- No multitasking is going to suck big time: I'm very used to music in the background while surfing. Apparently I'm going to have to wait till Fall till the update. Sigh.
- The screen size means I keep wanting to use it like a laptop instead of an iPod and that leads to frustration; let me explain what that means. When I was browsing sites, I kept wanting to download and install stuff (plug-ins, software etc.) Of course, that's not possible. Perhaps I'll get used to this on the iPad, but this is not the future of tablet computing, which I'm pretty bullish on.
- No flash = No hulu + no a lot of other websites I'm used to.
- The screen gets dirty with touch. Let me explain what a big deal this is, simply because I noticed it. I'm the kind of person that doesn't notice entire layers of filth on my laptop screen, and wait till I get disapproving comments from my wife or colleagues before I realize this and clean it. The smudges on the screen, including the ones I was just responsible for, were amongst the first things I noticed when playing with the iPad. Given that most of the killers app need a great screen experience and the need for touch to do anything interest, this is going to be an issue with usability. Also, there's clearly an opportunity of an important innovation in material science here.
- The thing is heavy
- Email was hard to do; I typed up a couple of responses and it took a while for me to get used to the keyboard spacing and my fingers missed the tactile feedback....also more smudges.
- Tethering (i.e. associating it with a desktop/laptop) is necessary for a lot of operations including moving music and photo libraries to the device, and the iPad completely ignores the cloud which is somewhat of a fail. They may fix it with time, but I doubt it'll be quickly enough to satisfy me.
- Most of the apps still haven't upgraded to account for the better resolution, which is a shame... and I have a feeling it'll take a while before that happens.
My first reactions as I heard both of these conversations was annoyance at the protagonist in one and admiration for the other. Both conversations stayed with me for a while, but it took me some time to realize that was unfair on my part to be annoyed at the person that I was annoyed at.
So about these conversations:
The first was between someone working there and a friend. She was sympathizing with her friend who'd be starting a new job leaving this place. "Oh, it's minimum wage again?", she said with concern in her voice. "Yes, but it's fine", said her friend. The job was closer to where she lived so she thought she'd make about the same and she might get home a little earlier to her daughter some evenings though the hours…