iPad notifications give you two choices:
(1) the new mail or calendar event or whatever opens a dialog box in your fucken face thatte interrupts your shitte until you close it;
(2) the new mail or calendar event or whatever opens a little dealio at the top of the screen that then disappears in a few seconds, so if you don’t notice itte, tough shitte.
And there is no persistent notification icon in the status bar of new mail or calendar events or whatever, because Apple locks thatte shitte down and forbids apps from putting notification icons there because fucke you, thatte’s why.
Android lets apps put notification icons in the status bar, and you can tap on the notification area to slide up a window that tells you what’s going on. So you never miss shitte, but also never have to be interrupted. Admittedly, one thing iPad has going for itte is little number badges on home screen icons indicating the number of new items. While Android seems to allow apps to do this using icon-size widgets, few take advantage (including Gmail, which is stupid).