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iPad review

It has been pointed out that I never reviewed the iPad.

Well, it’s a great device and has a fabulous LCD screen. It’s great for reading books; the screen is a lot nicer than my several-years-old Sony e-reader. It’s great for reading the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal using their apps, if you are willing to pay a subscription. It’s great for reading blog comments because there’s a great WordPress app. It’s great for viewing photos. It’s only just good for watching movies and TV because most shows are in 16:9 format and the iPad is 4:3, and because it gets heavy holding it, and it’s very shiny so the headphone wire reflects off the glass. But the quality of the LCD is great, great color accuracy and very little sensitivity to viewing angle.

The iPad is too heavy to carry around though, and you couldn’t read it while standing up on a subway. Maybe there’s a case to be made for the iPad mini, which I don’t own.

I haven’t found any great games to play on the iPad. Clash of Clans got boring and pointless. Maybe I’m just too old to enjoy games.

The iPad only plays mp4 videos. You have to buy (or find a free) app if you want to watch stuff in AVI format, and even then it still might not work if it has a certain audio codec which Apple doesn’t allow. Come on Apple, why doesn’t it have native support for other formats?

The iPad has the same built-in camera as the iPod Touch. Neither camera is as good as the camera in the iPhone 5. I can’t imagine actually using a huge iPad to take pictures. I think the camera is just unnecessarily adding to the manufacturing cost.

I like iOS devices a LOT better than Android devices. Android, frankly, sucks.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Posted in Technology

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  1. Can you please review Facebook next? I don’t know if it’s just me… but this website looks like it can be big. Get in on the ground floor Lion!!!!

    Steve

    March 28, 2013 at 12:39 PM

  2. So what is your preferred tablet?

    Tarl

    March 28, 2013 at 12:42 PM

  3. iOS can’t play anything other than mp4, yet its Android that sucks. Right.

    iOS is like OSX compared to Windows: its great as long as you don’t actually plan to use it for anything serious.

    James McKeane

    March 28, 2013 at 1:47 PM

  4. > The iPad only plays mp4 videos.

    This is why I don’t use Apple products. I don’t want my computer to tell me what I can and cannot do.

    I bought a couple songs off of ITunes once. When you uninstall ITunes, it automatically deletes your dowloaded songs folder as part of the uninstall (by default). And you have to buy them again if you want to download them again.

    Basically, the idea that Apple is somehow non-corporate or “alternative” is all hype. Apple is more corporate than anyone. At least all other companies will allow you to freely use any 3rd-party technology that is known to man.

    I get that some people like the design better, and some people don’t like to noodle around with their computers like me. Some people want that streamlined experience. But I just wanted to point out that Apple is nothing like how they present themselves – which is why it is the perfect company for SWPLs!

    shiva1008

    March 28, 2013 at 8:30 PM

  5. The Nexus 7 is a very nice tablet, and at $199 it’s a bargain compared to any iPad. Load up MX Player and it will play back most common video formats.

    If you’re into tinkering, several custom ROMs are available, and you can load up any apps you want (including pirated copies).

    Main pet peeve is that it lacks an SD card slot, so you’re stuck with 16GB (or 32GB) of local storage.

    Simon

    March 28, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    • I bought the Asus eee, and it was basically a cheap piece of crap that fell apart after a year or two. Ever since then I have been skeptical of Asus. I have to believe that an iPad would last longer than that — and thus would be worth the additional price. (I bought an iPod even before my eee, and the iPod is still going strong, no problems.)

      Tarl

      March 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM

  6. Design…the design s a complete ripoff of Bang & Olufsen.

    map

    March 29, 2013 at 12:24 AM

  7. I must confess I enjoy the widget feature on android devices. With a mere swipe of a finger I can view my calendar. I can also place my calendar on the home screen if I wanted. This is great for forgetful people as myself. If I had to constantly on the calendar to view it, I’d open less often and be more likely to forget stuff.

    As for iOS only being able to play mp4 files, its very easy to convert other formats to mp4 on windows or osx.

    bobo

    March 29, 2013 at 3:47 AM

  8. Apple is for SWPLs, Android is for Proles.

    Gargamel

    March 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    • What about everyone else?

      Sanjuro

      March 30, 2013 at 4:28 PM

  9. WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

    For real.

    R.I.P. (Rest in Peace) Lawrence Auster.

    He has died TODAY. )=

    7g80iono

    March 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

  10. I have a Nexus 7 and my work got me an iPad. The Nexus is better.
    Why does the iPad need a button to show the screen? WebOS had this figured out, and so does Android.
    Android has a better method for closing apps as well. The method that Apple chose is retarded. It took me two seconds to figure out Android’s, I needed to look it up for Apple.
    Apple is a closed shop, and I don’t like that. I can’t buy apps from other people w/o Apple’s permission (and cut of the action). There are multiple Android shops out there.

    From all accounts, Apple is heading for the same problem that they had with PCs, namely, an open market passing them by. There will be multiple flavors of Android, but there will be winners until Google decides to make a version that is no longer open-source. Then that will be the successor to Windows.

    Half Canadian

    March 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM


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