Being 'Best' Doesn't Mean Being Perfect
It's been nearly a month since I bought my iPad 2 and- on the whole- I've been very happy with it. But, polished as it is, Apple's latest gem isn't quite flawless. Here are 7 things that annoy me about my iPad 2. Samsung, HP, LG- start taking notes.
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7. No File Management System:
16 GB isn't very much space these days. Several times I've found myself interested in downloading a new app or e-book, only to find my tablet full. Sure, I could delete an app to make room. But I tend to use the only apps I keep installed. The best option would be to delete an album or two, but I can't do that on the fly. My iPad has to be plugged into a Mac or PC with iTunes if I want to flip things around.
6. No SD Support:
Number one up there wouldn't be such a big deal if Apple would add in SD support. I realize it's a pipe dream to even imagine Apple risking their 'seamless' design for one tiny slit, but damn if it wouldn't make the iPad about a thousand times better.
5. Cafn't Edjit Froem Withfinwords:
If I type the above sentence into my iPad, it'll find the proper corrections for everything but the first and last word. I'll have to delete those and type both out all over again, because the iPad's 'cursor' can't select within a word. No amount of tapping in Notes will let me correct my speed-typing gaffes if they happen to stump the auto-type. Yes, it's a minor problem. But true 'magic' happens when little annoyances like this get out of the user's way.
4. I Still Miss My Widgets:
There's something to be said for the simplicity of iOS, but it's rather irksome that my tablet displays no useful information at a glance. I can't just zip back to Home if I want to skip ahead a track while I'm reading. I have to enter the iPod app. I understand staying away from battery-murdering widgets like Facebook's android app, but there has to be a happy middle ground.
A hardware control app for toggling WiFi, 3G, brightness and other frequently-accessed settings would be so much more convenient than sorting through my Settings page.
3. The Mail App Sucks:
I don't understand how Apple's proprietary email app can be so bad. I use Gmail, and the default Safari/iPad layout it excellent. I get my whole inbox in one pane and my slected message in another. The mail app isn't awful in its own right, but it is so much less convenient than the browser, I can't imagine why you'd want to use it.
2. The Browser Cap Gets Annoying:
I spend a lot of time doing research online. As such, it can be helpful to have a ton of different windows open. My iPad 2 won't support more than nine, which is a problem more often than you'd expect. I understand 512 MB of RAM has its limits...which is why the PlayBook's full 1 GB sounds so enticing right now.
1. The Smart Cover Is 'Bleh':
I've never met a product as insidiously crappy as the Smart Cover. It lulls you into a false sense of awe by snapping on in such a slick, futuristic way. It looks good too..right up until the front gets stained from rubbing up against the inside of your backpack. The smart cover does protect your display, but it doesn't make any headway against smudges and it gets in the way when you're trying to browse.
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See, when flipped open the smart cover protrudes about a quarter-inch from the rightmost edge of your iPad. Meaning it digs into your palm in an irritating way when you're trying to type. And it flops down against your hand when you try to hold the iPad one-handed. I usually end up taking my smart cover off to do any sort of work. As soon as I find a replacement case with a screen protector, it'll be left off all the time.