15 Reasons Why iPad Sucks

It’s Called iPad

I don’t think I need to elaborate any further. I’m also wondering why Apple is not concerned with the fact that it almost sounds like “iPod”.

Bright & Glossy

If you’ve had the chance to look at an e-ink display, such as the one found on the Kindle, it is obvious that it’s much easier on the eyes. There’s no glare or backlight eyestrain so reading for hours is as effortless as reading paper.

4:3 Aspect Ratio

Apple claims its tablet is great for watching movies, and I agree, except it’s not so great for widescreen content. Bummer.

10 Hour Battery

As great as that may sound, according to Apple, the iPhone 3GS can already manage 9 hours on Wifi, 10 hours video playback, and 30 hours of audio playback. This is besides the fact that 10 hours isn’t even close to what typical e-readers go for; weeks.

Largest MP3 Player

The idea of carrying around a tablet to run iTunes and listen to music is absurd. Isn’t that what a pocket iPod/iPhone is for?

No Text-to-Speech

Apple made no mention of this on their press event, but we know that the iPhone does this already, so why the lack of?

Lacking Languages

Oddly enough, the tablet doesn’t come with the language support that of the iPhone OS despite being entirely based off of it. What happened to Arabic and the others?

Missing Apps

Calculator? Weather? Voice Memos? Stocks? Clock? I guess they decided to skip those.

Large Shiny Toy

There are so many games and “fun apps” being developed for the tablet to take advantage of its graphics capabilities that one would think it’s one of the most unproductive devices Apple has created. Don’t kid yourself, a Playstation 3 costs less and plays high-def Blu-ray titles.

Virtual Shopping Mall

Come to think of it, the whole purpose of the device is bring you a collection of stores: a music store, a video store, an app store, a game store, and now an e-book store so you can buy more stuff that you probably didn’t need to begin with, then get locked further into the Apple virtual ecosystem.

Expensive Photo Frame

Unless you buy the USB or SD card reader accessory for the tablet, you’ll have to hook up your digital camera onto a computer first. After the tablet is synced, ‘sharing your photos with friends and family’ means you could either hand them the tablet or email (five or so at a time) smaller compressed versions to them –something you could’ve done better whilst sitting at your computer to begin with, doh!

Slow Multi-Touch Uni-Tasker

I’m not talking about the A4 chip that Apple designed; it’s about overall usability. When hitting the Home button, many applications reset themselves making it very frustrating to switch back and forth between them without interruption. For example, you can’t write an email while waiting for a large high-def YouTube video to complete downloading; you’ll just have to wait it out.

Pointless Bluetooth

Having the latest Bluetooth technology built right into the tablet means you can use your existing wireless keyboard to.. oh wait no, you have to buy another keyboard dock accessory for that. How about Bluetooth syncing? No. Bluetooth file exchange? Nope. Umm… Bluetooth headset? Maybe. How about silly multiplayer games? Sure!

iWork Sold Separately

If you choose to buy them, Keynote, Numbers and Pages are great for editing files on the tablet –but not for composing! Imagine preparing a presentation and you had to add a chart into one of the slides, where do you get the chart data from? Are you willing to go through the tedious task of switching to Mail or Safari to read/copy/paste/check your reference data, quotes, sources, etc..? Even if you manage to get by without, you’ll need to buy another accessory to project your work on a screen. If you’re carrying all these little accessories and docks, you might as well be carrying a laptop. Can it print documents or is there another app for that?

A Bigger iPod Touch

In essence, there’s almost nothing the tablet can do that the iPod Touch or iPhone can’t; the tablet just does it with more pixels and smoother animation. Functionality-wise, the software has the same capabilities for music, photos, videos, maps, notes, calendar, contacts, mail, and so on.

18 thoughts on “15 Reasons Why iPad Sucks

  1. I agree! It may look nice, but it’s missing a LOT of stuff..

    I would’ve wanted it to be a regular computer, like the MacBook air, but just a touchscreen.

    I would’ve personally wanted to use it for photoshop! Imagine zooming into those images, choosing brushes and just going crazy with just your fingertips.. Kinda like exploring your childhood and finger-painting, but coming out with much better results lol

    Also, where’s the camera? Why not skype? Why not play flash for some cool flash games at least? Like u mentioned, why no bluetooth?

    Like I said, many things are missing. If they fix it up and provide more, then MAYBE it’d be more attractive and usable.

  2. I agree it’s missing a lot of stuff, but question is whether all that stuff matters to the vast majority of potential buyers.

    And Swair, did you see the demo of iPad at the announcement? You’ll be able to do your graphics.

    Skype is available on iPhone so it’ll run on iPad too.

    There is Bluetooth on iPad.

    • It’s not that it’s missing stuff, it’s also doing many other unnecessary things poorly and adding cost.

      It’s just as silly to use a tablet to make voip calls as it is to use it as an mp3 player. It’s like buying a big HDTV so you can occasionally listen to radio through it.

      Bluetooth on the iPad does nothing useful because the iPhone OS wasn’t designed to take full advantage of its capabilities. Why can’t I pair and use a Bluetooth keyboard instead of buying a special proprietary accessory?

  3. And I thought the macbook air was missing alot of functionality. The crappy ipad makes the air look like it has an arsenal of expansion capability.

    Then there’s the name. This was aimed at high schoolers, tech geeks and college students. Who wants to get made fun of for having an ipad in their lap? Having a apple product is supposed to be cool.

    This is a huge pile of freaking meh!

  4. – Is the iPad liquid absorbent?
    – Does it have wings?
    – How many iPads do you need to fly?
    – Will the TSA require you to wear it or just hold it to fly?

    Thank you thank you … I’ll be here all week.

    • Great list, although some points are speculation, jobs usually doesn’t skip anything to brag about. Unitasking is great downside and u explaned it beautifully. Add to that, NO FLASH! come on

  5. very good reasons Abdulla :)
    and here are my thoughts

    the ipad is like a product that Apple forced to release cause it is supposed to came out at least a year ago, and also they felt that it’ll be too late to enhance it to be released later, and here it comes with some weird/(feels)outdated features.

    and my comment about the flash that’s clearly because the free “Flash Games” to not compete with the expensive “Apple store games”

    thanks,

  6. no multitasking, thats so 1990. Cmon! no multitasking, seriously?!! please tell me this is a joke. No camera? WTH? no flash?, no USB(What is this 1992?!!), no widescreen, no HD. uh, so what can this thing do, that my phone can’t????, um yeah epic fail Apple.

  7. The problem is it still doesn’t have flash support
    Don’t take the iPad as is.. think of it as a gateway innovation. In a few years laptops will be ancient history and tablet pc’s will be the thing

  8. I agree. Ultimately it is a poor ereader and great for watching movies on a flight. That’s it. You could surf the net on the way to work- but that data plan will costvyou 50/month or 12k over 20 years, an expensive frill. Also you could watch movies on your way to work, but that will ensure a pretty low paycheque. A newspaper might be a better bet. Use the ibookstore! Steve jobs always wins.

  9. I also read that the iBook doesn’t work in anywhere but the US, but I’m kinda sure Apple will develop all of that, and they released it before developing was actually in purpose.

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