My Rant on the iPad...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by lozanoj83, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. lozanoj83 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2006
    Southern California
    This is my rant, what I posted for some of my friends on facebook which I now bring to you.

    Today Apple released it’s tablet named iPad. This tablet has been the cause of rumor, argument and fantasy lust by apple fanboys for the past 20 years. After reading more than 7+ gadget sites/news organizations this is my personal opinion (coming to you from an apple fanboy who drinks the kool-aid, but doesn’t oversaturate himself).

    The design
    The design seems flawless, and a winner in my perspective. Just like the first iPhone, I feel that Apple can’t really improve on the design it has shown us right now. It’s a 4x3 screen display, 10x7 pixels. It seems like a winner, and I like it.

    The I/O (input & output) ports get me mad. This is Apple at it’s best, limiting the ports they give you because “they know best for you”. Apple is touting this as the replacement of the “cheap netbook” and something you would use on a daily basis at home. The average “cheapest netbook” out there, includes more I/O ports than the Unibody MacBook does. This says something! Apple doesn’t change their “simplistic” way of thinking and only includes a headphone jack and dock connector as ports. No USB, no firewire, nada. Instead, they provide you with accessories to purchase (hence giving them more money) to connect an SD card or a USB, or even display it to a monitor. Im sorry, but this is just stupid. You want this (iPad) to replace my netbook, or small laptop... but instead offer me no ports to work with, and want me to purchase adapters to make some current cables (which are universally compatible) work with an iPad.

    When Steve Jobs today announced that the iPad was coming in 3 storage flavors, my blood instantly boiled. Whenever I buy a computer, or a netbook or a laptop it comes with a pre-determined storage space sized. I understand this. What I also understand is that I can pop out the hard drive, or SSD it has inside and pop in my own, not void my warranty and still get more space. The iPad instead comes with pre-determined storage sizes. 16, 32, and 64GB respectively. This is not user upgradable just like the iPhone. Im sorry Apple, but I want to upgrade my storage with an SD card or a hard drive when I wish. This is no an iPod to which I can upgrade every year. I don’t wanna have lying around 2 iPad’s because I outgrew the storage size of my first one, and decided I needed more space so I bought another one. Were in a damn recession and I am not going to be spending money like this.

    The Operating System is the same one which runs on my iPhone, which is a good and bad thing. Apple touts it has a blazing fast 1GHz custom chip inside. Good. The problem, I can’t do much with it. Apple thinks i’m smart enough to actually use iWork on the go and make presentations and word documents, browse the incomplete web, but apparently i’m stupid enough not to know how to run Pandora streaming music in the background and read a book or surf the web. I don’t get it. I have a fast processor underneath me, but I cant use it to it’s potential because Apple thinks I’m stupid. Where’s my multi-tasking Apple?
    Steve Jobs also mentioned that it’s the full internet in your hands... not really. The internet has flash. Lot’s of it. Just go to ANY major website; CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Facebook, etc. THEY ALL HAVE FLASH. I can’t have the full internet in my hands if I can’t run flash. Some webpages depend solely on it. So... in Apple’s mentality, if they run flash or have flash, they are not considered part of the internet. Very nice Apple, segregate who you believe is not worth to run your tablet. To add insult to injury, you tout you have a blazing fast processor. So why can’t this run flash without a problem? Makes you wonder. I have more grips with the iPhone OS, but hopefully OS 4.0 will change and rectify these grips.

    App Store
    You tout this as a replacement for a netbook, but yet I can’t install my own software. I have to install the software which YOU ALONE allow me too. Yes it comes from developers who made them, but you approved them. And by the way, you’re approval system needs to be checked because at times it allows things for which you say I can’t have. While on that note, why can’t I have things that you say are not suitable for me? If im an adult, purchased this with my own money, I should be allowed to install whatever I want. Even if that’s adult content or discretionary material. It’s my tablet, my money, let me do as I wish. To add more, you tout it as a replacement for my netbook. My netbook does not have ANY restrictions on what I can’t and can install. Hell you’re own bloody Mac OS X let’s me install anything I want. If this is supposed to bridge the gap from my advanced smartphone to my laptop, then why can’t I install my own software that I wish to have. What makes you my moral compass and my “parents” to tell me what I can and can’t do. WHO ARE YOU TO TELL ME THIS?

    Here is where one of my biggest complaints comes in. It is “unlocked for carrier usage” but yet no carrier (at least here in America, and I wanna stick my head and say out in Europe) have micro SIM cards. I never even knew these existed before until Steve Jobs blurted it out of his mouth. Then we have it running on AT&T.... bloody AT&T. The same network which has the iPhone data issues, which majority of every customer complains about, which the CEO of AT&T has admitted isn’t up to par with what they expect. REALLY? Do you really just ignore your customers and continue going on with a partner who makes you look bad, and can’t even fulfill its obligations. And now you’re presenting an internetPad, which basically just consumes data for it’s job. How am I supposed to be assured I will get signal. How will I be assured that I get adequate speeds? I already have issues with them on my iPhone, constantly calling them because of dropped calls and limited to no data. The only upside to this announcement was that unlimited data will be 29.99 a month, no contract. Great... but majority of the time the internet wont work because of ATT. And dont even think about going to T-Mobile... their 3G internet runs on the 1700 MHz frequency, something which the iPad and iPhone dont cover. So, you may have it unlocked, but you’re limited to T-Mobiles Edge internet. Don’t bother going to Sprint or Verizon, their networks wont support it either. So in the end, 3G wise, im left between a rock, and a hard place. Great Apple, just great.

    Pricing seems good, starting at 499 sans 3G capability (with 16GB storage). It has Wi-Fi on all models which is a plus.

    The iPad is the first tablet Apple has come out with in this century. It’s basically another iPhone scenario. Remember when the first one came out, lacked a lot of features? A year later, new model came out, more features (the ones that people cried for and wanted to have since the beginning) magically appeared? Yeah, remember that? This is basically history repeating itself. Next year, Apple will double the storage and introduce “phenomenal and wonderful features” that they believe consumers will want. Well... guess what? THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE FROM THE BEGINNING. It’s like giving the iPhone 3G and 3GS MMS, but not giving it to the original one. Next year I can guarantee you it will have a front facing camera for video-chatting, multitasking (if iPhone 4.0) doesn’t bring this, it will have ports, things that should be there NOW. Apple just brought out a limited product because it knows the hardcore fanboys and stupid people will buy anything that has an Apple logo in the back and the words “Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China”. Please, don’t be one of them. Wait a year for the next revision. You’ll be glad you did. And for the record Jonathan Ive (lead designer at Apple) “when something exceeds your ability to understand how it works, it sort of becomes magical, and that is what the iPad is” is wrong. It is not magical. A tablet is NOT magical, it is just pieces of electronics put together. THERE IS NO MAGIC IN THE DEVICE, THERE IS NO MAGIC AROUND OR NEAR THE DEVICE, don’t tout this as “advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device”. Revolutionary, possibly, magical, no. Magical is what I expect to hear from a 5 year old, not a company tag for a product.
  2. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    You're thinking of this in comparison to a MacBook. The iPad is nothing more than a big iPhone. Unless you read books a lot or want a new gaming toy it's not what you want to be buying.

    Chill. Not every gadget on the market can be aimed at your needs.
  3. mcnicks macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2006
    I take it you're not going to be buying one, then?
  4. kroeks macrumors regular

    I think It's very useful.
    It's just a big ipod touch. in fact.

    I would love to have one.
    first i want to see one in action.
  5. Paul B macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    Your friends care about what you think about the iPad?
  6. leomac08 macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Nicely said and heavily critical...;)

    who knows!, maybe there might be a special iphone OS that will make the iPad even better! Nobody in this forums have really seen one face to face.

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