Thursday, March 3, 2011

5 Reasons Why I Will NOT Get An IPad

Apple's LOA CEO Steve Jobs announced the new IPad version yesterday.  You can read about it HERE.

I do my very best to avoid Apple products in the same way that most people should avoid buying used furniture from a crack house.  Why?  Well here are a few good reasons:

  1. Hypocrisy - Apple tends to preach "peace, love and granola" as their corporate image, but the reality is that they are just about a shrewd as you can get in business.  I'm sure that most of Apple's sock-less users would be shocked to learn some of the secrets behind how many of their products are produced (but you can by clicking HERE). 
  2. Virtual Keyboards - I can't stand virtual keyboards.  Maybe this because I didn't learn "keyboarding" in school, but instead I learned how to "type".  I need the rhythm and tactile feel of keys.  Yes, I know, I am old.   
  3. Arrogance - Apple decides that they don't like Adobe Flash (for just one example; I could also say USB drive, replaceable batteries, etc.), therefore you can't have it.  Looks like you will not be doing that web-based training on your company provided IPad any time soon.
  4. Closed Architecture - I am a fan of open-sourced environments, so Apple's insistence that they...and only they...can decide what you can see, what you can hear and what you can do on their products (wait, make that YOUR product after YOU buy it).  Apple basically thinks for you.  Speaking of thinking for you...
  5. Too Much Ease of Use...To this very day I have trouble figuring out iTunes.  It seems so simple that anything you want to do outside of what Apple wants you to do becomes almost impossible. I want some buttons and controls so that I can customize my experience to my needs (not what Apple thinks my experience should be).
I'll stay stuck outside of planet Apple's orbit, thank you very much.

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