I love my Apples, but the release of a new iPad has left me as flat as a pancake – or as flat as an iPad? Maybe this is the problem. It’s just a flat bit of aluminium with a screen, so it’s probably a bit difficult to jazz up. I don’t know? Put fancy handles on it or something?
Yes, well there’s a better screen on this one and it’s got a camera and it takes dictation but that’s hardly enough reason for me to dive for my credit card and hand over hundreds of bucks when I already have an iPad. Yes it’s an original iPad 1 that’s 2 years old, (oh, so old) so it’s a bit slow sometimes and doesn’t have a camera. But I’ve got and iPhone and really nice SLR for taking pictures.
The other reason I’m rather ho-hum underwhelmed is that the iPad has one basic problem that hasn’t changed since the original model. And as a writer, it’s a pretty darn nasty problem. The iPad is absolute crap to write with. Not so much the screen keyboard, which I must admit is a bit temperamental at times. It’s the auto correction that drives me completely bonkers. No matter how many times I’ve adjusted the settings, it insists on me using US spelling when I want to use British English.
The other annoyance is the spellcheck that is, to put it bluntly, rather stupid. For some reason, when a word may be just missing one letter, the iPad just can’t come up with a logical suggestion. The only extremely effective part of the whole keyboard is the back space key, as it gets used after every third letter I type.
Another big problem is in the way it stores files. If I start work on a Pages document on my Macbook and want to then work on it later on my iPad, I have to go through hoops and swings importing and exporting and losing formatting and yelling nasty expletives before I can add a single word. Then go through it all again to go back to work on my Macbook. If I save a TextEdit file, I can see it on my iPad, but I can’t edit it. So what’s the point? I have wondered sometimes if my iPad and my Macbook are made by the same company. For me as a writer, they just don’t work at all well together.
Lastly I suppose is an old gripe. But it is so annoying when I’m happily surfing the Internet with my iPad, which the iPad is ideal for by the way, and all of a sudden I have a big black hole or a big white space appear because of Apple’s refusal to incorporate Flash Player.
So, no thanks Apple. Not this time.