Chris Alexander

On Engineering

Managing Device Expectations

16th August, 2010

I was thinking the other day about how I use the iPad, Nexus One, netbook, MacBook, desktop PC and so on together. I found it strange how I could accept iOS 3′s restrictions on the iPad, but when I tried to use an iPhone I found myself constantly annoyed about being unable to perform the various tasks I wanted to do.

I suspect what it comes down to is the fact that I expect my mobile phone to perform a lot of tasks - and in many ways, I have been spoilt by the Nexus One allowing me to do pretty much anything I could ever want it to. However with the iPad, there is no precedent - there hasn’t really been a truly widespread tablet of this kind before, so coming in to it makes it a new experience.

Sure, it isn’t without its annoyances here and there when things go horribly wrong (and hopefully iOS 4 will go some way to address that); but I still think the iPad user experience is managed and what I would expect it to be.