I am starting to think that the reason everyone raves about the iPad so much is that after spending all the time and money to acquire one they can't admit they may have made a mistake.
Easy to use, I don't think so. And here is just one example. I downloaded a free e-book from guttenberg.org, no problem. But to access and read it you need to download a free app, iBooks. Okay, again, no problem. But then no icon shows up. You need to reboot to get the icon. And then the icon doesn't appear on the main page of icons, even though there is plenty of room, but on a "hidden" page. After scrolling to the "hidden" page you can then drag it to the main page. Now really, would you say that is intuitive?
Also, to use Hotmail (I know, using a Microsoft application on an Apple product) I went to Safari and then went to msn.com and accessed Hotmail from there. I can't simply use the Mail feature on the iPad because it only shows me my main mail box, but none of my other folders. Okay, so now I am fine with getting to Hotmail. But originally when I went to Safari you could get a panel of icons that worked like a user guide. Now I have no idea how to get that to reappear.
No USB port is also a pain, although I knew there wouldn't be one going in. But now I don't know how to get pictures from my camera to the iPad without first loading them to my main PC (I did finally manage to get iTunes completely loading by doing the install in Administrator mode) and then either doing an iTunes sync or uploading them to Photobucket and accessing them from there.
Tried to download Rhapsody, which I really like, but it needs Adobe Flash Player. When I try to download and install that on my iPad I get this message:
"Thanks for trying to access Flash Player. Unfortunately it is not available for your device because of restrictions that Apple has put in place. Click here for a wide array of the latest smartphones and tablets that do support Adobe's Flash Player."
I can see where the iPad isn't meant to replace your PC or Mac or whatever, simply augment it.
I realize that I am still on a steep learning curve here, so hopefully things will get better. Kind of disconcerting, though, when you go on Google and see how much stuff there is on work-arounds for what should be trivial stuff (getting an icon to show up after downloading an application, for example). Microsoft would be ripped to shreds by Apple users if their applications or operating systems were half as buggy. Just my humble opinion, of course.
On the other hand, with its orange cover that I bought it goes nicely with my Kindle, which has a purple cover.
Okay, last post kvetching about my iPad. For now at least. I am sure there will be more on this subject as time goes by. Maybe, as I become more familiar with it, my comments may become more favorable. Or someone will be getting a slightly used iPad for a Christmas present next year.
Yay!! Found the iPad version of Rhapsody. Only problem is that it seems not to recognize my current membership, Unlimited Access, really isn't that unlimited. It covers PCs, such as my HP Notebook and my Dell laptop and, of course, my HP TouchSmart. What doesn't it cover? You guessed it, "portable devices," which include the iPad. So although I can load and use Rhapsody on my iPad, it will cost me an additional
$9.99 a month to do so, My current subscription only costs me $71.88 a year.