Friday, April 23, 2010

iPAD - Quick Take 2 - Thoughts and Impressions

OK - I have now had the iPad for about 3 weeks and I like it a lot.  It is a very unique device and is a great addition to my arsenal of I.T. tools.  It offers me quick access to SSH, LOGMEIN, my Web based HelpDesk application as well as my e-mail.

But the shine has worn off and I am met with a few regrets and maybe some future ideas?

First Bitch - The Cable that comes with the iPad works with all my iPods - so it is 'backwards compatible' - However, the same cannot be said for the other cables (of which I have a shoebox full of them).  This pisses me off to no end, because here I have spent a lot of money in support of great products and I have definitely gotten my money's worth (in terms of my iPods and iPhones), but the fact that I now only have 1 cable that will work with the iPad - is just stupid!  Apple's plan?  Buy a sync cable compatible with the iPad - $19.00

I don't think so - I have found (from a friend at work - thanks Tejas!) that a company called GTMAX makes a cable (Part Number IPODDAT002) that works perfectly well! And all for a whopping $3.95:

Second Bitch - My second bitch point is I foolishly bought two accessories (this, of course, is my own consumerist failings):
  • The Dock (MSRP $29.00) - What a waste of money - $29.00 for a weighted dock that fits the iPad - I thought it was a wise investment and I could prop up the iPad and have it charge when not in use... So what is the problem?  Two things: First problem is that it is just the DOCK - no cable.  For $29.00, I want the damn $4.00 cable too!  That is just a no brainer, Apple!  Second problem - that with the purchase of the 'official' Apple Neoprene cover heavily promoted and advertised - IT DOESN'T FIT THE DOCK!
  • The Apple iPad Case (MSRP $39.00) - In the beginning, this was a no brainer - what a great idea - new $500.00 device and a case for $40.00 to help protect my investment.  It doesn't quite 'stand-up' like the commercials show and more than that, it feels cheap in my hand.  What really ticks me off is the incidental costs of nickel and diming us to death with accessories we really don't need.  Now, in order to get the $39.00 Case to work with the $29.00 Dock, I had to cut the backside of the case so it would fit into the Dock - Not revolutionary, but functional
Third Bitch - This has nothing to do with Apple, but with the development community in general.  Since I have received the device, I have purchased about $40.00 worth of applications and none of them I regret - well thought out applications and I appreciate the effort it takes to create these applications.  

Then what pisses me off about the developers? 

The fact that a developer creates a separate iPad application and charges the same amount for it as it did for the iPhone version.  This may sound confusing, but let me give you a clear example.  I follow Major League Baseball with a passion.  I love to listen to the games during my lunch hour or catch a score while I am working.  So, I have purchased a MLB.TV audio subscription so I can listen at work on my computer ($15.00/season).  No big deal.  I have also purchased the MLB 2010 application for my iPhone so when I am on the go, I can also catch the scores, the play-by-play and the audio (also $15.00/for the 2010 application).  Now that the iPad has been release, the MLB folks could have created a universal application for the same $15.00 that works on the iPhone and the iPad - but no.  They created a separate version for the iPad - which means I have to fork over another $15.00 for the iPad version.

Sounds all fine and dandy, but I am here to tell you that many developers are creating 'UNIVERSAL' apps from their iPhone apps to work on the iPad with a 'new' interface for the iPad - POINT IN FACT - LOGMEIN for the iPhone and iPad.

Great company - great product.  I purchased for the iPhone about 6 months ago - and thankfully they created a UNIVERSAL app so when I got my iPad it 'upgraded' to an iPad version and it didn't cost me a dime.

That is supporting the community as the community supports them.

Now - MLB makes major money off of us all year round - you think they could afford to roll their app into a UNIVERSAL version for the fans.

Anyway  - I love my iPad and it is a great device - Just heed some of the warnings above and you will love your iPad too.

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