Main Motorcycle: '06 Speed Triple
Join Date: May 2010
Other Motorcycle: '96 Adventurer Cafe Racer
Extra Motorcycle: Not any more
Using a first gen iPad right now.
At first I thought it would be a waste, but it turns out its great for a certain limited range of jobs. Web browsing is really about all I do woth it, but it's much more convenient to use than my laptop 90% of the time and much more portable as well. Also has great battery life and one heck of a good display - pictures look so much better on this than my old laptop it's not even funny.
But all is not sunshine and lollipops.
The apple browser, safari, is kinda crap. A big chunk of the web is unusable withit because apple has their collective panties in a wad about flash.
The on screen keyboard sucks for typing. It probably takes me 3-5 times longer to type something on this than on a real keyboard, and because of that I often find I either shorten my responses or just don't respond at all to some things on this forum.
The auto-correct, while usefull sometimes, is just as likely to auto-correct you into something entirely unintended.
The lack of a file system means its a pita to simply grab something online like an image or whatnot and file it away for use somewhere else or to put in a post here.
It's slower than my old XP Pro laptop running Chrome on the same wifi signal.
I hate the way every other website you visit knows you're on an iPad and either try's to get you to download a special app for the site or steers you toward a simplified mobile site that invariably is harder to use and doesn't have all the features. Just let me view the normal site!
You can't view YouTube videos in any but the lowest available resolution. Sometimes this makes things virtually un-watchable.
Note that many of these issues are not apple specific, but apply to all tablets.
Despite all these complaints, I still think its a darn handy web browser when I'm sitting on the sofa, laying in bed, in the car, or like now, on the boat. This one is Mrs. Z's hand-me-down as her company has supplied her with the latest version, so I can't say I would actually pay the fairly steep price for one if I had to spend real money, but I do like it for a web toy.
On a related note, my old laptop is pretty much due for replacement and I had high hopes that the Surface might be able to replace both the laptop and iPad, but in reality I just don't see any way around having a real, full spec Windows computer if you have to do any sort of typing or work.
'06 Speed Triple
'96 Adventurer Cafe Racer
and a bunch of other stuff
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough - Mario Andretti