List of iPad gripes goes on and on
So you have one of the 3 million-plus new iPads sold over the last week. What's not to love about it? We've got a running list:
Say what, no Siri?
Most people thought that Siri on the new iPad was a gimme. Nope. Instead it has a scaled back version -- dictation. The feature is quite good, but you can't tell your iPad to look anything up or schedule appointments. Matt Peckham of Time's Techland surmised that Siri just wasn't ready for the iPad. Jason D. O'Grady at ZDNet, however, thinks it comes down to making sense of dollars, that Apple may be reserving it for the phone: "If you want Siri, buy an iPhone. Plain and simple."
Bigger to be better
The new iPad is a little heavier than the iPad 2, thanks to the better graphics processor and more powerful battery. About one-tenth of a pound heavier, according to the specs. That really doesn't sound like much, but it can start to matter if you hold your iPad in one hand for long periods or have any kind of repetitive stress injury. It also becomes more noticeable if you add a case to the equation.
The other aspect of weight has to do with the apps that are designed for Retina display. Sure, they look better, but fatter apps eat up more storage on the device. The Verge noted that these apps can be up to five times bigger. A dramatic example of an app getting fatter is Tweetbot, which grew from under 10 MB to 25 MB in its Retina-ready update.
And it's not just a problem for owners of the new iPad. Those of us legacy owners of the original and iPad 2 who have these apps get to feel the pain too, since updates aren't device specific.
The hot-selling device can reach up to 116 degrees during intensive use, according to a test by the Consumer Reports.
To boost power and longevity, mobile device batteries have to pack more energy into the same space. Apple says the new iPad's battery lasts 10 hours, which is about the same as the earlier models. But the new device has a far more sophisticated screen and graphics processor, both requiring more power to operate than the earlier models.
Drop it like it's hot
No, whatever you do, don't drop it.
Tests from warranty seller SquareTrade showed that the new iPad suffered greater damage than iPad 2 when dropped from waist and shoulder heights. From waist height, the damage to the third-gen iPad was fairly extensive. "Only a small portion of the screen survived," one of the testers said in the video. From shoulder height, the damage appears to extend beyond the screen, with severe cracking along the body of the iPad underneath the shattered glass. The whole screen was about to come off after the drop, the testers said.