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on 17 March 2013
My family's world has revolved around computers for our living for years. The tablets we own are IPad 1, Kindle 7 HD and a Nexus 7. I've envied my bro-in-law's IPad, mostly (I admit) because of Apple's reputation (and the arty guys at the office seem to go for everything Apple.)
I like my gadgets but if I buy one then I've learned to go for need, quality and functionality rather than fashion. I'm a fussy sod.
When I bought my IPad 4th gen (16gb, WiFi, cellular) I expected to receive The Ultimate. I was a bit disappointed.
The ipad itself is beautiful kit, even the delivery packaging is quality. I also bought the logitech ultrathin keyboard cover to go with it.
The disappointments I have are with the IOS compared to what Im used to with android (I can only speak about the nexus jellybean 4.2 flavour)
Please forgive, and correct me if I'm wrong with the following. Ive only had the IPad for a week and I'd love to be educated into finding ways of achieving the same results.
IPad has a single frame mounted button which sends you to the main menu. Nexus has 3 software buttons (seem to be available 100% of the time) which offer Back, Main Menu and its Task Manager. The IPad lacks a Back option (a 4-5 finger swipe from bottom to top gives you the task manager). Unless application writers implement a "back" button, you just don't get one, so you have to keep re-running your application if you want to take a step back grrrr. I'm assuming that this is because of the single button 'thing' that Apple had/has but tbh it's a nuisance.
The next annoyance is sound/multitasking. I've only tried with some mp3s, but on my Nexus I can have them playing in the background while I do something else. I can't do that on the IPad. I feel this is a big failing and it's the same on Windows 8 metro. Do people sit there looking at their music screen? or do they put music on while they multitask something else?
Also, I listen to ambient sounds to help me sleep. My nexus plays the mp3 files and the screen dims and shuts off after a while. The sound plays until I switch to the app and stop it, even for days. I really don't mind that, just keep it plugged into power rather than run on battery. If eco friendly then you can turn it off. IPad remains turned on with bright lighting and seems to fail/stop after a while. Ive never woken up with it still running.
Next complaint is the apple store. Nexus is Google, and Google Play store can be run via my nexus 7 AND from my pc. I can install software to my Nexus while browsing the store on my PC and it happens magically in the background. With Apple, it seems that you need to download while browsing from the IPad.
Another complaint about Apple's store is that there's no category for free apps. You have to look through the categories and hopefully fall on them.
I'm asked to enter my password every time I want to install something on ipad grrr.
I can't control when the ipad dims/screen turns off. I can on nexus.
I see more local wifi networks on my nexus than I do on ipad.
These are all small niggles, but they're enough to drive me back to my warm little 7" nexus rather than using my 10" apple.
Lovely quality. Great screen
Camera on both back/front covers. Might also get this with 10" nexus.
Large software range. Many hard to find as Apple Store seem to restrict the number of available apps per category (may be wrong)
Greater coverage by app publishers. May change over time.
That's all I can remember for my first week with Apple. It's advantages so far have been lovely quality (no complaints about nexus quality either btw, I've loved it), and the ability to use cell as well as wifi.
For those thinking of buying the logitech cover. Very nice quality as logitech always seems to provide. It offers single front face cover/keyboard held on by magnets. No use if you want to use in bed as there's a single angle for propping up the IPad, and that angle is for propping the unit on a desk. If you want to use the IPad in bed, buy one of the covers with 'kickstand' that offers upright and low settings.