Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Jun 2011 21:46 UTC
Apple So, yeah, uhm, I bought an iPad 2 today. I still don't think anyone really needs a tablet, but that doesn't mean I didn't want one. I wanted to wait until the HP TouchPad was announced, but now that it has, it seems it won't be coming to The Netherlands any time soon. As such, the iPad 2 it was. A few quick fist impressions.
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meh
by roar on Fri 10th Jun 2011 22:40 UTC
roar
Member since:
2009-12-26

I was given an iPad to do some testing for a project we're working on, so I got to use it for a weekend.
First thing I noticed how incredibly useless it is in its factory state. I didn't want to register with Apple and give them my personal details (do they still require a credit card for App Store access?), so I didn't download any apps.
Proceeded to sync with my Google account, worked fine, no contacts or bookmark sync though. Also no IM on board (iMessage won't help, as it is once again a new proprietary platform, probably unable to talk to any other IM service).
Next thing I wanted to do was download a PDF I wanted to read for a lengthy train ride - not possible. No download option in the browser. Also no PDF reader. Was only able to open that file in the browser, so I had to be connected (I had the WiFi only model).
The rest of the weekend I used it as paperweight.
So yeah, that was my first impression with that device. Can't wait to try out the TouchPad.

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RE: meh
by chiwaw on Fri 10th Jun 2011 22:59 in reply to "meh"
chiwaw Member since:
2006-02-05

Well yes, your experience was pretty much "limited" and not an accurate representation of what it normally is to use one. But I agree, the iPad in its factory setting doesn't do much except browse the web.

It's like Windows with no software installed on it. Not much to do with it, unless Notepad & Minesweeper is all you need :-)

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RE: meh
by kaiwai on Sat 11th Jun 2011 00:50 in reply to "meh"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

And yet to fail to take into account changes made in IOS 5. Yes, right now there are limiting issues but that is because the design was for it to hook up to a computer from day one rather than an independent device in its own right. The design was never hidden and it is hardly apples fault that you're trying to use a hammer instead of a screw driver.

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RE: meh
by bram on Sat 11th Jun 2011 06:33 in reply to "meh"
bram Member since:
2009-04-03

when reading a pdf in the browser, just tap 'open in iBooks'.
It will get saved to your bookcase, and can be read offline.

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RE[2]: meh
by roar on Sat 11th Jun 2011 09:03 in reply to "RE: meh"
roar Member since:
2009-12-26

iBooks is only available in the US yet, so, not for me (nor Thom) :-(

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Troll
by MysterMask on Sat 11th Jun 2011 10:46 in reply to "meh"
MysterMask Member since:
2005-07-12

First thing I noticed how incredibly useless it is in its factory state.


Like about 100% of all "open purpose" devices with internet access.

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RE: meh
by xaoslaad on Sun 12th Jun 2011 00:02 in reply to "meh"
xaoslaad Member since:
2006-03-07

Windows is pretty useless until you install some applications too.

If ibook or whatever wasnt on it them its either a free app or came with an ios update. You can most definitely download pdfs from the browser to it to read later as ive done this several times.

And if you want to do more than browse the web and read email you will need to download some apps. There are plenty out there to do whatever you want. Ssh, remote desktop, vnc, netflix, hulu, games, idos - install windows 3.1, whatever insane thing makes you happy. Hell, I use it with my dcs a-10c for touch mfd's.

Dont knock the device until youve become familiar with it to not make false statements though.

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RE: meh
by arokh on Tue 14th Jun 2011 11:45 in reply to "meh"
arokh Member since:
2008-01-29

- No, you don't need a credit card.
- To sync (contacts, calendards, reminders) with gmail, you need to set the account up as an Exchange account.
- Since when is IM standard on smartphones?
- Install a filemanager (ie air sharing) and you can use "open in" to store pdf's.

You could at least pretend you gave the iPad a real chance.

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