BQE Software is cool. We have a couple of iPads in the family and likely they will have siblings before too long. The more incubation we do — hands on time among staff and managers with different views of technology tools — the more good ideas that arise.
But in observing a few early adopters, a surprising realization arose: I Can’t See My iPad.
First, the iPad needs wipes.
Within a few minutes of use, the iPad’s glossy display is smeared. Fingerprints are everywhere. It is nearly impossible to read text or view graphics.
The Motorola Droids, Blackberrys and iPhones around the office have the same glossy display and the same smearing, but it’s not the same. A palm-size screen is easily wiped on a shirt or pants leg. (Yes, I know, Miss Manner is probably turning over in her grave, but that’s how most people clean a smart phone’s screen.)
But an iPad . . . didn’t the Amazing Steve Jobs and Friends (that’s his PR hype) figure out the obvious? They did touch displays a few million times before going to manufacturing, right? Mr. Jobs, you wear glasses. Couldn’t you have included a supply of eyeglass cloth with the iPad?
Second, iPadists (got to give them a name) also need sunglasses, indoors and outdoors. Why? Glare!
Like users of iPhones, Droids, other smart phones and more than a few laptops, iPadists must contort themselves and their iPads to overcome sun and overhead florescent lights to read the words and view graphics.
Again, Mr. Jobs and Friends, didn’t your testing identify glare as being a hindrance to using the iPad? Do you think everyone sits in a dimmed room?
Let’s take a positive turn here. Let’s assume Mr. Jobs and Friends are really altruistic. They wanted to boost the economy and left out these practical items so there could be entrepreneurial after-market products. Excellent job, Mr. Jobs!
For eyestrain, consult a local ophthalmologist.
(A little tongue in cheek)