I have finally entered the world of mobile computing, and bought an iPad. This thing is magical! Truly, it is a quantum leap in computing devices. I find myself using it in place of my laptop for many things, due to its light weight and ease of usage.
But there are issues. The biggest, of course, is having to deal with such a closed system. The system (and an OS designed for the least tech-savvy denominator) means that nearly all apps must be downloaded from the App Store, which puts me at the mercy of Apple and its idiosyncrasies.
Here’s a glaring one: when I use the Portuguese App Store, it won’t let me set my language preference to English. To see a fully English App Store, I have to go to the US or British App Stores — but I can’t make purchases from them, because my account is tied to the Portugal App Store. And the Portugal App store can’t seem to decide which language it wants to communicate in.
I just bought a world atlas for my iPad, and this is the dialogue box that appeared when I clicked the Buy App button:
If you can’t read the small print on the screenshot, it says:
Your o cartão de crédito será debitado for this purchase and your application will begin to download immediately. [Cancelar/Comprar]
Well, that’s the worst mishmash of what we call “Portuglés” that I’ve ever seen! Really, Apple. That’s embarrassing. How can you produce such a glorious, futuristic piece of technology as the iPad and then crap all over it with this?