You look stupid when you take pictures with an iPad.
There, I said it.
I know this may come as a shock to some, but tablets are not meant to be used as photo-taking devices.
Tablets are used for four purposes: browsing the Internet, checking email, watching movies and playing games. And, for some, watching porn. (Seriously, don’t do that.)
The camera on an iPad? It sucks. It’s a paltry five megapixels, and that’s only on the new “Retina display” model. The photos are grainy, oversaturated and of such poor quality, it is unbelievable companies like Apple allowed them to be shipped.
But that ignores the most important thing — everyone looks like a dumbass when trying to take a picture with one.
Think about it. You’re wielding this giant, 10-inch slate of metal and glass in front of your face, trying to take a picture of something that is, in all likelihood, too far away to take a picture of. You just embarrass yourself instead of getting a good shot.
I’ve taken more pictures of idiots with iPads on the sideline of Tiger Stadium than I care to admit. I once watched a teenager hold her brand-new, $500 iPad over a pool to film a swimming relay. I saw people with iPads taking pictures at the Voodoo Experience at least 100 yards away from the stage.
How are these people allowed to own tablets?
What’s even more absurd is that if you own an iPad or other tablet, there’s a good chance you have a smartphone, too.
Guess which camera is not only good, but, in many cases, legitimately better than many traditional point-and-shoots?
Cell phone cameras.
Unlike tablet shooters, these don’t suck. That’s why Instagram and mobile picture sharing is so popular — you’re always carrying a competent camera in your pocket.
So why in the name of all that is good and pure would you choose to take pictures with a bulkier, heavier and more terrible version of something you already have?
Maybe you have unresolved issues from your childhood or something, but that does not give you permission to walk around with your iPad looking like an idiot.
Let this be a warning: If I catch you taking pictures with an iPad for anything serious, I’m going to take it from you. You look dumb, and you should feel dumb.
Save yourself the embarrassment.