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     The new owners of Apple's iPad tablet have one more thing to like about the device: It's friendlier than a traditional laptop when it comes to airport security.
    The Transportation Security Administration says that in general you should not need to remove your iPad from your bag. That's because it's relatively small and people who carry the device often don't have bulky accessories like plugs and external drives that clutter the image when computer bags are screened.
    Screeners may still ask you to remove your iPad if they can't get a clear image of the device.

    With that said, DVICE scoured the reviews and came up with 20 of the biggest gripes from iPad owners.

    Here's the top 10. Click here if that isn't enough for you.

    1. Upscaling makes old iPhone/iPod Touch apps ugly.

    "Here's the problem: It looks terrible… What we're left with is a feature [to use old apps] that I — and I suspect most people — will use one or twice, and never revisit again." - John Hermann, Gizmodo

    2. No GPS for the Wi-Fi iPad

    "Never have I seen such a fast, intuitive piece of technology for geographical navigation… For that reason alone, to me the lack of GPS in the Wi-Fi iPad is a dealbreaker." - Brian Chen, Wired

    3. Apple's oleophobic coating doesn't get rid of distracting fingerprints

    "Apple has removed screen protectors from their stores. Apparently they interfere with the new oleophobic covering. But it is clear (pun intended) to me that I will need a screen protector. This thing has my fingerprints all over it!" - Todd Bernhard, iPhone Life

    4. The screen is unreadable in direct sunlight

    "Unfortunately, the touch screen is so highly reflective that it kicks up a vicious glare in a well-lit room, and practically doubles as a mirror in full sunlight." - Robert Strohmeyer, PCWorld

    5. The iPad's missing USB port and SD card slot come as separate $30 adapters

    "Some will decry the absence of a USB port or other connectors, which might let you hook up a printer or bolster storage. Everything comes through the standard iPod-like dock connector on the bottom of the iPad." - Ed Baig, USA Today

    6. The virtual keyboard still doesn't beat a physical one

    "The on-screen QWERTY keyboard is more finger-sized than iPhone… but I didn't find myself using the device for lots of text input (email, blog post composing) without the aid of the keyboard dock — pretty much exactly like the standard Mac keyboard." Xeni Jardin, Boing Boing

    7. YouTube looks ugly on the big screen

    "On the iPad, YouTube looks like, well, YouTube. Just as HD television doesn't do good things for bad skin, the iPad's glorious screen merely serves to make low-resolution YouTube video content look worse than it does on the iPhone or other smaller screens." - Tim Gideon, PC Magazine

    8. Even at 1.5 pounds, the iPad feels heavy to hold

    "My first reaction when picking up the gorgeous device was how heavy it was. Apple lists the device at over a pound, which doesn't sound like a lot. But when picking an iPad up, the weight is more than one would expect." - Matt Brewer, Mac Fanatic

    9. Charging the iPad via USB on a PC has been shaky at best

    "Here's where the iPad did not charge: Front and rear USB ports on a variety of Windows computers; USB port on an Apple wired keyboard attached to an iMac." Jeff Fox, Consumer Reports

    10. The headphone jack up top is awkward

    "…it would've been better on the bottom so that pesky cable would stay out of the way. But then maybe Apple was thinking you'd be using it in horizontal mode when you need the headphones." - Charlie White, DVICE