19 Sep 2015
Three reasons for not owning an iPad
The iPad, I’ve used it and I’ve never owned one. Now the iPad Pro is here and I still don’t see a need for it. I’m not against having a tablet computer, I just don’t have an interest in an Apple tablet. Here are a few reasons why I would never get one, but first alittle about me.
I started using computers back when I was very young in a different country. First I used a non-electric typewriter with carbon copy paper, then I saw electric typewriters, then I saw a Compaq, then a Gateway. I came back to the U.S. for my Elementary education and I used an Apple computer with a 5-¼ floppy. The next computer I used was a big, fat screen with a fat keyboard and black window frame, named Digital. Metal-bonded glass tapes were inserted and it took about thirty minutes just to boot into DOS. You would take out that tape and put in the next one to run a program.
The first computer was a generic 486 IBM computer, 40GB hard drive and 512 MB of RAM (memory). It was a home-built Desktop with the computer box laying flat under the huge tube monitor. My first printer was a dot matrix with wide, black tape cartridges (that could be repackaged with new ink) and printing for school needed to be complete before everyone went to sleep in the house because the printer screamed, screeched and jolted side-to-side.
Technology was kickstarted during those years and I went from a Dell laptop to a Toshiba laptop all with Windows. My adventures started with Windows 3.1 and ended with Windows XP Pro. I discovered a new adventure with Ubuntu 6.04 and finally made the switch on my Toshiba laptop when Ubuntu 7.10 finally supported WiFi browsers natively. I stayed with Ubuntu until 9.04 when I started to get into Graphic Design as a degree, I bought a non-unibody 2009 Macbook Pro and it lasted many years until the logic board gave out and the warranty had expired. I replaced it myself and it ran another year. Then I purchased a 2010 iMac and later I moved back to a 2011 Macbook Pro for portability. Oddly, I never ventured into software programming but I grew passionate, in 2009, about WordPress and building themes. Long before that and Graphic Design, I had been building HTML sites since 2004 because I was too bored and needed something to replace my idleness.
In college, my courses covered Windows XP Pro computers, A+ (building computers from parts), Windows 2003 servers, CISCO routers and switches through four semesters of CCNA 1-4 (just cause I wanted to learn to troubleshoot an ethernet connection). I studied and received an A.S. for Electrical/Electronics Technology because of my Amateur/Ham Radio hobby and I built several kit radios, including the Elecraft K2 and K1.
Because I went from Windows to Ubuntu to Mac OS, I started to build an interest in Web 2.0 at that time and was one of the first on Gmail when it came as an invite only, later on Google Documents, Beta tester on GrandCentral until it became Google Voice and Beta tester on Google Plus before it was open to the public. I always was interested in being a Beta tester for new Google products (really wish they would hire me with skills I currently have). I still miss Google Reader and I see the new Google Keep as a modern version of Google Notebook. Google Wave was a bit confusing but it led to bettering other Google products with its collaboration features. Interest in Web 2.0 webware developed because I didn’t like to constantly backup all my work to an external hard drive (although I do this once per month to protect myself), re-install the operating system and move the files back again. I needed an online solution for most of my work so I wouldn’t be tied to just one operating system.
Google’s products, especially Gmail, just clicked with how I arrange my thoughts. I wasn’t satisfied with Netzero, Juno, Hotmail, Yahoo or Microsoft Outlook (as a client). They all wanted you to sort your emails into folders and limit the amount of space you had. Gmail broke both those limitations with an unheard amount of free space and using labels to tag messages instead of putting messages into folders. It was finally something I knew was the best of the best and they weren’t going to sit still and copy everyone else’s method. Then Yahoo started to copy and Microsoft, but it wasn’t convincing enough to move me back and I haven’t moved back. For places where I need a specific account and they don’t use OAuth, I do create an account there but I hardly use it. I just forward it to my real home.
I won’t ever buy an iPad just for myself. I don’t like being stuck in one ecosystem and there’s no guarantee that I can modify how it looks, which apps can stay (unless give the option to remove Apple’s system apps) and which email app I want to use. I’m not saying that there aren’t ways to do it now (welcome iOS 9), it’s just not as flexible as Android. There are pros to iOS but this post is not about that and I’m not bashing Apple here, it’s just not a mobile operating system that fits with my thought process or method of doing things. The three reasons that keep me from jumping boat are layed out here. First, there is not one backend login (IMHO). There are two, Apple account and iTunes account. Second, for a long time the operating system limited where you could share your work to and now starting with iOS 8, they included third-party sharing. Third, using any Apple apps, your storage is limited to five gigabytes. I’m not against paying but when the competition says that you can store as many Google Documents, Sheets, Slides and Photos as you want, you should know I have more interest in Android (and it’s built with Linux).