8 Things That Suck About The iPad

My god, am I underwhelmed by the iPad. This is as inessential a product as I've ever seen, but beyond that, it has some absolutely backbreaking failures that will make me judge anyone who buys one.

Big, Ugly Bezel Have you seen the bezel on this thing?! It's huge! I know you don't want to accidentally input a command when your thumb is holding it, but come on.

No Multitasking This is a backbreaker. If this is supposed to be a replacement for netbooks, how can it possibly not have multitasking? Are you saying I can't listen to Pandora while writing a document? I can't have my Twitter app open at the same time as my browser? I can't have AIM open at the same time as my email? Are you kidding me? This alone guarantees that I will not buy this product.

No Cameras No front facing camera is one thing. But no back facing camera either? Why the hell not? I can't imagine what the downside was for including at least one camera. Could this thing not handle video iChat?

Touch Keyboard So much for Apple revolutionising tablet inputs; this is the same big, ugly touchscreen keyboard we've seen on other tablets, and unless you're lying on the couch with your knees propping it up, it'll be awkward to use.

No HDMI/HD Video Out Want to watch those nice HD videos you downloaded from iTunes on your TV? Too damned bad! If you were truly loyal, you'd just buy an AppleTV already.

The Name iPad Get ready for Maxi pad jokes, and lots of 'em!

No Flash No Flash is annoying but not a dealbreaker on the iPhone and iPod Touch. On something that's supposed to be closer to a netbook or laptop? It will leave huge, gaping holes in websites. I hope you don't care about streaming video! God knows not many casual internet users do. Oh wait, nevermind, they all do.

Adaptors, Adaptors, Adaptors So much for those smooth lines. If you want to plug anything into this, such as a digital camera, you need all sorts of ugly adaptors. You need an adaptor for USB for god's sake.

Update: Why stop at eight? Here are more things we are discovering that suck about the iPad.

It's Not Widescreen Widescreen movies look lousy on this thing thanks to its 4:3 screen, according to Blam, who checked out some of Star Trek on one. It's like owning a 4:3 TV all over again!

Doesn't Support T-Mobile 3G Sure, it's "unlocked." But it won't work on T-Mobile, and it uses microSIMs that literally no one else uses.

A Closed App Ecosystem The iPad only runs apps from the App Store. The same App Store that is notorious for banning apps for no real reason, such as Google Voice. Sure, netbooks might not have touchscreens, but you can install whatever software you'd like on them. Want to run a different browser on your iPad? Too bad!

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    iPad is same as iPod touch with bigger size. I understand why Apple still have no flash because of Adobe.

    but HTML5 will fix most of the streaming video like YouTube.

    hopefully next version have HDMI/HD Video in/Out, Multitasking and Cameras.

      You seriously think apple is going to open HTML5 to everyone? if they did that, they wouldn't have control over the apps.

      Think about it...

        Ah, you do know that Apple doesn't own HTML 5 don't you? Anyone can use HTML 5, it is being used for some youtube videos right now. But usage is very low right now, so for Apple to leave out flash support is a bad move.

    This article sums up my feelings exactly. Very underwhelming especially since Steve loves to call this thing "revolutionary" and "magic". There is nothing revolutionary or magic about blowing up an ipod touch. I am super disappointed in Apple. It could have been great if they would just make it more laptop and less ipod.

    Nine: why the hell it doesn't have GPS, while there IS a compass?!

    I can't believe it doesn't have at least one USB port built in, and for me no multi-tasking/flash is a deal breaker, and expandable memory would be awesome, so an SD card slot or something, but of course, it's Apple, and they don't really care for everyone elses stuff, you know...the stuff that 90% of people use on a daily basis. And why make 2 versions of each storage size? Why wouldn't they all be 3G and cut costs of production? Mindless.

      I agree. I was shocked it doesn't have at least one proper USB port. Adapters suck, and having to carry them undermines the whole point of the iPad: Mobile, hassle free computing.

      The lack of Multi-taksing on a device this size, with this amount of power is the real killer here. It's "acceptable" on a phone, but the iPad is competing in Netbook territory: A place where users expect to be able to run several apps at once. Remember the outcry about the 3 app limit in Windows 7 Starter?

      What's worse is that the Apple already has multi-tasking concepts that could work wonderfully on the device. As the sparse home screen shows, there's enough resolution for a fully capable dock. (It might need to scroll horizontally).

      Expose would probably work even better. The iPads 132 PPI screen can handle enough detail, and the Apple-made Apps have distinctive enough visual styles to be instantly recognisable when shrunk down. Heck, They've even introduced the gesture for it: The four finger swipe on Macbook Pros.. (Although I think a 5 finger un-pinch makes more sense)

      I don't like the lack of and SD slot, but I understand it from a business perspective.
      Apple charges $100 an additional 16Gb flash storage, and you can buy a 32Gb SD card for $80. Nixing the SD slot forces you to pay Apples inflated prices for Flash memory.

    You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can never please Gizmodo. If they can't have it all in one hit, they whine like spoiled children.

    Did it ever occur to you geeks that this product was not made for you? It may just have been made for the masses of people who want a simple, accessible device for email, web browsing, pictures and music.

    I believe the iPad will sell like hot cakes. Whether you purchase one (or look down upon those who do) is inconsequential.

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      you say that ...but my MUM who isnt exactly yhe most techno savy in the world couldnt understand why she would have to close her book to check her email.

      then she said something that pretty much sums it up. "its going back to the dark ages, why wouldnt u just buy a kindle and use your laptop. itll sell like hot cakes and then they will all end up on Ebay cause people will find them to irritating to keep"

      so basicaly my mother whos only real technology is a laptop has more technical insight then u.

      This could be said about the iphone and no one would've been the wiser until you included the word ipad. I dont think this product will sell well if you already have an iphone, which is more portable, and you can make phone calls on, AND most importantly, you can get the iphone cheaper.

      Although I see your point about the iPad being an invention for the masses, not the technological elite, it's still useful to have some people tech-savvy enough to tell the amateurs what is good and bad about the new gadget, from an informed perspective.

      Furthermore, if Apple reads these reviews it may decide to follow up on some of their suggestions, i.e. by including multi-tasking in their next model. It didn't concern me until someone else pointed it out, but now it does, and I want it!

    Given the fact that it is only running the IPhone OS could suggest that apple is trying to ramp up the product line (of apps) so that there is a ready audience.

    Running @ 1ghz suggests that it should be more then capable of multi tasking, but the OS as it is doesn't allow it (although we've seen jail broken phones doing it).

    If apple is serious, then this had better be on the cards for the next iPad OS.

    here here!

    Grawlix did it ever occur to you that the people buying this thing are either nerds reading this blog or whiney spoiled children!

    The 16GB version is a staggering $500 but what for? Lucky I already have a device with all the same features @ only $50 a month with phone calls/sms included! Oh and I dont need a laptop bag to carry my iPhone around :P

    I think its a good hint of things to come but it will soon be hitting the bargain bins round the globe.

    No flash/multitasking = no buy. It only really replaces my iPhone, but doesn't fit in my pocket (so what's the point?).

    I was hoping this would suit better than a small windows based netbook/tablet, but oh well i suppose i'll just spend my money on that alienware super-netbook. It'll probably even be cheaper given the apple tax on Australian products.

    This post sums up the crucial missing features superbly. It's beyond dissapointing. Particularly as not only are there such giant omissions, but apart from the device's snappy operation and UI eye candy, there's absolutely nothing innovative or impressive about it. Where's the wow factor Apple? The videos of it in action make the device look nothing short of BORING.

    You'd think they could've added a front facing camera in the top right (portrait mode)/top left (landscape mode)... it's not a place where you hold the screen...er...pad, and would function appropriately for video chat... I just don't get why they are against front facing cameras in their mobile devices... I know that 'video calling' is still something a part of the population feels a bit iffy about, but come on, most of us use Skype or iChat or other video clients to communicate... it's more personal and you actually get more of the conversation (ie facial expressions, body language, etc).

    It's a pity Steve seems to be getting a little less adventurous in his old age... Remember the lack of a floppy drive and only USB in the original iMac? That was ballsy, now it just seems that pretty is all that matters. Rant over...for now...oh except who's going to carry this thing in Aus, with microSD, and when!

    Sorry...microSIM... although SD is also a big omission...obviously the rant wasn't over...still disappointed

    Does anyone know if it's snappy?

      If someone pays for it, I'll gladly try to snap it it and let you know.

      A well placed "crunch" across the knee should do it.

    I think criticising each little thing and ignoring the whole new package at a low price including iBook and a 10-hour battery life, will come back to bite Gizmodo in the butt later when it's a smash success.

      A Kindle DX costs $300 and the battery lasts a week, the iPad can not compare. The ebooks are also cheaper through the Kindle/Amazon, making you argument null. Go troll somewhere else.

    After all the usual fawning praise Gizmodo heaps on Apple and recently the iPad, this is the last article I expected to see here. There is something disturbing about the way some tech journalists seem to be able to write glowing reviews of Apple products and not a whisper about their glaring shortcomings. If this had been released by MS, Gizmodo would be positively alight flaming the product. Finally someone at Gizmodo doesn't ignore the elephants in the room.

      That's basically because this tech blog, like many others, is written by many people with different views. The person who wrote this article is simply more skeptical than the people who wrote the hype articles (he's probably more sane too).

    So it's a big Touch with a nice enough screen that does one thing at a time quite responsively. I think it needs to define itself a new market. Apple have a track record of doing that but it's not quite as clear as when iPods and iPhones emerged. Maybe the apps world will find something that doesn't need iPhone portability or netbook capability.

    The most impressive thing (in my opinion) is the IPS panel... Of all the things to expect, that wasn't even close to being on the list.

    I'm excited to see how it fares against graphics tablets, really. With Sketchbook Pro and Brushes working wonders on the iPhone, things should get interesting. Plus, the fact that it doesn't need to be hooked up to a machine running Photoshop...

    Though I think a stylus is needed to really compete with even the most basic of tablets.

    I'd wait for the second version - learning from the iPhone 3G and 3Gs lesson.

    The shame of it is too, that no matter how crap the thing is, they are still going to sell millions of them. I'm currently having an argument with one such Apple Fanboi who openly admits that it's probably useless, but will still buy one because it's an Apple product.

    It's this mentality which is why we are doomed as a species. :(

    I am still so-so about this one - but one thing that should be added to the list is STORAGE. HOW CAN IT HAVE THE SAME AMOUNT AS THE ITOUCH????? 64gb is not nearly enough for a so called Media device, considering its size aswell.

    Add poor screen resolution to the list. It has less pixels per inch that the iphone and half the pixels per inch of the latest android phones.

    After being on a high res 3.5" screen and a high res 15" screen, i don't want to look at anything with a ppi under 200...

    C'mon, if all the missing features were included then what would Apple have to include in the next model?

    Plenty will buy it because its Apple.
    And the same people will buy the new and improved model with the extra features. . . like a camera, multitasking, widescreen. . .

    It's an Ipod touch for the obese, or elderly who can't see their Ipod touch screens. It would help if you could turn off the backlight for reading... a refreshing screen is still gonna hurt my eyes reading.

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