New iPad Tomorrow – useful?
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New iPad Tomorrow – useful?

What else could I talk about on Tech Tuesday but the new iPad 2 that is going to be unveiled tomorrow?
I don’t expect very many surprises: faster processor, better screen, front camera, maybe even a Thunderbolt port, and hopefully a few updates to iOS.  So the questions are, do these updates really matter, and is there much use for a tablet in general?

Full disclosure: I am a huge Android fan.  Here is a true story from this morning that is a microcosm of why I don’t use iOS.  My mother recently got an iPad.  She is an Android phone user.  She is in New York and realized she does not have any of her contacts on the iPad.  So, she called tech support (a.k.a. me).  I had to explain to her that there was no way to get her contacts onto her iPad without hooking it up to her laptop and connecting through iTunes.  REALLY?!  In 2011??  Frankly, the fact that you have to hook a brand new iPad up to a computer to get it to work is borderline offensive.

Until Apple embraces the cloud, I don’t feel like any updates will be particularly useful.  I can concede that iOS is more polished and easier to use than Android, but that is because it lacks a ton of useful features, including true multi-tasking and a good notifications system, which are EVERYTHING in mobile.

But this gets to a larger point.  What are tablets for?  I bought an iPad the first day it was available.  Played with it for two weeks.  Was impressed with a few apps.  And then never used it again.  I gave it to my wife who uses it in bed.  I have a feeling this is not uncommon.  How many people really use their tablet?  How much does usage drop off once the novelty has worn off?  I suspect quite a bit.

What do you all think?  Are you excited for iPad 2?  What features are you looking forward to?  Do you really use your tablets?

  • Ei8htohms

    My wife has an iPad and uses it every day. On the bus, at work at lunch, at home on the couch, in bed… She’s had it since May ’10. I have no real interest in a tablet at this time but I definitely play with my phone a lot more than she does. Different strokes I reckon.

  • Steve, if your mom is using an Android phone, her contacts are in Google Contacts, right? In that case, follow instructions (http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=138740) and uncheck Mail and Calendars at the very end.
    Also, there are services for contact syncing even without a PC, e.g. Soocial and, to lesser degree, Gist. So even if her contacts aren’t in Google Contacts, Soocial can grab them, upload to Google Contacts and have them synced back to iPad 🙂

  • Alan @ 3G Composites

    While it’s possible to pull your contacts over to your iPad (I believe you have to set the account up through  Exchange), your point is well taken.

    How can the be-all, end-all of internet consumption be so poorly integrated into, well, the Internet?

    As you’re reading this reply, I’m posting from the iPad2 my wife gave me as a gift. I cant begin to tell you how I resisted ownership. Every time I came close to purchase I asked myself, “How can I own a device

    made by a company that so consistently and firmly tells it’s customer base how to use its product?”

    Sure, it’s generally convenient for browsing, but the manner in which hey approach partnership with dysfunctional integration calls into question what they truly offer beyond stunning aesthetics.

    Your Mother’s challenge in getting access to her contacts through Gmail is a perfect example.

    Gmail is anything but an emerging technology. So, why is it so difficult to provide an interface both robust and intelligent enough to streamline the proses of not only providing contacts access, but also that of attaching files (I still haven’t taken the time to figure that one out), or even a properly functioning search feature? In fact, I often have to use my Android powered phone to find an email, then I have to “star” it so I can go back and find it on my iPad.

    It’s almost as if Apple has deliberately hobbled the functionality, but to what end?

    Then there’s the 800# gorilla in the room: Adobe Flash.

    I can’t tell you how incredibly disappointing this whole situation has become. Aside from constantly being reminded by my wife about how Christian Louboutin’s website won’t load, or how the DailyShow.com videos can’t be viewed, in what universe is going out of your way to exclude a technology responsible for more than 70% of the video content

    on the web good for business?

    And speaking of business, the day this thing offers actual MS Office integration is the very same day the laptop dies. The complete lack of regard for enterprise level solutions just goes to show you what we’ve

    suspected all along…

    This is a company run by short-sighted men and women interested in exercises in egotism, not deities with extra sensory perception.

    Come on folks. The first rule of business is to never tell your customers to go away. If you do it often enough, sooner or later they will.

    *EDIT* In a twist of pure irony, I was unable to post this comment from my iPad. I had to fire up my laptop. (And thankfully at that, given the poor quality of spell check combined with a marginal virtual keyboard. *EDIT*

  • Alan @ 3G Composites

    Wow. The mess of spacing in that last comment totally makes my point. *Shakes Head*