wRiTtEn oN tHe iPaD 2
We seem to have an iPad 2 in the house now, and as I’m knocked out with a man-flu and staying in bed, I foolishly thought I’d write up the blog on it.
A virtually impossible task, as it turns out. I really wanted to love it – but it’s not a computer, more like writing something on your phone, complete with the double-keyboard layout that requires you to toggle to another screen to put in an apostrophe. And just like the phone, if you have big hands you won’t be able to do much at all without endless rewriting.
But that’s just the start of the pain. Yes, it’s pretty but it feels fragile and slippery, and weirdly awkward to hold. Reading a book quickly becomes hard work.
Many of the apps available so far feel as if they’ve been rushed out. The Times subscription app is shockingly bad, with a handful of articles peppered by ads. And either the Guardian app has been adapted from its phone app or someone got the size wrong. It’s miniature.
There’s no Flash, which for UK users is disastrous, as our websites tend to make more of the moving image. Most of the free apps are teaser ads for purchases, peppered with millions of pop-ups. Fine, but you can’t try many of the purchases to see if you like them. So you end up endlessly browsing back and forth like a bored, fractious child on a rainy day. The best app I found was Flipboard, but I couldn’t get it to load photos.
Ultimately though, what is it for? I felt like someone in a hairdressers, flicking backwards through a gossip magazine, but a magazine where many of the pages are glued together and can’t be opened.
So, a very nice toy, then, but very definitely a toy and nothing more, in the sense that after a few minutes you’ll be trying to think of something to use it for. Good for children’s games, though.
(I finished writing this on a computer, because it was driving me mad)