Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jul 2011 22:04 UTC
Apple Even though I was extremely sceptical of this whole tablet thing, I bought an iPad 2 a few weeks ago. Obviously, this occasion couldn't pass by without a proper review of the thing on OSNews, so here we are. Inside, my view on the iPad 2, and more importantly, how my perception of tablets has been turned around completely.
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Some agreement, some disagreement
by joshv on Tue 5th Jul 2011 13:42 UTC
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- I think the UI consistency thing is a lost battle, and nobody cares. My 20 month old daughter can navigate the iPad and launch apps and play them.

- The bezel is indeed too small. Amazingly I once thought it was huge. It could be twice as wide and I'd be happy.

- It's heavy, but I've actually gotten used to using it with one hand while lying down to read.

- The magic magnetic cover is clever, but not clever enough. It flops around when open, and is pretty much useless in "prop mode" on your lap.

- The back of the iPad is slippery. Do I need to explain to Mr. Jobs why this is a serious design flaw?

- I've found it to be an almost total replacement for my casual surfing/email needs. I no longer use a laptop around the house, I use a laptop for working.

- Requiring a desktop computer is lame. I recently deleted a season of TV shows I purchased from iTunes to make space. I was told "since you have not synced these with iTunes on the desktop, you will have to pay for them again if you want to view them in the future". WTF. Seriously? Also requires a desktop before you can even start using it. Lame.

- Thom hits in on the head with his complaints about desktop like UI design. Please please please put the UI controls where my thumbs are. Far too often I find myself reaching up to the top of the device. Heck, how about putting the home button within thumb's reach.

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