Ipads were the first easy to use and most mobile tablets, they were simple, finer and more mobile compared to any other tablet at the time of its inception. Compared to touch convertible PCs like the Hp tx 2000, they were a tablet owners dream. Many years have gone by since their introduction, after all the marketing hype, user experience and better alternatives, it’s beginning to tell on the iPad market and from my experience, these are the major issues with iPads/iOS devices.
File System Limitation
The iPad has a crapy file system, and this affects it’s overall user experience. An iPad owner does not have the luxury of a file explorer or file manager as it is called in most mobile devices. You can’t just access your hard drive and see all the files and folders in it, iOS which powers the iPad is such that photo, email and graphic apps can access photos, document and PDF apps can access PDF, music apps can access songs, video apps can access videos and so on. With this crappy file system, you can email only photos as an attachment, you can’t attach music files, zip, tar,rar, songs, videos etc, however some applications can email their supported content for you through your default email address. Google docs for example can email PDFs, Izip and its alternatives, can email zip files. This however has a downside, only PDFs and zip files downloaded from the Internet into the iPad can be accessed by their supporting apps meaning you can’t just transfer a PDF or zip file into your iPad through Bluetooth or USB and email it to someone, you must have downloaded it from the Internet with the iPad.
You think that’s bad, just hold on, you can’t also attach PDFs, mp3, mp4, zip, rar and tar files in many websites, even with the default safari browser, Google chrome, opera mini etc (Firefox is not available on iPads). On most websites, the browse button to select a file is not even enabled so you can’t even upload pictures!
The iTunes Limitation
iTunes is the official medium through which you can add items to the iPad, unlike many other mobile Os like android, webos, blackberry etc, you can’t just copy items into the iPad like you do with an eternal storage or entertainment device and expect the iPad to auto-detect it, you must go through the not so convenient iTunes. iTunes, an application entrusted with this humongous task does not support zip, rar, tarr, doc, pdf, avi, wmv etc files such that you can’t transfer these types of files through iTunes to your iPad. So if you have files on your pc or Mac that you use regularly and you want to transfer them into your iPad since your iPad is your mobile device, you can’t by default and that sucks! Thanks to cloud storage like Dropbox, the effects of this problem can alleviated but not solved.
The Safari Problem
iPads iOS already has some limitation which affects safari’s ability to upload files that are not pictures, yet the browser has more challenges! Although it does not support flash, which is no news, it cannot also save files for offline viewing, it does not have an inbuilt download management system, it does not have all the features of the desktop safari (e.g fixed background positioning is not supported) and many more.
I currently own an iPad and a Samsung galaxy s2 (I’ve used the iPhone 3GS though), there is a big gap in the selector accuracy when typing, on the iPad, if I touch a word which may have been spelt wrongly, 90% of the time, I’ll never be able to select the correct spot in-between the letters in word without using the magnifier which is not very convenient, this is not the case in my galaxy s2 which has a way smaller screen compared to the iPad.
I also have to turn my autocorrect function off on the iPad ALWAYS since it corrects automatically for me without my approval, this is not the case on an android powered device, my galaxy s2 would only suggest above the wrong word or the word being typed what it thinks should be there and I’ll have to tap a choice to approve such that in situations where am typing abbreviations or words that are not in English, I don’t have to go back and delete multiple times to retype the word i really want.
The iPad however has lots of advantages like battery life, a solid build and more, the advent of very good alternative tablets like the Samsung galaxy tab, Google nexus, Asus transformer and the incoming Microsoft surface is making me reconsider. I’ll have to abandon the iPad eventually. Apple has already stated some of the things mention above would never change, good luck to them in ten years time!