Without a doubt, the iPad and all its generations is one of the hottest gadgets to hit the tech market in recent history. Everyone wants one, for many different reasons, but mostly to appear modern and included in the world’s digital revolution.
But whatever your reasons are to get an iPad, what’s important is that you maximize its usage. This means that you get the most out of the money you paid for the gadget. It’s important that tech is used wisely and thoroughly, otherwise the iPad is little more than a paperweight.
Why it’s a great computing device
The iPad isn’t just pretty, it’s versatile, functional and can possibly replace a netbook or a laptop. How? With the right accessories and apps, you can turn your iPad into a virtual office. With a Bluetooth keyboard and an office suite, you can tyoe up documents, spreadsheets, presentations to use for work.
But what really sets the iPad apart from any laptop is that it doesn’t have to boot up all the time. You can leave the device on and just unlock the screen like a mobile phone. This means that with an internet connection open all the time, you can receive your messages, email and other notifications in real time.
But what isn’t Apple telling you?
The iPad, for all it’s cool factor and fancy features still has a lot of issues that need workarounds. This is not to say that the iPad isn’t great for any user; it is, but it has issues, like the following:
1. Battery life leaves much to be desired.
Just like any smart device, using so many services and having a lot of apps open drains the battery considerably. Just leaving the Bluetooth on for your wireless keyboard and your 3G or Wifi on can drain your battery in just a few hours. What more if you’re downloading some apps or leaving them active in the background? If you also use your iPad for navigation or GPS, you can expect the device to not last even half a day. GPS apps not only process a lot of data, it requires a continuous connection to track your vehicle or location while you’ve activated it. If you have eye problems, raising that brightness level can only deplete your battery even further.
2. You can’t open websites with Flash.
Just like anything that runs on iOS, Flash script isn’t supported. This means that some of those web-based apps and games you like to use on your PC don’t show up on your device. Why does Apple refuse to support Flash? Tim Cook just reiterates what Steve Jobs says when he says it’s frivolous and uses up too much resources. Whatever the real reason is, Flash sites that support certain apps like internet fax, hosted VoIP PBX and forms are not available.
3. Syncing is still a pain.
Apple likes to think iTunes is a work of art, but we all know that it just messes everything up. They update the service so often you don’t have time to get used to the old version before they’re asking you to relearn the interface. What’s more, adding files makes everything so cluttered since making and listing playlists is tedious and requires more clicks on things you didn’t even know were buttons in the first place.
4. You can only sync with up to 5 machines, and only one iTunes.
That’s right, plugging your device into another PC (even if it’s your own) means that you’re syncing it there. All the other data from your other computer is gone.
Leslie Young is a Blogger, web designer and developer for 3years. She attributes her work to several blog sites which is relevant to her field of work. She normally writes about business communication, telecommunications including business phones and cloud phones, as well as all the latest gadgets which includes smartphones and tablets. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Google+.