[FoRK] Some iPad suggestions

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Fri May 7 11:46:00 PDT 2010

It's not easy to do these things, or at least not trivial.

Agreed that they're important.

Speaking of I/O on next gen devices, I ran into a device with no
outputs but an on/off LED...  except that it could speak a little.

This is an adapter which converts aux stereo miniplug in to a local
radio signal.  It lets you listen to your iPod on your car stereo.
The voice output is to tell you what station to tune to.

Very parsimonious design.  Since this device doesn't need to tell you
anything else, why pay to include a screen?

On Fri, May 7, 2010 at 11:31 AM, HK Pang <hkpang at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've been loving the iPad so far, in fact, I just purchased some more iTune
> gift cards from Costco yesterday. It's not a small endorsement from someone
> who rarely purchase any software besides TurboTax and Windows OS in the past
> 20 years!
> But there are couple things that I find iPad pretty annoying:
> 1) Why isn't there a full keyboard? It's pretty annoying to keep shifting
> keyboard pages for numeric keys and other frequently used symbols. In
> landscape mode, the iPad can certainly accomodate a few more keys.
> 2) Why ain't there any cursor keys? It's nearly impossible to place the
> cursor in between words when you need to make a correction. I usually have
> to re-type the whole word over again.
> 3) Why isn't traditional Chinese input supported? Is Apple going to drop the
> 30-50 million potential customers living in Taiwan/Hongkong/etc? The same
> thing is available in iTouch and iPhone, I'm surprised Apple tried to do
> this.
> 4) Why isn't more effort made to improve chinese handwriting input? Right
> now, you can only enter one chinese character at a time.
> Given its form factor, I'm puzzled why iPad wasn't made easier for entering
> information? This has to be intentional consider how easy it is to add those
> improvements.
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