Eventually, everyone starts drinking the Apple (iPad) Kool-Aid (even the ZDNet crowd)

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  1. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    iPad 2 a week in: Marvelous; not missing Android at all

    By James Kendrick | November 10, 2011, 7:00am PST

    Summary: The week I have spent with my new iPad 2 has proven how much better it is than any other tablet. Android is nice, but no real comparison.

    I shared my reasoning behind purchasing the iPad 2 and have been asked by many how the switch from Android tablets (and the TouchPad) is going. I have been using the iPad 2 exclusively for the week I have owned it, and I can describe the experience best in one word — marvelous.

    The operation of the iPad 2 is fluid, fast, and glitch-free. I find I use the iPad 2 more often and for more things than I was using other tablets in the past due to how well things work. The iPad 2 is as good as others told me it would be, and I haven’t come across a single thing I don’t like or that I wished worked differently.

    The attention to detail in the user experience permeates the operation of the iPad 2 at every level. Turning it on is as simple as opening the Smart Cover, and shutting it down the same. The performance couldn’t be better, with things happening instantly when triggered by an action. I see no lags nor herky-jerky operation on the iPad as I have seen on every other tablet I have used. To quote Sade the iPad 2 is a smooth operator.

    The quality of the apps I am using is excellent, and more importantly intuitive. I don’t have to figure out how to do something no matter what it is or what app I am using. The control interfaces are consistent from app to app, and things work the way I intuitively want them to work. I can’t state emphatically enough how big a difference this makes in using the tablet. I concentrate on what I want to do, and not on how to make it so.

    I am doing far more on the iPad 2 than I have done with other tablets. I do the tasks commonly performed on tablets– web browsing, social networking, email, watching video, and reading content (both online and locally stored). I also do a lot of my work on the iPad that I never thought I would do.

    I find the research I do for the the mobile beat I cover for ZDNet is more thorough because I can easily and seamlessly jump from angle to angle on stories I am writing. It is frankly liberating to research topics so thoroughly, strictly due to the way the iPad 2 works and the quality of the apps.

    I can start writing new projects at a moment’s notice when the creative juices hit me. I can go from zero to full writing mode in seconds given the tools the iPad has available. It doesn’t matter where I am or what I am doing when the mood hits. I am working on more stories than ever before.

    I am not saying that other tablets are not good. I am simply stating that for me the iPad 2 is better than any other tablet, and by a wide margin. Sure, some folks will prefer other solutions and that is great if they work for them.

    I can already hear the comments about the “closed” Apple system being a negative. And the ones about tablet X being the best thing since sliced bread. I am not disagreeing with them, but stating my own view based on actual experience.

    I do believe that for me not only has the iPad 2 already proved to be the best tablet I have used, it is getting better the more I use it. I do not miss laggy, jerky scrolling in apps. I do not miss apps crashing with no warning. I do not miss trying to figure out where controls are for a particular app. I do not miss tablets crashing while sitting charging.

    I will detail in a future article what apps I am using with the iPad 2, and the methods that are proving so effective in my usage. For now I will state that the iPad 2 is better than I thought it would be, and that was already pretty darn good.

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  2. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    I don't see how this is about drinking cool aid. He is just stating his opinion. Then again I've never been understood why people are criticised for loving Apple's products anyway.
     
  3. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    this is not a war or religion. either you like a product or you don't.
     
  4. Yumunum macrumors 65816

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    Just go to Best Buy, make a Google search on ANY of the Android tablets, and scroll downwards. Watch the lag.

    Then go to the iPad, make a Google search, and scroll downwards. It's night and day.

    You'll wonder why anyone would choose the Android tablet.
     
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  6. Meanee macrumors 6502a

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    Been there, done that, no lag. It's not 30fps that ipad tries to keep, but with Ice Cream Sandwich, that will change, with GPU acceleration enabled.

    As for ZDNet, they've been drinking Apple Kool Aid for quite a bit.
     
  7. Mac.World macrumors 68000

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    I've done the same thing at Best Buy and Target. Some Android tablets have lag and some don't. The Iconia tablet and Transformer don't seem to display lag at any store i go to, while tablets like the Playbook and Galaxy Tab just plain suck, assuming they are even working!
     
  8. master-ceo macrumors 65816

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    No shizzle. I was in MicroCenter the other day playing with their Demo Units on display. The xoom and the samsung did not impress me at all. I did notice lag too. Not to mention, no core midi! :) The BLackBerry was in a app store loop so I couldn't really demo it, but the size doesnt appeal to me. The Sammy looks pretty tho.
     
  9. Yumunum macrumors 65816

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    Honeycomb enabled hardware acceleration... I see a problem here
     
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    enjoy. What colour smart cover did u get? what config is ur iPad?
     
  12. Mac.World macrumors 68000

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    I think it also looks pretty cool. Very MacBook Air-like. That was probably their inspiration for it, as the aluminum-looking chassis and keyboard are almost exact replica's.

    Anyway, the Prime has impressive specs. Too bad it's hampered by Android. If only Windows 8 were out or WebOS had taken off and had this sort of hardware... Ahh, if only!
     
  13. yeah macrumors 6502a

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    ICS will have lag. I've seen a Nexus preview video with ICS on it and it looks and feels just like android 3.0.
     
  14. Meanee macrumors 6502a

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    Demos I've seen from Samsung event were pretty fluid. But again, I do not trust pre-release stuff. Only after official release, and on more than 1 device, we will see.
     

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