Why I returned my iPad, purchased an iPhone 4 instead.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Jare, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Jare macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2010
    Originally I was very highly excited about the iPad release and the multitude of ways it would be useful to me. I played with it for a very long time after purchasing and quite enjoyed the time I had with it. It made my iPhone 3GS feel obsolete, small and ugly. For days on end I preached about how great the purchase was and how I did not regret investing my hard earned cash and it didn't bother me what so ever.

    This was up until of course about a month or so after purchase date. Within 3 weeks I started to notice how there were not very many apps available that really took advantage of the iPad. I saw Flipboard (a social network magazine) and immediately that changed my mind and gave me hope that new things would surely come that could replenish my wonder in the iPad.

    Although, nearly 5 weeks after purchasing it I noticed that the "magic" disappeared. Holding the iPad/sitting with it was awkward and I never really felt that I could take it outside or that it was "portable". Web browsing almost now felt like a chore on the iPad, no longer a convenience. It felt more like something I'd sit in a dock and use on occasion, which is actually exactly what happened. I propped it up in my iPad dock and just let it collect dust. Still, there were very little apps that actually intellectually stimulated me into using the iPad. It just really felt like I've seen it all before, but now on a bigger screen which really wasn't that amazing.

    In reality the iPhone suited me just enough that I felt more comfortable taking it outside and doing daily tasks on it, even though I had less screen real-estate and some things took a little longer to do; it didn't bother me because I was able to do them conveniently. My iPhone was a MUCH better iPod (the iPad version looked like a really ugly version of iTunes something I don't think a lot of us love to use on a daily basis anyways it's more a necessity), a little worse Internet Browser (but I mean, I don't do a lot of internet browsing on the go anyways! Most things are just a quick look up here and there maybe a post on a forum or two) but a much more functional device all around. I mean the iPhone is a phone too, do we forget that often?

    All in all I returned my iPad. I decided to upgrade my iPhone to an iPhone 4 and haven't looked back. The Camera both front and back with flash, nice retina display and more versatility over all swayed my return. Honestly if the iPad was actually more "portable" maybe a tad less heavy, but honestly it's not SO bad I didn't notice it too much other then prolonged use with one hand and smaller size would defiantly make me want to try revision 2.

    Please understand that I am not bashing the iPad, or trying to sway you from purchasing one. I really hope that my opinion doesn't sway you from a purchase of an iPad. This is just my personal experience/opinion and obviously others will feel much different then me but I, as the average consumer did not feel that iPad version 1 wasn't really worth my money or time. Hoping for the future though.

    • Great looking device, very sleak.
    • Very good screen size, takes advantage of some apps that do indeed need a larger screen.
    • Adds another Apple Device to your collection.
    • Great to show off to friends and lurkers that take a glance at you using it in public (never took mine out though..)
    • Flipboard. Enough said.
    • Decent upgrade from the iPod touch in terms of everything but the iPod.

    • In reality isn't as portable as you'd want/hope it to be.
    • Useful for some, painful for others and all around not amazingly average consumer friendly.. YET.
    • No where near a computer/laptop replacement.
    • Back gets dirty VERY easily, even with generally clean hands.
    • Smudges, EVERYWHERE. Can't avoid them, pointless to clean them as they just reappear within 5 minutes of usage.
    • Seems fragile still, but hopefully this will change.
    • Very very limited selection of apps that actually interest the average user.
    • Re-buying "HD" apps at almost the same price as the app you purchased for your iPhone.
    • Horrible music device with gross looking refurbished iTunes UI.
  2. iGuyiGuy macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2010
    I am confused..

    Are you looking for approval for the decision you have made?

    The iPad serves different purposes for different people..

    I am a physician and I have everything patient related along with medical apps on my iPad that I take to each consultation, then when I get home I can relax and watch a Netflix movie and play a few games..

    I feel the iPhone has gone down in quality since the 2g, and especially call quality therefore I stay with blackberry..

    If you prefer your iPhone enjoy!

    Also how are you able to say the iPad is not portable? It is thinner than the iPhone lol!
  3. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
  4. Jare thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2010
    I'm not looking for approval just stating my opinion on the iPad, this being the iPad forum and all.

    I'm glad my opinion wont sway you and that you can utilize the iPad to better use.

    Also, the curved back makes it appear to be thinner then the iPhone 4, but the margin is actually very little in regardless to being thinner. Can you put your iPad in your pocket? No, you have to lug it around which to me makes it lose that much more portability.
  5. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    Different strokes for different folks. It all depends on how well you can integrate it with your daily life. There's a lot of overlap with the iPhone and with my Macbook, but there are many instances where the iPad feels much better to use than either of the other two:

    Reading my vast collection of Kindle and iBooks books
    Reading newspapers (FT/WSJ/foreign newspapers) and PDFs
    Browsing the web while lounging around the house
    Remote accessing my computer when I'm out and about
    Using a bookkeeping app to track my transactions for my business
    Playing games (my family me)
    Watching movies/podcasts (in bed, on a train, on a plane, etc.)
    Displaying photos to friends and family when the occasion arises
    Updating documents for my business and syncing remotely with Sugarsync

    The software makes the device and there have been quite a few apps released that really make this quite a productive device. You just have to dig a little bit. I'm not all that fussed about any hardware updates in the next iteration. Don't really need a video camera and it's really the apps that matter, not the hardware. The hardware can probably last just fine until the third generation.
  6. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    Ya, it's not a matter of one over the other. For me, the iPad fills the gap between my Macbook and iPhone. I now can no longer live without all three.
  7. XJ13sd macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2010
    Lol. What a horrible post man. Why didn't you keep the iPad and get the iphone as well. I just don't understand, I have an iPhone 4, and I would MUCH rather check and return e-mail, browse the web and watch movies, tv shows on the iPad, infect all my news iPhone apps I look at on the iPad as well, at home 100% of the time iPad. Why would browsing be a chore on the ipad and not the iPhone, iPad is much easier to use and see than a tiny screen. Just don't get it.
  8. Jare thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2010
    Exactly. I wasn't saying one is greater then the other in general. I was saying one is greater then the other for my personal needs.
  9. Jare thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2010
    My iMac is much more efficient at emailing long emails and browsing the web. Also with watching movies and tv shows. I don't use news apps, as I browse the websites on my iMac.

    If you would have read my post, I don't browse on my iPhone a lot, if ever. Usually it's a quick google search or look up of something.

    Hence there not being a void I need to fill with an iPad.
  10. caubeck macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007

    Actually I can relate because many of these points apply to my ex-girlfriend.
  11. Jare thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2010
    Finally someone who understands, I guess?

    Like I said, I'm not bashing the iPad or saying you shouldn't buy one. I'm sharing my experience with the device.
  12. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i agree with the OP, my iPad is collecting dust after i got my iPhone 4.

    the iPad is portable, but after i used it for a while, i don't think it's portable enough to bring it outside without a bag. unlike the iPhone, it's always stay with me, and retina display, once you go retina display, you can't go back! :D
  13. kevingaffney macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2008
    They're two completely devices with different uses as far as I'm concerned.
    For any kind of browsing, playing games or reading the iPad is unbeatable.
    I use the iPhone4 in those circumstances purely in an emergency situation ie if I haven't iPad with me. Five minutes staring at the iPhone screen is enough for me. Rather than get rid of one or the other, I suggest they compliment each other. And please Apple fix the bluetooth issue on the new phone. Ridiculous it has taken this long
  14. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i rather read iBooks in iPhone 4 than iPad, yes i did more scrolling with the iPhone since it can't display much more text than the iPad, but my eyes is spoiled with the retina display and using my iPad seems like the pixels are starring at me.
  15. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    Somebody didn't look past the SHINY factor when they were on the Apple website, I see.
  16. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    You CONS list is really pathetic,,,,why bother with this post? Do u miss your iPad?
    1. It's more portable than any other net/note book. Not more than a phone, but a phone is a phone
    2. No, it's not a laptop replacement. It's a new kind of device.
    3. Everyting in life smudges. Buy a cloth. As am iPhone 4 owner, I know it smudges more than an iPad. Agree?
    4. Eggs are fragile. Ipad is only fragile if you drop it. Most devices are fragile in some way.
    5. There are plenty of apps in the app store for iPad. You'll kick yourself when iOS4 arrives for iPad.
    6. If you want a HD app that developers have spent time converting/creating, you gotta pay. Rarely people work for free.
    7. The music (iPod) app is wonderful, it works well and it's fast. Seeing your 1000x1000 album artwork on the iPad screen is wonderful. Then again, each to their own taste! I feel it is a great companion to the iTunes interface. Again, this will get better when iOS4 comes out.

    I know you were sharing your opinion but the con list is lame...
  17. Built macrumors 68020

    Oct 3, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I have both the iPad and the iPhone 4. I would never give up EITHER one.

    Different devices for different tasks. It's APPLES and ORANGES. I agree with others...what a self-serving thread. Who are you trying to convince?
  18. ceefax macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2010
    NOT PORTABLE....what?? You wouldnt take it out?

    Why the hell buy a portable device if you dont want to take it out.

    My pad is covered under home insurance if i'm mugged, but i use the ipad on the tube every single day on my commute. I get no funny looks and i dont feel like an idiot. Thats what it is for.

    I think you are right about the amount of apps, but really how many do you want. Im not much into playing stupid games that look like there from the mid nineties. I use apps that enhance my life. Comic readers, mobile web, music, moodboard,blogging catching up on the news and my RSS and not playing flight sims.

    I use it to fill the time in between i am not doing something and to enhance my work time. If you don't need anything to do tht then why didn't you think about it before you bought it, or are you just a fanboy?
  19. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    Not fair, man. Not fair.

    Good god, don't ever turn an APPLE product back in and make a list of personal experiences related to it for others to read, even though it's filled with fact and took quite a while to ponder and write. Might as well say "Mom, I'm dating a serial killer.". And THEN Calling them out... wouldn't it be better just to say to YOURSELF "I think that's self-serving" and move on to another post? Or leave a comment related to a part you might agree or disagree with? Oh, and THEN saying how he needs to UNDERSTAND the iPad and how to USE the iPad is ***** priceless.
  20. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002

    THERE, THIS is a respectful post. Of course you will now be attacked by the "all-knowing".

    (WOW am I an a MOOD today)
  21. Winni macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2008
    Neither the iPad nor the iPhone are good mobile Internet devices, but the problem is that there are no good mobile Internet devices on the market. At all. Why? Because all mobile browsers plain and simple suck, especially those on mobile phones. And yes, I have an iPhone as well and if there is one thing that I almost never use, then it is Safari because it's just a horrible experience.

    I also received my iPad a couple of days ago, and in a corner of my brain I'm already thinking about returning it to Apple. I've got a bunch of iPad apps on it (Pages, Keynote, Numbers, OmniGraffle, PenUltimate, OPlayer HD, Shredder, The Early Edition and a bunch of other XL or HD apps), but all the software restrictions of the iPad make this whole thing feel... Useless.

    Depending on the rip, video playback (with OPlayer) on the iPad is not smooth at all. It drops frames and feels out of sync. This might be a software issue, but I don't really care because Apple's own lousy player doesn't play the formats that I use and so I have to use the only available third party app for it. And the iPad doesn't cut it.

    Writing on the iPad is a horrible experience thanks to its lousy on screen keyboard. I write a lot and fast, so I need something that's good enough for that purpose. The on screen keyboard isn't, end of story.

    Well, the only two things work really well for me so far are Shredder and Plants vs Zombies HD. But somehow, just somehow, this doesn't quite justify the 538 Euros that I just spent on the iPad hardware alone (not counting all the software licenses).

    I begin to think that I should have bought the Kindle instead and spend the rest of the money on eBooks - which I could even read in bright daylight on a Kindle, but which is not possible with an iPad because of its daylight-incompatible display.

    The current incarnation of the iPad is about as useless as the first incarnation of the iPod Touch was for me. Only the iPhone provides a complete user experience that somehow makes sense; the iPad is a laptop-wannabe that just doesn't cut it because of its castrated mobile phone operating system.

    If I could put a real operating system on it (read: Linux or Mac OS X or even Windows) I'd probably really love the device. But as it is right now... Well. I'll sleep over it one more time, but chances are that it will find its way back to Apple to become another refurbished device.
  22. Winni macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2008

    And you know all these things about iOS 4 for iPad because you have already used it or because Apple has given you a detailed feature-list?

    But of course, you are right, the iPad is a new device category, but the problem is that it is a device category for a yet undiscovered niche and its greatest hurdle to become really useful is its limited smartphone operating system that just doesn't cut it for a device of this new category.
  23. sempire macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2010
    I think some people actually use the iPad for more than just a toy. I can understand that for kids it's not the best toy, but for some of the more professional people that use it to compliment their work it's a great tool. Playing games and checking Facebook would make it a waste of money, but if you are going to fork out some money for some apps, and really use the device it's brilliant.

    I use my iphone for a lot, but because I do meaningful things, I needed something bigger, and more usable.
  24. caubeck macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
    I don't believe people who prefer to read on an iPhone, whatever the screen resolution, do much reading. I am sure they don't compose many texts, conduct much research online or edit too many documents or images. It's not just a question of screen clarity, it's having to focus on a space not much bigger than a bar of soap that makes it hard. If anyone goes for an iPhone instead of an iPad (or any tablet device or netbook) their needs must be very different from mine.

    But I've substituted my netbooks and laptops with this thing and use it all day, every day, for writing books/articles, doing research, reading the news, watching TV and composing/translating documents at work.
  25. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Its important to buy what works best for you. I have an IP4 and love and I have an iPad. The iPad is most used as a book reader and movie viewer when I travel for work. It affords me the possibility to have a bit of a personal laptop when traveling for work, really perfect in general. I also use it for some light web browsing in the evening and my wife and son also use it for educational programs.

    It is not the same as the IP4 but for me a nice compliment. To each their own, buy what works best for you.

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