FIVE reasons why you shouldn’t buy an iPad
On the 28th May, Apple releases the new iPad in stores all across the United Kingdom. However, some people will dread this day and declare their hate for the new iPad, and several reasons as to why they may avoid the iPad like the plague are:
1. The battery. Despite an impressive 10 hours of battery life, (and 9 hours on the 3G models), some people cannot ignore the annoying story of how Apple like to make our lives harder by sealing the battery on the iPhone and iPad to make our lives harder so we cannot replace the battery ourselves and we have to send it to them to get it changed. This means a large cost to simply change the battery (it costs $99 in the US), but this may be justified as the iPad itself costs in excess of Â£500 but remember, the iPad will need to be sent in, and if you are an iPad lover, could you do without it for a week for the sake of a battery? It would be easier, cheaper and take no more than a minute to change the battery on a normal notebook.
2. No HDMI capability. So in the rush for HD, you’d expect the iPad to be with the times, however there is no HDMI so it will be a pain to watch videos in HD on your TV or desktop from your iPad. If you love your HD and boast about how you’ve bought a Blu-Ray player and LED HD TV, should you really bother with buying an iPad if you love HD?
3. No USB capability. This one’s annoying as I have loads of accessories which plug into USB connectors on my laptop like my wireless mouse, digital camera and printer. Apple have ’forgotten'to add USB ports and instead created little adapters to connect USBs and your digital cards to the iPad. Not only do you empty your bank account for the iPad but now you need to buy accessories and attachments which would have already been included on a laptop or computer as standard. Not to mention if the iPad conks out for some reason, instead of getting all the information I need off an external hard drive right away, I am stuck sending the thing off to data recovery London. Not stoked…
4. No widescreen. The iPad has a 4:3 screen which is pretty unacceptable as widescreens revolutionised our viewing over ten years ago (the same way HD changed the way we watched TV only a few years ago). Anyone with a HD TV will not go back to the old CRT TV, so why go back to a 4:3 screen from a widescreen 16:9?
5. As an Apple product, it will only run programmes from the Apps store. On a notebook, you can install whatever you want and need, and if you did chuck away your old work computer in favour of the iPad, thinking that there really is an app for anything, what if your boss sends you documents in MS Word? And Microsoft are declaring that they will not make an app for it either…
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