Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th Jul 2016 12:37 UTC
Apple

If you're going to tell me "normal people" don't do those tasks, please don't. Quilters run blogs. Salespeople create presentations. And non-techie writers send revisions to editors. It's us nerds who insist that iOS solves the "problem" of normal people who don't understand the file system putting all their files on the desktop. But the desktop acts as shared document storage, which is something it turns out normal people sometimes need, and iOS does not solve that problem. Lecture me about the virtues of containers all you want, but there is no world in which having to use Dropbox as a temporary storage medium is a step forward.

This is a great article, and it hits the nail on the head so hard, the nail's probably in Fiji by now. The only people going iPad-only are bloggers writing "I went iPad-only"-posts, and people who are trying to prove a point. Neither of them constitute a market.

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comment by ezraz
by ezraz on Sat 30th Jul 2016 19:53 UTC
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2012-06-20

didn't read the article but i can tell you this --

about half of my clients want an iPad or iPhone-only solution. they are usually in the service industry -- mechanics, plumbers, contractors -- and they are often on-site -- construction, inspectors, education, laboratory.

the old way of doing it was to set up a PC or a mac and have 1 person enter data, with clipboards or maybe a couple of other PC's around the facility, or on site.

the new way is to give the person an iPad or iPhone (sometimes android) and make them manage their data themselves.

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RE: comment by ezraz
by grat on Sat 30th Jul 2016 22:55 in reply to "comment by ezraz"
grat Member since:
2006-02-02

didn't read the article but i can tell you this --

about half of my clients want an iPad or iPhone-only solution. they are usually in the service industry -- mechanics, plumbers, contractors -- and they are often on-site -- construction, inspectors, education, laboratory.


But those clients are using the iPad to replace a clipboard, a receipt-book, or an invoice system. It's a special-purpose function, being solved with a wireless, easy-to-use tablet. That's fine.

The point of the article is that iPads (and Android tablets, although they're slightly less so, since you can navigate the file system) are terrible general purpose computing devices, in spite of all the people claiming you don't need a PC or laptop if you have an iPad.

So you probably should have read the article. ;)

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RE[2]: comment by ezraz
by bnolsen on Tue 2nd Aug 2016 04:10 in reply to "RE: comment by ezraz"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

android is annoyingly overly locked down. someone asked me to add a font to their android MS word install...i ended up not being successful even with rooting the tablet. i think they lock it down so you can't remove the crapware on these damn things.

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