May 1st 2013 9:59 am

Heads up! A newer version of this product is out!

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Ease of use Junk. So flat a button is no longer a button. A complete rip off of Microsoft's flat designs. so-so
  • Speed Ehh, too much splash and too little pedal to the metal. good
  • Configurability Heh, ever used Android ? make Apple look like it is for Grandma. so-so
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.) Apps and iOS7 are not a good combination. good
  • Openness It's Apple. They are complete control freaks. awful!
Detailed review
What a step backward, I love my pads but I'm not doing more than one until I have to. This is a rip off of Microsoft Office flat design and they fail miserably.

How on earth is it acceptable to use pop ups to tell me each time I plug a non-apple cable into my device ? wtf ? Apple business model is following monster cable trying to rip us off for cables by using popups, f'in popups to tell us our cable is not a special Apple cable. Crazy.

Constantly looking for functionality which I'm used to which they moved with no clue that it is gone or where it has gone too. If you never leave the Apple ecosystem maybe this is OK but once you have gone elsewhere this is lacking. Please Steve if you can hear me 6 feet under, take this crap away.