How has the iPad fared in the wild?
Just a few days after the Apple iPad's debut, there's already "trouble in paradise."
iPad users have filled Apple forums with complaints regarding everything from Wifi woes to charging headaches and crashing apps. We've taken a look at the biggest problems with the iPad users have reported thus far.
Have you been having troubles with your iPad? Let us know!
Get more iPad coverage and reviews on the Huffington Post, including a guide to '13 Things You Need To Know About The iPad,' as well as rundown of the '9 Worst Things About The iPad.' See our selection of 'iPad Killers'--alternatives to the iPad--here and our comprehensive review round-up here. We've also taken a look at 9 features the iPad has that the iPhone doesn't--as well as 7 things the iPhone has that the iPad is missing.
"Apple forums and the official support site are jam packed with user complaints all related to weak WiFi signal problem," Product Reviews reports. One user, Andrew79, wrote in to an Apple forum with a typical complaint, saying, "My signal keeps fluctuating from strong to weak, while my MacBook and iPhone show a consistent signal at the same location."
The Times explains that some users are having issues recharging their Apple tablets: "New reports suggested that the iPad may not power up properly when connected to some USB ports. Users also complained that the iPad would only charge if turned off or in sleep mode." Yahoo's tech blogger shared his personal charging woes, explaining, "when I plugged my new iPad into my MacBook Pro and saw the "Not charging" message next to the iPad's battery icon." (MacWorld offers tips on how to charge your iPad.)
According to The Times, iPhone apps are frequently crashing when loaded onto the iPad. Yahoo's Ben Patterson adds, "I've been hearing a series of complaints about iPad apps crashing repeatedly; the culprits run the gamut, ranging from games and the Netflix and ABC streaming video players to apps for the New York Times and TIME magazine. "
The iPad can be clunky when it comes to writing with the device. Dave Winer writes on his blog, "None of my writing tools are there. Not just the ones I use to enter keystrokes into the computer, and edit and revise them, but also the tools I use for finding information I want to reference in my stories. ... It's definitely not a writing tool. Out of the question." Gizmodo opines, "It's pretty clear that typing is a secondary function for the iPad."
PC World explains: "Time spent syncing is ridiculously sluggish. Some users say that syncing their iPads gobbles up 30-plus minutes -- others claim four or more hours, with one user saying they lost seven hours. This begs the question: what's the point in buying a tablet that won't let you play with it?" Users on the Apple forum report that syncing the iPad often freezes iTunes: "iTunes recognizes the iPad fine, but as soon as I click the sync apps check box, iTunes freezes."
Shane Sweeney:Overall, the ipad is way more of a let down then any body in the media has been reporting it as. Pretty sure they were all paid off. I got one of the iPads with a defunct wifi chip, so my wifi has been crappy. Also, I bought it to ready content (mostly pdfs) from my classes as they move to being more web based. Viewing pdfs is horrendous. It's slow, you can't save them, take notes, highlight, and you have to be online to view them for the most part. I hate the iphone app emulator! It makes apps barely usable with the emulated keyboard. I also bought it for the netflix app, which crashes and navigates poorly. Awesome! Not a fan, probably just going to return mine and turn my macbook sideways