iPad woes

Call me dumb but I must be one of the few people who haven’t fallen in love with my iPad. In fact I am seriously finding this one gadget that has increased my stress levels.

All those years ago when computers were just about making their way into people’s  homes, I remember my five year old niece from America asking me what I wanted a computer for. At that time I was quite aghast at her effrontery especially since she had just got herself gifted a PC by her indulgent father. So when I told her that I wanted one to place my trusty old typewriter, she just sniffed in condescension .

However, I persisted in my demand, as I persisted in my learning and I’m pleased and proud to say that I mastered this technology all on my own. Of course it helped that I asked around for help from time to time and adopted the strategy of a teenage boy – go ahead and tinker with whatever you want; after all when things go wrong Dad picks up the tab! While my Dad did not pick up the tab, this attitude of being young and fearless helped me attain a proficiency in a technology few of my generation or gender have managed without any formal training.

Thus, having considered myself to be a genius of sorts, I find it completely frustrating to use an iPad .

  • The Internet is not always easily accessible : at least the signal is not always strong. I live almost 500 m away from the MTNL building yet find it hard to get Network. I find a similar problem with wifi.
  • Typing on a touch pad is extremely frustrating for someone like me who likes to hear the tap tap of keys
  • Navigating the screen is another problem with my fat fingers not synchronising with the screen. Unlike the old fashioned key board with its up and down keys, I find it hard to go back and forth in a document .
  • I can’t connect to Zemanta and find the iPad very inconvenient for Blogging.
  • I hate the idea of downloading apps. I mean if every time you want to do something you have to down load it does become inconvenient especially when some applications require wifi for downloading! This I find extremely frustrating especially since my service provider doesn’t supply wifi. This means that I have to lug my iPad to a place which allows wifi.
  • Since I don’t listen to music or watch movies, I find no real use for these functions.
  • Similarly, I find it cumbersome to point my iPad and shoot! Moreover when the photos are not all that great.
  • I find the iPad not very convenient to carry around either. It is not that small to fit in a small bag and it is too delicate to carry just as it is.
  • And since it can’t be used as a phone it is not multi functional either.
So I really wonder of what use is the iPad to me? 
A word of caution to all those wanting to “upgrade” to this technology – be absolutely sure you want this gizmo. You are better off with a Notebook or Tablet if you just want to type and as for photographs and music and movies  – you can’t really replace the camera, the music system and of course the big screen movie experience.


A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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