, though my wife does have a HTC ‘Desire’ which she loves, and as for iPods, what a joke when you can get a ‘reasonably’ priced mp3 player that you can connect to any pc/laptop, easily drop & drag any mp3’s of whatever desired bitrate with far less fuss and bother.

  8. Don’t forget that you can’t print at all and it overheats in the sun (think beach or pool e-reading) within 20 mins.

  9. I love my iPod for many reasons and it has taken the place of my PDA, Kindle, laptop, GPS and iPad. I have found quite a few useful apps including Whistlephone that allows free calls to anywhere in the U.S. And when I go to China in September for 2 cents a minute vs. $3 a minute, easily check baseball and golf scores and all that for free. There’s more out there and I am still exploring. With 3G I have never yet been dropped. But, different interests for different folks, I guess.

  10. “It seems like a toy. . .” Doesn’t that just about cover it? To rephrase, how many toys does one human being need?

  11. @Herry

    Now there’s a guy! You’ve truly given Dodgy’s question some thought. I guess our John bought the his iPad on impulse, like “I want one now and I don’t care a rat’s flying fa*t what I’m going to do with it.”
    Excellent job, Herry! However, item 4 on your exhaustive list seems like asking for trouble. An inattentive person, either stone sober or mildly sloshed, sagging on your couch might discover a crushed iPad when rising again. Humans 1, iPads nil.

    John, next time thinketh before thou buyeth!

  12. 1. You can read on it on summer evenings without turning on the lights
    2. The absence of a mouse and the ability to touch and manipulate the screen gives the iPad greater freedom and flexibility than a laptop. It’s also easy to type fast as the auto-correct is so efficient.
    3. The Apple case makes it much easier to use; held like a book, or propped up for easier typing.
    4. You can chuck it onto the sofa when you have finished using it for someone else to pick up. It’s far easier than lugging your laptop around.
    5. You can stay with people: you don’t have to go to your desk except for heavy-duty stuff like uploading photos or writing long screeds.
    6. Its huge battery life means that you don’t have to charge it up all the time.
    7. Not only is it fantastic for book and newspapers, but with TV catchup, you can watch live TV anywhere – even out in the garden in the evening.
    8. No one know what you’re reading or watching. If you want to watch Zombies v. Cannibals Part III you can. Everything can be done privately – as with a mobile phone.
    9. It’s perfect for looking at photos from Flickr and the other photo sites
    10. It would be great for marketing visits – showing people photos and other stuff.
    11. The 3G version would be best for ‘out and about’ work as wi-fi can’t then be guaranteed, but it’s a one-off cost and not that expensive.

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