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iPad vs. Common Sense (Round 1)

Those of you who read my posts (The few, the proud, the l33t) know full well that I don’t particularly like Apple products. It is not that I dislike them per se; I simply do not prefer them. Until recently, I have always had this nagging thought in the back of my mind that said:

“You know, you never really have used Apple(R) products much. Your first computer was a PC, and every computer thereafter. You really haven’t given Apple(R) products a fair shake. Someday, you ought to give them a chance. Maybe they’ll surprise you. Maybe you were wrong. After all, how can you really have an opinion on something you have rarely tried?

I bought my wife an iPad(TM) for Christmas. I knew she would love it, and she does. She isn’t tech-savvy; she doesn’t have a lot of technical demand. She wants a chic, sleek, “toy” that she can use for Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, email, and everyday web browsing. This is what the iPad(TM) excels at; therefore, she loves it.

I however, have a far different opinion. Let me briefly explain why:

The iPad’s Missing Features

1. It will not connect to HDMI without a proprietary-Apple(R) USB adapter.
2. It will not connect to USB devices without a proprietary-Apple(R) USB adapter.
3. It will not charge without a proprietary-Apple(R) USB adapter.
4. It doesn’t support Flash. At all. Ever. And never will.
5. It will not print to anything but an Apple(R) Air(TM) approved printer.
6. It has no micro-SD card support; therefore, there is now to access additional local storage.
7. There are very few free apps on the App(TM?) Market.
(By the way, Apple(R) has engaged in lawsuits against Google and Amazon in an attempt to safeguard their usage of the word “App.” No, I’m not kidding.)
8. Apple(R) is constantly pushing new updates to prevent you from “Jailbreaking” your iPad(TM)
(“Jailbreaking” is exploiting backdoors in the software in order to make the iPad(TM) capable of being almost as productive as a tablet by any other name).

Summary: Apple(R) makes good hardware, but their software is so restricting that you couldn’t possibly get into trouble if you wanted to. Everyone thinks Apple(R) products never have problems; the only reason that might be somewhat true is that they don’t let you DO anything. A child locked in his room with nothing but bread and water is not likely to break your neighbor’s window. If you want a high-dollar TOY that makes you look cool while you sip on your Sixbucks coffee, the iPad is for you. If you like the idea that a $500+ gadget should be capable of performing the functions on a 20-year old Gameboy, I refer you to an Android tablet.

Computer Depot sells those by the way, in case you’re interested.

Au revoire,

Scott Davis
Store Manager Powell Location
Computer Depot, Inc.

Caleb Humphries

Tech Specialist and Creative Developer. It's all about music, break/fix, network architecture, and old video games with me.