Why I returned my iPad after 3 hours
Actually the headline promises more than I can deliver. I don't really know why I returned my iPad after 3 hours. I guess it just didn't deliver $600+ worth of smiles. But here are a few things that contributed to the decision...
- I couldn't figure out how to get my password-minding application (1Password) to work on the iPad, so the killer-long passwords I maintain were impossible to use.
- What? No plugins for Safari-mobile? I saw web-page ads for the first time in 5 years. Ugh.
- Picture-intense web-pages like Marcie's tour of the farm would only load about half the pictures and then would stall. Maybe due to the WiFi problems.
- I had a really tough time getting used to running one application at a time -- it kinda took me back to my Apple II days.
- The whole iTunes/Marketplace sandbox weirded me out. Cory Doctorow's piece spoke pretty loudly on this front.
- The whole Flash thing and how it breaks so many web sites. Aside from the conspiracy theories, here's a Flash developer talking about why Flash is a problem on any tablet computer -- the inability to mimic the "mouse over" behavior.
But mostly it just wasn't fun. So I returned it and took the 10% "restocking fee" haircut. 60 bux, for 3 hours, so 20 bux an hour...
I think I'll wait for the boatload of Android tablets that seem to be just around the corner. Maybe they'll make me smile more. Take a look at this one, featured today on Engadget. Not one but two cameras, SD slot, USB ports, etc. etc.
My goodness what a difference a year or so makes. I now own an iPad 2, think Google is evil and completely disavow any responsibility for this article.