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Most Wanted

November 1st, 2011 (10:39 pm)
current location: KY16 8SX

Meant to post this nearly a month ago, but it's still interesting. What kind of tablet do people really, really want to have? An Android device? No, surely it's got to be an iPad? Read on...

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Posted by: Toby Atkin-Wright (tobyaw)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)

I'm not convinced by the need to sync with a desktop. Apple have put significant effort into iOS 5 to make iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches work without syncing. iTunes is gradually being reduced in importance (which, from listening to my Windows-using colleagues, is a significant positive step).

I understand there are a large number of people who never synced their devices (beyond initial configuration). Syncing is a chore rather than a benefit.

(On the other hand, easy access to the data on the mobile device is very important - but the iOS strategy is to sync that to the cloud rather than to users' desktops.)

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)

Ugh, cloud. I was interested to hear flybynightpress's recent experience when it became plain that the cloud version of what was on his iPad was what Apple regarded as definitive, leading to a situation where major data loss was on the cards. Sorry, can't recount/recall the details.

While syncing may not often be necessary, I'd be very annoyed with a device that didn't let me do something along those lines, without recourse to the cloud unless I make an explicit informed choice to do that; and it's just easier to sync within the same stack.

Posted by: Toby Atkin-Wright (tobyaw)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)

Yes, one of the big changes with iCloud is that the cloud is always regarded as the definitive version of any data. With the older MobileMe/iSync system, it was much less clear cut (and could lead to a lot of user confusion and duplicate data when things got out of sync).

Mind you, that means that getting the right data into the cloud to start with is pretty important.

As iCloud is being built into al of the Apple apps, and with good API support for third-party apps, it is clear that it is an essential part of the platform (and I guess, therefore, that liking or disliking the iCloud approach will become a key aspect of deciding whether to use iOS devices).

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: November 2nd, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)

It rules out any death-bed conversions from me ;-)

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