My first time using an iPad — Expectations vs Reality
The first time I used an Apple product was for a whole semester in the early ‘00s, when I was an undergraduate student. The product was an iMac G3, and although it’s been quite some time to remember the details, I have a vivid memory that I didn’t like the whole experience. Although I don’t consider myself an Apple hater (I’ve even read Steve Jobs’ biography :P), ever since I consciously decided to stay away from Apple products; no iPhones, no iMacs, no iPads, no “i’s” in general.
A few months ago, I won an iPad in a contest. My first thought was to sell it, but since I find Apple products to be overpriced and I don’t think I would ever want to spend my own money to buy one (still not a hater), I decided it was a great opportunity to use an iProduct in my daily routine. The verdict? I’ll start with the positive stuff: it is fancy and smooth to use, it has a great variety of well developed and interesting apps, its battery life seems good so far, and its keyboard is amazing.
So far so good, but to be honest, I didn’t experience that “wow” factor or the flawless user interface that every Apple fan that I know used to rave about.
Instead, while using the iPad, I found it annoying quite a few times. For example: before being able to use it for the very first time I had to spend several minutes filling in useless forms; the App Store was asking for my password three times in a row every single time I was using it (thankfully that was solved after a few restarts); I literally spent over half an hour to manage to enter my credit card details to the App Store to be able to buy an app since the non-existing error messages of the App Store didn’t help at all (I managed to finalise the process via the web interface of the iCloud-thing).
On top of that, I find the whole restrictive culture of the Apple ecosystem annoying, irritating, and any other negative adjectives you can think of. I knew this kind of “limitation” existed, but I didn’t believe that it could be that bad. Apart from the usual stuff, e.g. if you want to copy a file to your device, you have to install iTunes or host it in the cloud to be able to “sync” it, I still can’t believe that I cannot even change (without a hack) the default browser, mail client, etc. This whole experience is making me feel such a powerless user.
Anyway, I don’t want this to be a rant against Apple. Really. I even wrote the word “iTunes” before, without mentioning the word “horrible” in the same sentence!
I merely want to document my own experience of an Apple product coming from completely different ecosystems (Windows, Linux, Android), which was the complete opposite of what I expected. Don’t get me wrong; iPad is a good device, but I still find it overpriced (even ignoring the fact that the price ridiculously increases with the excuse of the storage) for the experience that it offers.
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