Dear bloggers who returned their iPads

Over the last few days, I’ve read a number of articles and blog posts in which the author details how they bought a shiny new iPad, but later returned it.

A couple of them boiled down to: it just didn’t do what I needed. Alright, I have no problem with that. Doesn’t work for you, don’t keep it. Far be it from me to tell you how to spend your hard-earned dollars.

But over half of them complained about the closed, controlled nature of the device and the App Store model, and cited that as one of the reasons they didn’t keep the iPad.

And to you, dear sirs and madams, I can only say:

You are a sanctimonious asshole.

You heard me. What, do you think I don’t know that you have been well aware for years now how the App Store works? Did you think the iPad was magically going to be different from the iPhone in that respect? Am I supposed to believe that you are clueless about this issue, when you mentioned right in your post that you also own an iPhone?

I’m sure you had some other reason for returning the iPad, and that reason may well be one I have no argument with. But to complain about the software model, which you were fully informed about well before you bought an iPad?

That takes some gall.