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  • 16 reasons NOT to buy a new iPad

    Iím on your side, kids. Itís time for some truth. Letís shut down that reality distortion field and save you some money. Letís get started.
    I was brought up with a few basic lessons. Donít touch the hot stove. Look both ways before crossing the street. And just because all your friends want to jump off a cliff, that doesnít mean you should, too.

    To be fair, most of the lessons my mom tried to teach me didnít stick. To her credit, she tried, oh, did she try. But I was something of a problem child. All these years later, I can simply respect and honor her effort. Itís not my momís fault I turned out the way I did. Mama tried.
    I tell you this because about 55 million of your fellow tech consumers have been lining up like lemmings, getting ready to jump off the iPad cliff, once again. Donít get me wrong. I acknowledge that there is some value to an iPad. But just because all your friends are buying the latest and greatest ďnewĒ iPad (what we previously thought would be the iPad 3), that doesnít mean you have to, as well.

    Every other tech pundit and reviewer in the business will be out there trying to tell you why you should buy an iPad. They figure that if they suck up to Apple enough, perhaps, some day, a 20-something, wet-behind-the-ears Apple PR droid will bless them with a returned call or email. At that point, that lucky reviewer will be able to check off the most elusive of bucket list items.

    Not me. Iíve had my fill of Apple PR reps, back when I headed up some Apple projects and later as a member of the press. I went through the foggy-late-night-outside-the-garage-Foster-City-swap-of-useless-press-materials-with-cute-PR-women phase, and Iím long over it. Iím here to speak truth to you. If that means I get yelled at again by yet another Apple enforcer, so be it.

    Iím on your side, kids. Itís time for some truth. Letís get started.

    Reason 1: You already have an iPad

    Letís face the elephant in the room first. The odds are, you already have an iPad. And, if youíre reading this, youíre either an iPad phanboi just looking for something to get steamed about, or youíre an iPad user who already upgraded once from the first iPad to the iPad 2. Either way, you have an iPad.
    The iPad 2 adds a few interesting features: a higher-resolution display (weíll get to that in a minute) and 4G/LTE wireless (weíll get to that in a minute, too). The bottom line is that you really canít do very much more with the new iPad than you can with the iPad 2, so save your shekels and just use an iPad 2.

    Reason 2: The retina display is mostly marketing hype

    If you want to see the phanbois erupt, itíll be over this. But hear me out. Yes, I know there are more pixels on this beast than on HDTVs. And yes, I know there are more pixels on this display than most 24″ computer displays.
    But. The. Screen. Is. Still. Only. Nine. Inches.
    Just how many photographs are you really going to look at and ooh and ah about? Is it really worth dumping your older iPad just so you can show off the exciting new display? Youíre probably not doing advanced scientific work, where the high resolution will be important. And sure, you might find text slightly crisper, but is that worth throwing out your existing iPad?
    Even worse, many applications wonít support the higher-resolution display, so youíre likely to actually see images that look worse on the retina display than they did on the iPad 2.
    So, yes, the iPadís retina display is an amazing technological achievement. But so is being able chunk punkins 5,545.43 feet across a field. Not everyone needs to do that, either.

    Reason 3: High-res apps will take more memory

    Fine, if youíre still not convinced, make sure you buy the bigger, more expensive iPad, because all those high-res images in apps (and magazines and books) are going to take a boatload more storage. And sure, some of that storage will be in iCloud, but a lot of it will need to be stored right on the device.
    If you bought a 16GB machine back in the day, youíre probably now going to want a 64GB machine. That starts to get quite expensive, quite quickly.

    Reason 4: 4G/LTE is expensive

    Speaking of expensive, wait until you get a-load of those 4G/LTE bills. Sure, you can stream 1080p Netflix over the 4G/LTE networks, but you do know youíre paying for your data, right? When you wake up at the end of the month with a ginormous data bill because you decided to use the 4G/LTE on your new iPad, youíll wonder why you didnít listen to my recommendation to stay away.
    Keep in mind that if you have 4G/LTE on your non-Apple smartphone, youíre moving a lot less data than you would on a new iPad. Because the screen resolution is so much higher on the new iPad, if you want to take full advantage of it, youíll be eating 4-8 times the data load each month than you would have on a 4G/LTE phone ó if not a lot more than that, especially if you get it into your head that the iPad is a laptop replacement.

    Reason 5: 4G/LTE doesnít work in a lot of places

    For those living in a major metropolitan area, 4G/LTE is all the rage. But if you happen to stray outside these districts, youíre in a wireless wasteland. All that money you spent on a 4G/LTE iPad wonít do you a lick of good. Youíd be just as successful stringing twine between two iPads and shouting into the microphone icon.

    Reason 6: The porn issue

    Look, someone had to say this, so it might as well be me. Apple has a major thing against porn, wanting its devices to be family friendly. What does that mean for you pervs out there?
    Well, if you thought that oh-so-wonderful retina display could be used to render naughty images in super-duper-pervo-vision, youíre wrong. Apple is blocking all the potential apps that would take advantage of the retina display, so go on back down to your Momís basement and wait until Samsung brings out a high-res display for one of their Android tablets.

    Reason 7: The size

    Thereís another factor here, and thatís size. The iPad isnít necessarily the optimum size for reading books or consuming content. Itís far bigger than most pocket books and considerably smaller than most magazines. Further, the new iPad is 7% thicker than the iPad 2 and 8% heavier.
    There is a reason that Amazon brought out the Kindle Fire in a 7-inch form-factor. Itís a lot easier to read books using a smaller, lighter display.

    Reason 8: iPad 2 accessories wonít necessarily work

    Because the new iPad is just slightly bigger than the iPad 2, youíll need to be very careful when selecting accessories to buy with it, in particular sleek cases and sleeves. Not everything you get will fit ó and beware unscrupulous vendors trying to dump old inventory by simply relabeling it as ďnew iPad compatibleĒ.

    Reason 9: Itís still not 16◊9

    Amazingly, the new iPad, with itís oh-so-revolutionary retina display, still presents information in an obsolete 4◊3 format. Virtually no TV, and no monitor (and certainly no movie) is presented in 4◊3 format anymore. That stuff went out years ago.
    That means that if you want to use the super-sexy retina display to watch a 1080p movie, youíre either going to be forced to watch the movie in letterbox form, using the incredible capability of the retina display to display black bars ó or youíll have to crop off the sides of the movie to see the detail in full screen.

    Either way, the 4◊3 format of the iPadís display is disturbingly anachronistic.

    Reasons 10-16: Still limited after all these years

    Many of the iPadís limitations still exist, even three revisions into whatís clearly a highly successful design. As much mainstream adoption of the iPad as thereís been, the device is still spectacularly limited in some important areas:


    • Reason 10: Thereís still no USB port
    • Reason 11: You still have to use iTunes too often
    • Reason 12: Thereís still no removable storage
    • Reason 13: Kindles are still much less expensive
    • Reason 14: You can still only run software approved by Apple
    • Reason 15: It still canít be used as a standalone computer
    • Reason 16: Apple still wonít let you write or run programs that execute programs
    Although the new iPad does open more doors for content creators than ever before, itís still very limited, both in terms of execution and in terms of Appleís still-draconian Big Brother user policies.

    Source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/diy-it/16-...lier-ipads/462
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. este00's Avatar
      este00 -
      This is drivel.
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      What the hell, they're still using 4x3 display?!
    1. Quarterquack's Avatar
      Quarterquack -
      Quote Originally Posted by este00 View Post
      This is drivel.
      Bingo. The writer is 4.
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      Missing from the write-up here:

      Quote Originally Posted by zdnet View Post
      Yes, I’ve ordered one

      We’re big on disclosures here at ZDNet, so I’ll disclose that I did order a new iPad. I didn’t buy the iPad 2 and although I have very little use for my old iPad 1 (I use it in the teleprompter, and that’s all), I bought the new model because I felt that if I’m going to write about it, I need to have one here.

      But I’ll be honest. If I didn’t have an editorial need to cover the thing, I never would have bought one. I much prefer real computers that can be used to do real work.
    1. wizard2k's Avatar
      wizard2k -
      one word that will sell ipad3 and that is because people are ..........

      sheep

      that is all.
    1. bobbintb's Avatar
      bobbintb -
      you really only need one reason not to buy it.

      Quote Originally Posted by wizard2k View Post
      one word that will sell ipad3 and that is because people are ..........

      sheep

      that is all.
      im hoping they all start to scatter, now that their herder is dead.
    1. Funkin''s Avatar
      Funkin' -
      I can't believe that there are people that buy every single new iteration of this gadget. I haven't bought a single one yet. I mean, if some black guy came up to me and said he had a hot one and would sell it to for me fifty bucks, then yeah, I would buy it. But there's no way I'm spending hundreds of dollars on it.

      This just goes to show how many Apple idiots there are out there...
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      Quote Originally Posted by Funkin' View Post
      I can't believe that there are people that buy every single new iteration of this gadget. I haven't bought a single one yet. I mean, if some black guy came up to me and said he had a hot one and would sell it to for me fifty bucks, then yeah, I would buy it. But there's no way I'm spending hundreds of dollars on it.

      This just goes to show how many Apple idiots there are out there...
      If a black guy came up to me I'd immediately hand him my wallet, I would have assumed the item he was concealing a weapon.
    1. sandman_1's Avatar
      sandman_1 -
      Yes, I know there are more pixels on this beast than on HDTVs.
      My TV, a Samsung PN50A650 50" plasma that I bought in 2010, has 3,150,000 HD-pixels.

      Cell Defects
      The PDP uses a panel consisting of 1,230,000(SD-level) to 3,150,000(HD-level) pixels which require sophisticated
      technology to produce. However, there may be a few bright or dark pixels on the screen. These pixels will have no impact
      on the performance of the product.
      I don't know if it is for redundancy or what. So if mine has that many, then I am sure other TV's probably do to. It is a moot point though because HDTV's go by the ATSC standard. I don't know why that is a selling point with Apple because it is all hype. Let me see, do I want to watch a movie on my 50" plasma or on my little rinky dink 9" tablet?
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      I thought pixels were just pixels, there's no such thing as an HD-pixel or an SD-pixel. Please explain if I'm retardedly wrong about this.
    1. eliminist's Avatar
      eliminist -
      16 reasons why this article is stupid

      1. I actually dont have an ipad. nuff said
      2. Your actually complaining that the screen is too small. Do u realise its a tablet and not a tv..?
      3. Sure ill give this one to you, but whos to say your going to actually download these high res apps, u have the option not to...
      4. I wasnt planning on getting a 4g version anyway as its incompatible with my countries existing 4g network.
      5. Read No. 4.
      6. There are porn apps? Theres a thing called the internet....
      7. Before you were complaining about it being too small, now its too big, make up your mind...
      8. Ppl have already said that existing covers still fit. so....
      9.Fine you got me here, but i dont think i would be watching too many movies on my ipad due to the time consuming transfer process, besides i wouldnt really think that this is a dealbreaker..
      10-16. These are all reasons to not buy existing ipads, not the NEW one.

      And before u screamfan boy, no, just no

      I like duh pee cee's.


      P.S. I know the articles not from here, but seeing as i already have an account, ill just post here.
    1. sandman_1's Avatar
      sandman_1 -
      @mjmacky

      Dude, I was wondering the same fucking thing but thats what the fucking manual says so...

      That and I am fucking drunk off my ass right now... lol
    1. dr_zoidberg's Avatar
      dr_zoidberg -
      10-16 hit the nail right on the head.
      The fact that the ipad doesn't have any features that are/have been standard with every other device is ridiculous. Especially the lack of removable storage or usb port.
      What gets me is that people are dishing out almost $900 for a device that realistically doesn't do a single thing more than the device they purchased a year or two ago.
    1. Funkin''s Avatar
      Funkin' -
      Quote Originally Posted by mjmacky View Post
      If a black guy came up to me I'd immediately hand him my wallet
      Really? Because I'd immediately ask him what kind of drugs he's selling. The ones around here are always good for something... They don't want to rob you, they want you as a returning customer.
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      Quote Originally Posted by Funkin' View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by mjmacky View Post
      If a black guy came up to me I'd immediately hand him my wallet
      Really? Because I'd immediately ask him what kind of drugs he's selling. The ones around here are always good for something... They don't want to rob you, they want you as a returning customer.
      There's a lot of racial tension here, a white man cannot openly assume the black man is selling drugs. If that inquiry took place, the black man will pull out his pistol and probably shoot, then run away with his drugs.
    1. turin's Avatar
      turin -
      16 good reasons!
    1. luv2blze's Avatar
      luv2blze -
      Quote Originally Posted by sandman_1 View Post
      My TV, a Samsung PN50A650 50" plasma that I bought in 2010, has 3,150,000 HD-pixels.

      Cell Defects
      The PDP uses a panel consisting of 1,230,000(SD-level) to 3,150,000(HD-level) pixels which require sophisticated
      technology to produce. However, there may be a few bright or dark pixels on the screen. These pixels will have no impact
      on the performance of the product.
      I don't know if it is for redundancy or what. So if mine has that many, then I am sure other TV's probably do to. It is a moot point though because HDTV's go by the ATSC standard. I don't know why that is a selling point with Apple because it is all hype. Let me see, do I want to watch a movie on my 50" plasma or on my little rinky dink 9" tablet?


      Quote Originally Posted by mjmacky View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Funkin' View Post

      Really? Because I'd immediately ask him what kind of drugs he's selling. The ones around here are always good for something... They don't want to rob you, they want you as a returning customer.
      There's a lot of racial tension here, a white man cannot openly assume the black man is selling drugs. If that inquiry took place, the black man will pull out his pistol and probably shoot, then run away with his drugs.
      Racist Dickheads. If a bald white guy came up to me trying to sell me shit, would it be wrong to assume he's a skin head about to lynche me? Again, racist dickheads. I wonder if you guys have the balls to actually say this to a black man's face. It's usually how white racists are. You hide behind your keyboards, like little bitches. I really wish I could talk to you "girls" in person to see how real you are with your views.
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      Quote Originally Posted by luv2blze View Post
      Racist Dickheads. If a bald white guy came up to me trying to sell me shit, would it be wrong to assume he's a skin head about to lynche me? Again, racist dickheads. I wonder if you guys have the balls to actually say this to a black man's face. It's usually how white racists are. You hide behind your keyboards, like little bitches. I really wish I could talk to you "girls" in person to see how real you are with your views.
      Truth is, half of my current black friends are from Africa (for a total count of 1, I don't have a lot of friends), and they find my racist humor pretty hilarious. Another true story, I used to go up behind black girls in my high school and whisper into their ear, nigger, in a rising comedic tone, suffice it to say I was pretty popular with black girls. It would seemingly make little sense to you, who has absolutely no context at his disposal, but should be cleared up with the fact that I don't do the same thing with complete strangers. Also, do you always dive in that deep like an idiot?
    1. sandman_1's Avatar
      sandman_1 -
      LOL, why did you quote me?
    1. spacemann's Avatar
      spacemann -
      Why did you waste your time typing this out? You're assuming a lot. I don't own an iPad, never have. I've been waiting for a model to come out with a retina display so for me the wait is over. I've getting a 64GB model and I'll enjoy every minute of using it.

      Enjoy your wait for a Samsung wannabe model