iPad is useless outdoors :(

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jsnuff1, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. jsnuff1 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2003
    Location:
    NY
    #1
    Overal the iPad for me so far has lived up to the hype, and is poised to become a new type of computing platform in the coming years.

    One MAJOR flaw is that it is totally useless in direct sunlight. Anyone that thinks they can use the iPad on a great sunny day while sipping on a iced latte can forget about that.

    The iPhone can be used pretty well in sunlight, as it has a special reflective material in the LCD that uses sunlight to "light" it up. It seems like the iPad's screen does not use this, and in sunlight is pretty much unusable :(
     
  2. .Andy macrumors 68030

    .Andy

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2004
    Location:
    The Mergui Archipelago
    #2
    Move to england. Problem solved.

    j/k I love england and it is sunny sometimes
     
  3. Techhie macrumors 65816

    Techhie

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2008
    Location:
    The hub of stupidity
    #3
    Or Seattle. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2008
    #4
    I agree with it being difficult to use in direct sunlight.

    However, you are completely wrong about the iPhone screen.
     
  5. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

    SchneiderMan

    Joined:
    May 25, 2008
    Location:
    Apple state
  6. Ratty macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2007
    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    #6
    Just use it in doors, anyway what is this thing called 'sunlight'.

    ;)
     
  7. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

    SchneiderMan

    Joined:
    May 25, 2008
    Location:
    Apple state
    #7
    Lol come here and see for yourself 360 days a year. :D
     
  8. dave1812dave macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    #8
    of all the products I own that have screens the one and only device I can see in sunlight is my BB Storm2. all the other screens (I mean LCD--I have some medical devices with monochrome screens that look better in bright light) are washed out to the point of unreadibility. so it wouldn't surprise me that the ipad is hard to use outside on a sunny day.
     
  9. Alchematron macrumors 65816

    Alchematron

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Location:
    Maui Hawaii
    #9
    What ever happened to the old days?

    Matte screen option?

    No chrome bezel?

    Silver keys?

    Well 1 out of 3 ain't bad
     
  10. lotusindigo macrumors regular

    lotusindigo

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2010
    #10
    How does it work in outdoor shade? I picture myself sketching under a tree in a park...
     
  11. goobot macrumors 603

    goobot

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2009
    Location:
    long island NY
  12. jaykk macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2002
    Location:
    CA
    #12
    The iPad screen is totally unusable in AZ :) iPhone is a little better though.
     
  13. RMDI macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2010
    #13
    GoodReader on the iPhone has the feature to invert the colors. On the iPad surely the same. Don't know how much that helps?
     
  14. abijnk macrumors 68040

    abijnk

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    #14
    I disagree. When I cranked the brightness while outside in the So Cal sun yesterday I could see it just fine.
     
  15. ijen0311 macrumors 65816

    ijen0311

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2009
    #15
    I agree in Florida... and it's pretty disappointing to me, honestly. I like to sit out and read, etc., and I was hoping the iPad would keep me entertained at the pool or beach. No such luck :mad:
     
  16. Fakejohnsculley macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2010
    #16
    If you can use your macbook outdoor, you can use your iPad outdoor as well. I've used my iPad outside my house and I have no problem at all.
     
  17. midcloud macrumors newbie

    midcloud

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    Location:
    Maryland
    #17
    I'm using this outside on a very sunny day. However, it does help to find a spot of shade and turn the brightness up. I was able to read a little bit in direct sun earlier. Battery life is more than capable of keeping on full brightness.
     
  18. hugodrax macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2007
    #18
    Pool or beach I sure as heck wont be staring at any computer :)
     
  19. synth3tik macrumors 68040

    synth3tik

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2006
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    #19
    Wow it's worse then the iPhone? I can't even see my phone without covering it from sunlight. I could only imagine how bad the iPad must be.

    Between this and my MBP I think Apple owes me a pair of prosthetic eyeballs!:eek:
     
  20. eyehop macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2005
    #20
    I can't use it in the shower. I'm so disappointed.;)
     
  21. dave1812dave macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    #21
    http://www.aquapac.net/

    give them time; I'm sure they will have something for the ipad. :) (and, "yes", I knew you were being sarcastic)
     
  22. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

    SnowLeopard2008

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2008
    Location:
    Silicon Valley
    #22
    Really? I was able to read Walden Pond by Thoreau yesterday at Starbucks sitting outside and in the car. The only thing is the clean the screen (wipe of a sleeve or napkin) of fingerprints. With a fair amount of fingerprints, the screen is totally useless in sunlight but with a clean screen, it's not totally unusable.
     
  23. THiPad macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2010
  24. Ciclismo macrumors 6502a

    Ciclismo

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2010
    Location:
    Germany
    #24
    Go outdoors? Go into direct sunlight? Are you CRAZY?
     
  25. md63 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2007
    #25
    I tend to agree with the OP. I have an iPad with Power Support Antiglare film and an iPhone 4 with no film. The iPhone is much easier to see in the outdoors which really surprised me. In my car I use the Iphone as a GPS with no problems even on a sunny day. The iPad with antiglare film I install in the back seat for my kids and on a sunny day the screen washes out and cant be seen very well in the car. This isn't even in direct sunlight since we are in the car.

    The iPad is great but outdoors is not one of its strong points.
     

Share This Page