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The State of iPad Satisfaction 443

harrymcc writes "We know that the iPad is selling like hotcakes, but how satisfied are the people who buy it? Over at Technologizer, we conducted a survey of 6,000 iPad early adopters. There are a few places where they were critical — the majority, for instance, aren't happy with Apple's App Store approval process. Overall, however, they're overwhelmingly upbeat."
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The State of iPad Satisfaction

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  • Flawed survey (Score:3, Insightful)

    by BearRanger ( 945122 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @11:50AM (#32745682)

    Why would most end users care about the App Store approval process? If you're surveying developers say that you're surveying developers. Oh wait, is it just that the Slashdot summary is wrong? Thought so.

    Don't survey a subset of the users and then generalize that to all users. It's inherently unfair.

    (no, I don't have an iPad and probably never will)

  • Personally (Score:5, Insightful)

    by COMON$ ( 806135 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @11:51AM (#32745714) Journal
    I am waiting for the android based tablets. We have already seen one with the dell streak and from what I hear they are going to release a series:

    Dell tends to make pretty good devices (contrary to the article yesterday), that are very usefull and well designed. So hopefully this will start a good series of android style tablets. This probably wont hurt the apple market but at least it will deliver a useful tablet to those of us who don't want to fight the app store and want some more options.

  • Re:Flawed survey (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @11:52AM (#32745734)

    Yeah, as an end-user, I LIKE the App Store and appreciate Apple's filtering process.

  • Re:3G Reception? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ScrewMaster ( 602015 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @11:58AM (#32745850)

    Other than the fact that I'm stuck with AT&T, I really like it.

    A bittersweet phenomenon. Much as I dislike Apple Computer, the iPad is a cool product, and it's unfortunate the Jobs went with AT&T. Then again, what are the options for a nationwide network provider? Verizon? Please. Sprint? I don't think so. I'm currently on T-Mobile (and I'm very happy with their services, both voice and data) but I doubt they could handle the load of millions of crazed iPad/iPhone users all crying out for their streaming this and streaming that.

    Of course ... neither can AT&T.

  • by Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe ( 1055918 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:01PM (#32745894) Homepage
    How many users even know about the App Store *approval process*. Hmm? I'm an iPhone developer, and it bugs me to no end. But how the hell would an end user know? They have no way of interacting with the App Store's approval process, just the "storefront", so to speak. If a large enough number of respondents were dissatisfied with that, then I question who they solicited.
  • really? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by sharp3 ( 1195261 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:01PM (#32745914)
    Why would the average iPad consumer care about the app approval process? The average iPad buyer is not a developer. If that's the best complaint that they can manufacture in this article, I'm inclined to say this is an anti-Apple article with questionable researching techniques. Although, I didn't RTFA, so maybe I missed something.
  • by LS1 Brains ( 1054672 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:04PM (#32745956)
    I haven't started developing for the iPad, although after being a user for the past 2 months I honestly think it's an outstanding platform to focus attention on.

    The UI is buttery smooth. This is one thing EVERY other device I've put hands on doesn't even come close to getting right. Android is wonderful, and I love it - but the UI just isn't as fluid and responsive. This may not change how the device works but it certainly changes how you perceive the device is working. I see it every time someone uses an Android phone (myself included): click, click again because it didn't give you immediate feedback or response. Turn the device sideways, wait a couple seconds, flip it back and forth a couple times because the display didn't rotate. Things like that are minor in 'tech, but huge in usability.

    The tougher process of getting an app INTO the iTunes app store I honestly think is helping weed out the lower grade fluff we find in the Android market. How many times have you gone looking through apps, found something that looked pretty good, installed it, and it was crap? How many reviews on the Android Market read something like this: Force closes, one star!. It's the same problem with all the various free Windows software that's everywhere on the net. You have more choice, but you have more choices of crap. If people are going to spend the time, money, and effort to get an app into Apple's store, they're more likely to make sure it's something that's worth being there. They want to get paid, after all.

    Getting back to end-users, of which I've been exclusively since this thing launched -- it really is awesome. I carry it instead of a laptop nearly every time I would have taken my laptop. I carry it now when I wouldn't have carried anything before, simply because I can. Then again, if I had an iPhone I'd probably leave it home more often. Regardless, the beauty is being able to do real work on it (email, web-based enterprise apps, etc.) without having to take anything else with me. No power cord, no problem - I get a full day PLUS worth of power out of the battery. Battery life + 3G + usable screen size (1024x768 means my work webapps fit perfectly) + a very usable on-screen keyboard = happy camper.
  • Re:Flawed survey (Score:2, Insightful)

    by byuu ( 1455609 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:11PM (#32746104)

    as an end-user, I LIKE the App Store and appreciate Apple's filtering process

    And if Apple were to allow you to install apps from other sources, what harm would that cause you? Just continue only going to the Apple Store.

    And to the grandparent, end users would care about the approval process because it directly affects what applications they can receive. For instance, if I wanted Flash, or tethering, or an emulator, I would be gravely concerned with said policy.

  • Re:3G Reception? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by 0100010001010011 ( 652467 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:14PM (#32746136)

    Once again, Apple didn't choose AT&T because they were the best. Back in 2006, long before the iPhone release when Apple was shopping around for a provider Cingular was the only phone company that agreed to let Apple have complete control over the phone AND agreed to upgrade their voice mail system to handle visual voice mail. AT&T bought Cingular out and honored the contract. It was a Huge gamble, but paid off. It could have easily flopped and AT&T would have been screwed out of the money they paid to upgrade their servers and such.

    After the failed Abortion that was the Rockr Jobs didn't want anyone else building an "Apple" phone.

    Rumors are that Sprint respectfully declined while the Verizon CEO basically a huge asshole in declining. AT&T even declined, they just managed to pick it up when the Cingular 'merger/buyout' went through.

  • by BasilBrush ( 643681 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:16PM (#32746162)

    unlike the pathetic iPadophiles that actually stand in line to spend their money to a corporation

    And what particular non-corporation made device are you surfing the internet with today? CPU was hand-crafted by an artisan was it?

    Poor old iPad owners. Fancy buying something and finding some time later that you like 98% of the other buyers are satisfied with it. Must be truly awful. How terrible for them it must be to be so excited about a new piece of technology that they stand in line to buy it. If only they could have spent that time whining on Slashdot instead.

  • Skewed Question (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Cogneato ( 600584 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:16PM (#32746164) Homepage

    The story pulls a clever choice of data -- "the majority aren't happy with Apple's App Store approval process", when in reality the vast majority (85%ish) of people answered with the two answers that are the most positive towards the app store (Not a problem at all and minor problem). The fact is that the possible answers that they could give were skewed towards the negative:

    Not a problem at all
    Minor problem
    Major problem

    So, your summary basically says that "of the four possible answers, the majority of people picked from three of them", which is not all that impressive of a feat. Suppose the possible answers were instead:

    I prefer to have apps reviewed before purchasing or downloading them
    I'm neutral on the app store
    Minor problem
    Major problem

    By adding a positive answer, rather than a slightly above neutral answer, you change the skew of the response. By have a great majority of negative answers, someone who has not completely formed their opinion will be more likely to say, "huh, I had never thought of it before, but since there are so many negative possible answers, there must be a problem."

  • Early adopters (Score:5, Insightful)

    by psavo ( 162634 ) <> on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:18PM (#32746206) Homepage
    FFS. These people are _early adopters_. They'll eat shit, thank you and grin happily.
  • by Gulthek ( 12570 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:19PM (#32746214) Homepage Journal

    I'm not disagreeing with #2, but I don't get your use cases. Why print an email or directions, don't you have your iPad?

  • by pbhogan ( 976384 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:24PM (#32746306)
    "the majority for instance, aren't happy with Apple's App Store approval process" The majority? Really? "Forty-one percent think it’s a minor issue" and 43% don't think it's an issue at all. So 84% barely care or don't. Chances are the 16% who think it's a major/unacceptable problem are irate developers or people who just hate any kind of controlling authority. And actually it looks like they can't count since about 2-3% had no opinion: 84 + 16 + 3 = 103% What I read into this is consumers really don't care about the approval process. Why would they? They have 200,000+ apps and more flooding in every day.
  • Re:Flawed survey (Score:3, Insightful)

    by BasilBrush ( 643681 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:27PM (#32746350)

    And if Apple were to allow you to install apps from other sources, what harm would that cause you? Just continue only going to the Apple Store.

    Right now he can install 100% of iP* apps. Under your scenario, a percentage of the apps that would otherwise be available to him through Apple's App Store would be distributed from other stores, and thus be out of bounds.

    If he gave in to temptation to relax his standards at at any time, in order to run any of these non-app store apps, he's become vulnerable to phishing and trojans.

    Most iP* users are like the GP. They like the fact that there is a safe, one-stop shop for all apps. Most of the people clamouring for multiple stores are committed free-software types from slashdot who wouldn't buy an iP* anyway.

  • Re:Personally (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:27PM (#32746352) Homepage

    That tablet is utter crap. I used one for 4 weeks and sent it back for a full refund. I then tried several others.... they all suck right now.

    Yes you still need to wait. What is available is junk right now.

  • by Wovel ( 964431 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:38PM (#32746536) Homepage

    Good sarcasm is timely, relevant, and factual. Yours meets none of those criteria. Oh and usually (but not always funny).

  • It's still too new (Score:3, Insightful)

    by erroneus ( 253617 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:39PM (#32746560) Homepage

    People haven't had time to get tired of them yet. There are lots and lots of cool gadgets in the world and for a wide variety of them, they are cool for a short time. Only a very select few in history have emerged from the pile as "indispensable." Among these are the palm pilot and later the blackberry. iPod is a very risky move because it is significantly larger than things that fit in pockets.

  • by cowscows ( 103644 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:40PM (#32746590) Journal

    So what? As long as you're upfront about the inherent bias in your sample, there still might be some value in your poll.

  • by Wovel ( 964431 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:44PM (#32746648) Homepage

    I am not sure you would find a single iPad buyer who felt they were sticking it to the man. Most of them were buying a consumer electronic device they felt would be useful and after using it for a month or two, they found that it was useful. This annoys the crap out of you because you had some strange unnatural urge to see it fail, so you denigrate all those people. Millions of people have purchased iPads and our happy with them. If you chose to believe it is because they are not as smart as you, they have medications that will help with your delusions.

  • by Wovel ( 964431 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:45PM (#32746670) Homepage

    They know about it because the question was asked. It sounds like something you should not like , so they said they didn't. A fairly obvious case of observer influence. You have to know for certain the subject of a poll independently knows what something is or any question you ask about it is totally invalid.

  • Re:Flawed survey (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Missing.Matter ( 1845576 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:53PM (#32746798)
    What about it do you like? Despite an approval process, the app store is saturated with buggy, poorly designed, applications. Not to mention the spammers, who somehow get hundreds of cookie cutter apps approved daily. The only the the app store approval process does is make sure apps don't interfere with Apple's business interests. It has nothing to do with quality of apps.
  • by BasilBrush ( 643681 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:57PM (#32746874)

    It's at a point, where the actual technology of the devices has become less relevant than owning said device. Kinda like having a Mercedes mainly for status, not for the actual engineering.

    98% satisfaction rating says that the technology of the device is good and is keeping customers happy after purchase. You are the one with the problem, not them. You don't know how good these devices are. Nor why people buy them.

  • Re:Private life (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cowscows ( 103644 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @12:58PM (#32746890) Journal

    *yawn* I don't know why you're worried, people like you keep telling everyone how much better Android is and how it's only a matter of months before Apple is eclipsed and irrelevant.

    But whatever. If it wasn't for Apple and their iOS, Android would probably still be the same crappy blackberry ripoff that it was when Google bought it, actual useful tablets would still be years away, and the US mobile phone landscape would still totally suck, instead of just mostly sucking like it does now.

  • by sean.peters ( 568334 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @01:05PM (#32746986) Homepage
    The conclusion of the article is that people really, really love their iPads for a whole bunch of reasons, and that they're less than completely delighted with a few aspects, one of which was the App store issue (and the biggest single response there was "it's a minor problem"). Anti-Apple article? Not hardly.
  • Re:3G Reception? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by stephanruby ( 542433 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @01:27PM (#32747384)

    It was a Huge gamble, but paid off.

    It was a Huge gamble, that's just too early to say if it paid off yet. Note that AT&T is paying Apple dearly for its iPhone/iPad exclusivity. As opposed to its Android phone for instance, it's not getting a dime from Apple's app store, and yet it still had to subsidize the iPhone heavily to get the exclusive privilege of selling the iPhone.

    And it's currently providing these deals at a loss for itself. The break even point is just around the corner of course, and analysts are optimistic that this deal will ultimately pay off (if current iPhone customers will remain with AT&T once their two-year contracts are up, and that's likely, but AT&T is not out of the woods just yet).

  • Re:3G Reception? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hmar ( 1203398 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @01:31PM (#32747444)
    I'm equally impressed with people's general inability to grasp that we are all individuals, with our own likes, dislikes, and priorities. What is a waste of money to you is a good choice for someone else. There is nothing negative about that, it means priorities differ. I won't be buying an ipad because the other priorities in my life far outweigh it, but I don't feel that people who make owning one a priority have some sort of problem. One man's junk is another man's treasure.
  • by cenobyte40k ( 831687 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @01:33PM (#32747490)
    The survey was mostly Mac only users. Is that because mostly only Mac lovers are buying the ipad or something else? In the end the only meaningful result from this survey is that Apple has fanboys that just repeat talking points back into the phone when answering surveys. This is not to say that the ipad is a good or bad product, just that the survey is worthless.
  • Re:Yawn (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @01:34PM (#32747504)

    Your combination of ignorance and spittle-spewing irrational vitriol makes you a target-rich environment for anyone armed with a bit of logic and a few facts.

    >>You have to face it sooner or later... Apple makes its money by being a lifestyle brand, like Levi or American Apparel or Gucci.

    Only a /. geek would sneer at "the masses" buying a "lifestyle brand" instead of something that "OMG! Can be rooted, overclocked, and turned into a Beowulf cluster" for the sheer geekiness of it. I'd bet money that you have more than one lifestyle brand product in your house. You just don't like this particular one. There are plenty of reasons why a technically minded person would want a Mac and even an iPad. You've just never bothered to figure out what they are, and if you don't have the drive to educate yourself, don't expect anyone else to do it for you.

    >>That's why it has pathetic enterprise support

    Apple never claimed to have make the enterprise one of its key markets. The enterprise made a decision two decades ago to go with IBM/Windows and not Apple; that done, why should Apple now spend all its time and money chasing a market segment that made its preferences perfectly clear? Just because they don't support your preferred market niche doesn't somehow make them evil.

    >>tries to lock out competition for it's platform

    Or, you know, just tries to make a serious effort at keeping trojans, viruses, phishing, badly-written apps that crash incessantly and don't perform as advertised, and all kinds of other nastiness off the platform as a service to its customers? I can't wait to start read all the /. comments that whining about malware screwing up their Android tablets next year.

    >>That's why it's a walled garden filled mostly with petty video games.

    Ironic, given that most anti-Mac critics often cited the lack of games as a reason why not to buy one. Now iOS has an absurd number of games on par with the Nintendo DS and its suddenly cause for criticism. There's no winning with you people. BTW, more than 50% of the 200,000 iOS apps in the App Store aren't games. But you obviously don't own an iOS device and so can't search the App Store, so I guess you wouldn't know that.

    >>It's an appliance for people who don't like the open endedness of computers.

    Yes, it's an appliance. Appliances by definition aren't meant to be "open." You really want a cheap, open product from Apple? Buy a Mac Mini and root it to your heart's content. But my guess is that you don't care about openness at the moment so much as you just care about bashing Apple.

    >>Apple users skim on the surface of computing.

    Except, you know, for the tens (hundreds?) of thousands of Apple developers; or the hundreds of thousands of IT Techs who prefer to use Macs to run their networks. Or these guys:

    Clearly, they're a bunch of idiots who can't find a power button without RFTM. Way to overgeneralize there, buddy.

    >>The problem is that Apple does not want standards, it wants control.

    Yeah, that's why Apple just released it's iOS FaceTime protocol as an open standard. And that's why Apple makes Unix the foundation for both MacOS and iOS. And that's why Apple integrated over a hundred open source projects into the OS. And that's why Apple drives public development of Clang and LLVM and Webkit and...oh, forget it. Just visit this page:

    Not that I expect you to want to educate yourself on Apple's considerable contributions to open source.

    >>It does not want everyone to create art, it wants everyone to buy Final Cut and use it on a Mac Pro to create art.

    And Apple does what to stop people from creating art using something other than Macs and iPads? Burns down paintbrush factories? Congratulations, you've officially crossed the line into non-sensical ranting.

    There is nothing wrong with Apple wanting people to use th

  • Waste of time (Score:2, Insightful)

    by ThatsNotPudding ( 1045640 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @01:34PM (#32747508)
    The Followers of His Steveness who willingly stand outside the crystal cathedrals every eighteen months with huge tithes in hand are not going to discuss any deficiencies, nor even acknowledge they exist.
  • Re:Personally (Score:2, Insightful)

    by BasilBrush ( 643681 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @01:41PM (#32747600)

    That's patently false. First, the key to both the iPad and the Android tablets are software. The hardware from Apple won't and can't change much.

    And yet the iPhone has changed its hardware to be significantly better 4 times. And each time it's been way ahead of any Android devices. The current one has a display that is far higher resolution than any Android device, has a far better camera than any Android device, and has a gyroscope, which none of the Android devices has.

    There's lots of ways the iPad can and will improve in hardware over the coming years.

    Apple's UI is very restrictive. The UI from Android is very flexible, customizable and open.

    This is meaningless. The iPhone has 3 or 4 recommended patterns for apps to follow if they are to work in a way the user will feel familiar with from using the standard apps. But a developer can make a UI of any description. Anything that can be imagined. And of course many games for example do exactly that.

    The iPad technically, from a software OS/UI approach can't withstand the onslaught of years of tablet development.

    What did you mean by that?

  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @01:46PM (#32747686)

    iPod is a very risky move because it is significantly larger than things that fit in pockets.

    But also more useful.

    The killer app is actually traveling, where you want something substantially larger than an iPhone but without the bulk of a laptop or need to charge while in transit.

    And around the house, they are easier for casual use than a laptop. Basically they do fill a useful niche in computing, and from this peak you can see the place where they replace laptops for a lot of people.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @01:50PM (#32747738)

    Paper has excellent battery life.

  • by nacturation ( 646836 ) * <nacturation @ g m> on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @02:06PM (#32748008) Journal

    So, let me get this want to use an ultra-portable computer, but there are some places you won't take it, and that is a problem with the device?

    There are many reasons why one would want to print from any given device, ultra-portable or not. Your fixation on "some places you won't take it" is a red herring. The issue is its (in)ability to print, which is certainly desirable functionality for some.

    I don't have an iPad, but if I did I would be more than happy to take it when I visit my sister's family, for example. And wouldn't it be nice if there were an app that had hundreds of readily available "color by numbers" drawings that I could easily print out and give to the kids and they could go to town on the printout with their crayons? Sure, I could use their PC and find PDFs or web pages, but it's not asking much that something essentially running OS X under the hood be able to do what just about any general purpose computer has been able to do for the last 30 years.

  • by nacturation ( 646836 ) * <nacturation @ g m> on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @02:10PM (#32748066) Journal

    How many times have you gone looking through apps, found something that looked pretty good, installed it, and it was crap?

    None. Not once in fact. You see, those reviews and stars are there for a reason. If something gets crap reviews, don't buy it. In exchange for requiring that tiny bit of due diligence, I have several apps that would never make it though Apple's approval process. Apps that would require voiding my warranty to get on the i-Devices.

    Who contributes the reviews if nobody tries it until it's reviewed?

  • by radtea ( 464814 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @02:12PM (#32748106)

    Most of them were buying a consumer electronic device they felt would be useful and after using it for a month or two, they found that it was useful.

    Except that this little moral fable ignores some well-known empirical psychology that Apple uses heavily in their branding. Apple devices, with their sleek aesthetics and sexy image, are appealing for reasons that have nothing to do with their functionality.

    People feel good about owning them not (just) becauase they're useful, but because they are envied and admired. People feel good about owning stuff that other people wish they could own too. And people who don't see the value in paying a premium for that denigrate such devices as being overpriced toys.

    There's nothing wrong with any of this, but it's important to recognize that this dynamic has nothing to do with what your average TrueGeek would consider the "functional" aspects of the device.

    An iPad doesn't do anything (for me) that my netbook won't do (cue people who Just Don't Get It lining up to tell me I'm wrong [yes, there's a pun in there]). But I've seen the way iPaddies show off their new toy, and felt both envy and irritation with them, just like everything we know about the psychology of social factors in success would lead me to expect.

    This is the genius of Jobs: his company makes products that are hard to be indifferent to. Everyone wants to own one because they we'd get to be the center of attention too, and this is the primary determinant of satisfaction with consumer electronics products.

  • by jo_ham ( 604554 ) <joham999@ g m a> on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @02:32PM (#32748348)

    So your argument is that it's impossible for a device to be functional if it is also beautiful?

    Why are the two things mutually exclusive?

  • Re:Flawed survey (Score:3, Insightful)

    by stewbacca ( 1033764 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @02:58PM (#32748662)

    A majority see the way Apple manages the App Store as a problem: Forty-one percent think it’s a minor issue, twelve percent think it’s a major one, and four percent say it’s unacceptable. Forty-three percent say it isn’t a problem at all.

    I don't see that as a majority of unhappy campers. 41% think it is a "minor" issue. Minor issues don't make me unhappy. 12% major and 4% unacceptable totals a whopping 16% vs. 43% "not-a-problem-at-all".

  • by stewbacca ( 1033764 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @03:07PM (#32748788)

    Apple devices, with their sleek aesthetics and sexy image, are appealing for reasons that have nothing to do with their functionality.

    Sleek aesthetics and functionality are not mutually exclusive. Once everyone other than Apple figures that out, Apple might have some competition.

    ...because they are envied and admired. People feel good about owning stuff that other people wish they could own too.

    Insecure people do that. And insecure people project about why they think people buy Apple products.

    But I've seen the way iPaddies show off their new toy, and felt both envy and irritation with them

    See, just like that.

  • Re:3G Reception? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by MobileTatsu-NJG ( 946591 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @03:07PM (#32748790)

    It looked good, so I bought it. I bought it so it must be good. *rocks back and forth tearfully clutching ipad*

    I wonder how many Linux users feel that way.

    "This was a bitch to set up! But... it has more power for setting things up!"

  • by david_thornley ( 598059 ) on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @04:10PM (#32749566)

    One problem is that people have different definitions of "functional".

    Lots of us here on /. consider something functional if we can Google around to find out how to edit the .rc file so we can run it from the command line. Most people don't consider anything that requires that functional - they want an easy-to-learn GUI that works out of the box, or immediately after a simple GUI-driven installation process.

    Apple can make a computer-based system my mother can use. I'm positive she could learn to use an iPad. I'm equally positive she couldn't figure out how to do the same things on your netbook. Therefore, for Mom, an iPad would be far more functional than your netbook.

    The main reason iPad owners like to show off is the neat things they can do with ease. The distinguishing thing about the iPad is functionality - the functionality Mom can use.

  • Re:Personally (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 30, 2010 @09:15PM (#32752148)

    For someone that admonishes others about supposedly not having their facts straight, you're spewing out some crap there too bud.

    "Once 2.2 comes out in oh, about a whole month"

    And how long until you are actually allowed to install it on your phone? And will your carrier even port it to run on your hardware? You don't just get to install those unless you root your phone.

    "had an iPhone 3GS and now I have an Evo. Despite both being the same resolution, the image quality on the Evo is MUCH better, despite being a 33% larger screen."

    In what world is 320x480 at 163ppi the same resolution as 480x800 217ppi? Oh my god, the phone that came out nearly a year later has a better screen, alert the presses.

    "Also, if you read up on iPhones, you'll realize that only a small portion of their storage capacity can be used for apps - most of it is dedicated to file stores (music, movies, books, pictures)."

    That is flat out incorrect. The space on the iPhone can be used for anything, it is not segmented by file type. You are wrong.

    "You get more apps, but 90+% of the App Store is utter crap."

    Apparently someone (you) hasn't taken a look at the Android Marketplace.

    "There's very, VERY few businesses that don't make apps for both Android and iOS."

    Please, share with the class. What apps are companies like Capcom and Square making for Android? Last I checked, major game developers are only targeting one platform (hint: It's not Android).

    "And now you've thoroughly proven that you're nothing but a trolling Apple fanboy."

    Oh please, Android fanboy. You are sucking so hard on Android's balls here that I hope you're getting a good tip. You are the mirror image of the so-called Apple fanboys, just for a different company.

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