Why the iPad Stinks
It's heavy; it's dirty; it's hard to type on—but she's not returning it
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2010 5:04 PM CST
In this photo taken April 3, 2010, a customer uses an Apple iPad on the first day of Apple iPad sales at an Apple store in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – Leigh Gallagher is "a lifelong Mac loyalist" who doesn't "even know how to use a PC"—but, she writes in Fortune, she hates her new iPad. As a longtime Blackberry user, she missed the mass migration to touch screens that accompanied the debut of the iPhone; when she tried out her iPad's touch screen for the first time, the lifelong writer and 96 WPM typist found herself reduced to a sluggish 27 WPM, riddled with typos and missed spaces. Plus, it's heavy—and she can "never seem to find the underscore (which I swear is in two different places)," she laments.

"I can't be the only person facing this problem. In the information economy, speed is everything," she continues. Suddenly, "everything about my iPad started to look a little less appealing." Ugly fingerprints marred the screen, which also, she discovered, spreads germs when shared with others. "I think my colleagues are right; I'll adapt," Gallagher concludes. "I hope I can." But until then, she may get a bit more use from a similar, but less revolutionary product: a new Macbook Air. (Click here for another dissenting opinion on the popular Apple gadget.)