One of my very few complaints with the Apple iPad is that it, seemingly, only charges via the included wall brick. When connected to my computer, it always displays ‘not charging’ in the upper right corner of the screen. This is because the iPad needs more power than most PC’s USB ports will output. Many recent Macs have high power USB ports and will allow the device to be used and charged at the same time. As it turns out, the iPad CAN charge via USB or with an iPod power brick, only much more slowly and then only when the device is in sleep and the screen is off. From the support document:
The fastest way to charge your iPad is with the included 10W USB Power Adapter. iPad will also charge, although more slowly, when attached to a computer with a high-power USB port (many recent Mac computers) or with an iPhone Power Adapter. When attached to a computer via a standard USB port (most PCs or older Mac computers) iPad will charge, but only when it’s in sleep mode. Make sure your computer is on while charging iPad via USB. If iPad is connected to a computer that’s turned off or is in sleep or standby mode, the iPad battery will continue to drain.
So, it would seem, my complaint is not completely justified, BUT…it would be nice to be able to sync AND charge at the same time. I wouldn’t mind having to buy a dock with TWO connectors, one for charging with the brick and the other for sync/connecting to the computer. C’mon Apple, your industrial design is first rate and your attention to ease of use is also very high, so why not make this easy? One other smaller complaint with the charging/syncing solution: the cable is too short.