A Frustrating iPad Drawback, no Hyperlinking

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A Frustrating iPad Drawback, no Hyperlinking

I have been using the iPad more and more each day and I have been leaving the Dell laptop in my office. The challenges with the iPad however are growing because there are so many things we take for granted with a computer that I am finding cant be done on this slick device.

Printing is one of the drawbacks of the iPad, iPod and iPhone but it is worth noting that HP has an app which let's you print photos on an HP printer. This works great in my house but not in the office by the way. Then there is the Pages application for the iPad which costs less than $10 but doesn't have the ability to do many of the things we take for granted with Microsoft Word.

An example of a drawback is the lack of hyperlinking. When I post a blog entry I often hyperlink in a word processor first and cut and paste into the blog interface. But not only does Pages not allow hyperlinking, the clipboard on the iPad won't accept hyperlinked text. Basically a lose/lose.

Now I can add hyperlinked code in HTML in my blog entries but I am not a huge fan of adding code to blog entries if I don't have to.

Then there is the connectivity of a laptop - allowing one to plug in a memory stick or video camera such as a Flip. Yesterday at the Streaming Media show in New York I had to sync videos with the laptop and not the iPad as the iPad has no USB ports.

There are a few areas however where the iPad rocks. The battery life is absolutely amazing. I have been using this device for about 4.5 solid hours today and I have 61% of battery life left. Then there is the ability to do presentations on the device - people seem to love using it and seeing the web on it.

So when I do post to my blog from the iPad - and this is one of those instances, expect me to use the email to blog interface we have set up. I can't add tags or categories but at least I can communicate.

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