Thursday, 28 July 2011

Updates - enough already

One of the big annoyances with Windows is that it updates fairly often. At least once a week I would say.
But that seems pretty reasonable compared to the iPad.

Because the iPad doesn't do that much at all, you have to install Apps for pretty much everything, even the most basic of tasks (like adding up) requires an app installed. So pretty soon you will have a good selection installed. And they get updated often, very often.

Yesterday I was required to update 4 apps. Today I have switched it on and am asked to update a further 2. While typing this in has made the update noise again (even though I have the sounds switched off!!!!!) to let me know there are now 3 to update! Stop it!


Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Charge me up

Boy does this thing take a long time to charge from 10%! I have only charged it a few times as I really don't use it that much, but it takes at least 4-5 hours to charge. And with the battery only lasting about 10 hours (if you don't do anything much on it) that seems and exceptionally long time. Again looking around the web this seems to be normal, and people just accept it.

So not only do they give you a very short cable, you also have to wait five hours for it to fully charge.

Mine also gets really really hot while charging. This doesn't seem to effect everyones iPad, which is odd. And reading some forums they say this could be a battery issue. Which could suck as this is only a few weeks old.


It's not just me!

Gary Rosenzweig at the Guardian also finds the iPad severly lacking in what it can do.

Digested read: My iPad 2 by Gary Rosenzweig

I do like his idea about finding the most pointless app to download. That at least gives me something to aim for.

Monday, 25 July 2011


It doesn't seem to have occured to apple that more than one person might be using the iPad. Let's face it, in their mind we should each have our own individual iPad and virtually share stuff with each other. But that is never going to happen as they are way to expensive.

Back in the real world we are not all that rich, so the iPad is forced to be sharded within my house at least.
So now that I have set up my email on the machine, everyone who uses it can read it, and send emails from my account! There is no way to lock it or password protect. I can lock the entire machine, but not the email!

It would be great if you could set up different users for the machine, so that everyone has there own login. That way each user could arrange there apps how they see fit and only have access to there own data. Oops, sorry, that would make it useful.

What it comes down to is that Apple say that the machine is great for sharing becuase there is no way of locking any of your data. So for Sharing read insecure.


Tuesday, 19 July 2011


I was trying to avoid writing about the lack of Flash support on the iPad, but it has reached a point in my use of the device that I feel I have to.  It is not the fact that it doesn't support flash that I have found to be the problem, it is the way you are forced out of the browser to view content on sites like the BBC news site, and into their App. It just feels so clunky.

And when you want to leave the App to go back to browsing, there is no easy option to go back. Hit the big button then find the browser app again.

This goes for all the Flash replacement apps that you are forced to install.

And that is the other issue, I have so far, 8 apps to do what I should be able to do within the browser.

Sort it out Apple.


Monday, 18 July 2011

No Zip file support

Considering Zip files are probably one of the most standard compressed file formats it seems crazy to me that the iPad has no in built support for this file type.

The answer is awlays 'Buy and App'. But with something as basic as this, it should just be built in.


Thursday, 14 July 2011

The (Cr)AppStore tm - Usability

Once you have parted with your £400 odd pounds to get your iPad, you are then required to spend more money via the Appstore to be able to do anything on it.  So you would think that this piece of software would make your search for apps as easy and simple as possible.


I will start with a simple thing that really bugs me as there really are so many areas of the software that don't work. The main way to move around the iPad interface is to swipe up/down or left/right with your finger. So why in the Appstore do they inisit on putting buttons for left and right on the main page, but allow you to swipe up/down.

Two, if you are searching through the charts, it initially shows you the top ten, fine. At the bottom of the page you can then expand this to show you the next ten, and so on. Some of the charts are huge so you can easily end up 200 or more down the list. If you then fine and app you like and click on it to find out more it takes you to the app page, again all fine. But then you may want to click back so you can carry on looking at the apps. At this point it takes you all the way back to the start of the chart list!!!!! This is the point I give up and don't bother buying anything at all.

That's enough for today.


The sounds of silence

If you turn the sound off on your TV, you hear nothing. If you turn the sound off on your radio, you hear nothing. If you turn the sound off on your PC, you hear nothing. But if you turn the sound off on your iPad, you can still hear it clicking and beeping away!!

It appears that turning the volume to zero does not actually stop it making noises as you would expect it to do. To turn the sound off fully you have to go into the setting and switch if off for each bit seperatly. If you then want them back on you have to do the same thing in reverse.

This seems a little silly yo me as I quite often want to switch the sound off on the iPad so I don't disturb people around me. Or am I missing the point that these noises are there to annoy people so they look over and see how 'cool' you are sitting there with the filth pad resting on your gut.


Sunday, 10 July 2011

How Big?

How big is that picture? No idea. What res is that picture? No idea. How much space is that App taking up? No idea.

Anyway I can find out without getting allthe files off onto my PC? Nope.

Can't be that important then.


What no attachments!

What do apple have against files? A common thing that a user would want to do is attach a file to an email. But apple won't let you do that!

Ok, I can add a photo, but only if I do that right at the start of my email. But what if I start an email and then halfway through decide I want to add a picture. Easy? Nope. Start again.

This is such a basic thing to want to do. So why isn't the ipad2 capable of doing it. Crazy.


Camera woes, day two

I had a good search around the web to see if I could find out the stats for the back facing camera on the ipad2, but no one seems to be giving them out that freely. Anyway, it is pretty easy to work out. I took a photo off the pad and onto onto my pc so I cod fnd out the resolution of the image, which was 960x720. Times the two together and you get 0.69 megapixels. Simply put, a rubbish camera.

This does not even match the resolution of the display (1024x768) which goes some way to explain why the images look so bad.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Saying it has a Camera is and insult to Cameras.

I think apple must have been taking the p*** when they added the back facing camera. I have had camera phones for years now and even the most basic phone has a better camera than this. It is so grainy and low res as to be pretty much useless.

I have had a quick search on the web to see what other people say about this, and it seems that the Apple lovers think that you would never seriously want to use the ipad for taking photos and so the poor quality of the image is nothing to worry about. In which case, why did they bother putting a camera on it?  It seems apple users will accept anything as long as it has a shiny case and the apple logo on the back.

Another day, another fail.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

It's great for sharing photos?

As long as you don,t want your photos in any kind of order. I made the mistake of putting some photos on the old filth pad as that is the one thing it is supposed to do well. And I have to say the screen is pretty sharp (if you can see past the layer of grease on it). So that is sort of a pro.

But before I show my photos to anyone I wanted to organise them into a few folders. Nope, why on earth would you want to do that? It appears there isn't a way for you to do that on the ipad. What! I have been able to do that on even the most basic phone for about five years. But not on a £400 quid ipad.

After much searching and asking of questions it seems the only way to do it is to organise them on your pc or mac and then sync the ipad.

Or buy an app.

Or just not bother.


What no pictures!

I would have liked to add pictures but that appears to be another thing that the ipad won't let me do in blogger.

It appears that Safari does not support the code required to upload images to Blogger. This could be bloggers fault, or it could be the ipad. Either way it's another fail as I have never come across this before when writing my blogs.

It's not the length that matters

Actually it is. Has the price of  USB cable got so bad that apple can only afford to give you a metres worth?
Or do they think that when the ipad is charging that you will not need to use it?

I have a netbook that I use for just casual browisng, this cost a lot less than the ipad2 and comes with a lovely long power cable, meaning I can still sit on the sofa even if it needs to be plugged in.

But not with the ipad2. When the batteries run out, I have to sit next to the power socket! Ok, so I know I could get out a USB extension lead, or power extension lead, but I shouldn't have to. And it's not like they couldn't afford to give you more cable, lets face it, the box it comes in is not exactly crammed with useful bits and bobs.


The first fail - Filth Pad is born.

This happened as soon as I got the ipad out of the box and removed the protective cover. Within ten minutes the screen is filthy. Having been brought up to never touch a computer screen as there is nothing worse than finger marks when you are trying to do some fancy art to have such a dirty screen is horrifying!

No matter how much you clean the screen, it gets dirty and greasy straight away. Even with the cleanest of hands it looks like I have been eating oily chips and wiping my fingers all over the screen.

But this has led me to my first 'Pro' for the ipad. You can write rude words in the grease on the screen ready for the next person to glimpse when they come to use it. Sweet.

Why I got and ipad?

The ipad is not the sort of thing I would normally bother with as to me, I can't see it's point. But I have been working on games for them for the last few months, so really it was a case that I had to have one to test my work on.

£399 seems a lot to me for something that does pretty much the same as a laptop or netbook. And you can get one of those for half the price.

But that's the price they are, and really there was no choice. So I spent my £399 at the apple store and two weeks later it arrived. And that is where the fun and my growing feeling of emptyness began.

Over the coming weeks I will update this blog with the highs and lows of my life with the ipad.