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
Why the iPad Stinks
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.

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"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.)

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