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In fact, if you’re thinking about getting or giving an iPad this Christmas, I’ll give you 9 reasons you might want to think again.

The iPad is fine technology, but quite limited. As far as the “Technology of the Year,” I’d certainly say the iPad might rate as the gadget of the year simply due to fan enthusiasm.

But in a year that has seen cloud computing grow to the point that it can provide a $525, 2048-core cluster in 45 minutes, there are clearly ground-breaking technologies that go far beyond a glorified iPhone with a bigger screen.

For that is, essentially, what an iPad is. It’s an iPhone with a bigger screen — minus the phone and the camera. Certainly, the iPad is portable and convenient, but it’s also wildly limited.

Here then, are 9 reasons you might NOT want to buy an iPad.

Reason 1: The iPad 2 is coming

Apple regularly updates its hardware and the iPad is no exception. Many of the features of the iPad already significantly lag behind the iPhone 4, so we’re likely to see a significantly upgraded device released within the next four or five months.

Reason 2: There’s no USB port

This is one of those no-excuse lacks that makes the iPad infinitely frustrating. Getting data onto the iPad is tedious, at best. If you want to load the iPad up with movies or PDF files, you have to go through any number of convoluted approaches, including using the horrid iTunes interface or uploading files to Dropbox and then downloading them again.

Reason 3: You have to use iTunes

‘Nuff said.

Reason 4: There’s no way to wirelessly synchronize your bookmarks

I know this is a nit compared to many of the iPad’s other shortcomings, but it goes to proving how limited the machine is for production use.

It is actually quite pleasant to sit on the couch and browse the Web on an iPad. But if you’re a writer like me, and you find a Web site you want to save for later, you can’t easily bookmark it and have that bookmark show up on your other machines.

I use Xmarks to keep my bookmarks in sync across all my devices and it works wonderfully. But although there’s an Xmarks app for the iPad, it doesn’t work in Safari (because Apple won’t let it). Safari is an island on its own.

Even if you own a Mac and you want to sync iPad Safari to Mac Safari, you can’t do it wirelessly. You have to hook up the iPad and let the — let’s all say it again — horrid iTunes sync process run to get those bookmarks in sync.

One new bookmark could take ten minutes of hooking up, unhooking, syncing, restarting, and otherwise futzing with technology that seems far more 2001 than 2011.

Reason 5: Kindles are much less expensive

If you want to use the iPad as an ebook reader, you may want to consider a Kindle or a color Nook. Kindles can be had for as little as $139 and the color for $249. Compare this to the iPad, which starts at $499 and goes all the way up to $829.

Plus, the Kindle comes with a free data plan. If you choose the more expensive iPad 3G models, you’ll have to pay for a separate monthly data plan.

Reason 6: WiFi is still unreliable

For some reason, Apple can't seem to get WIFI working reliably with the iPad, even in its latest updates.

This is unfortunate, since the iPad is pretty much useless without WiFi. Some users (myself included) find that the iPad’s WiFi implementation is notoriously unreliable, so much so as to render the device almost useless.

This is unacceptable and, as usual, Apple isn’t acknowledging the problem.

Reason 7: You can only run software approved by Apple

Jason and I have both written extensively about Apple’s restrictive policies. The fact remains that, unless you want to go out and jailbreak your iPad, you’re forced to run software that Apple has approved for sale in its own app store.

Apple is notoriously capricious about what applications it approves and doesn’t approve, often denying publishing rights to software that’s otherwise excellent — except for the mere fact of competing with Apple’s mediocre equivalent applications.

You should have the freedom to run whatever software you want, and developers should have the freedom to sell or give you the software they make. But in the case of the iPad you’re locked in, so much so that members of the GPL community are considering pulling applications because of Apple’s restrictive policies.

Reason 8: There’s no camera, front-facing or otherwise

Apple’s video conferencing software, FaceTime, is rapidly becoming a killer app for the iPhone 4 and Snow Leopard-equipped Macs.

You would think FaceTime would be a perfect application for the iPad, but there’s no camera. Will there be one in the future? Probably, but not on this iPad.

Reason 9: It can’t be used as a standalone computer

The iPad almost seems like the perfect parents or in-laws machine, a true Internet appliance that would allow less technologically facile family members to have access to the Internet, email, and social networking capabilities without needing to know much about computers, operating systems, software installation, viruses, or any of the other nightmares of daily computing life.

Almost.

Except that, apparently by design, the iPad really, really wants to connect to a computer running iTunes. Bizarrely, to get started using the iPad, you first have to physically tether it to an iTunes-running computer and then, for all updates, it’s again a physical connection.

This from the company that introduced WiFi to the masses. It’s just very strange, highly inconvenient, and rules out gifting the iPad as a turnkey “get online” solution.

So there you go. Nine compelling reasons to avoid the iPad this holiday season.



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+ 10 to all of the above.

Its awesome for presenting to customer though.

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I cant argue with any of it. I would say its impressive to dislpay photos but thats about it. I think my new Droid X replaced the ipad as my newest favorite toy. And the whole Itunes thing is a complete Rube Goldberg and I dont think they could of made it anymore complicated. But your forgetting one of the ipads better features. It has replaced all of the outdated literature in the bathroom.

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If you want to display photos you can buy a digital picture frame to do that for only $29..no

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If you want to display photos you can buy a digital picture frame to do that for only $29..no




 You cant say that till you try it. :)



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I have been holding off on buying an IPAD for all the reasons above. I couldn't justify paying the price for the limited functionally of the IPAD. So I started looking for an IPAD alternative.

Notion Ink, an Indian startup, has been talking about their tablet called the Adam for a year now. Just this month they started taking pre-orders for delivery in 1st quarter next year. The Adam's specs blows the IPAD away and the price is much better.

Notion Ink has had their problems with delays and like I said it's a start-up. The company is not for everyone. But if your interested in a tablet that goes well beyond the IPAD you should take a look at this link.

Charles



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Alot of companies are playing catch up. There should be a great selection next year.

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Totally agree with OP.

I was thinking about buying an Ipad for myself to do sales presentations but I know the new one is coming the day after I buy mine so I will wait at least until 2nd generation.

Great post!

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G2 Roof Cleaning wrote:

Totally agree with OP.

I was thinking about buying an Ipad for myself to do sales presentations but I know the new one is coming the day after I buy mine so I will wait at least until 2nd generation.

Great post!



Ditto. I've been wanting one also.

 



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Made me stop and think.. Good topic... as presentations are very valuable for the consumer to understand the many facets of your company and services.
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Today my galaxy almost lost a sale because of the poor quality video. The iPad being inferior is a joke, I own every piece of hardware known on the market. The iPad is the nuts, ATT sucks as far as phone. The data network cannot be touched.

My iPhone saved the sale with hd video. It's silly and ridiculous, apple is hands down the best. All the others are a third class copy.

If you buy one and use it they will seriously pay for themselves ten fold.

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The way the iPad operates is no joke everyone that has used both knows the truth. I have droids and even the new galaxy.

The galaxy has a few features that I like. The feel of the x is close to the apple that I have found.

When we talk about the droids it's a different animal.

Here's my prediction, in iPad class hp will make something to compete.



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Never have had ANY issues with the WiFi on mine. I use mine to Home School my son. We have only tethered to PC twice, once initially and again for an update. If you are patient and can sift through the apps, you'll find GOLD. We use ours to present, write proposal, email proposal, then invoice and accept payment via crdeit card swipe all from the iPad.

Hand an iPad to customer to view slide show and then to sign proposal and to accept payment, your competitor with price on a napkin becomes a faded memory.

I do want a camera on it though to scan qr codes.

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Apple has a way of setting a mark at the complaints of their customers. It is funny to watch them release a laptop with no dvd drive, then the ipad with no usb port. Does Steve drive the use of web information transfer?? Are they simply trying to condemn tech that isn't dead yet?? When they released the laptop with no dvd drive I was pleased with the decision. It would make people that didn't know any better realize they did not need to buy things in a physical format. So I guess that the usb is meant to be the same thing. A way to show that you can use web storage for portable files.

Personally I like to have open source whenever I can, so my droid gives me that. I like to game, so my windows based PC's give me that. At the same time Windows could take a lesson from Apples ease of use. If we could just get developers to wright in open GL for games, and give up on a certain amount of copyright protection, Apple would end up with a lot more customers. At the same time that Apple uses open source video and OS, Apple themselves have found a way to lock down software from it's open source roots........

Aside form all that.... I won't be gifting one at Christmas, but they may end up as sales tools in our company as we have only heard good about using them for this.

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Bill that exactly it!!! You dont need a drive or any of those old features if you use the product to it potential.

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Roof Cleaning Raleigh NC wrote:

In fact, if you’re thinking about getting or giving an iPad this Christmas, I’ll give you 9 reasons you might want to think again.

The iPad is fine technology, but quite limited. As far as the “Technology of the Year,” I’d certainly say the iPad might rate as the gadget of the year simply due to fan enthusiasm.

But in a year that has seen cloud computing grow to the point that it can provide a $525, 2048-core cluster in 45 minutes, there are clearly ground-breaking technologies that go far beyond a glorified iPhone with a bigger screen.

For that is, essentially, what an iPad is. It’s an iPhone with a bigger screen — minus the phone and the camera. Certainly, the iPad is portable and convenient, but it’s also wildly limited.

Here then, are 9 reasons you might NOT want to buy an iPad.

Reason 1: The iPad 2 is coming

Apple regularly updates its hardware and the iPad is no exception. Many of the features of the iPad already significantly lag behind the iPhone 4, so we’re likely to see a significantly upgraded device released within the next four or five months.

Reason 2: There’s no USB port

This is one of those no-excuse lacks that makes the iPad infinitely frustrating. Getting data onto the iPad is tedious, at best. If you want to load the iPad up with movies or PDF files, you have to go through any number of convoluted approaches, including using the horrid iTunes interface or uploading files to Dropbox and then downloading them again.

Reason 3: You have to use iTunes

‘Nuff said.

Reason 4: There’s no way to wirelessly synchronize your bookmarks

I know this is a nit compared to many of the iPad’s other shortcomings, but it goes to proving how limited the machine is for production use.

It is actually quite pleasant to sit on the couch and browse the Web on an iPad. But if you’re a writer like me, and you find a Web site you want to save for later, you can’t easily bookmark it and have that bookmark show up on your other machines.

I use Xmarks to keep my bookmarks in sync across all my devices and it works wonderfully. But although there’s an Xmarks app for the iPad, it doesn’t work in Safari (because Apple won’t let it). Safari is an island on its own.

Even if you own a Mac and you want to sync iPad Safari to Mac Safari, you can’t do it wirelessly. You have to hook up the iPad and let the — let’s all say it again — horrid iTunes sync process run to get those bookmarks in sync.

One new bookmark could take ten minutes of hooking up, unhooking, syncing, restarting, and otherwise futzing with technology that seems far more 2001 than 2011.

Reason 5: Kindles are much less expensive

If you want to use the iPad as an ebook reader, you may want to consider a Kindle or a color Nook. Kindles can be had for as little as $139 and the color for $249. Compare this to the iPad, which starts at $499 and goes all the way up to $829.

Plus, the Kindle comes with a free data plan. If you choose the more expensive iPad 3G models, you’ll have to pay for a separate monthly data plan.

Reason 6: WiFi is still unreliable

For some reason, Apple can't seem to get WIFI working reliably with the iPad, even in its latest updates.

This is unfortunate, since the iPad is pretty much useless without WiFi. Some users (myself included) find that the iPad’s WiFi implementation is notoriously unreliable, so much so as to render the device almost useless.

This is unacceptable and, as usual, Apple isn’t acknowledging the problem.

Reason 7: You can only run software approved by Apple

Jason and I have both written extensively about Apple’s restrictive policies. The fact remains that, unless you want to go out and jailbreak your iPad, you’re forced to run software that Apple has approved for sale in its own app store.

Apple is notoriously capricious about what applications it approves and doesn’t approve, often denying publishing rights to software that’s otherwise excellent — except for the mere fact of competing with Apple’s mediocre equivalent applications.

You should have the freedom to run whatever software you want, and developers should have the freedom to sell or give you the software they make. But in the case of the iPad you’re locked in, so much so that members of the GPL community are considering pulling applications because of Apple’s restrictive policies.

Reason 8: There’s no camera, front-facing or otherwise

Apple’s video conferencing software, FaceTime, is rapidly becoming a killer app for the iPhone 4 and Snow Leopard-equipped Macs.

You would think FaceTime would be a perfect application for the iPad, but there’s no camera. Will there be one in the future? Probably, but not on this iPad.

Reason 9: It can’t be used as a standalone computer

The iPad almost seems like the perfect parents or in-laws machine, a true Internet appliance that would allow less technologically facile family members to have access to the Internet, email, and social networking capabilities without needing to know much about computers, operating systems, software installation, viruses, or any of the other nightmares of daily computing life.

Almost.

Except that, apparently by design, the iPad really, really wants to connect to a computer running iTunes. Bizarrely, to get started using the iPad, you first have to physically tether it to an iTunes-running computer and then, for all updates, it’s again a physical connection.

This from the company that introduced WiFi to the masses. It’s just very strange, highly inconvenient, and rules out gifting the iPad as a turnkey “get online” solution.

So there you go. Nine compelling reasons to avoid the iPad this holiday season.




 



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