iPad Hate Summed up Nicely

Caught this in my Twitters from both @mulegirl and @Mike_FTW (Warning, NSFW Twitter background).

A great diagram accompanies this post:

A Failure of Empathy

Definitely a great takeaway on the iPad.

  • cmvbbay

    Why one should reserve one’s name on Twitter:

  • Lesley

    I’m a PC user whose only reason for not switching to Mac so far has been the cost of converting all my software (most notably Photoshop).

    I’d much rather be working on a Mac at this point but I can’t justify the cost.

    The iPad is one product I will be able to buy and get enormous productive use out of immediately. I can’t see any reason not to own this gadget. It’s fabulous!

    • blurb

      That’s how they get you: a beautiful device!

      Have you looked into cross-upgrades from Adobe? Like next time you upgrade your photoshop or whatever, you move from PC to Mac. :-)

  • Lesley

    I’ll definitely try that, Blurb. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • badmonsters

    replacement for computing? really?
    after all this has died down a bit now, i can live with the whole “could have been cooler” aspect of it. sure we all wish it did more, but it doesn’t and thats really ok with most users.
    the thing that still doesn’t make sense to me is why they didn’t give it the ability to multitask. i don’t know anyone who only has one window open on their computer.
    and “replacing 20 lbs of textbooks” is ridiculous. universities have tried this with kindle and other ereaders, and without exception (that i’m aware of) the students hated it. why? you can’t highlight, make notes in the margins, and all that other stuff that you can actually do with paper. and yes, i’m aware that you can highlight text yada yada and it’s not the same.
    also, i just can’t read text on a backlit/glowing screen for a length of time. i don’t know if that complaint is just me, but reading text on paper is just much easier on my eyes, and if i have to read a textbook for a class (hours of reading) i’m not going to want to do it on a glowing screen.
    i’m guessing that apple is well aware of all the criticisms of the ipad and still went ahead and produced it because they wanted to be first. in a year when they release ipad2 it will likely address all these shortcomings

  • Dave Thomas

    Jon, this piece addresses such a very narrow sliver of the entire body of iPad skepticism, I wonder how it can be considered any sort of summing up. (Not to mention, it takes a big fat page out of tea-party rhetoric, making all iPad critics out as elitists out of touch with the simple wants and needs of the common man…but never mind that.)

    Set aside all the standard user-tech complaints –- no Flash, no multitasking, whatever –- and say that my mom won’t care about that stuff. Let’s just talk about form factor. The iPad obviously and manifestly simplify or replace features my mom finds confounding about laptop computers, so obviously and compellingly that it will finally overcome whatever tech-phobia has kept her away from computers and laptops.

    That seems like a tall or order to me, and beyond the scope of base sexiness and wow-factor (which I also find dubious, based on the fact that many of the sexy bits are already ubiquitous).

    And just what are these these troubling computer features that mom has never been able to wrap her brain around, for which iPad offers a welcome alternative?

    Typing, maybe? Look, touch is a fantastic, revolutionary input mechanism for many, many things. All computers will feature touchscreen input before long. But..typing’s not going away. You still need to key stuff in to navigate the web, tweet, IM, and just about everything else you might use your iPad for. That means that your iPad will have to be used like a laptop – you’ll have to set it down on something, etc. Plus, whenever you type, you’ll be using a soft keyboard which eats up a ton of your precious touchscreen real estate. And if it’s on your lap, you’re actually going to be looking down at a more unnatural angle than when typing on your laptop.

    Okay, but you can carry a tablet around like a book or clipboard. Well, that’s not really different than carrying a laptop, except that I have to open my laptop once I’ve carried it somewhere. But even given that, I’ll still have to set my iPad onto something to use it. Like my lap, or a table – only I won’t be able to adjust the angle of the screen or leave it propped up on a counter while I use my hands to eat cereal or drink coffee or whatever. Of course, if I’m watching video or looking at photos or just link-surfing the web, then I can just hold it up, like a book. Only I hate holding up books. I like how my laptop sits up for me. I am not everybody – but that is just the kind of user scenario even my mom will brush up against, every time she thinks about using her tablet.

    These are just a couple easy examples. But I don’t think they’re insignificant, or that they can be dismissed as techie-elitist whinging. Certainly, the iPad will attract some buyers on its sheer sexiness alone. But I’m not a dum-dum, and I can’t for the life of me figure out how the touchscreen tablet constitutes a balm for any sort of computing philistine overwhelmed by current tech. Maybe you’ll say it IS all about the sexiness –- but $500, screaming deal though it might be, is an awful lot for a tech neophyte to pay for “Avatar”-type sizzle.

    I’m not saying this is the last word on the matter – on the contrary, I’m saying there’s no clear-cut prediction of who will embrace the iPad or in what numbers. And I think this supposed summing up of iPad hate is blinkered and sort of smug.

    • blurb


      I don’t disagree about the supposed or the smugness, but the graphic alone says a whole bunch about future shock, about the culture of “everything new is bad” that seems to permeate those who are supposedly the creators of the new. How many people bitched about the Mac when it launched? Yet the ideas that it launched with became the default paradigm for computing. Windowed environment. Mouse. Same thing in 2007. People found all kinds of shortcomings with the first iPhone. Even then, without the third-party app support or copy/paste or GPS or an FM radio it was still years ahead of anything. Even as a phone alone. That it had wifi, email, a real browser and a kick ass iPod pushed it even further.

      I read Infinite Jest this past summer. On my iPhone using the Kindle reader app. It was a better experience than reading it on my Kindle. I think it would be an even better experience on a touch tablet.

      My mom, who is 79, can type like a champ on her Windows computer. What she doesn’t do? Save files. The internet. Email. Flickr. Those things are beyond her. But look at something like Facebook. I don’t need to know email address syntax to send a message to a Facebook friend. On my phone, it’s even simpler using the Facebook app. I’m not saying my 79 year old mom is going to jump on Facebook, but once you use the Facebook app, it changes the experience to a point. It’s a big leap forward. One that most of us take completely for granted. My mom doesn’t give a shit about APIs. She does want to see cute photos of her grandkids.

      As for lack of Flash support:

      If Hulu were to do an app for the iPad (like YouTube did for the iPhone), it would kill.

      Side note: Adobe has had how long to write native OS X apps? 9 years? And they still haven’t updated their Mac lineup anything close to a native level. I can buy a $59 app that gets me 95% there for doing Photoshop work. And it’s FAST. Live filters that completely smoke Photoshop. Look at an app like Brushes. Game changer. How fantastic would that be on a tablet that does a bunch of other shit? FANTASTIC!

      The “no multitasking” argument is mostly bunk. Mail (with push enabled) and iPod functions all run in the background. The issue isn’t whether there’s multitasking or not. The issue is which apps will be allowed to run in the background.

      I don’t disagree that we’re waiting to see who or which “market segment” will buy tablet devices, but this is the first tablet that I’m looking forward to playing around with. The app ecosystem goes a long way to helping me feel this way about the iPad.

      Finally, the form factor. I can’t stand reading my laptop in bed. But I take it to bed with me because I like to check my email before I sleep. I know, I’m nuts, but that’s what I do. I would much rather do that on something a bit larger than my phone, but smaller than my laptop. I don’t think I’m alone.

      I could be very wrong in all of this, but I’ve wanted an iPad since day three of owning a Kindle. My mom might not want an iPad. Your mom might not want an iPad. But I’m willing to bet that there are a ton of other moms (and dads) who do.

  • Dave Thomas

    P2 should say:

    The iPad MUST obviously and manifestly simplify or replace features my mom finds confounding about laptop computers,