When you let someone play with your iPad...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mikethebigo, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    And you hear them hitting the screen really hard, or worse, hear their nails hitting the screen...

    Do you die a little on the inside?
  2. batman75 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    Have you seen that video of the cat playing with the iPad. That would be far more disturbing. Human nails won't cause a scratch.

    Having used iPhones for almost 3 years, only scratch I ever got was when I dropped it on a tarmac surface from a height over 4 feet.
  3. andyblila macrumors 65816


    Jul 8, 2008
    On My iPhone, or my iPad?
    Yes!! It's making me OCD about my iPad! I though I only felt that way about my iPhone. My son has the clammy hands and every time he touches it I go nuts! :eek:
  4. Hey Now macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    I just set them straight and tell them the don't have to press, only touch. Most likely they're not iphone users and are not used to capacitive screens and think they have to press sort of hard. Once they figure it out they're ok and quit beating it up. I still worry about them dropping the damn thing, thought. It's slippery!
  5. Vic-Viper macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2010
  6. McMack macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    I hate it when they start going through my photos, emails, documents etc. as if it's perfectly all right for them to do so, and even if I've specifically asked them not to.

    I've shown my iPad to several people and they've all loved it, but as the days have passed and I've put more and more personal stuff on it, I feel I have to stand over them, watching.

    The obvious solution is to load up 'safe' apps and hand over the iPad, but the rest of my stuff is just the press of a big button away. I left a workmate alone with my iPad playing Warpgate for a minute yesterday and when I returned he was reading my emails!
  7. Simgar988 macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2009
    Tell me about it. WTF is up with "pushing"? I mean I know the whole touchscreen thing is relatively new, but common, what're you pushing on? I guess what trips them up is that they keep their finger on the screen waiting for something to happen, when really the responsehp happens when you lift your finger off.
  8. diabolic macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    I've been making them sit down while they hold my iPad. Imagining a drop on our hardwood floor gets me nervous.
  9. Sleazy E macrumors 65816

    Sleazy E

    Nov 24, 2009
    i let my nephews play with my iPad and they proceeded to download and play Tap Tap revolution. I was not happy watching them smashing away at the screen... but they were, so whatever.
  10. GinoDotCom macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    I can't understand why Apple hasn't implemented some sort of options under settings where you can have the Photo or Mail section prompt the user with a password prior to launching the application. I can't lend out my iPad either because I have to worry about the exact same thing. Especially with personal stuff such as emails.

    And with the preview of 4.0.. I don't believe this feature will be coming either. I don't quite understand it.
  11. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    What do I do? Easy - I don't let people handle my iPad. ;)
  12. thedge18 macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2010
    SF Bay Area
    I really do die on the inside. I can't stand it. I'm overprotective. I know I'm just being a really annoying person, but I've started hiding mine from my roommates who use it without asking and get their greasy fingerprints all over it.
  13. McMack macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    And almost the worst of it is that people get all weird about it when you indicate that, actually, no, you don't want them blithely paging through your doc, photos, emails, etc., thank you very much...

    I first noticed this phenomenon when I got the iPod Touch years ago, and a fairly distant acquaintance started pawing through my photos right in front of me, again with the maddening air of somebody doing something that they had a perfect right to do. It's related to the novelty of the touch screen. They think that they're primarily exploring the device, and only secondarily going through your private stuff. I think the reverse.

    Because of this issue my few days of showing people the iPad are now over. I'll be "forgetting to bring it with me" from now on, I think. Sad, really, as I've loved to see people's reactions to it, and England is still generally iPad-less, of course.

    As you say we could do with (optional) blanket password protection for the key privacy-sensitive apps. Maybe some enterprising app developer could design an app that'd password-protect all the apps just on one particular screen, for example.
  14. GinoDotCom macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    When I'm showing off my iPad, I kind of let others get the feel of what this device feels like in their hands in order to help them understand the full experience of this thing.
  15. rldunn macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2010
    Ann Arbor, MI
    "Touch, but don't touch. Touch, but don't touch."
  16. vw195 macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2008
    What it needs is multiuser support with different profiles.
  17. qtx43 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    You should ask for his wallet as collateral, then when he reads your emails, start copying down his credit card number, etc. (just kidding... maybe).
  18. shady825 macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2008
    Area 51
    This made me laugh!!
    By the time I got to your post I actually had the same exact feeling :)
  19. MBPLurker macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2010
    I lasted less than 24 hours before I drove back to Best Buy and bought the 1yr accidental damage plan. I figure the hundred bucks is worth me not acting like an ****** to my friends and family when they want to play around with it.:D
  20. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    It doesn't really bother me, as long as the screen doesn't get scratched (which it hasn't).

    My biggest concern is people going through my music, photos, mail... I usually tell them that any app in the Dock is off limits (WiFi doesn't work in school).
  21. leesweet macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2009
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I know what you all mean in both areas. On the data front, most people I demo mine to either have or have played with iPhones, so they don't mind my not handing it over to them. :)
  22. McMack macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    I've just seen an iPad journal app with optional password protection. I don't know why that isn't a standard optional feature on all but the most trivial apps.
  23. mrcc macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2009
  24. macquariumguy macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2002
    Sarasota FL
    I don't worry about. If they ain't dropping it, they probably aint hurting it.
  25. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    What I really want is multiple login capabilities. However, if not that then at least a demo mode would be useful, similar to the Guest Account on OS X, where you can restrict the access a visitor could have, while not inconveniencing you (like having to enter a password every time you launch Mail), and not giving your guest any ability to mess anything of yours up (when you log them out everything would revert to as it was before "demo mode").

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