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Tyberian
Jul 5, 2010, 04:07 PM
Warning: Long rant from a disappointed machead.

I admit that I was really excited about the iPad when I first got it and it was something new and fun. But for me it seems like the interest has completely vanished recently.

My main problem is the lack of good or interesting apps. The majority of good apps that I have on my iPad are simply ports of successful apps from the iPhone (Plants vs Zombie, Reeder, Epicurious). The majority of these apps don't give any functionality beyond what the iPhone provides.

-Plants vs Zombies is just an expensive version of the game.
-NY Times actually provides LESS content on the iPad than iPhone
-Things is not different at all from the iPhone app.
-ESPN SportsCenter is a PAYED app and the UI is awful.
-Netflix is just a slow version of the website. Not exactly finger friendly.
-Office^2 has a nightmarish UI. Too many apps using the Mail landscape layout.
-Magazine apps (I'm looking at you Wired) are interesting, but too damn expensive.

The vast majority of apps on my iPad are launch day apps. The only thing I downloaded in the past month was Reeder. I was willing to be patient, considering it takes time to develop and market apps, but it's already been exactly 3 months, we breached 10,000 native apps in the store, and there's still nothing too interesting.

If anything, I actually started using my iPhone more than ever, since it's way more mobile and convenient than carrying around my iPad. Not to mention that things like facebook and twitter work way better on the iPhone than the iPad.

The media seems to be immune to this sentiment. Every day I keep hearing tech/mac media talking about how the iPad is a massive success and the best thing on earth since porn. In the middle of this, having difficulty finding interest in this thing, I have to question whether people aren't criticizing the iPad because it's really so good and i'm missing something crucial, or because it's an apple product and it's become flavor of the month for the media to lick apple's boots?

Thoughts? Anybody else almost never using their iPad recently? I know I'm not the only one, since a recent retweet from First and 20 was along the same thought process, but I'm wondering how many of us are there.

Sent from my Desktop. because writing this on the iPad would be stupid slow.



spinedoc77
Jul 5, 2010, 04:18 PM
No I'm also bored with books in general, bored with all music, bored with magazines, bored with my periodicals on pdf, bored with movies on demand, bored with pictures, oh I'm bored with drawing programs and definitely bored with all games, bored with newpapers, hell I'm bored with the internet while we are at it.

caubeck
Jul 5, 2010, 04:20 PM
If you'd invested your money in watercolor paints instead, just imagine what great stuff you'd be doing by now! Or piano lessons!

I bought my iPad knowing how I was going to use it, and here I am, using it. Not because of some app, not because it was cool, but because I knew what I was buying. How come you didn't?

petvas
Jul 5, 2010, 04:20 PM
I bought an iPad two weeks ago and the novelty has still to go off. I love it! I love the mobility it has in doing some common computing things. Surfing the Internet, checking email, calendar, watching movies (just get Air Video, it is great), playing Command and Conquer, Pinball HD, Civilization and many other games, reading my RSS feeds with Feedler Pro, listening and watching podcasts and many many other things I cant even think about, all these things make me love the iPad. I believe that at some point the novelty will wear off, but that wont change the fact that this is a great device to surf the Internet and do some of the things I mentioned before. This is by far the best device I ever owned and I love it. i even use my ipad to manage my SABNZBD downloads...


I wrote this on my ipad and it was great!

No I'm also bored with books in general, bored with all music, bored with magazines, bored with my periodicals on pdf, bored with movies on demand, bored with pictures, oh I'm bored with drawing programs and definitely bored with all games, bored with newpapers, hell I'm bored with the internet while we are at it.

Are you maybe bored with Life?

aristobrat
Jul 5, 2010, 04:22 PM
I feel almost exactly the opposite, but I bough my iPad 3G for a specific task -- personal Internet access while at work.

It's more than met my expectations there. Just can't wait for iOS 4, ... it's weird to go from that on the iPhone back to 3.2 on the iPad.

I didn't expect this, but I find myself bringing only my iPad when I go on road-trips. This is so much more convenient for me than packing my 15" MBP around.

Lately I've been using the EyeTV app to stream live local TV to my iPad when I'm outside doing yard work and stuff. :)

Q-Dog
Jul 5, 2010, 04:22 PM
If it only had Internet and e-mail, I'd still have one. It really is my main Internet and email device.

kemperman
Jul 5, 2010, 04:32 PM
Am I the only one bored with the iPad?

In a word yes, I bought mine on launch day in the UK after a recommendation from a friend. I love it for doing exactly what I'm doing now.. Sitting on my sofa surfing the web! The ported apps aren't groundbreaking but the ones made specifically for the iPad are fantastic, you don't need apps for using this for web surfing, watching films/tv as it's great in its own right!

wolfpackfan
Jul 5, 2010, 04:34 PM
Interesting topic and I hope it can be discussed reasonably without turning into a flamefest. I do have to say my use of my iPad has changed greatly since I made my purchase. At first I thought my iPad would pretty much replace my use of my desktop as well as a lot of what I use my iPhone for. Over time this has just not happened. I am finding the iPad is just too restrictive in some areas to replace my desktop. There are still a number of websites that are flash based that I really need access to. Also there are some Mac apps I need that there is no corresponding iPad app I can use (Quicken mainly and printing). As far as my iPhone use goes, at first I was toting my iPad everywhere but over time that has been reduced a great deal. I'm finding I'm going back to using my iPhone more lately and leaving my iPad home. What I do use my iPad for is web browsing and email around the house and watching videos. I am still happy with my iPad, but looking back now I wish I had spent the extra money for a MBP.

HiFiGuy528
Jul 5, 2010, 04:44 PM
Interesting thoughts. I'm not bored yet, but I do use my iPhone 4 way more than the iPad.

sapporobaby
Jul 5, 2010, 04:44 PM
Warning: Long rant from a disappointed machead.

I admit that I was really excited about the iPad when I first got it and it was something new and fun. But for me it seems like the interest has completely vanished recently.

My main problem is the lack of good or interesting apps. The majority of good apps that I have on my iPad are simply ports of successful apps from the iPhone (Plants vs Zombie, Reeder, Epicurious). The majority of these apps don't give any functionality beyond what the iPhone provides.

-Plants vs Zombies is just an expensive version of the game.
-NY Times actually provides LESS content on the iPad than iPhone
-Things is not different at all from the iPhone app.
-ESPN SportsCenter is a PAYED app and the UI is awful.
-Netflix is just a slow version of the website. Not exactly finger friendly.

-Office^2 has a nightmarish UI. Too many apps using the Mail landscape
layout.

-Magazine apps (I'm looking at you Wired) are interesting, but too damn
expensive.

The vast majority of apps on my iPad are launch day apps. The only thing I
downloaded in the past month was Reeder. I was willing to be patient,
considering it takes time to develop and market apps, but it's already been
exactly 3 months, we breached 10,000 native apps in the store, and there's
still nothing too interesting.

If anything, I actually started using my iPhone more than ever, since it's way
more mobile and convenient than carrying around my iPad. Not to mention
that things like facebook and twitter work way better on the iPhone than the
iPad.

The media seems to be immune to this sentiment. Every day I keep hearing
tech/mac media talking about how the iPad is a massive success and the best
thing on earth since porn. In the middle of this, having difficulty finding
interest in this thing, I have to question whether people aren't criticizing the
iPad because it's really so good and i'm missing something crucial, or because
it's an apple product and it's become flavor of the month for the media to lick
apple's boots?

Thoughts? Anybody else almost never using their iPad recently? I know I'm not
the only one, since a recent retweet from First and 20 was along the same
thought process, but I'm wondering how many of us are there.

Sent from my Desktop. because writing this on the iPad would be stupid
slow.

Sigh......Another _________( fill in the blank thread )....

Maybe you aren't satisfied with anything or are just a serial complainer. Speaking of developing apps, which one have you developed so I can check it out. Did you submit it to the App Store yet?

Interesting topic and I hope it can be discussed reasonably without turning into a flamefest. I do have to say my use of my iPad has changed greatly since I made my purchase. At first I thought my iPad would pretty much replace my use of my desktop as well as a lot of what I use my iPhone for. Over time this has just not happened. I am finding the iPad is just too restrictive in some areas to replace my desktop. There are still a number of websites that are flash based that I really need access to. Also there are some Mac apps I need that there is no corresponding iPad app I can use (Quicken mainly and printing). As far as my iPhone use goes, at first I was toting my iPad everywhere but over time that has been reduced a great deal. I'm finding I'm going back to using my iPhone more lately and leaving my iPad home. What I do use my iPad for is web browsing and email around the house and watching videos. I am still happy with my iPad, but looking back now I wish I had spent the extra money for a MBP.

There is no Flash on the iPhone either and I hope it never comes. You know that right? Second, I have been pruning on my iPad for quite a while. There are several apps to choose from. The iPad was never meant to replace the desktop. If you purchased it for this reason you clearly had no idea of what you were purchasing in the first place. If you had paid more attention in the first place you might have purchased an MBP.

rikbrown
Jul 5, 2010, 04:49 PM
For me, it's filling the exact niche I bought it for.

I can sit on the sofa, relax, or wherever (chairs, the floor, wherever I happen to be perching in my house) and browse the web, chat (IM+), whatever.
Games are fun - either seeing who can do the best in singleplayer (Angry Birds HD, Mod Conflict, etc) or multiplayer-on-the-same-pad (MultiPong, FoozBall, Glow/Touch Hockey).

Basically, I didn't buy it as a novelty device, I bought it to replace my laptop in /certain/ situations: i.e. where I didn't need a full computer, but simply something to browse the web and play fun games on.

If you bought it for the novelty without any real purpose, I see how it could be boring by now. If you bought it for a use, then I'm sure you're still enjoying it :)

wyneken
Jul 5, 2010, 04:50 PM
These excerpts seem to tell much of the story.

The majority of good apps that I have on my iPad are simply ports of successful apps from the iPhone (Plants vs Zombie, Reeder, Epicurious). The majority of these apps don't give any functionality beyond what the iPhone provides.

The vast majority of apps on my iPad are launch day apps. The only thing I downloaded in the past month was Reeder.

Sent from my Desktop. because writing this on the iPad would be stupid slow.

It sounds like you're kind of stuck. Obviously if the vast majority of apps you're using are from launch day, then they are mostly upscaled iPhone apps that were rushed to market, or new apps that were created by developers who hadn't even seen or touched an actual iPad. How much can you expect under these circumstances?

Also the fact that you don't feel comfortable doing something as simple as posting a comment with the iPad suggests that you haven't settled into using the new device. So maybe it's not for you. That's cool.

But I don't think you can blame the lack of software. I personally have found more interesting apps than I have time to check out. Have you even been looking?

I mean, jeez, three months is not a long time. Really creative things don't magically appear out of nowhere. It takes a bit of time for app developers to get a feel for the capabilities and limitations of a new device, to mull over what can be done with it, and to do them. And then to test and refine them. And finally to bring them to market.

Some of my favorite apps are pretty new. There are new apps coming out all the time as developers try to one-up each other. One of the joys (?) of early adoption is to watch these things play out.

spinedoc77
Jul 5, 2010, 04:52 PM
Are you maybe bored with Life?

My point was (if you missed the sarcasm :confused: really?) if they stopped releasing apps for the ipad tomorrow I would still be incredibly happy with it.

mprofit
Jul 5, 2010, 04:58 PM
I just bought my iPad yesterday and absolutely love it, so to answer your initial question, no.

However, purely from an app standpoint, which seems to be a main focus for you with your iPad, I can see your point. I've downloaded a few apps and browsed the App Store, yet aside from the "big" apps like Plants vs. Zombies HD and Angry Birds HD, I haven't really found many that would compell me to buy. The top twenty of so paid apps haven't really changed much in the last few weeks it seems. I guess I'm slightly disappointed and maybe a little concerned with the iPad App Store, both because of its selection (or lack thereof), and because of the difficulty of navigating through its thousands of apps (not a new issue).

I would say wait it out a little longer, and hopefully app developers who may have been focused on delivering iPhone 4-specific apps will return to the iPad. The iPad is still a wonderful device aside from apps, and so far I've been more than impressed.

Clix Pix
Jul 5, 2010, 04:59 PM
Bored with my iPad? Not at all.........

appleguy123
Jul 5, 2010, 05:02 PM
I bought my iPad on US launch day. I am almost bored with it. I use ot to play silly games and on the fly web browsing at home. I use my iPhone 4 way more! It turns out that the Mac is still the perfect machine for most tasks.

wolfpackfan
Jul 5, 2010, 05:24 PM
There is no Flash on the iPhone either and I hope it never comes. You know that right? Second, I have been pruning on my iPad for quite a while. There are several apps to choose from. The iPad was never meant to replace the desktop. If you purchased it for this reason you clearly had no idea of what you were purchasing in the first place. If you had paid more attention in the first place you might have purchased an MBP.

Sheesh, I knew I shouldn't have posted in this thread. I knew exactly what I was buying when I bought my iPad. I had hoped my usage would change, but it didn't. I paid complete attention. I just thought I wouldn't need those flash sites as much (or would miss them as much). But I do. And yes, I know the iPhone doesn't run flash. I'm not that stupid. I access the flash websites on my Mac.

I LOVE MY IPAD. But just not to the extent, I had hoped. You folks are simply amazing. Anyone at all that expresses the slightest complaint, gets labelled immediately as ignorant or a complainer or a whiner. It is folks like this, that turn so many of us off with Apple products.

jaw04005
Jul 5, 2010, 05:25 PM
The lack of iOS 4 and iPad-specific apps isn't helping. A person can only pay a 300+ percent premium over the iPhone app price for now slightly better graphics (960x640 vs. 1024x768) so many times. But I still use mine everyday after work for web surfing.

I hope now that iOS 4 is out, they're back to focusing on the iPad. It needs a lot of work (software wise). It's also pretty pathetic Apple doesn't even have versions of its first-party applications available for iPad yet (Remote, MobileMe Gallery, iDisk, Apple Store, etc). They've had iPad development tools longer than anyone else.

iPad is very much a 1.0 product.

roundobi
Jul 5, 2010, 05:27 PM
I am a college student and use it to take notes during classes. It is pretty handy, much lighter than laptops i'd be carrying around.

sapporobaby
Jul 5, 2010, 05:32 PM
Sheesh, I knew I shouldn't have posted in this thread. I knew exactly what I was buying when I bought my iPad. I had hoped my usage would change, but it didn't. I paid complete attention. I just thought I wouldn't need those flash sites as much (or would miss them as much). But I do. And yes, I know the iPhone doesn't run flash. I'm not that stupid. I access the flash websites on my Mac.

I LOVE MY IPAD. But just not to the extent, I had hoped. You folks are simply amazing. Anyone at all that expresses the slightest complaint, gets labelled immediately as ignorant or a complainer or a whiner. It is folks like this, that turn so many of us off with Apple products.

Wrong. The way I understood it from you was that you iPhone was now able to visit these Flash sites or maybe I misunderstood you. The fact remains, there was plenty of info regarding the iPad before and after it dropped to make informed purchases. You went ahead and purchased it anyway knowing what you say you already knew. Fine enough, and reasonable. My gripe is not with you personally, but with the constant complainers that start threads about how the iPad doesn't do this or that when it was clearly stated before they hit the shelves. Buyers remorse is fine, but to devote a thread to it is sort of whiny in my opinion.

DylanLikesPorn
Jul 5, 2010, 05:34 PM
I wish iPads have a vibrate mode.

Tyberian
Jul 5, 2010, 05:37 PM
Wrong. The way I understood it from you was that you iPhone was now able to visit these Flash sites or maybe I misunderstood you. The fact remains, there was plenty of info regarding the iPad before and after it dropped to make informed purchases. You went ahead and purchased it anyway knowing what you say you already knew. Fine enough, and reasonable. My gripe is not with you personally, but with the constant complainers that start threads about how the iPad doesn't do this or that when it was clearly stated before they hit the shelves. Buyers remorse is fine, but to devote a thread to it is sort of whiny in my opinion.

Your argument is really weak. Yes you are right that there was plenty of launch day information about the iPad. That information was a ton of GREAT apps like Epicurious, Elements, Scrabble, Formula 1 app, Marvel Comics. My problem is that after Day 1 there has been pretty much 0 apps of similar quality. If your reason to buy an iPad was 5-6 great apps and the ability to play Flash-level games on your couch, I don't know what else needs to be said.

DaveOZ
Jul 5, 2010, 05:39 PM
Nope. I've brought mine on holidays for the first time and loving it. I watched Avatar on the flight and never got bored. I've been able to load photos and email them to family. Read news in bed and surf the net while sitting in a sun chair on the beach. I like it..... :cool:

sapporobaby
Jul 5, 2010, 05:40 PM
Again, the iPad was probably the most over-hyped as well as critiqued product launched, excluding he new iPhone of course. Before I purchased my iPad i thought about the uses of my MBP as well as the uses of my iPhone and decided that the iPad fills a niche. Being that I had money to burn, you brought up the chest thumping and pissing contest, I bought a wifi only version just to test it out before I decided to spring for the 3G version. Unlike you, i took my research to the next level and made an informed decision based on practical, everyday experiences. Thus my iPad performs and provides the same level of satisfaction that it did when I first bought it. I am not looking for it to do more than that because I know it is not capable.

spinedoc77
Jul 5, 2010, 05:45 PM
I was giving you an answer on all the things the ipad does, some of which are its core functionality. That core functionality does not have to be exciting, but it keeps me from lugging around 100lbs. of books, newspapers, my medical periodicals, pictures, movies, my television set (stream TV), hell I can even make a case that it saves me from carrying my desktop PC as with remote connection I can completely control my home PC! Now those may not be exciting for you, but for me they are. That's the reason why if there were not any more apps for the ipad EVER I'd be quite happy with it until ipad 2.0.

Tyberian
Jul 5, 2010, 05:48 PM
Again, the iPad was probably the most over-hyped as well as critiqued product launched, excluding he new iPhone of course. Before I purchased my iPad i thought about the uses of my MBP as well as the uses of my iPhone and decided that the iPad fills a niche. Being that I had money to burn, you brought up the chest thumping and pissing contest, I bought a wifi only version just to test it out before I decided to spring for the 3G version. Unlike you, i took my research to the next level and made an informed decision based on practical, everyday experiences. Thus my iPad performs and provides the same level of satisfaction that it did when I first bought it. I am not looking for it to do more than that because I know it is not capable.

I think you may be absolutely right. Looking back at it, my research on the iPad did not extend beyond an article I read on the Onion website. You convinced me, I'm going to go sell my piece of **** iPad wifi and buy an iPad 64gb with 3G with a data plan ;) Sorry. I can't use my iPad for work because the Bloomberg app isn't as good as a real Bloomberg terminal :(

sapporobaby
Jul 5, 2010, 05:52 PM
I was giving you an answer on all the things the ipad does, some of which are its core functionality. That core functionality does not have to be exciting, but it keeps me from lugging around 100lbs. of books, newspapers, my medical periodicals, pictures, movies, my television set (stream TV), hell I can even make a case that it saves me from carrying my desktop PC as with remote connection I can completely control my home PC! Now those may not be exciting for you, but for me they are. That's the reason why if there were not any more apps for the ipad EVER I'd be quite happy with it until ipad 2.0.

Great post and thanks for explaining it. Some people actually use their iPads for work, or as a way to unload their laptops. In my non-accomplished life, i.e. currently, I am in Italy with my iPad, Nikon D300s, a GPS unit to record places, a few compact flash cards, a few SD cards, and the Apple Camera Connection Kit. I am truly mobile and traveling light. Expectations fulfilled.

iPad 1 - disappointment 0

I think you may be absolutely right. Looking back at it, my research on the iPad did not extend beyond an article I read on the Onion website. You convinced me, I'm going to go sell my piece of **** iPad wifi and buy an iPad 64gb with 3G with a data plan ;) Sorry. I can't use my iPad for work because the Bloomberg app isn't as good as a real Bloomberg terminal :(

Again, it's all about expectation management. Work for the government and you will know exactly what I mean. Buying he first iPad was what convinced me to purchase the 3G version. Working in a country where the operators aren't trying to screw you and actually promote heavy data usage with unlimited data (really, no lie) and low prices (€10/month) allow the iPad to become more and more useful. If you are in the US with AT&T my heart goes out to you.

spinedoc77
Jul 5, 2010, 06:00 PM
Great post and thanks for explaining it. Some people actually use their iPads for work, or as a way to unload their laptops. In my non-accomplished life, i.e. currently, I am in Italy with my iPad, Nikon D300s, a GPS unit to record places, a few compact flash cards, a few SD cards, and the Apple Camera Connection Kit. I am truly mobile and traveling light. Expectations fulfilled.

iPad 1 - disappointment 0

I'm jealous, cavorting about the Italian countryside, sigh.

sapporobaby
Jul 5, 2010, 06:02 PM
I'm jealous, cavorting about the Italian countryside, sigh.

Not really countryside, just Portofino, Rapallo, Genova, Milan. I live in Europe currently so why not enjoy. Only a few hours from where I am posted.

Hey Jude
Jul 5, 2010, 06:07 PM
Warning: Long rant from a disappointed machead.


I will spare you a long-winded response: Yes.

Jude

redgaz26
Jul 5, 2010, 06:21 PM
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I just wish I had got the 3G one. Love the iPad but spend much more time on my iPhone 4 because I can get online.

andiwm2003
Jul 5, 2010, 06:25 PM
No I'm not bored with the iPad. It's just a nice websurfing tool that does email and a few other things like video.

I'm however bored with the internet because there aren't that many good blogs out there that cover things I'm interested in (News, Science and such. I know there are many good blogs just nothing that keeps me excited. I would be willing to pay!)

I'm bored with the apps for the iPad. not so much because they developers do a bad job. Some of them are great.

It's more the restrictions and limitations of the iOS. No real file system means most documents can only be edited by one app. That means if an app doesnt do everything I need the app becomes lacking and I can't complement it with another app.

The iOS is app centric instead of document centric. There should be a document or file as the center of every activity and then you use a number of apps to edit it the way you want.

Now you have an app and you can only create or do what the app allows you to.

Palm made a similar choice and many people left the platform because of this.

So i'm bored because of a lack of productivity of my iPad. However I'm not bored with the iPad as a semi mobile device to do a lot of things that needed a notebook before.

btrav13
Jul 5, 2010, 06:35 PM
I bought my iPad for reading iBooks only, so I ended up getting a lot more enjoyment out of it than I had originally planned. However, I have gotten to a point where the novelty has worn off and now I use it for reading and the specific apps I have purchased and enjoy (1 game, note taking, couple of newspapers). It has found itself a niche in my everyday life and I enjoy that niche that it owns. If that could be defined as boredom, then yes, I'd be bored. If that is instead known as "function", then I would say that my iPad is functional.

pondie84
Jul 5, 2010, 07:00 PM
Not that the OP is going to see this as they are in time-out (surprise!) but anyhow...

It is mathematically highly unlikely that you are the only person on Earth bored with the iPad.

FlashHead
Jul 5, 2010, 07:13 PM
I bought it for the form factor and for 3G (don't have an iPhone or any smart phone- iP4 delivery next week). I wanted it for mobile computing/ note taking. While working abroad. I used to have to carry my MBP around wih the cord. It has been marvelous for for filling my light mobile computing needs at less than a quarter of he weight.

What I didn't expect was how much I would enjoy using it. It is always the first device I reach for. If the iPad can do it I use the iPad every single time. If I need to burn a DVD or visit. A flash site ( very, very rare for me) I just use my MBP. Games and videos have also been a treat. I never really played many on my iPod Touch, but rather enjoy them on the iPad. In addition it has been far more useful for work than I thought it would have been. With takenotes I can keep PDFs on it and mark them up in almost any way I can think of. This is a welcome new functionality that I didn't have on a device before.

So, for me, he iPad has turned out to be far more useful and enjoyable than I had anticipated or even hoped for. Loving it more all the time.

bfc
Jul 5, 2010, 10:15 PM
I wouldn't say that I'm bored with it, but, I'm still trying to figure out how it fits in my computing needs.

When i'm mobile (day to day, work, errands, etc) my phone is my main device.

At home, my MacBook Pro is faster, and more versatile than the iPad. After the first few weeks of using the iPad, I've gone back to using my laptop the majority of the time.

I still prefer to read on my Kindle, so I really don't use the iPad to read books.

All I really use the iPad for now is watching movies when I'm on a plane.

As a device I think the iPad is great and the battery life is awesome, but for my situation, it really doesn't fit.

cameljok
Jul 5, 2010, 11:01 PM
I must say I love my iPad. It makes my iPhone seem antique.. Well it kinda is already, 3G 16 GB. iPhone 4 shipping out on July 14th... But back to the topic. I guess some like to complain. I know the iPad isn't perfect but it does do a lot of things in a small package. It is not for everyone but it is for me. It's not too big or too small. As many have stated, it can do a lot so no need to mention my uses.

You have to look at the bigger picture and that is Apple is running a business. It must profit in order to produce. I do believe that the technology is available to make device much better than they are today but then no one would want to upgrade.

Apple makes mistakes but there is something to be said when they seem to be the ones setting the technological trends in certain markets.

AppleHater
Jul 5, 2010, 11:20 PM
As I don't care about crappy cameras (I've got a SLR for that), I only miss iOS4 support with multi-tasking. Once it's enabled, that will complete my iPad.:D

Full of Win
Jul 5, 2010, 11:55 PM
Less excited, sure, but not bored. Just waiting for iOS 4.

The way I feel about it now reminds me how I felt about my 2G iPhone a few weeks after getting it on launch day. No app store, limited 'web apps', no MobileMe, no pop support for MSN, no Bluetooth Audio, EDGE data, ect... made it kind of boring. However, in retrospect, we were dealing with a limited version 1.X system.

The same here with the iPad and its version 1 software. So many things feels left out or underdeveloped.

sheepopo39
Jul 6, 2010, 07:28 AM
I'm not bored with mine. In fact, I've noticed that I've been using it more than my MB lately.

Manatee
Jul 6, 2010, 07:55 AM
Yeah, I'm bored with it. But what I really want is a Mac tablet, not an iPhone tablet.

I bought the iPad just to see what I might do with it. I browse the web, and get frustrated with some of the things that its version of Safari doesn't do. I'll probably like the iPad more when it gets the OS update and catches up with the iPhone.

Maybe if Microsoft comes up with a pretty full-featured version of Office for it, and Adobe does a version of Photoshop Elements or something...

Alicia4065
Jul 6, 2010, 07:57 AM
Not bored at all I have used my laptops and macbook less since having the Ipad. It feels the void between having to carry my laptop with me since I also now carry a Iphone. I use it for work and entertainment I have no music on it since I carry my iphone for that. Now I'm just wait for when we have multitasking.

EssentialParado
Jul 6, 2010, 08:06 AM
The problem is it sounds like you thought the iPad was a bigger, better iPhone. That's not what it is; it's not meant to replace your iPhone. It's designed to replace your laptop.

It doesn't replace mobile devices, it replaces portable computers.

mlblacy
Jul 6, 2010, 08:18 AM
My main problem is the lack of good or interesting apps. ...we breached 10,000 native apps in the store, and there's still nothing too interesting...The media seems to be immune to this sentiment. ... I have to question whether people aren't criticizing the iPad because it's really so good and i'm missing something crucial, or because it's an apple product and it's become flavor of the month for the media to lick apple's boots?

Sent from my Desktop. because writing this on the iPad would be stupid slow.

Your post is non-sensical at best, but your true colors came out with the "lick apple's boots" comment. I liked your closing comment too, about the pad being too stupid and slow to compose your rant (you were talking about the device, right?).

Despite the fact the device has some obvious limitations, and was not intended as a primary workstation, I find I simply have not picked up my laptop more than a few times since the iPad arrived. Am I upset I can't work on my Aperture library of over 50k images? No. Am I upset I can't use Quark? Office (yikes)? No.

My battery life is around 8-10 hours, as compared to the 2-3 on my laptop. I have 3g access to my email and files (thank you DropBox). I can watch any of my videos while I am running on my treadmill (thank you Air Video). I have replaced my Garmin GPS with the iPad, which quite nicely sits propped on my dashboard's cupholder tray (thank you GPS Drive HD, the BEST $25 I have spent in awhile). I can listen to my favorite NPR shows at any time (thank you NPR app). I have a perfect mobile portfolio to show my clients and prospective ones (thank you Steve). While the NY Times app is lame, the NY Times itself is not... so just go there instead (duh). etc. etc. etc.

I don't think your post is real, but real or fake you are creating an erroneous perception, for motivations unknown. I wish we could get some sort of troll-control around here. Even the less Apple friendly sites like ARS-Tech, Gizmodo, Engadget seem to have some system.
cheers.

spiritlevel
Jul 6, 2010, 08:23 AM
I wouldn't say that I'm bored with it, but, I'm still trying to figure out how it fits in my computing needs.

When i'm mobile (day to day, work, errands, etc) my phone is my main device.

At home, my MacBook Pro is faster, and more versatile than the iPad.

That's why I didn't buy one.

If I did get one, its main use would be as home music player/remote control.

It's just a little expensive to justify for that use at the mo though...

Doylem
Jul 6, 2010, 08:29 AM
I knew what I was getting; I like what I got. And I don't demand too much 'novelty', 'cos whatever's new today will be 'old' by next week. I have a few, key uses for the iPad - mostly to do with writing and presenting photography - and it's proving very useful. Everything else (web, email, apps, music, etc) is a bonus...

BlackMax
Jul 6, 2010, 09:03 AM
Sigh......Another _________( fill in the blank thread )....

Maybe you aren't satisfied with anything or are just a serial complainer. Speaking of developing apps, which one have you developed so I can check it out. Did you submit it to the App Store yet?


Maybe you just enjoy stirring the pot and are a serial Apple fanboy?

Consumers are consumers and are generally are not expected to "write their own apps" and when they get bored with your product they go elsewhere.

This thread does hold good information for the prospective buyer who believes they will use the iPad a lot, but after reading this thread realizes perhaps they will not use it enough to justify the cost. If you don't have something constructive to add please try to resist the urge to post something juvenile and demeaning to the OP.

Everyone's best bet is to understand what they will use their iPad for before they buy it. Then they will probably end up being much more satisfied with it in the long run.

.

dbwrobel
Jul 6, 2010, 09:22 AM
yes, also got caught up in the initial hype, got bored, and sold it. Although the resale value wasen't too shabby lol :-)

doodude
Jul 6, 2010, 03:40 PM
This thread does hold good information for the prospective buyer who believes they will use the iPad a lot, but after reading this thread realizes perhaps they will not use it enough to justify the cost. If you don't have something constructive to add please try to resist the urge to post something juvenile and demeaning to the OP.

Everyone's best bet is to understand what they will use their iPad for before they buy it. Then they will probably end up being much more satisfied with it in the long run.

.

I agree, this is good info in spite of the occasional, um...personality conflicts.

I have 2 laptops & a desktop. I have yet to purchase an iPad although I expect that by tomorrow at this time I will have 2 on order. One for myself & one for the wife.

Our reasons for purchasing an iPad(s) are fairly simple. We both want to be able to move about the house with a system that is always on & thus unlike a laptop, not needing to be booted over & over or being left on for hours & hours.

A Laptop is too cumbersome & delicate for our needs while an iPad is perfect.

I only plan to get the wifi version as I have an iPhone with 3G & the reception is spotty. The wifi works great in my home & at the hotel I stay at once per week.

I was looking at getting a Kindle but it only makes sense to go the iPad route as an all-in-one ebook reader, email & web surfer, movie viewer, calender & customer/appointment book as well as using it to play games.

Maybe Im wrong but I dont think it will ever be up to the heavy, complex uses that my PC or LT is capable of & I dont ever plan to use it for those kind of purposes.

Its just for enhancing my personal time with a little fun & ease of use.

studio¹³¹
Jul 6, 2010, 03:53 PM
i hardly use many apps on mine, although i buy a ton -- they seem to lose their interest after a few days of playing w/ them. mines primarily for surfing the internet on the couch and plugging into my roland td9sx and using the ipod function...

topmounter
Jul 6, 2010, 05:51 PM
I bought my iPad primarily for Internet access while watching TV or in bed... so I wouldn't have to get out the MBP and burn the hair off the backs of my legs and ruin any chance I have of having children in the future. It does fine for that sort of thing, but it doesn't live up to the "game-changer" moniker for me.

I was hoping use it for magazines, but until they start offering digital subscriptions it just doesn't make sense to pay the full cover price for a digital version when I can (and already) pay a fraction of that for a print subscription.

And hopefully the developers will get focused on developing innovative apps for the iPad once the iPhone4 fervor subsides.

DNAppleGold
Jul 6, 2010, 07:41 PM
No, but I do share some of your concerns.
I bought mine on day one and use it every day. Of course, some of thrill as worn off, but only some. I use the Ipad every day. There are many things that I use it for that I never (or hardly every) use a traditional computer or Iphone for. These include reading books, reading magazines/newspapers (I mean cover to cover, not just a random article), watching movies, and playing games. Plus, there are host of times where I reach for the Ipad instead of my MBP or MBA for looking at photos and web surfing because of the form factor. Yesterday, I figured out how to hook it up to my TV. With Netflex, Itunes, and Safari streaming to my TV who needs Apple (or Google) TV. In fact, just last night I took the IPad out of the case for the first time in while and was amazed all over again at the devices almost sublime beauty.

That being said, I am frustrated that developers have been slow to build apps that fully take advantage of the Ipad's form. Only Wired has delivered a magazine even approaching this potential. Too many games are just large versions of Iphone version. The Kindle app allows for books with integrated videos but where are those books! And how about Apple's own IOS4 being pushed months after the phone update!

I love my Ipad, but agree with some of your frustration because I know it could do so much more.

sectime
Jul 6, 2010, 07:50 PM
No, but I do share some of your concerns.
I bought mine on day one and use it every day. Of course, some of thrill as worn off, but only some. I use the Ipad every day. There are many things that I use it for that I never (or hardly every) use a traditional computer or Iphone for. These include reading books, reading magazines/newspapers (I mean cover to cover, not just a random article), watching movies, and playing games. Plus, there are host of times where I reach for the Ipad instead of my MBP or MBA for looking at photos and web surfing because of the form factor. Yesterday, I figured out how to hook it up to my TV. With Netflex, Itunes, and Safari streaming to my TV who needs Apple (or Google) TV. In fact, just last night I took the IPad out of the case for the first time in while and was amazed all over again at the devices almost sublime beauty.

That being said, I am frustrated that developers have been slow to build apps that fully take advantage of the Ipad's form. Only Wired has delivered a magazine even approaching this potential. Too many games are just large versions of Iphone version. The Kindle app allows for books with integrated videos but where are those books! And how about Apple's own IOS4 being pushed months after the phone update!

I love my Ipad, but agree with some of your frustration because I know it could do so much more.
I agree with your thoughts, what really hit home was upgrading my 3GS to IOS4. Now my Ipad seems like a dinosaur, amazing how that happens.

MikeTemple
Jul 7, 2010, 01:30 AM
Ah, but just think, when IOS4 is out for the iPad, it'll be like getting a new iPad!

spinedoc77
Jul 7, 2010, 06:41 AM
I agree with your thoughts, what really hit home was upgrading my 3GS to IOS4. Now my Ipad seems like a dinosaur, amazing how that happens.

Nothing backgrounder and categories can't fix!

Streethawk
Jul 7, 2010, 06:52 AM
I have to agree that the App Store is dissapointing, new iPad apps seem to be coming too slowly, and those that do come are often very poor quality. The device itself though, i'm deliriously happy with.

edddeduck
Jul 7, 2010, 06:59 AM
I have to say I am the opposite of the topic starter although I want some more iPad versions of some apps I use on my iPhone (and some apps could be better *cough* eyetv for iPad) overall it has been amazing.

Since I bought it my laptop does not get much use outside of work where it is more of a desktop, I watch and answer email on the commute to work (easier to hold an iPad on the tube than take out a laptop which has no mobile broadband).

Basically the iPad has killed 90% of my laptop usage so I am now using our iMac at home as a media server and for complex /high power stuff but general browsing, watching tv etc I am always on the iPad.

I have to say the 3G iPad is so much better than the Wifi one, the GPS and internet on the move is a "killer" feature for me.

Edwin

sapporobaby
Jul 7, 2010, 07:02 AM
I have to agree that the App Store is dissapointing, new iPad apps seem to be coming too slowly, and those that do come are often very poor quality. The device itself though, i'm deliriously happy with.

I think you awe confusing the two. Apple is not responsible for producing apps for the iPad. They are however the gatekeeper of apps good and bad. I am sure that if Apple really cracked down on the quality of apps there would even less to choose from. Also, it depends on the types of apps you are looking for as well. For the most part I am pretty much content to what they have. A few could be upgrade for iPad usage but all in all in my opinion the better apps will come. Maybe a good idea would be an App Drop where people describe the apps they are looking for and see if developers would be interested in developing them.

samcraig
Jul 7, 2010, 09:05 AM
This thread is similar to others that have come before it referencing people being bored with their iPhones (because of the OS/Apps/etc).

To this and that extent I say it's about managing expectations. And also realizing that a device - any device isn't responsible for making sure you're happy all the time. That onus is on you and you alone.

I wasn't remotely interested in the iPad prior to launch but wound up getting one on launch day simply because (fortunately) it was very easy to obtain at my local BB so I figured - might as well. But with all the specs, hype, etc - I had previously saw little purpose for MY usage. I'm glad I took the plunge.

I also knew what I was getting into. I didn't see it as a replacement device of any kind. I looked at it as (dare I say) a large iPod touch. And I didn't see that as a negative.

Until I had the iPad - my wife and I would watch movies when we travelled on my PSP or iPhone. It was "ok" - but not at all GREAT. The iPad is GREAT for watching video content - and the bonus is the extremely long battery life.

The biggest asset the iPad brings to the table (vs the iPhone) is the large screen size. Instead of keeping my iPhone near my bed - I have my iPad there - and it's much more enjoyable to read email that way. To read a book. To quickly google something. To watch a youtube video. To get more detailed weather. Etc...

I did most if not all of these things with my iPhone. And when away from the house - I still do. But the iPad is more enjoyable.

I have several apps I sometimes play with here and there. But my core usage is as a tool to access the internet and multimedia.

Back to my original point and to the OP's post. If you're bored with your iPad, iPhone, toaster, etc - it's because you're demanding too much from it. You don't have to be constantly using it. There shouldn't be a "I haven't used it in a week - I must be bored." If you don't use it for a day, week or whatever it's because you haven't needed to. That doesn't make the device any less useful when you DO.

msduncan
Jul 7, 2010, 12:48 PM
I just want to PLEAD with the developers of Wired and Sports Illustrated that if the dang magazines weren't $4.99 I'd use this as a magazine reader a lot more.

Wired recently dropped to $3.99, but I really think the sweet spot would be $2.99. I have YET to buy a Sports Illustrated (one I was really looking forward to) because it's $5.00 per issue.

Also request:
A real iPad version of Maxim
Playstation Magazine
PC Gamer
National Geographic

DNAppleGold
Jul 7, 2010, 01:23 PM
I just want to PLEAD with the developers of Wired and Sports Illustrated that if the dang magazines weren't $4.99 I'd use this as a magazine reader a lot more.

Wired recently dropped to $3.99, but I really think the sweet spot would be $2.99. I have YET to buy a Sports Illustrated (one I was really looking forward to) because it's $5.00 per issue.

Also request:
A real iPad version of Maxim
Playstation Magazine
PC Gamer
National Geographic

Magazines and Newspapers HAVE to come up with pricing models that make sense. It's insane to be able to get yearly print subscription to Wired for $10 per year but it's $50 to get the digital version. Or how about if you get the paper subscription you get the digital version for just $5 more per year. Really, I'm not a very creative person, and there must be better ideas than these. You would think an industry that is dying - like print media - would roll out some creative pricing models to an affluent customer base that really wants to pay for unique content. To date, zero. Just crazy.

spinedoc77
Jul 7, 2010, 01:28 PM
Magazines and Newspapers HAVE to come up with pricing models that make sense. It's insane to be able to get yearly print subscription to Wired for $10 per year but it's $50 to get the digital version. Or how about if you get the paper subscription you get the digital version for just $5 more per year. Really, I'm not a very creative person, and there must be better ideas than these. You would think an industry that is dying - like print media - would roll out some creative pricing models. To date, zero. Just crazy.

I think the problem is they aren't in survival mode yet, even though their empire is crumbling around them the CEO's are still making millions. They are in "can we make as much profit as last year" mode. It's a shame they don't realize the obviously reduced infrastructure they would need which would provide a much larger profit margin. Really they only need content and programmers other than the usual company logistic jobs.

Lets hope Apple, who is really the driving force behind making our music $1 per song, is successful in getting the print companies to follow suit.

DNAppleGold
Jul 7, 2010, 01:33 PM
I think the problem is they aren't in survival mode yet, even though their empire is crumbling around them the CEO's are still making millions. They are in "can we make as much profit as last year" mode. It's a shame they don't realize the obviously reduced infrastructure they would need which would provide a much larger profit margin. Really they only need content and programmers other than the usual company logistic jobs.

Lets hope Apple, who is really the driving force behind making our music $1 per song, is successful in getting the print companies to follow suit. Sadly, you are probably right. Apple, who had to develop a model for the music industry (who is still griping about it) will likely have to bail out the print media this time.

Mitchrapp
Jul 7, 2010, 02:05 PM
If anyone thinks the iPad is limited, you need to open up your mind.

I was giving you an answer on all the things the ipad does, some of which are its core functionality. That core functionality does not have to be exciting, but it keeps me from lugging around 100lbs. of books, newspapers, my medical periodicals, pictures, movies, my television set (stream TV), hell I can even make a case that it saves me from carrying my desktop PC as with remote connection I can completely control my home PC! Now those may not be exciting for you, but for me they are. That's the reason why if there were not any more apps for the ipad EVER I'd be quite happy with it until ipad 2.0.

+10.

Shasta McNasty
Jul 7, 2010, 05:56 PM
Just sold mine last night. Got a macbook pro today. Never got bored or had anything bad to say, but for me personally i realized i needed a laptop. I will be waiting for iPad 2.0 though, and after this iphone 4, im expecting big things! (hopefully)

kwick87
Jul 7, 2010, 06:39 PM
I'll say I did have buyers remorse after the new Mac mini came out. And it really pisses me off how mere months after the iPad release, the iPhone gets All these better features (gyro, HD camera, more ram etc...), and the apps are pretty lacking As well ( all my best apps are iPhone apps). The more I type, the more I feel betrayed by apple. (not the first nor the last i'm sure. Oh well their doing something right,ive personally spent tens of thousands of dollars on their products).

But i still use it everyday, and I love having it on vacation, we were on a camping trip just last weekend, and i wanted to watch the Ufc. So I bought the ufc app (another iPhone app) and ordered the fights. It was surreal in the mountains, by the campfire I watched ufc 116 live. Buyers remorse gone!

I just hate the feeling that four months from now this will just be old news. Guess that's just what apple has become

fruitytotheloom
Jul 7, 2010, 09:33 PM
I love myipad I have had it fora week, I am writing this on it. I hardly even have any iPad apps for too.:cool:

gdieter
Jul 7, 2010, 09:47 PM
I have to admit, the shine has worn off for me as well. It's become an everyday tool for browsing, email, GPS, and checking the portfolio on the Bloomberg app. I spent a week with this on "vacation" and burned out on the games, I think. It was incredibly useful while troubleshooting, and ultimately upgrading my Dad's Mac Mini (power surge took out or scrambled the video card). 3G + browser enabled me to look up everything I needed to port over his data from his 5 yr old G4 Mini to the newest version.

I do, however, still fire up the "Baby Scratch" app at least once every day, just to annoy the girlfriend - I don't know why I get such a kick out it. Maybe because it makes her roll her eyes when I'm playing it?

lokerd
Jul 7, 2010, 10:05 PM
No, but I do share some of your concerns.
I bought mine on day one and use it every day. Of course, some of thrill as worn off, but only some. I use the Ipad every day. There are many things that I use it for that I never (or hardly every) use a traditional computer or Iphone for. These include reading books, reading magazines/newspapers (I mean cover to cover, not just a random article), watching movies, and playing games. Plus, there are host of times where I reach for the Ipad instead of my MBP or MBA for looking at photos and web surfing because of the form factor.

That being said, I am frustrated that developers have been slow to build apps that fully take advantage of the Ipad's form. Only Wired has delivered a magazine even approaching this potential. And how about Apple's own IOS4 being pushed months after the phone update!

I love my Ipad, but agree with some of your frustration because I know it could do so much more.

Ditto!!! Ditto!!!!

I normally don't quote so much...but I think the above hits the nail on the head. I am definitely not bored...the form factor is too awesome for that. I know I could do things faster on a laptop...but the same argument was the case against a laptop compared to a desktop...but who wants to be stuck in a room with a desktop computer. I cook, shop, exercise, watch tv, drive (awesome gps), upload photos, etc. Etc. All with the iPad.

But where is the app development?!?!?!?!

Apple did a disservice to the iPad launching the iPhone so close. We got a few updates...but now everything coming out is os4...but still the size of an iPhone. What a freaking raw deal! It's pissing me off...just a bit, actually. It is summer time and I am on my iPad off and on all day...a d there is so much more that the iPad could do...and there are so many apps that are really cool...but can't be used upside down, or look like crap uprezed, etc. It's getting frustrating that things are not rolling out quicker. Thanks Apple!!!!

yyy
Jul 8, 2010, 01:00 AM
Any idea how apps can get better on the iPad or which iPhone apps don't look good enough on the iPad (or don't have iPad versions at all)?

OGDaniel
Jul 8, 2010, 02:48 AM
I am on some level but mostly no, I'm not bored with it. I watch about 4-5 movies a week right before bed on the iPad on Netflix. I am on the web constantly all day, surfing with ease. I'm taking notes with it in my class, and I love it. I take photos in my backyard or something, and just use the camera connection kit with my iPad due to it's ease and speed.

The thing it's missing that I really anticipated and was excited about, was a killer array of games. No developers stepped up and made use of the device's power and size. Very disappointing. No great apps, the only icons I'm really tapping are Safari, Mail, and Netflix.

But no, I'm not bored with it.

edddeduck
Jul 8, 2010, 03:19 AM
I have to say about magazines I subscribe to Autosport (a weekly magazine) with any paper subscription you automatically get a PDF version from their website which is highquality and EXACTLY the same as the magazine.

I put that on my iPad and read it, the pricing is great (as least the same price and I think they might have a digital only option now) and for them it works on all devices.

Although I love the Wired magazine if more companies provided a PDF version on their website as part of a subscription it would solve a lot of the complaints I think.

inlvnv
Jul 8, 2010, 03:34 AM
I'm a bit disappointed with the slow pace apps are being updated, but definately not bored. Orblive, logmein, iBooks, pandora and iPod furction work great, and iPad offers overall better web browsing experience. Everything else is secondary for me. Guess it all depends on your expectation of iPad.

Doylem
Jul 8, 2010, 03:56 AM
We look for novelty, demanding that our gadgets keep offering us new 'features'. And what's 'new' today can't help but be 'old' by next year, next month or (given the acceleration of technological change) next week. Manufacturers want their products to have the "Wow!" factor, as we open the box. They want us to be happy with our new purchases... for a while. They want us to become dissatisfied: gradually, as news of the next gadget or upgrade starts to filter through.

This is the typical tragectory of 'new gadget ownership'. Our iPads don't create a deep and lasting satisfaction; the gradual disappointment, combined with the next 'novelty', forms a big part of the marketing strategy. The 'boredom factor' is built-in.

Maybe we should be asking ourselves why we fall for the sales talk at every time of asking... ;)

Piggie
Jul 8, 2010, 04:13 AM
Only thing I agree with is the App store.

Most of the things I' bought during the 1st week and still there at the top of the list, and very very little new of any real merit.

Then I hold Apple to blame a bit here.

You had the iPhone and the developers pretty much had their fill of what they could do with that.

The iPad came out and WOW the latest new things, now we can really get to work making some great apps, nicer screen, faster, yeah baby lets rock, we're going all out iPad.

Then Apple decided that as there was no competition from others to hurt the iPad it would do it itself and weeks later launched the new iPhone.

Developers now had a even newer toy to play with and one that would probably have an even faster growing user base than the iPad.

Whilst I don't expect a new ground breaking app to be launched daily!

I do worry that developers now have two brand new shiny toys to play with and develop for.

Whatever you feel, I don't think the new iPhone has HELPED the iPad.

goodscoolwf
Jul 8, 2010, 05:27 AM
I have not a iPad, but I get a lot of information about it from the interent, which attrack my great intersst. Yes, I want a iPad. But according to your reflects, I think I should think more about it.:)

Scuby
Jul 8, 2010, 01:38 PM
Before I bought mine I had a very good idea of what i was going to use it for - and my guess was right. Since I bougt it i've only used my laptop for downloading tracks from my GPS Logger, getting photos off my camera (as Apple's abysmal stock control means I'm still waiting for my camera connection kit), and I keep downloaded tv programmes on there which I can steam or sync to the iPad when I want them. Otherwise, 95% of my "computing" use at home is now on my iPad.

Sounds like the ones who are bored are the ones who didn't know why they wre buying it in the first place, which makes sense. I wouldn't buy a TV if I didn't know what channels it could get and whether i would watch any, I wouldn't buy a toaster if I didn't want to make toast, and I wouldn't buy an iPad if I didn't know why I was buying it.

Master Chieftec
Jul 8, 2010, 02:40 PM
You spoiled brats already bored with your iPad? :confused:
We in The Netherlands still waiting for the iPad to be released. It supposed to come out this month, but no exact date given yet.

I do not think I will ever get bored with the iPad. The good thing is, the iPad is not a one trick pony such as the Amazon Kindle.
There is lots of things you can do on it. Browse the Internet, watching movies, photo's, listen to music, playing games, read ebooks.

nwc12345
Jul 8, 2010, 03:05 PM
I was giving you an answer on all the things the ipad does, some of which are its core functionality. That core functionality does not have to be exciting, but it keeps me from lugging around 100lbs. of books, newspapers, my medical periodicals, pictures, movies, my television set (stream TV), hell I can even make a case that it saves me from carrying my desktop PC as with remote connection I can completely control my home PC! Now those may not be exciting for you, but for me they are. That's the reason why if there were not any more apps for the ipad EVER I'd be quite happy with it until ipad 2.0.

why should i buy an ipad instead of a pc?

spinedoc77
Jul 8, 2010, 03:13 PM
why should i buy an ipad instead of a pc?

Look above your quote, I list several excellent reasons, and those are only the tip of the iceberg. Although I'm not advocating a ipad INSTEAD of a PC, but rather as an extension of a PC, which still serves its intended function when I need to do very intensive "computing". But my ipad frees me from the shackles of my PC and its bulk/weight/lack of ergonomics, long time to turn on and battery life.

anthonymoody
Jul 8, 2010, 03:19 PM
I am definitely not bored. But in a weird and wonderful way the iPad has ceased to be a shiny new toy and has instead simply become completely enmeshed in my life.

I use the iPad as my primary computer and haven't looked back. I retain a household iMac which serves as a central repository for media, syncing, etc. Other than that I am all iPad all the time.

I just spent almost 8 weeks on a remote job site with only my iPad. Left my MBP, Kindle2, and mackintosh Dell mini9 at home. All three are for sale..

You can pry mine out of my cold dead hands. Until the iPad2 comes out :)

GinoDotCom
Jul 8, 2010, 03:47 PM
I love my iPad. I'm anything but bored of it. Actually hard to imagine my daily life without one now, absolutely endorse it and love it!

tl01
Jul 8, 2010, 10:21 PM
LOOOOOVE IT! I use it more than my MB when I'm at home.

iMacThere4Iam
Jul 8, 2010, 11:31 PM
I love my iPad. I'm anything but bored of it. Actually hard to imagine my daily life without one now, absolutely endorse it and love it!

+1

Crosbie
Jul 9, 2010, 03:00 AM
Used mine every day since it came out in the UK, and have already used it to do several things I could/would never do on a laptop or desktop or my iPod touch.

I'll check my webmail from work on the commute in - too poky on a Touch, not worth bringing a bulky laptop just for this.

I'll read PDFs and other documents related to work, and (more fun) digital magazines and graphic novels cheap from Comixology. Portrait orientation at a decent size makes this possible.

I've drawn an entire comic on Sketchbook Pro - at college, on the train, at home on the sofa, even in the bath. Finished pages could be uploaded direct to Facebook for my friends' feedback. Made uniquely possible by this device.

To paraphrase Dr Johnson: if you are bored of the iPad, sir, you are bored of life. :)

GoKyu
Jul 9, 2010, 05:58 AM
After the first month or so, the initial excitement started to wear off, but I still use it regularly for websurfing/email/IM when I don't feel like sitting in front of the computer (even for a diehard like me, that can actually get old...)

Like the OP, I really haven't found much in the quality of apps *that I'm interested in* since that initial month, so app downloads have been kinda sparse lately...I think I have maybe 2 full pages of apps on the device so far.

I still love reading e-books on it (iBooks FTW - that Kindle app makes me feel like I'm reading a PDF file on the computer instead of reading a book.)

What I'm really waiting for to get me a bit more re-energized is iOS 4 and specifically, the multitasking so I can have a much more seamless experience as I switch between say an IM chat (love Beejive), to check some info in Safari, or to check an email that the person sent, etc.

The only negative I have about the iPad has nothing to do with the iPad itself, but with the new iPhone. The retina display has *really* spoiled me, and I have to now zoom in to get clear text on the iPad. Viewing a webpage full-screen now seems much blurrier to me than it used to. If they add the retina display to the iPad 2, I'll be all over it...

Hrothgar
Aug 2, 2010, 02:46 PM
I've had it for almost a week. I'm still on the edge whether I will return it.

I'm trying to find apps that will make it more than just an expensive Internet access point and book reader. So many apps seem to be childish games (why would anyone above the age of nine play Angry Bird more than once?). Many more are one-hit wonders that seem to have no real purpose. Apps like the WSJ, NYT, Epicurious, etc., are no better than just connecting to the sites on the browser. I can't download Kindle magazines (although I guess there is an app for that). I've downloaded Evernote and iBrainstorm (something like that), which appeared on a bunch of top ten lists, but can't figure out why I need them (perhaps if they came with an explanation of how to use them, I'd know why I should use them). The touchscreen keypad makes document editing a non-starter. Truly helpful apps (Quicken, Rosetta Stone, etc) don't seem to exist. Is there a way to use it as a universal remote to handle my tv, cable, stereo?

Putting pictures on the iPad is nice, but how often do people look at their pictures?

I do think this can be an amazing productivity tool, but I just haven't figured it out yet.

malnar
Aug 2, 2010, 04:44 PM
So many apps seem to be childish games (why would anyone above the age of nine play Angry Bird more than once?)
I play Angry Birds all the time, one of my favorite games. Have you looked at the reviews? If you've only played once, you have absolutely no idea how challenging and addicting that game can get. So, you know, thanks for being insulting. You know, what you find "childish" and boring is what others find fun and relaxing, and what you find important is what others find incredibly dull. (I'd hate to see what you think of Osmos if you find Angry Birds lame.)

You make the Ipad what you want it to be. Like much of life, if you hit a wall, it is either going to be an impenetrable obstacle or something to overcome. Maybe it's a cliche, but it's true. I don't find myself frustrated by anything but the lack of multitasking (using the Iphone 4 everyday illustrates the need for that on the Ipad) and when something hasn't worked the way I expected, I have either found a different way of doing it, or I just opted to not do it on the Ipad. It's not an "everything machine" and I don't care if it is. I don't know why everyone is so focused on making it be "everything." Use it to relax and NOT do that stuff on - do the fun stuff on your Ipad, the boring stuff on the boring computer.

Piggie
Aug 2, 2010, 04:57 PM
Let's be honest, most of the games are from the iPhone type of gameplay, they are not proper PC/Console full games.

Hopefully the Big Main games companies, once they see the iPad sales numbers going into the millions will back some large projects on the console.

There is a RAM issue of course, but also the price issue for them.
If they are used to selling their output for $30, $40+ for 1 game, they are not going to be happy with people moaning about $9 for a game as they do now.

Maziar
Aug 2, 2010, 05:08 PM
I have had my iPad 64gb for about 2 months and I am very satisfied with it, I use almost all of my web surfing on the iPad,read all of my PDF files on it, watch movies etc. I only use my PC for taks like gaming and PhotoShop. I also have downloaded a variety of great apps to make It even better,such as pulsenews,iWork,filer and much more.loving it so far :D. Although many complain about 256mb ram,i Haven't had any noticeable slowdowns, everything Is quite smooth and fast, and it was my first ever apple product and I think it's not going to be the last :D

Don Kosak
Aug 2, 2010, 05:20 PM
Can't imagine being without an iPad now. Hardly touch the Macbook anymore. My computing life is split between my iMac for hard core tasks like software development, and iPad for dealing with customers, billing, research, and of course entertainment.

I think you're "using it wrong" if you've gotten bored already. LOL

tunerX
Aug 2, 2010, 05:30 PM
I feel almost exactly the opposite, but I bough my iPad 3G for a specific task -- personal Internet access while at work.

It's more than met my expectations there. Just can't wait for iOS 4, ... it's weird to go from that on the iPhone back to 3.2 on the iPad.

I didn't expect this, but I find myself bringing only my iPad when I go on road-trips. This is so much more convenient for me than packing my 15" MBP around.

Lately I've been using the EyeTV app to stream live local TV to my iPad when I'm outside doing yard work and stuff. :)

I use it for access at work too. I can check my gmail, surf the web, watch stocks, read books... I new what I wanted out of it before I bought it and have found other things to do which add to the usefulness.

tod
Aug 2, 2010, 05:49 PM
I'm always finding new uses for my iPad. Partly because I'm a developer, and I'm really pushing myself to create something great.

I will say this. I thought I would be doing all of my digital reading on the iPad, and I even sold my Kindle 2 in anticipation that I wouldn't want it. But the iPad screen really tires my eyes... it's like I don't even get a break from the computer when I'm done with my work and want to read. I'm back to staring at a glowing rectangle again. So I'll be buying one of the new Kindles to read on.

Cheffy Dave
Aug 2, 2010, 06:00 PM
Yes you are;)

aohus
Aug 2, 2010, 06:12 PM
if you travel more, trust me, the iPad is a killer device.

my iPad runs as a windows 7 tablet (remote desktopping)

my iPad can play any movie of any codec via streaming on-demand

my iPad (wifi) can be tethered to my blackberry

i listed only a fraction of what the iPad can do. i love the iPad.

diabolic
Aug 2, 2010, 06:19 PM
Yes you are;)

Definitely. I can't imagine not having mine. It has changed the way I use my computers every day.

vfortier
Aug 2, 2010, 07:47 PM
Angry bird is so addictive... And so hard some times....

But the iPad fills the computing needs I had at home: social media.

I have an iMac just to store pictures, movies and music. The rest is done on the iPad.

I play Angry Birds all the time, one of my favorite games. Have you looked at the reviews? If you've only played once, you have absolutely no idea how challenging and addicting that game can get. So, you know, thanks for being insulting. You know, what you find "childish" and boring is what others find fun and relaxing, and what you find important is what others find incredibly dull. (I'd hate to see what you think of Osmos if you find Angry Birds lame.)

You make the Ipad what you want it to be. Like much of life, if you hit a wall, it is either going to be an impenetrable obstacle or something to overcome. Maybe it's a cliche, but it's true. I don't find myself frustrated by anything but the lack of multitasking (using the Iphone 4 everyday illustrates the need for that on the Ipad) and when something hasn't worked the way I expected, I have either found a different way of doing it, or I just opted to not do it on the Ipad. It's not an "everything machine" and I don't care if it is. I don't know why everyone is so focused on making it be "everything." Use it to relax and NOT do that stuff on - do the fun stuff on your Ipad, the boring stuff on the boring computer.

Hrothgar
Aug 2, 2010, 08:26 PM
I play Angry Birds all the time, one of my favorite games. Have you looked at the reviews? If you've only played once, you have absolutely no idea how challenging and addicting that game can get. So, you know, thanks for being insulting. You know, what you find "childish" and boring is what others find fun and relaxing, and what you find important is what others find incredibly dull. (I'd hate to see what you think of Osmos if you find Angry Birds lame.)

You're right. Sorry, I didn't mean to be insulting.

flyguy206
Aug 2, 2010, 11:11 PM
Not at all try not having your ipad and you will miss it.

PCClone
Aug 2, 2010, 11:33 PM
I wish iPads have a vibrate mode.

i bet you wish it had some attachments to, right?

PCClone
Aug 2, 2010, 11:34 PM
if you travel more, trust me, the iPad is a killer device.

my iPad runs as a windows 7 tablet (remote desktopping)

my iPad can play any movie of any codec via streaming on-demand

my iPad (wifi) can be tethered to my blackberry

i listed only a fraction of what the iPad can do. i love the iPad.


my iPad runs as a windows 7 tablet (remote desktopping)

Maybe you could sell this idea to Ballmer...

Touchstone64
Aug 3, 2010, 12:01 AM
I've worked with 'computers' since 1978. Really. I used to boot them by setting 16 physical switches to make a byte of code; repeated the exercise many times to get the computer to a usable state.

I've seen a few designs since then :)

Most of my work has been with Unix and Windows systems, but I find I have different needs at home.

The first Apple computer I worked with was a Lisa, the one before the Mac. The first Apple product I actually owned was an iPod 'classic' 60GB. I upgraded that to an iPod Touch, which I in turn upgraded to an iPhone 3GS, which I in turn upgraded for an iPhone 4

And I am a very happy owner of an iPad (64 GB, 3G).

I find I use my iPad for most tasks (when I can get my wife to give it back; and she's an IT-hater), the iPhone when I need serious portability, and the PC when I need serious processing power. For me it's a balance of tools that works well.

But I have to say, the one I actually enjoy using is the iPad. Can't say enough good things about it :)

edddeduck
Aug 3, 2010, 04:08 AM
Things I use my iPad for in a usual day


Answering work email on the commute using Mail.app and web mail based services
Organising my day using Omni Focus for iPad (Brilliant app)
Reading Magazines & Technical Books (in PDF format), I don't use it so far for any novels.
Minor edits of Mac created Pages and Numbers documents.
Browsing the web
Maps using GPS (not every day)
The odd game of solitare :)
The odd tweet using Twitterific
Check Weather
Talk to work colleagues using BeejiveIM
Check Train times for my commute


Recommended Apps (ones I use at least once a week)

OmniFocus - Best todo list / GTD planner
F1 Live Timing - If you like F1 this is brilliant! (Moto GP one also exists)
BeeJiveIM - Expensive but the best IM program supports lots of IM services
Pages / Numbers / Keynote - MS Office on the go
Where's Wally - Loads of fun :)
GoodReader - The best PDF/Document reader
EyeTV - Stream your EyeTV picture to your iPad
AirVideo - Stream any Mac compatible video to your iPad even ones not in the correct format using transcoding!
CoPilot - Great SatNav app (I use the iPhone version on 2x)
AirDisplay - Use your iPad as a second monitor on your Mac

AppleKash
Aug 3, 2010, 06:02 AM
If you'd invested your money in watercolor paints instead, just imagine what great stuff you'd be doing by now! Or piano lessons!

I bought my iPad knowing how I was going to use it, and here I am, using it. Not because of some app, not because it was cool, but because I knew what I was buying. How come you didn't?

LMAO! I feel exactly the same way about this one.

Hrothgar
Aug 4, 2010, 04:13 PM
I play Angry Birds all the time, one of my favorite games. Have you looked at the reviews? If you've only played once, you have absolutely no idea how challenging and addicting that game can get. So, you know, thanks for being insulting. You know, what you find "childish" and boring is what others find fun and relaxing, and what you find important is what others find incredibly dull. (I'd hate to see what you think of Osmos if you find Angry Birds lame.)


Well, I spent hours playing Angry Birds last night.
Bastard.

skate71290
Aug 4, 2010, 05:00 PM
I think you may be absolutely right. Looking back at it, my research on the iPad did not extend beyond an article I read on the Onion website. You convinced me, I'm going to go sell my piece of **** iPad wifi and buy an iPad 64gb with 3G with a data plan ;) Sorry. I can't use my iPad for work because the Bloomberg app isn't as good as a real Bloomberg terminal :(

I just want Google Finance for the iPad/iPhone - Yahoo is **** just like Bloomberg, and i get News Bulletins via e-mail from ADVFN so i don't need their app, i am seriously considering getting a Google Nexus One phone just for the Google Finance App!

mosx
Aug 4, 2010, 06:07 PM
I still love my iPad.

But the lack of multi-tasking and iOS4 in general is really taking it down for me big time.

Since I've gotten my iPhone 4 I've used my iPad less and less. It all boils down to the lack of multi-tasking.

I've gone back to using my MacBook and PC laptops more in the last month than I had used them in the entire first few months of owning my iPad.

If I didn't own an iPhone I might have gotten an iPad 3G. But my iPhone 4 does everything the iPad does portable, except a few things that I would never realistically use away from home, like Pages. My iPhone 4, in fact, does more. Thanks to the camera.

The iPad also has a problem with app support. Far too many developers have the attitude that if their iPhone app works for the iPad then thats good enough. Then you have other developers that try to charge you 2-3x as much for the iPad version running at 1024x768 when the iPhone 4 version, costing significantly less, runs at 960x640. Why should I pay $10 for a $3 app just for an extra few pixels? I bet in a week here we'll see Madden released separately for the iPhone and iPad, one costing $9.99 and the other $14.99 and they'll be the exact same game, just different resolutions.

So, in short, the lack of iOS4/multi-tasking, and the way app developers either ignore iPad or try to milk it for far more than its worth is killing it for me. I'm sure that once the honeymoon period starts wearing off for people they'll think the same way.

edddeduck
Aug 5, 2010, 04:24 AM
So, in short, the lack of iOS4/multi-tasking, and the way app developers either ignore iPad or try to milk it for far more than its worth is killing it for me. I'm sure that once the honeymoon period starts wearing off for people they'll think the same way.

I think if the prices are to high people will not buy them and the prices will drop to a level where most consumers are happy. I believe pricing is just like the App Store when it launched, it is having a period of adjustment but the customers will drive the pricing, I don't think that the pricing alone will effect the iPad or kill it overall. When most apps are less than a round of drinks or a bus ticket I don't think this a big deal.

Also I have to say I am willing to pay more for an iPad app as a well designed iPad app can be great for productivity compared to the same well designed iPhone app. Screen resolution is less of a deal as the screen size. With an iPad you can do so much more.

For example OmniFocus on iPhone was handy to use for checking off tasks but not really organising etc, the iPad app is so good I use it more than the OS X version!

I agree than a re-skinned version of the same app for more money is milking it but for every app milking it there is one which has been fully redesigned for the iPad screen often with new features, I don't have an issue paying more for an app like that. But just like you I don't like the reskinned app for an extra 2 or 3 pounds when you get nothing more for your money.

Edwin

starney
Aug 5, 2010, 05:19 AM
nope you are not alone

Blakjack
Aug 5, 2010, 05:23 AM
LMAO! I feel exactly the same way about this one.

The funny thing is......you can paint and do piano lessons on the iPad.

sapporobaby
Aug 5, 2010, 07:06 AM
Darn. I forgot to unsubscribe to this whiny thread.

Fixed....

edddeduck
Aug 5, 2010, 07:16 AM
Darn. I forgot to unsubscribe to this whiny thread.

Fixed....

Best post in a while (mine included) :-)

sapporobaby
Aug 5, 2010, 07:32 AM
I still love my iPad.

But the lack of multi-tasking and iOS4 in general is really taking it down for me big time.

Since I've gotten my iPhone 4 I've used my iPad less and less. It all boils down to the lack of multi-tasking.

I've gone back to using my MacBook and PC laptops more in the last month than I had used them in the entire first few months of owning my iPad.

If I didn't own an iPhone I might have gotten an iPad 3G. But my iPhone 4 does everything the iPad does portable, except a few things that I would never realistically use away from home, like Pages. My iPhone 4, in fact, does more. Thanks to the camera.

The iPad also has a problem with app support. Far too many developers have the attitude that if their iPhone app works for the iPad then thats good enough. Then you have other developers that try to charge you 2-3x as much for the iPad version running at 1024x768 when the iPhone 4 version, costing significantly less, runs at 960x640. Why should I pay $10 for a $3 app just for an extra few pixels? I bet in a week here we'll see Madden released separately for the iPhone and iPad, one costing $9.99 and the other $14.99 and they'll be the exact same game, just different resolutions.

So, in short, the lack of iOS4/multi-tasking, and the way app developers either ignore iPad or try to milk it for far more than its worth is killing it for me. I'm sure that once the honeymoon period starts wearing off for people they'll think the same way.

Oh no. Are you saying the iPad doesn't multi-task? Is this new? How could this happen that after 3 months the iPad still does not multi-task? Surely Steve Jobs must have mentioned this in his presentation that the iPad will get iOS4 and multi-tasking in the Autumn upgrade.