I only ask because Ipads are usually only useful in a business environment, otherwise the end up being toys.
android tabs, and even surfaces are real 'geek tools' no matter what,and are also useful in a business environment.
It's statements like this that pretty much mean I can never take you seriously anymore Master_Scythe.
Lol, really? So things like different workplace use of technology are one of the reasons you can never take me seriously? Pretty judgemental, and deliberately inflammatory statement to make; but your'e welcome to make it.
At least as a jester I'm entertaining, or endlessly infuriating. Either one makes me smile :)
It comes off as very fanboi. To dislike that someone has a different 'usual experience' to your own 'usual experience', and then make negative comments toward them? I can only assume its driven by the product.
But yes, to reiterate my point; in a workplace I find iPads are great tools.
They integrate with Exchange flawlessly, they fully support wpad files for advanced proxy configuration, their wireless performance is pretty top notch, and with a Mac Server, managing apps has never been easier.
Meanwhile whenever I have brought my iPad home from work, or been to someone's house who also owns one, it's usually got games being played, or facebook open. Only one have I experienced someone typing an assignment on them.
That's the grand total of my experience with them outside the office.
Things I didn't manage to do with the iPad, which my Android tablet did well were pretty crucial in my eyes.
-I couldnt find a way to map the ipads internal storage to an SMB share; crucial with the way my networks set up. [I had movies on it! my smart TV couldnt see them :(]
-During a blackout, I couldn't find a way to transfer from a USB stick to the device. tried a 'Camera Kit' but it didnt want to recognise the stick, it was in ExFAT, apple started supporting this last year AFAIK
-I then had one hell of a time sending the file to the iPad via Bluetooth... couldn't quite work it out. We're up to revision 4.0 of the bluetooth stack, this shouldn't be this hard :(
-I couldn't find a single (even paid!) app for torrenting on ipad. I even installed OPERA but the torrent client seems to be stripped in the iOS release?
-My partner at the time couldn't find a way to decrease the 'touch area'. She's an artist and had a fine tip stylus that worked fine, but seemed to be a way larger 'touch' than the tip.
-Couldn't figure out how to load FLASH content. I know apple 'dont support it' but there's open source alternatives out there, and you'd think SOME app developer would have by now.
-Couldn't figure out a decent 'phone app' I had a mic\headset combo, and a simcard in the device, but couldn't load any sort of dialler.
Basically every use I have for a tablet each night (low power overnight transfer PC, interactive NAS, art tablet, PC replacement over HDMI, somewhere to play Flash games, spare phone) couldn't be accomplished (or if it could, I had a hard time figuring how).
Meanwhile, my android tablet did most of it out of the box, and anything else was taken care of with free apps that were first hits on google.
Hell, even easier than Android was my BBOS10 phone
People clearly have different expectations. to me, it (the ipad) is a bloody powerful ARM computer, all on it's own, but it feels very restricted.
Almost like a PDA of days gone by. It almost feels like it expects you to own a PC ( or, more so a MAC) to use it to its full potential.
I can admit, its possible, and even likely, that the iPad can do all my 'usual nightly tasks' and I just haven't been exposed to the iPads ecosystem long enough to figure it out....
But with the fringe example of wanting flash in a modern web environment; most of my stuff is pretty basic for any android, surface, BB10, or even Symbian device (meego, in its current form, my NUC runs it). The iPad was more frustrating than useful at home.
Though, to be fair, its an iPad2, so perhaps the newer ones are more feature rich.
At work the next day, it 'syncs' over wifi with the mac server, and bypasses the filtering on the proxy server like it should, lets me RDP into all my servers and workstations as I travel the grounds, and handles mail flawlessly, jumps between wifi hotspots seamlessly, and battery lasts all day! it's a godsend.
None of the features I need, nor even want, when I'm at home.
Different strokes man, if we all agreed, it'd be one hell of a boring forum.
I would though, be genuinely curious to see stats on the number of people who predominantly use an ipad for casual games, and facebook. I personally think it'd be significant.
Edited by Master_Scythe, 13 November 2014 - 08:06 PM.