Why I bought an iPad 2

Why I bought an iPad 2

Summary: Even though I am heavily invested in the Android tablet space, frustration drove me to purchase an iPad 2.

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There are a few tablets around my office that I have used in every aspect of my life and work. These include Android tablets big and small, a BlackBerry PlayBook, and even an HP TouchPad sitting quietly in its Touchstone dock. I have used at least a dozen different Android tablets in addition to the two I own. I use tablets heavily, and have grown increasingly frustrated over the inconsistent user experience. That is why I just bought an iPad 2.

I find the HP TouchPad to be far ahead of all Android Honeycomb tablets as the user experience provided by webOS is much better than that of Honeycomb. Sadly, HP has orphaned the TouchPad, and it makes no sense to use it as my main tablet. I need my mobile devices to evolve, in both system capability and apps available, and that's not going to happen for the TouchPad.

Given the TouchPad's awful situation, lately I have turned back to the Android tablet for my daily tablet fix. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a sweet piece of hardware, but it is saddled with the mess that is Honeycomb. The same Android inconsistent performance and implementation that drove me to the iPhone 4S, has now driven me to the iPad 2.

Tablets are very personal devices as they are used in the hands. Laggy performance, inconsistent app controls, and long app load times add up to a jarring, annoying user experience. A key ingredient for a tablet to be well received is smooth operation. When you tap something on the screen, the expected action should happen immediately. When you scroll down a long list or web page, that should happen with fluid motion. That is not the case with Android tablets.

A bit of history is needed to set the stage for the iPad 2 purchase. I bought the original iPad when it was first launched, and instantly felt it was going to start the tablet craze that followed. I liked using the iPad, even though there weren't a lot of good apps for it back then, and it became an integral part of my gadget usage.

When the original Galaxy Tab arrived, I was drawn to the 7-inch form that better fit how I used tablets at the time. I picked up one with integrated 3G from Sprint, and I still use it today. When I hit the point that I was using the smaller Tab most of the time, I sold the iPad as it was just sitting there.

Owning the original iPad played a role in the purchase of the iPad 2. I was already invested in the iOS ecosystem, through the earlier iPad ownership and the iPhone 4S I recently bought. Every app I have ever bought in the App Store was sitting there waiting to install on the new iPad 2. I didn't have to invest a single cent to get going with the new iPad 2.

I will be detailing my usage of the iPad 2 in the future, but rest assured I am quite happy with the purchase. The hardware is typical Apple quality, and the software works as expected. It is smooth and snappy, and already impacting my work in a positive way. It just works.

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Topics: Laptops, Android, Hardware, iPad, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

    I am impressed with your comment "it just works." This may be the single biggest reason why the iPad has been so successful.
    ddmcd
    • Don't get it

      @ddmcd <br>I use both Android and iOS tablets.<br>Both have pluses and minuses.<br>I use the Android more for work stuff.<br>I use the iPad more for game stuff.<br>I need my flash.<br><br>For me both have keyboard issues.<br>Transformer has a severe lag for some blog sites.<br>With iOS5 the iPad2 has random keyboard closures while typing.<br><br>I am not seeing the alleged "OS mess" James is referring to.<br><br>I even have to double that when it comes to phones.<br><br>To each their own.<br>If you enjoy it, use it.<br>Mileage may vary.....<br><img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">
      rhonin
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @rhonin - I agreed ! As a side note, I have tried various Android Tabs and settled with the Thrive (the HP left me wanting as Skype did not work very well. After the small 1st issues of lag on the Thrive, which they fixed very quickly, I have had no issues nor problems using it for everything I need plus games run smoothly!!!!
        heredavid
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @rhonin [i]To each their own.
        If you enjoy it, use it.
        Mileage may vary.....[/i]
        I can't believe it, you and I agree on something :-)
        non-biased
    • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

      @ddmcd
      Too bad the other apple products dont just work lol
      Fletchguy
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @Fletchguy You should qualify your statement rather than just troll.
        global.philosopher
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @global.philosopher He has never qualified a statement before, at least when bashing Apple, why would he start now.
        non-biased
    • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

      @ddmcd
      "It just works" as long as you don't need to put a full-sized SD card in it or connect full-sized HDMI or USB connectors to it or swap batteries when you're away from power for a couple of days -- all of which the Toshiba Thrive (Android) will do.
      nfordtchrpub
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @nfordtchrpub Cloud plus wireless is the future. Cables are the past. Five years from now people are going to wonder what HDMI is and SSD will only be for niche uses. BTW you can get a small SSD adapter that plugs into the Dock connector.
        global.philosopher
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @nfordtchrpub
        You don't need that added crap on there. Full size HDMI connectors make the device thicker, and then you need to carry around the thick cables. Swappable batteries? Don't me laugh. Out of all the people I know not one has bought a spare battery for their laptop let alone their phone. The batteries last 2-3 years and nearly everyone buys a new phone not a new spare battery. Even after that time you a replace the battery on an iPhone anyway.
        root12
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @nfordtchrpub But the Thrive can't sync with my iCloud account, can't run my iOS apps and so on. See how that works. I just picked the very obvious and things you might not care about (on purpose) but guess what, it appears that the vast majority of tablet purchasers are worried about the things you mentioned because they are buying the iPad by the millions.
        non-biased
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @non-biased<br><br>"But the Thrive can't sync with my iCloud account, can't run my iOS apps and so on. See how that works. ..."<br><br>Non-biased? How about this: But the iOS can't handle Video Chat on Google talk, cannot run apps with an apk file extension, can't handle Google's C2DM etc. Talk about "un-biased", okay? At least I thought you should know how to hold Apple up to the same standard as Google as you utter that nonsense.<br><br>global.philosopher, root12<br><br>I don't care about the future. I care about the PRESENT, because I am buying the device *now*, not five years later. And the present is, if you have to make a big device investment, the my money's worth I would want to be compatible with the present technology which *does* consist of HDMI, USB, SDCard etc.<br><br>Good thing that Apple is not doing nothing with their assortment of accessories. However, that "it just works" part with Apple comes with BIG asterisk (digital AV adapter, camera connection kit ... etc. there goes another 80$!!!!)

        As for the rosy cloud prediction, two words for you: BYTE CAPS.
        CyberGuerilla
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @nfordtchrpub Full sized SD card, Full sized HDMI or USB connectors.... Are you quite crazy?! We Apple users don't have time nor the need for these things. Wireless is the way we like to roll or iRoll... iCloud helps again push this further. i took some pictures the other day with my iPhone, guess what when i got home my iPad already had them there. Done, no fuss - just simple well thought out pro-active technology. With Siri most likely on iPad 3 and possibly - just maybe, if Apple can bear to add a ghastly connection port against the sexy flowing curve of the outer shell then maybe, just maybe you'll start to sing a different tune. An iPad you can talk too. Now that's something to get a little bit excited about. Excited in a non geeky kinda' way you understand...
        xx9i@...
    • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

      @ddmcd It just works because it just does less. Simply turning off Java so that it loads only when you want will solve most of your "lag" issues while browsing. And in setup just uncheck the animation transitions setting. That will make it smoother and faster.

      The beauty of the Android OS is it's customizability. If the author is too lazy to configure it, it's his choice. But don't blame the OS. He can make it run smoother if he really wanted. And, btw, those two settings take all of a few seconds to change.
      mrxxxman
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @mrxxxman For us neophytes, "it just works" is music to our ears.
        dalspartan
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @mrxxxman Just do this and just do that and then repeat in reverse to undo the changes and try not to forget what has been disabled/enabled...couldn't and shouldn't life be easier. I see what people mean when they say that it just works.
        global.philosopher
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @mrxxxman, @global.philosopher

        The way I see it. The ideal device actually should have those options disabled by default, but at least should give the user some flexibility to set things. To suggest that everyone wants the dumbed down "it just works" option is kind of like an insult to human intelligence.
        CyberGuerilla
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        @mrxxxman

        ZDNET generates page clicks by publishing opinion hit pieces all the time on the flavor-of-the-day whether it's Microsoft, Linux, UNIX, MacOS, etc.
        DonRupertBitByte
    • I can't WAIT for the slanging match among the trolls!

      Surprise, surprise - it has already started....

      SPAM filters are great. Troll filters would be even better.
      rahbm
      • RE: Why I bought an iPad 2

        [i]SPAM filters are great. Troll filters would be even better.[/i]

        But then you'd have nothing left to read here.

        lol...
        ScorpioBlue