09/15/2011, 09:44 AM
Applications are everything because it re-defines and tailors unique experiences for everyone.
Everyone's use-case differs and having hundreds of thousands of apps, I am sure there is something that will make you happy.
For example, my wife uses it for recipes, downloading tv shows and learning a new language. My kids use it for watching their cartoons, playing educational games. I use mine for remote work - vpn, reading magazines,etc. I won't get into specifics but the iPad fits into my workflow at my job. Each set of users have different sets of apps.
I'll disclose I got the 1st iPad, then the second iPad and I also got the TP. With the 1st iPad, there were times I questioned my purchased but over time, as apps appeared, I found new uses for it.
I do not surf the web with my tablet and when I do, the whole Flash thing is a bit over-rated. For example, I was on my touchpad and went to a real-estate site and tried to look for houses. There are sliders and with flash, it expects a mouse. I could not make adjustments so the site was useless to me (sawbuck.com) On iOS, there are custom apps are are tailored for the mobile devices.
Some things are so unituitive. Reading PDFS are pitiful on the touchpad. I read 40-50 meg PDFs all day long and iOS and Android devices have no problems. The Touchpad can barely open a 4MB PDF.
1/2 of my MP3s that I bought from amazon.com music store shows no album art. It doesn't play movies over 3 gigs,etc.. None of my movies have thumbnails. I have to go and download an app called Meta-X and re-do all my meta-data so music videos and movies have thumbnails. None of my pictures are in any sort of order whatsoever. I tried renaming my photos sequentially (1.jpg,2.jpg) but it doesn't show in the order I want. I know iTunes is despised but I have to give Apple credit. I make presentations for clients and having a certain order of images and a slide show is pretty important on my list of things I need with a tablet. If I have to change the exif data and re-jig the creation date for photos, something is loss.
I tried double-twist to organize my media for both Android and WebOS but I still get a 1/2 baked experience.
Don't get me wrong, I like the touchpad a lot (I'm running Ubuntu on it most of the time) but it is a 1/2 baked product. I know I can tweak my Touchpad and I do. Most of the things I am running are home-brew, pre-ware,etc..The only thing that is keeping with the Touchpad is the ability to run Xecutah and Ubuntu Chroot. However, if needed, I can always run Linux from 4-5 different laptops/ultraportables I have in the household so justifying the Touchpad is a harder to make.
With the iPad, I have no problem recommending it to people.