It has been a while that we discussed anything iOS here on Mobility blog. That isn’t exactly strange, as that platform almost does not register

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That thing called iPad

It has been a while that we discussed anything iOS here on Mobility blog. That isn’t exactly strange, as that platform almost does not register on the marketplace around here.

Anyway, just the other night, I sauntered into the Mobility blog BB group to meet a discussion that gravitated towards the iPad’s limitations. Boys were not smiling that night.

Take a look at the screenshots on this page for a quick view.

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The iPad’s lack of a standard file system, USB mass storage and Bluetooth file transfer was the sore point, and guys simply tore the thing apart.

I have used both the iPad v1 and v2. Nice devices. But I cannot live with their limitations. For a tablet, give me a droid, or better still a PlayBook. Those play well with other devices, including PCs.

But then, different strokes for different folks. What do YOU think of that thing called iPad?

83 comments

  1. That thing called iPad to me is a glorified web-surfer, if I can just view my mails on it and cannot download the attachments and transfer it to PC for printing, then it doesn’t what having at all. Some thing that easily be done in other gadgets without hussles. Somebody said wifi syncing, that’s like doing double work to me…… these limitations will one day come back to hunt iOS. Long live BlackBerry®

  2. There is a chilling discovery- that nigerians buying IPADS are not aware of these frustrating short comings. And that most nigerians-another set buy the IPAD for status symbol,never using it to the depth of discovering these other shortfalls.American wayo!

  3. God forbid that I carry my hard earned cash to buy an ipad for wetin? With all the glaring limitations? This reminds me of this article by Mr Mobility.

    http://www.mobility.com.ng/2011/07/05/ipad-3g-101-a-few-things-you-should-know/

    If someone gives me an ipad for free, I will sell it straight away. The ipad doesn’t float my boat plain and simple. In the last one year, over ten people have ask me to recommend a tablet and I recommended the samsung galaxy tab. All heeded my advice and are happy people save one who bought an ipad and deeply regrets his decision.

  4. Different strokes for different folks. I don’t think that the iPad is as limited as many folks believe. However, I respect their opinions. It serves them well, and I wouldn’t argue with that. That said, I believe it also serves some others well and that’s no excuse for the first group of individuals to thrash the iPad in a BBM forum or even here. Not because you don’t like it doesn’t mean some other people like me don’t. If it’s trash to you, it is useful to me. Likewise BB is also damn utter trash to me too!

    To me, I feel that a Blackberry is more restricted an OS than an iOS device. I’ve used Blackberry, Symbian, Belle and Android before. Apart from Android that is a comparative alternative to iOS, Belle or Blackberry doesn’t cut it or come near iOS at all!, that’s my opinion! If Blackberry was so good by the way, why is it doing so very badly in sales?? Why is RIM consistently making losses in the last two quarters?

    Whoever said he can do more with Blackberry than iOS device in the chat is only expressing his/her opinion. When you stop to ponder and look at an iPad as a post PC device, then you’ll begin to understand what exactly it is meant for! Not because you put your movies in a HDD, doesn’t make your PC non-functional! It just mean you stored it there to save space!

    The iPad is really quite versatile and takes care of at least 90% of my computer needs! That’s what matters!

  5. here is a chilling discovery- that nigerians buying IPADS are not aware of these frustrating short comings. And that most nigerians-another set buy the IPAD for status symbol,never using it to the depth of discovering these other shortfalls.American wayo!

    You hit the nail on the head there.

  6. I can simply be more productive from a blackberry smartphone than I would with an ipad. Come on in 2012, I can’t do a simple file transfer from a device? Now don’t mention cloud storage because we all know what quality of internet service we have here. If someone sends me a mail and I can’t print it straight from the device without some third or fourth party apps or jail breaking the device, then there is a big issue.

  7. I have read a lot of reviews about the iPad and general impression is that iPad is the best there is when talking about tablets. Most of the reviews do not consider all the limitations as anything serious, if mentored at all and I am certain they know what they are talking about, but for me, iOS devices are simply for other people as long as it involves buying it with my money.

    I will consider it foolishness on my part, spending huge amount of money on a device while the maker of the device I duly paid for insists on how I used, what goes in and out of the device when there is alternative products that let me truely owe the device.

  8. but for me, iOS devices are simply for other people as long as it involves buying it with my money.

    Seconded

  9. I totally agree with u all, even though I am responding from an iPad, I personally think u get more bang from android devices, but I have a bias since I mainly sell them. If u r considering a tablet, and u r sentimental snuff to try Nigerian, try 1. The websoft vantium 2. Debonair Bamboo or 3. Encipher’s Inye when it lands.

  10. There are people who spend good money to buy a gold pen, or a diamond_studded wristwatch. There are far cheaper alternatives, performing the same function (writing / telling time).

    It is all a matter of what works for you; what makes you happy and how cheaply u make your money. The urge to follow the crowd, keep up with the Jones is also a powerful psychological motivation for lots of people.

    For me, i buy things for the value / ease of use. An iDevice would simply cramp my style…

    If the price is not so ridiculously high, the abundance of apps might temot me onto that platform., but since there are better alternatives (value:price), no deal…

  11. @Afewgoodmen, you won’t blame these fellas for thinking like this. As a matter of fact steve jobs never produced the ipad for people like that. Those who know the value will keep on going for ios. Just for your notice, I have never connected my nokia to pc without pc suite. I wonder wots difficult about launching itunes. Can you imagine someone getting a nokia 2700 and complaining that it doesn’t multitask?? Why did you buy the 2700 in the first place?? Or like i mentioned before, buying an automatic car and complainin that it does not have clutch?? I wonder if we read phone manuals in d 1st place

  12. What is good for Ali might not necessarily be good for Simbi. The iPad is good at what it does and so do the other tablets that run on android. I don’t see the need for brand bashing cos there are people who are content with using their iPads and wouldn’t care to know if another digital slab can do what theirs does even better.

    What I see here is that the more tech inclined peeps are the ones complaining about its ‘restrictiveness’ and understandably so. To each his own. Unfortunately, there will never be such a thing as the perfect tablet or the perfect smartphone therefore choose what works for u. But y’all will agree with me that being seen with an iPad is considered fashionable by a lot of people.

    I don’t own an iPad myself but if I were to buy a tablet, I would go for one that runs the green bug.

    My 2 kobos.

  13. when Steve jobs announced the iPad, according to him it was supposed to fill the gap between smartphone and pc. I think the iPad should be considered a failure of that was it’s mission. I still don’t how the iPad is anything more than a big ipod with faster gpu for playing games. My aunt recently came to my house tryin to get some research done on the internet. yet she had her internet ready iPad under her ARM. the thing is that she couldn’t transfer her points to print. so schedule had to use my pc and start all over again. yet she spent >100k on the device.
    yes the iPad is selling but the truth is that most of the people who bought one do not need it for any serious computing tasks. or just bought it as a fashion accessory. not that I hate it. I wouldn’t mind getting an iPad since I already use a Droid. it would keep me company longer than my laptop when I’m home wit no light. But that’s all it’s good for. nothing more.

  14. The first iPhone didn’t have a video camera, couldn’t multi-task yet sold over 6 million units. Apple has perfected the art of marketing beautiful and expensive products. They are not about to stop now.

  15. I neither own a blackberry or an IPAD,though i have used both fairly.If its true that file transfer is not possible,one wonders the sentimental attachment to the IPAD.yes choice must be respected,but that in its self doesnt take away the medevialness of the IPAD interms of her shortcomings.truth is truth!

  16. Can you imagine someone
    getting a nokia 2700 and complaining that it doesn’t multitask?? Why did
    you buy the 2700 in the first place?? Or like i mentioned before, buying
    an automatic car and complainin that it does not have clutch?? I wonder
    if we read phone manuals in d 1st place

    @motorola I hope you read this from jujukemist

    There is a chilling discovery- that nigerians buying IPADS are not aware
    of these frustrating short comings.

  17. We are nowhere near the post-pc area, I keep hearing this but on the ground I don’t see it. If people still aren’t using desktops they’re using laptops and hot desking. The smaller and more compact the laptop (even ultra-book) the better. So long as people have to print and transfer files, an iPad can’t replace a pc at the moment. And it’s not going to happen for a good while yet.

    For most businesses (and I would say people) an iPad/tablet is a luxury item – the cost alone speaks for itself. Even where the iPad exists in an organisation it is in the hands of the few – usually higher or middle management, not most or all employees. Sometimes it’s not always a case of “can’t afford” but simply “can’t justify the spending” – some people simply aren’t comfortable spending that kind of money on a device with limitations (and as humans, we can talk ourselves into justifying most things we want/desire).

    The biggest advantage is the mobility of the device, but then most of our phones fill that gap. Until the price hits a sweet spot (as the phoneblet, Samsung Galaxy Note has done), Steve Jobs vision for the iPad is a long way off.

  18. That thing called Ipad…..
    For close to one year, have used the iPad2, I share some of the sentiments expressed some the contributors. How ever, I have found it as a productive replacement for my laptops. The fact remains that in as much as iOS does not allow sharing of files or direct transfers (except using iTunes). There are hundreds of apps to assist.
    One fact that has affected most owners of the I device is that they only see it as as “status symbol”. You must be ready to spend money on apps. Speeding money is one language that most of us do not want to hear.
    Some mentioned Blackberry, come to think of it outside ping and all the sort, what do people use their bb for.
    Better soup na money kill.

  19. Hmmm…..for me am not a fan of ANY tablet, so I cant say much but I believe getting a device that serves you the best is the point. ALL platforms have there own limitations.

  20. Lmao. Na wa for nigerians. Follow, follow. Any way, as for me, ipad is nothing more than a status symbol just like blackberry was until fairly used bb came into the market and the networks crashing the cost of BIS. Apple has always been a status symbol funny thing is that most americans that purchase it use credit card thereby buying it on credit. To your tenth oh isreal.

  21. agreed, d ios has limitations but d hardware d ipad runs on is unequalled in terms of quality. D app ecosystem is d most robust with high quality apps. In everyday life, 1 has to make sacrifices. There are apps that try 2 bridge d gap n there’s jailbreakn for those who have d heart.
    If I were to choose a tablet all over again, i’ll definitely go for an ipad. It’s sleek, has got good battery life n it’s functional.

  22. Asides the social & internet integration on BB, as far as am concerned its just a “dumb” phone. If the integration is removed am sure 99% of users will dump the phone for something better.

  23. The truth is majority of people buy iPad as status symbol. They really do not know it’s limitations and never get to know, because beyond checking and reading mails, they do not use it for any other thing. Few others use it because of the abundance of applications for it.
    As for me, I love is e form factor and I’m strongly tempted by the applications for it. For example, quick office for iPad is far ahead of the one for avoid tabs, even though they are from the same developer. However, I’m put off by it’s many limitations.
    I have a galaxy tab and a Nokia N8, I have flashed both devices several times. On each of those occasions, I used either the galaxy tab, or the Nokia N8 to download the firmware. Try that with an iPad. Several times I have used both devices to download windows software while I was on the move, for later transfer to my desktop. Not possible with iPad.

  24. Is still prefer Android tablet devices to apple’s Ipad and u agree with the fact that the IPAD has a lot of limitations

  25. STOP COMPARING ANDROID WITH IOS AND SIMBI, THEY ARE NOT ON THE SAME LEVEL. I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE OR HOW ELSE TO EXPLAIN THAT IOS DIDN’T COME TO COMPARE OR PLAY CATCH UP WITH OTHER PLATFORMS. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTION AND USE THE IPAD FOR WHAT IT CAN DO, AND NOT WHAT ANDROID CAN DO AND IT CANNOT DO.

  26. My dislike for ipads started last yr. i had closed from the office on a friday & decided to hang out with some friends. One of my friends had an ipad with him, & i requested to use it to prepare a report that was due that weeknd and send it as a mail to which he obliged. To my dismay after, after preparing the report, i couldn’t attach it & send as a mail. And my initial reaction was “what was the point of getting an ipad if i can’t attach files” He had to get home, connect to his pc before he could send it to me later. Most people use it as a status symbol & hardly ever consider its limitations before buying it.

  27. Everyman for his own. It would be a big “bad belle” to call call the ipAd trash. Or called it too restrictive.

    You guys should check this article on the top 30 iOS apps; oviealbert.com/2012/05/my-top-26-ios-apps/# . The iPad is much more versatile than many of y’all think!

  28. @Mr Mobility, you wicked small o! That night was supposed to be kept private. That was the night my iPad got the bashing of its life & SunnyCee almost ate me raw. Good discussion even though slightly skewed.

    @SunnyCee, you said above: “That thing called iPad to me is a glorified web-
    surfer, if I can just view my mails on it and
    cannot download the attachments and transfer
    it to PC for printing, then it doesn’t what
    having at all.”
    I thought we finished that discussion and I told you that those things are possible with iPad.

    IPad may have serious limitations, but it does very well what it was designed to do. Ask yourselves why iPad is selling so well. Ask why manufacturers are sweating it out trying to make an iPad killer. There is something in iPad that other tablets of this world do not have. Let’s bash it as much as we want. It continues to sell and as long as it is still hot, Apple will not sweat trying to remove the limitations. I am typing this on my BB without glasses on and it is an uphill task. With my iPad, it would have been a sweet experience. I am using Opera mini because the BB browser refused to open mobility well. Freezing is the order of the day here.(I use BB 8900)

  29. Sad that many people take pride in bashing the iPad and iOS in general. Whenever they have the opportunity, they come out with tongues flaming. Whatever is said, the iPad is a magical device. It serves many people well. Tough I would have loved the Bluetooth transfer thingy. Buy I can well do without it with loads of app to choose from to circumvent this. I see the iPad as more useable than many other gadgets. Imho.

  30. I want to believe the soon-to-be-released windows 8 tablets will actually give you PC level productivity on the go. The whole 9 yards.

  31. Ipad marketing hype places it as a replacement for pcs. That is where it fails woefully. The ipad may be sleek but it doesnt really do much

  32. … I am typing this on my BB without glasses on and it is an uphill task. With my iPad, it would have been a sweet experience…

    Hmmm. It’s beginning to sound like this thing called iPad is now an elixir. Not only will it help doctor solve medical problems, it appears it is even curing eye problems directly.

    Please doctors in the house, I’m have a serious catarrh that is also causing me headache and really making sleep difficult. Any hope that using the iPad would help alleviate my problems. Sorry for my not advancing consultation fee. Lol.

  33. I just wouldn’t buy the ipad or any other Apple product for that matter ‘cos I consider them outrageously expensive. And these limitations? Walahi, I can’t live with them.

  34. is there much price difference between an Ipad and it’s droid counterpart of the same specification?Can most of the tech consumers around the world be wrong and those in Nigeria be ultimately right?SMH

  35. Can most of the tech consumers around the world be wrong and those in Nigeria be ultimately right? SMH

    They very well maybe right in their views while we certainly are not wrong in our views. How? Data bundle pricing in Europe, North America and the technologically advanced Asian countries are very cheap and cannot be compared with what obtains down here in Nigeria and their high connection speed has almost blotted the line between cloud storage and local storage and the network is almost always available and rock steady.

    Apple products might be right for them, but we are not wrong by crying that their products are too restrictive.

  36. It is disheartening to note that many folks here are delighted at platform bashing. Everyone has a right to his opinions, but it would be sad to realise that some commenters post falsehood. If you are ignorant about iOS, then it would be better you do not make claims that are not true. You can check my article on my top 30 iOS apps here; http://oviealbert.com/2012/05/my-top-26-ios-apps/ to give insights on the peer of apps on iOS.

    As I said earlier, apart from Android, I don’t see Blackberry as a credible alternative for me. BIS makes it too locked down and closed. And I believe it is an expensive toy! Just my opinion. Any one can cry foul, but that is just it!

    @Austine Ezemelue It is sad that you do not know how to use your iPad. You need to read my article. The iPad, using “Filer” and several other iOS apps can download Microsoft softwares or ANY other file formats and transfer to your Laptop via USB or WiFi. So that your statement has some error. Or maybe you’re just honestly wrong. The iPad is more versatile than many of you think.

    If it is that bad, why are so many people adopting it? It is not just for its showmanship use. It can still hold its own against other platform!

  37. maggideboy – one thing you may not be aware of is when they say “consumer society”, in Europe and North America it means just that. You don’t buy because you need but because you want. Having a credit card makes it easier, in addition to promos and credit options.

    If we want something, we will find all sorts of excuses to buy it, even if it means getting into debt. Apple sells beautiful products that people want and desire (not necessarily need). Regardless of limitations, people will do what they feel they need to in order to get it. Recession or not, if a person wants that new iPad, very few people are going to save up for it – they want instant gratification and they will get it.

    When the first iPhone came out, ask yourself how many people cancelled their existing mobile phone contracts to get an iPhone from the few networks that were offering them? Someone can get a Samsung Galaxy S3 as a free upgrade, sell it on eBay or elsewhere and buy an iPad because the environment makes it simple to do this. They have far more options in that regards than the average iPad or tablet owning Nigerian. You don’t necessarily have to buy a device outright – networks are getting savvy to the naive consumer and bundling phones and iPads/tablets for a monthly fee, locking them into a 24 month contract.

    So Harry is very right. How we use a device in Nigeria will be different to how we would use it in North America or Europe but it doesn’t negate that in the Nigerian environment, there are obvious limitations. In Euroope and North America there are simply more options so I can afford to have a wifi only iPad, whereas I would think twice about having one in Nigeria without 3G. Not only that, but elsewhere the rules concerning data usage are beginning to change, even amongst networks because of how people are using their devices.

  38. I think Noni & Echemco has surmised this “thing” called iPad. Yes, the way we use products in Nigeria for differs from elsewhere. That is also relevant in other like Android or Windows phone.

    My colleague over in the US marvelled that WiFi was not ubiquitous in Nogeria when he came avisiting. He told me that in his research lab, that there is free WiFi for staff and visitors with download in the realm of 2-10MB per second! I can understand the need to go to the cloud there to get and store data. Therefore the need to use 3G on a mobile device doesn’t count except you’re on the road or sometimes at home when your Fixed wired Broadband isnt swithced on and WiFi router is off too.

    However, just because the way we use data and devices is different doesn’t mean we don’t have our own way of using ours here too. Even the way we buy devices are different. Hopefully we will also get to the pinnacle and be like them soon. But before then, we will buy devices be it Android, iOS, Symbian, and Blackberry the way we know how. And of course, also use it, the way we know how!

  39. “In Euroope and North America there are simply more options so I can afford to have a wifi only iPad, I would think twice about having one in Nigeria without 3G. Not only that, but elsewhere the rules concerning data usage are beginning to change, even amongst networks because of how people are using their devices”
    From Noni’s argument,it looks like the issue is shifting from restriction of OS to poor and expensive data network services.Likewise Harry Echemco’s present argument.

  40. Maggideboy – don’t get me wrong, it’s not about data usage, it really is about how you use your device. But now in abroad networks have cottoned on to the fact that people want more access to data and are changing their plans accordingly to take advantage of this.

    The people I know who own an iPad/tablet also have a pc. The iPad may be good for when you’re out and about or don’t want to be restricted to one spot at home. At the end of the day, they are quite willing to live with the restrictions of the iPad so long as they can default back to their pc.

  41. “…At the end of the day, they are quite willing to live with the restrictions of the iPad so long as they can default back to their pc.”

    That could apply to any Smartphone or tablet, my brother. Not just the iPad.

  42. … From Noni’s argument, it looks like the issue is shifting from restriction of OS to poor and expensive data network services. Likewise Harry Echemco’s present argument.

    You are not following the argument. The gist of my argument is that, though the restrictions are still there, because of their cheap, fast and ubiquitous internet connection opinions, with most of their devices having internet access at a very affordable rate, and with the 3G connection way faster than the standard Bluetooth 2.0/2.1 standards, they won’t really be feeling those restrictions we are complaining about.

    Again, remember that a good number of people in these developed countries actually had their first taste of smartphone with the iPhone, implying they were brought up the iOS way and will as likely as not have access to a desktop or laptop PC that is also connected to the internet while majority of us in Nigeria have only our phones/mobile devices as our source of internet connection.

    Now think of a situation where you are in a friend’s place who has a laptop, a smartphone, say Blackberry, Symbian or an Android device and you see a video clip of say 120MB that you will like to view again on your device. Now your friend doesn’t have iTune and is on a monthly data bundle plan of say 200MB, what practical options do you have of getting the clip on your device?

    What if a situation like this arises while you are on the road.

  43. Whether we like it or not, ipad is a better tablet than most as a matter of fact all the other tablets out there. Most of the time, these bashings are mostly from non users of iPad or techies (who by the way are extremely few)find the “limitations” intolerable. Used to have mixed feelings about IOS sometime ago before I made a wise decision to get myself an iPad, I remember discouraging one of my lecturers from getting an iphone last year. However after a few months with the device I realize all the bashings and negativity are simply as a result of ignorance of how the iPad or ios devices generally operate. The iPad can do most of the things people say it cant, most simply dont know how to get it done on it. Everybody is simply used to doing it a particular way, maybe what we need is a paradigm shift. No it’s not complex at all and it’s not unnecessarily difficult, you just dont know how to do it. It’s most of the time can do it faster and better. I have this friend who bought her iPad some months earlier than I bought mine and in a few weeks had already relegated it to a Bible reader and picture viewer cos she simply couldn’t find any other use for it. By the time I got mine she just couldn’t believe I used it for almost everything and after a few weeks of orientation now she’s giving testimonies.

    As for the limitations that only the geeks see: tweaking this and customizing that, they need to realize that 99% of users simply don’t utilize the device to the extent that will make such limitations obvious, before it reaches that point it has already done most if not all that’s required of it. U really think millions of people will be dumb enough to shell (and oh they are still shelling out despite 100s of “could be alternatives” coming out everyday) out large chunks of their hard earned cash to buy a device they can’t use? That’s just hilarious

    Nothing compares to iPad’s performance out there, not android not anything else. It’s that simple.

    @Harry Echemco,
    No iPad will not heal your catarrh or any other disease for that matter, what we are saying is that the device has gives u access to a huge database of medical information than any other device out there as a matter of fact than all the other devices out there put together. Hundreds of apps both free and paid gives u as a health practitioner assess to up to date information and tools about your area of specialty so much that it can act as a stand alone companion anytime. I’m talking about u quickly need info about a patient’s condition, or maybe a drug or even a treatment you want to prescribe and it’s just a tap away, no need for scrolling through numerous search engine results to locate relevant information and that’s just it at it’s simplex form. A colleague of mine after having a Medscape experience on my iPad brought her android tab Toshiba something to me to help her find a similar app from google play, well after hours of searching …..well you know the…

  44. @Afewgoodmen – this is true but for the purposes for this exercise, we’re talking about the iPad and what are considered its limitations.

    I’m aware of people with other devices who transfer files and print via wifi or Bluetooth and rarely default to their PCs.

  45. @SweetDoc247 has said it all! Till today, Medscape is simply my best iOS applications!

    @Noni Another point of error again. I’m sure that you don’t know that the iPad and indeed even the iPhone can print wirelessly? All you need do is get a compatible wireless printer! It’s that simple. And that’s what i do most time in my office! We’re entering the post-PC era, and many of of us believe that the iPad has come to define that. Furthermore, with the announcement of iOS 6, sometime in June, I believe we will be getting closer to the Post-PC World as never before!

  46. This Post-Pc era gist dey vex me atimes. Everybody be screaming touchscreen is the way to go, yet they be producing portable qwerty keypad cases like no man’s bizness!

  47. @Afewgoodmen – ah, you’re unaware that I’m aware that most devices with wireless and bluetooth can indeed print – shock horror! That’s not my point however. If I’m correct, you stated that, like everywhere else, we learn our own ways around the limitations within our Nigerian environment. And as I have said before, how I use a device in Nigeria differs when I’m not there because of my options.

    The way I see it, if someone wants the “simplicity” of an iPad, the new iPad is the better bet. iOS may set the benchmark for others to follow, but I’m not holding my breath on iOS 6 to work miracles.

    The post-pc era maybe real to you and the field in which you operate, but not all of us inhabit that world. To many of us post-pc world still is and continues to be a myth. At best we get to hot desk and a laptop!

  48. @Sweetdoct247:

    A colleague of mine after having a Medscape experience on my iPad brought her android tab Toshiba something to me to help her find a similar app from google play, well after hours of searching … ..well you know the…

    My take on this is that you either want to sway your colleague with your choice or you didn’t do a good job of the search. Take a look at this link and come and tell me what you think: http://www.androidauthority.com/best-android-apps-doctors-physicians-health-professionals-88851/.

    And I didn’t have to search for hours.

  49. @Chuks – the post-pc era is as happening as the paperless office and “working from home” – can be done by very few and isn’t realistic for the majority. That’s why, if we ever get past PCs and paper and non-office based working, there will always be something else to surmount – like the limitations of technology.

    If you knew how long these terms have been bandied around….

  50. A colleague of mine after having a Medscape experience on my iPad brought her android tab Toshiba something to me to help her find a similar app from google play, well after hours of searching …..well you know the…

    @Sweetdoct247:

    Just to correct that wrong assertion, MedScape for Android exists. See http://is.gd/UXd7uj

  51. Medscape, skyscape, epocrates are all available for Android. I have them on my galaxy tab.

  52. @ Afewgoodmen,
    ” @Austine Ezemelue It is sad that you do not know how to use your iPad”
    I never wrote that I have an iPad. However, I have used one before for a considerable length of time, and I have an iPod touch (which is quite similar to an iPad). I know iPad can transfer files via WiFi, print via wifi and transfer files to PC via apps like USB disk.
    However, are you aware that files transferred or printed via WiFi count towards you data usage. I that the hard way, and was shocked.

  53. @Sweetdoct247,

    I have a Galaxy Note and I have Medscape installed. I also have Epocrates, Skyscape, and Prognosis installed on it. I once used symbian S60v5 and I had Skyscape installed. What we are saying is iPad/iPhone has more medical apps than any other platform. So as a doctor, you feel very much at home with Apple products.

    Let’s face it, there is no tablet out there that beats iPad when it comes to tablet functions. We all know how others have been trying without success to kill the iPad. It its not that good nobody would want to compare themselves with it let alone try to kill it. Most people including myself in the past condemn iPad without experiencing it. Experience is the best teacher.

  54. Now that we are clearly done!can we all go home.Aftarall the devil still believes he was unlawfully-without fair hearing defeated and thrown out of Heaven.

  55. Wow! Mister Mobility sure knows how to get people’s blood pressure up. Our innocent amusement in the forum -” the funtastic group”(bashing iPad+users) could never have measured up to what we are getting here. Shades of opinion, facts, references, and even false info all present and interplaying. Some guys would need a bottle or two to keep their pressure down after participating here and some would leave beating their chests the king kong style. 😀

  56. Let’s face it, there is no tablet out there that beats iPad when it comes to tablet functions.

    Well if I ask you to define tablet functions now, you will most likely start with an Apple/iOS tainted view.

    If we truly are in the post PC era, then interoperability should be one key defining feature. USB connection port(s), I unfettered Bluetooth file transfer with other compatible devices is another and of course USB Mass Storage. All these are functions lacking on iPad/iOS devices.

    So what are the functions tablets that iPad/iOS devices have that is lacking in other platform, Android and Symbian in particular.

  57. @Austine Ezemulue I don’t know what Mobile platform or kind of router that you use for your hotspot, but I hope you know that you can create WiFi hotspots without an Internet connection?!!?

    This “no-Internet” WiFi functionality is possible with some Android smartphones or the Starcomms router. If you knew of this, I’m sure you wouldn’t have wasted your data that way. You can print wirelessly via WiFi or send & receive files via WiFi without the need for Internet connection and then waste of data.

    @Henry Echemco that scenario you described could easily be solved using WiFi. If no WiFi, then the iPad connector kit (similar to USB on-the-go) can come to the rescue! And by the way, who goes out without a flash drive this days?

    Yes, I’ve always mentioned that Android is a credible alternative to Android for me. But Blacberry or Symbian/Belle just doesn’t cut it!

    @Deaoladoctor has Succintly said it all! If the iPad wasn’t that compelling, then why buy it? If you don’t like it, then don’t condem it or call it trash!

  58. I would want to call this epic drama – ‘The Clash of the Doctors’

    AfewGoodmen, Deoladoctor, Chukwudi Uduegbunam, Austine Ezemulue, Sweetdoct247:. ALL DOCTORS!

    Maybe Mr. Mobility’s next Mobilista Story should bear that title!

  59. I am neither bashing any platform, nite clashing with anybody (I got the joke anyway), I’m just expressing my honest opinion. Like I said before, the iPad is a great tablet and I love it (design and display). Developers are also slightly biased in its favor. But the truth is that there is nothing you can do with an iPad that you cannot accomplish using a galaxy tab. However, on the other hand, there are things you can do (natively or otherwise) with a galaxy tab which cannot be accomplished with an iPad.

  60. But the truth is that there is nothing you can do with an iPad that you cannot accomplish using a galaxy tab. However, on the other hand, there are things you can do (natively or otherwise) with a galaxy tab which cannot be accomplished with an iPad.

    E.g Simple file transfer

    Shikena!!!

  61. ” But the truth is that there is nothing you can do with an iPad that you cannot accomplish using a galaxy tab. However, on the other hand, there are things you can do (natively or otherwise) with a galaxy tab which cannot be accomplished with an iPad.”

    Simply put and summarises this.

    The earlier description of an Ipad being a glorified web-surfer Was quite harsh

  62. I’m really enjoying this argument. my own view is that the ipad doesn’t justify the amout u pay for it if we are looking at it in the Nigerian context (data is expensive and sluggish). if we are truly talking about a post-pc era. its not all about the great apps, the connectivity, the ease of transfer of your files from your ipad to your pc matters a lot. apple has America and Europe in my mind with their designs. I bet they are not thinking of that guy in a village in Sudan who wants to use an ipad too.

  63. Too many geeks in here that it is becoming hot.By virtue of hindsight,I think I now know while Mr Mobility wanted so seriously to start the Mobilista series ie to attrack more traffic but of a different hue.We need those laymen who use and enjoy their gadget to talk to us about them.A different perspective from all these other fellas will be very welcome.

  64. Steve Jobs made people change their habit and they love him for that. The way we do things is free to change. Ipad is not for the people complaining about it. They don’t care about you, the basher.

  65. @shayman: I quite disagree when you say “Apple had America and Europe in mind in their designs”. The I-pad was designed to be a universal form-factor that will appeal to a global reach..I’m pretty sure Jobs didn’t set out to conquer the Americas alone. As regarding the “inadequacies” of the Ipad, I thinks its more of a question of the inadequacies of our financial and technological eco-systems. With our mobile payment systems are still crappy, our tech-depth viz-a-viz software development still in its infancy, the “wonders” of an Ipad will remain largely out of the reach of most Nigerians…

  66. The apple fan boys are on the defensive here.
    This is really not platform bashing. I stand corrected but the crux of this argument is based on the simple fact that the ipad lacks a simple file transfer system.

    In an earlier article by Mr Mobility, I quote:

    No Phone Application
    The 3G version of the iPad has a built-in 2G/3G radio, so you can use your
    SIM and network data. This is great. The not-so-great news is that there is
    no phone application/menu. That means forget about using USSD codes,
    e.g. *555*PIN#, to load airtime on your SIM.

    No SMS Application

    True. There is no SMS application on the iPad either, so you cannot
    activate a data bundle by sending the specified SMS codes to the specified
    number e.g. 101 to 131 on the MTN network.

    Yes; it is more of Apple’s silly ways of turning otherwise simple things into
    a nightmare.

  67. Hmmmmm, so much comments.

    The iPad is gorgeous, but if it does not fit into your way of life it will certainly frustrate you.

    A person used to getting mp3 via Bluetooth, downloading pirated movies, not used to paying for apps and does not even own a PC cant enjoy the iPad to the fullest.

  68. @Keweno..You DO NOT have to send any sms to activate any bundle bro. The micro SIMS come with SIM applications that allow you to recharge your SIM, check your airtime balance etc. I use Globacom micro SIM and whenever I want to activate a bundle, all i do is launch my Safari and I will automatically be redirected to the Glo HSI page. From there, I subscribe to the bundle of my choice. From the bookmarked HSI page, I also track my data usage as well as my data history. What else do you need?

    @bosun99uk..true talk there bro.

    I keep enjoying my iPad the more because I know my way round the limitations.

    With my GoodReader app, I download anything online from any url and enjoy it on my iPad if compatible with the iPad. I access the files on my PC once I connect my iPad to iTunes.

    The free CloudON app integrated with the Dropbox app enables me to work with office docs and store them in the cloud. I access the files anywhere in as much as I can access dropbox.com

    I don’t need the bluetooth because with my smartphone, I can receive anything via bluetooth and when am with my laptop, I can sync it to my iPad. Nevertheless, the bluetooth is still useful because it allows me to share internet with my smartphones.

    If you are using an iPad and you do not know how to copy and paste from it, then you DO NOT know how to use an iPad. Just go and learn iPad gestures.

    If you have a PC and smartphone, you will enjoy your iPad even without jailbreaking it.

    I only enjoy pinging and downloading with my BB.

  69. @ Jide Ogunsanya
    The micro SIM application probably works with only Glo (since you said you use Glo). I have tried it with Etisalat before and it did not work. As for subscribing for internet via the web portal, Glo is also the only network that has that facility. I don’t think anybody has said on this forum that iPad cannot do copy and paste. If you have to use your smartphone to receive a file then transfer to your laptop, don’t you think that is an unnecessary limitation?

  70. @Austine

    Sorry bro. I misquoted the “…I can’t copy something out of it” from the screenshot in the post. That one also is a false statement.

    Concerning the unnecessary limitation you mentioned, that is why it will certainly frustrate you if it does not fit into your way of life. If I use my phone to receive a file, I move it to the Dropbox folder on my smartphone and access it on my iPad instantly via the Dropbox for iPad without using my laptop. Still not satisfied?

  71. “Apple’s recent products, especially their mobile iOS devices, are like beautiful crystal prisons, with a wide range of restrictions imposed by the OS, the hardware, and Apple’s contracts with carriers as well as contracts with developers. Only users who can hack or “jailbreak” their devices can escape these limitations.”

    “Apple changed the way we think about mobile computing with the iPhone, but they have also lead the charge in creating restrictive computers and restrictive marketplaces for software,” “You may have purchased an iPad, but unless you’ve exploited a vulnerability in iOS to jailbreak it, there are many things you cannot install on it. The App Store has thousands of apps to choose from, but your choices are limited to apps that both Apple has approved, and which can function without ‘root’ or ‘administrator’ privileges.”

    ………Electronic Frontier Foundation

  72. @Soji
    Concerning the unnecessary limitation you mentioned, that is why it will certainly frustrate you if it does not fit into your way of life. If I use my phone to receive a file, I move it to the Dropbox folder on my smartphone and access it on my iPad instantly via the Dropbox for iPad without using my laptop. Still not satisfied?

    That is use of internet data (costs money) which would not have been necessary if Bluetooth file transfer was allowed in the 1st place.
    By the way iPad (or iOS) does not have exclusive access to drop box or other cloud storage.

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