iPad proves to be imperfect tool
By Jace Riley ’16
Although Apple is dominating the tablet market, there are still some unanswered problems with the iPad.
The iPad has a few bugs that are very apparent, and they can ruin your iPad experience.
The iPad may work well for certain situations and is very portable, but it isn’t the ideal working machine.
One problem is that without wifi you are stuck.
If you are in class and can’t connect to the Internet, you may miss out on notes or assignments.
It happened to me in a class and only me; everyone else’s Internet was fine.
I missed out on getting some early notes and having my textbook right away.
The iPad could even prohibit you from taking a test.
The Tablets have this problem too, but the Tablets have more ways to work around this.
Connection issues aren’t unique to the iPads, but it is still not a perfect system.
Something that continues to get worse throughout the years is battery life.
If you consistently you use your iPad, the battery life will deplete.
Using iPads daily at school will eventually cause them to barely last a day.
In the first semester of my freshman year, I would start the day with full battery, and I would end the day on roughly 75 percent battery.
Now I end each day on around 50 percent. Compared to the Tablet PC this is good, but eventually this will make surviving the day without charging extremely hard.
The iPad will not let you use Flash files and some websites are not mobile friendly.
Websites with interactive features may not be able to run because iPads can not run Flash, also some websites don’t like being on any mobile device.
These website will run slowly or are not very responsive to taps, which will make using certain websites much more difficult.
Overall the iPad has a few problems that haven’t been fixed yet.
The best action would be two years with one iPad, then you get a new iPad.
This will stop the worst problem of battery degradation.
iPad packs powerful punch
By Reece M. Krantz ’16
The ability to have a powerful media device is becoming a common technology and consumer feat.
Previously, the market had been dominated by laptops and cellular devices.
The iPad has been around since April 3, 2010 and since then has led the way for tablet innovation.
It has been adopted by millions of people as their personal work space and proves to be a more convenient and a more viable compensation for personal desktops.
Last year, Brophy started the transition from its Tablet PC one-to-one program to iPads.
The iPad is just under 1.5 pounds, showing a clear domination over the other forms of tablet media.
The simple design also means that it is easy to store in your bag or in your arms.
One of the most important aspects of the iPads superiority is its ability to be easy to learn and master.
Its operating system may be not be as complex in the sense of functions, but makes up for it in terms of shear productivity.
The amount of apps that the iPad has is stunning when you think about it, with everything from games to books to note apps, all contained within its operating system.
The internal specifications are nothing to write home about, but they are more than capable for what the device is commonly used for.
The A6X chip inside the iPad pumps out 1.4GHz with an integrated 300MHz video driver.
This means that the iPad–relative to its size–is powerful enough to run most any mobile game at full resolution.
Speaking of displays, the iPad includes the beautiful Retina screen with a resolution of 2048×1536 at a stunning 264 Pixels-Per-Inch.
Overall the iPad definitely has its faults in terms of its techniques and its closed source nature, but I feel the pros outweigh the cons, especially when it comes to work.
Not only is it more practical as a learning device, it leads the way for more impressive classroom activities and arrangements, immersing the student in a technological wave.