Media who attended the Apple keynote are now being allowed some hands-on time with the iPad, and so far the first impressions make the device sound pretty awesome. Gizmodo describes the iPad as "...substantial but surprisingly light. Easy to grip. Beautiful. Rigid. Starkly designed. The glass is a little rubbery but it could be my sweaty hands. And it's fasssstttt." While Engadget confirms the speed of the CPU, they described the iPad as "...not light. It feels pretty weighty in your hand."

Joystiq provides some details on gaming with the device. The iPad features a "2X" button which scales any iPhone app to full screen, but of course this comes at a graphical cost. Much like upscaling Gameboy Advance games on the Nintendo DS, or Sony PSone classics on the PSP, games are said to look noticeably upscaled. They felt that Need for Speed: Shift actually controlled better with the larget screen, as tilting the device had less of an effect on the screen.

Also, as we expected, the sheer size of the device makes it impossible for your thumbs to obscure most of the screen as you're playing games like NOVA. According to an Apple representative at the event, iPad-optimized games will have their own section on the App Store, although the SDK allows for apps which will run equally well on both devices.

With the SDK for the iPad available today, we expect to hear quite a bit from developers. We've already heard from the people at OpenFeint who are pledging their full support to the platform, and Firemint just dropped us an email announcing an optimized version of Flight Control for the device. They are also "working on some incredibly fun and exciting games that will look amazing on iPad and take full advantage of its features, as well as working brilliantly on iPhone and iPod touch."

Jon Kromrey, GM of the Apple games divison of Namco network also dropped us a note saying how excited they are to create AAA games for the device and feel "the iPad will play a significant part of our goal to reach any player, anywhere at any time."

Photo courtesy of Joystiq

  • Mike

    So it's like a large Touch? No camera, no SMS, no multi-tasking, seems the only difference between the small version we have and their large version is you can change the look of your background finally.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Yeah, that's the only difference. It doesn't have a much larger display or more powerful processor or anything like that.

    • http://www.drafternoon.com mek

      it looks like the add on keyboard allows for a camera " and use accessories like the Camera Connection Kit"

      • http://www.drafternoon.com mek

        and the camera connection kit looks like just an SD card reader....nevermind

    • oliath

      ...and you can't fit it into your pocket anymore so its no longer as conventient.

      Also... all the games that look quite nice on your iphone are going to start to look uuuggggllllyyy once they are scaled up.

      Am i the only person that thinks apple have really missed the point with this one?

    • RhythmMan

      I don't get it:

      1) it's too big to carry with you, which is why the iPhone and touch devices are so popular.

      2) you can't use it for regular home computing, you're stuck with whatever apps come out. It's a multimedia device at best.

      3) like you said, it's mostly for use at home, why not just play a console on a nice big screen tv?

      4) my laptop with windows 7 already has multitouch, I use my laptop the same as an iPhone already. Not many people know this, I don't know why touch screens on laptops aren't more common, but mine has it.

      5) the data plans are really expensive, you better have a wi-fi connection for web browsing or you're screwed!

      6) this seems like a rich kids toy, I don't see it catching on in this economy. It's just not neccesary...and offers little more than a super-portable iPhone...factor in the lack of mentioned portability and no phone- the ipad offers LESS than the iPhone.

      They should just add a phone to it so people can hold this bad boy up to their head like that one British comedian with the giant phone who yells! Hahaha, that would be priceless.

      Is it just me, or did anyone else have the thought that steve was holding a regular iPhone and it was actually Steve who shrunk.

      • Steve Jobs

        Yeah I really messed up guys...

        Will some of you please buy one so my investors don't get pissed?

        Back to the drawing board, my bad!

      • Stickyicky

        Huh? "It's too big to carry with you"? Then how do people carry current netbooks and laptops? "You can't use it for home computing"? Uh, yes you can. You can use it to browse the web, edit pictures, read books, etc.......laptops aren't meant to replace desktops, so why would the iPad be meant to replace the laptop or desktop? "It's data plan is too expensive"? Are you on crack!?! AT&T is offering a $14.99 and $29.99 unlimited plan. If anyone has ever bought a laptop data card, they typically run around $50-$60 per month, so this is a still compared to similar options.
        Look the iPad isn't perfect, but Apple can tweak the software and features with software updates and the majority of the other complaints (no hard drive, no camera) can be achieved with accessory options. Apple omitted some features to get to the $499.00 sweet-spot for the iPad. If they would released a full-featured unit, it would have been around $1000. Hell, Amazon's Kindle costs $400 and all it does is function as an e-reader, and it's sold millions! I'll take the iPad over the Kindle every day of the week.

        All in all, I like the iPad. Yes, it could have a few extra features, but it has lots of potential and Apple is good at getting the most of their creations. Don't forget that the iPhone was released to about the same fanfare as the iPad, and look at how successful it's become. In other words, give it time to be released, mature and updated. It'll be a winner, without a doubt!

  • Mike

    So it's like a large Touch? No camera, no SMS, no multi-tasking, seems the only difference between the small version we have and their large version is you can change the look of your background finally.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Yeah, that's the only difference. It doesn't have a much larger display or more powerful processor or anything like that.

    • http://www.drafternoon.com mek

      it looks like the add on keyboard allows for a camera " and use accessories like the Camera Connection Kit"

      • http://www.drafternoon.com mek

        and the camera connection kit looks like just an SD card reader....nevermind

    • oliath

      ...and you can't fit it into your pocket anymore so its no longer as conventient.

      Also... all the games that look quite nice on your iphone are going to start to look uuuggggllllyyy once they are scaled up.

      Am i the only person that thinks apple have really missed the point with this one?

    • RhythmMan

      I don't get it:

      1) it's too big to carry with you, which is why the iPhone and touch devices are so popular.

      2) you can't use it for regular home computing, you're stuck with whatever apps come out. It's a multimedia device at best.

      3) like you said, it's mostly for use at home, why not just play a console on a nice big screen tv?

      4) my laptop with windows 7 already has multitouch, I use my laptop the same as an iPhone already. Not many people know this, I don't know why touch screens on laptops aren't more common, but mine has it.

      5) the data plans are really expensive, you better have a wi-fi connection for web browsing or you're screwed!

      6) this seems like a rich kids toy, I don't see it catching on in this economy. It's just not neccesary...and offers little more than a super-portable iPhone...factor in the lack of mentioned portability and no phone- the ipad offers LESS than the iPhone.

      They should just add a phone to it so people can hold this bad boy up to their head like that one British comedian with the giant phone who yells! Hahaha, that would be priceless.

      Is it just me, or did anyone else have the thought that steve was holding a regular iPhone and it was actually Steve who shrunk.

      • Steve Jobs

        Yeah I really messed up guys...

        Will some of you please buy one so my investors don't get pissed?

        Back to the drawing board, my bad!

      • Stickyicky

        Huh? "It's too big to carry with you"? Then how do people carry current netbooks and laptops? "You can't use it for home computing"? Uh, yes you can. You can use it to browse the web, edit pictures, read books, etc.......laptops aren't meant to replace desktops, so why would the iPad be meant to replace the laptop or desktop? "It's data plan is too expensive"? Are you on crack!?! AT&T is offering a $14.99 and $29.99 unlimited plan. If anyone has ever bought a laptop data card, they typically run around $50-$60 per month, so this is a still compared to similar options.
        Look the iPad isn't perfect, but Apple can tweak the software and features with software updates and the majority of the other complaints (no hard drive, no camera) can be achieved with accessory options. Apple omitted some features to get to the $499.00 sweet-spot for the iPad. If they would released a full-featured unit, it would have been around $1000. Hell, Amazon's Kindle costs $400 and all it does is function as an e-reader, and it's sold millions! I'll take the iPad over the Kindle every day of the week.

        All in all, I like the iPad. Yes, it could have a few extra features, but it has lots of potential and Apple is good at getting the most of their creations. Don't forget that the iPhone was released to about the same fanfare as the iPad, and look at how successful it's become. In other words, give it time to be released, mature and updated. It'll be a winner, without a doubt!

  • jeffyg3

    A bit disappointed in the iPad. I don't see a point in getting a bigger version of my iPhone. The Microsoft Curriour looks a whole lot better and a better vision of what those devices are supposed to do from I've seen.

    Common' Apple, bring on some iPhone 4G news, I'm already board with this iPad stuff.

    • chris

      the Courier looks sweet.

      chris.

    • Noah

      I know, right? I'm actually really excited to see the MS Courier come to market.

      I think part of why I was disappointed with the iPad was because I had already seen the UI before, so I wasn't as "wow"ed this time around.

    • Stickyicky

      .........and you're basing this on what? Ballmer holding it up at CES? Come on, it looked almost identical to the iPad. There were no software demos, specs, etc... That just makes you sound like an Apple hater and MS lover. Microsoft is keen on releasing slow and inferior software/hardware.......the Courier will be no different. Plus, I can't wait to see how MS integrates it's shitty Zune store, ebooks and music. They are horrible at this!

  • jeffyg3

    A bit disappointed in the iPad. I don't see a point in getting a bigger version of my iPhone. The Microsoft Curriour looks a whole lot better and a better vision of what those devices are supposed to do from I've seen.

    Common' Apple, bring on some iPhone 4G news, I'm already board with this iPad stuff.

    • chris

      the Courier looks sweet.

      chris.

    • Noah

      I know, right? I'm actually really excited to see the MS Courier come to market.

      I think part of why I was disappointed with the iPad was because I had already seen the UI before, so I wasn't as "wow"ed this time around.

    • Stickyicky

      .........and you're basing this on what? Ballmer holding it up at CES? Come on, it looked almost identical to the iPad. There were no software demos, specs, etc... That just makes you sound like an Apple hater and MS lover. Microsoft is keen on releasing slow and inferior software/hardware.......the Courier will be no different. Plus, I can't wait to see how MS integrates it's shitty Zune store, ebooks and music. They are horrible at this!

  • Zas

    iPaid for this?!

    Disapointing...

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      You paid for what, exactly?

  • Zas

    iPaid for this?!

    Disapointing...

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      You paid for what, exactly?

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    Haha: "....our goal to reach any player, anywhere at any time."
    First, they'll need the players... ;)
    This will be a niche device... too big to carrie always around, too basic (not one single killer-feature) to sell big time.

    Devs - please don't abandon the small devices, they are the true handheld gaming devices.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    Haha: "....our goal to reach any player, anywhere at any time."
    First, they'll need the players... ;)
    This will be a niche device... too big to carrie always around, too basic (not one single killer-feature) to sell big time.

    Devs - please don't abandon the small devices, they are the true handheld gaming devices.

  • zeroskate

    do you know when there will be online video presentation avaliable?thanks

  • zeroskate

    do you know when there will be online video presentation avaliable?thanks

  • ajblue

    picture fail! you can't drift left when turning right! i smell photoshop,,,

    • SalsaMD

      that's just an app store image. But I agree, they could have crafted it better.

      • bobechi

        the car is clearly drifting...

    • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

      You know, that it's possible to take photos from different angles?! ;)
      Who's saying that the person is tilting right? That's not clear.
      Btw, of course ALL product photos are professionally done in PS, so what?

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Obviously you've never played NFS, or don't understand how to control drift.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

        I got both NFS games and love them. But you don't seem to understand photography. Again: you have got two hands on a white background, you clearly don't see, if he is tilting right or left. The photo is behing shot from the right side, and? There is no horizon or whatsoever to check the tilting…. it's just the photo which is not aligned to the horizon, nothing else.

      • rich_952000

        Em... Don't believe the game in the picture is NFS, unless they've released a third one with cycles that I missed :P

    • starmonkey101

      you can tell by the front wheel that it is going to turn right

    • facepalm

      Wow. I hope you're never near me on the roads. Turn into the slide/skid.

  • ajblue

    picture fail! you can't drift left when turning right! i smell photoshop,,,

    • SalsaMD

      that's just an app store image. But I agree, they could have crafted it better.

      • bobechi

        the car is clearly drifting...

    • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

      You know, that it's possible to take photos from different angles?! ;)
      Who's saying that the person is tilting right? That's not clear.
      Btw, of course ALL product photos are professionally done in PS, so what?

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Obviously you've never played NFS, or don't understand how to control drift.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

        I got both NFS games and love them. But you don't seem to understand photography. Again: you have got two hands on a white background, you clearly don't see, if he is tilting right or left. The photo is behing shot from the right side, and? There is no horizon or whatsoever to check the tilting…. it's just the photo which is not aligned to the horizon, nothing else.

      • rich_952000

        Em... Don't believe the game in the picture is NFS, unless they've released a third one with cycles that I missed :P

    • starmonkey101

      you can tell by the front wheel that it is going to turn right

    • facepalm

      Wow. I hope you're never near me on the roads. Turn into the slide/skid.

  • HenryBaker

    Great Price at only $499.

  • HenryBaker

    Great Price at only $499.

  • Rylin

    No, the person holding the iPad is counter-steering into the drift to maintain control of the car while sliding.

    I'm pretty excited about this -- count me in!

  • Rylin

    No, the person holding the iPad is counter-steering into the drift to maintain control of the car while sliding.

    I'm pretty excited about this -- count me in!

  • Hmar9333

    Absolutely retarded.

    A massive iPod touch with 3G?

    No thanks.

  • Dran

    Seems everywhere you look, people are disappointed. No surprise, if its basically a big iTouch, Ill stick to my lightweight pocket-fitting iTouch, thankyou.

    Do not want, Apple. Do not want.

  • Hmar9333

    Absolutely retarded.

    A massive iPod touch with 3G?

    No thanks.

  • Dran

    Seems everywhere you look, people are disappointed. No surprise, if its basically a big iTouch, Ill stick to my lightweight pocket-fitting iTouch, thankyou.

    Do not want, Apple. Do not want.

  • Voynix

    Won't your arms get a bit sore? I've read that the device feels heavy in your hands.

  • Voynix

    Won't your arms get a bit sore? I've read that the device feels heavy in your hands.

  • mlkaufman

    "...and it isn't clear right now if one there is a way for developers to provide a single app, customized for both devices, if they wanted to."

    Actually, it is clear. Direct from (http://www.apple.com/ipad/sdk/) apple:

    Developers can now start planning for universal applications, allowing them to take full advantage of the technologies found on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch with a single binary.

  • mlkaufman

    "...and it isn't clear right now if one there is a way for developers to provide a single app, customized for both devices, if they wanted to."

    Actually, it is clear. Direct from (http://www.apple.com/ipad/sdk/) apple:

    Developers can now start planning for universal applications, allowing them to take full advantage of the technologies found on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch with a single binary.

  • Rylin

    You need to approach the device with a different perspective. It's something you can carry around in your briefcase/shoulder bag/etc for occasional use or to have on your living room coffee table when you want to casually browse the web or order a movie ticket from something you see on tv.

    This isn't meant to be carried around 24/7 like your iPhone or iPod Touch which is meant to be more mobile.

  • Rylin

    You need to approach the device with a different perspective. It's something you can carry around in your briefcase/shoulder bag/etc for occasional use or to have on your living room coffee table when you want to casually browse the web or order a movie ticket from something you see on tv.

    This isn't meant to be carried around 24/7 like your iPhone or iPod Touch which is meant to be more mobile.

  • Candy

    I'm buying this. Looks very cool

  • Candy

    I'm buying this. Looks very cool

  • Really Disappointed

    If I want to game on something larger than my iphone, I'll bust out my 360.

    • SalsaMD

      on the airplane, in an airport, or otherwise on the road, "busting out a 360" will pose a fair bit of challenge. Just saying...

      • bobechi

        haha xbox is not a competitor for any tablet, even the ipad.

      • bobechi

        i agree, SalsaMD

      • TKO

        Unfortunately the iPad has no red-ring around the home button to light up on a semi-regular basis to indicate the my-blow-dryer-gaming-device-just-shat-itself feature just kicked in. The iPad can't hope to compete with the ways the XBox feels like a cheap peace of plastic on the verge of meltdown. :p

  • Really Disappointed

    If I want to game on something larger than my iphone, I'll bust out my 360.

    • SalsaMD

      on the airplane, in an airport, or otherwise on the road, "busting out a 360" will pose a fair bit of challenge. Just saying...

      • bobechi

        haha xbox is not a competitor for any tablet, even the ipad.

      • bobechi

        i agree, SalsaMD

      • TKO

        Unfortunately the iPad has no red-ring around the home button to light up on a semi-regular basis to indicate the my-blow-dryer-gaming-device-just-shat-itself feature just kicked in. The iPad can't hope to compete with the ways the XBox feels like a cheap peace of plastic on the verge of meltdown. :p

  • http://tylertennisworld.blogspot.com/ Tyler

    This is basically a glorified iPhone!! What a disappointment. I expected the full Mac Leopard OS X. There's really no incentive for me to buy the iPad at all. No camera? Nothing good, or expected. I guess it's about time Apple didn't live up to the pre-release hype.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      This actually happens every single time Apple announces anything. No matter what it is, there's always a group of people who had completely unrealistic expectations and were bound to be disappointed.

      • http://tylertennisworld.blogspot.com/ Tyler

        theres just nothing special here...i didnt set any unrealistic expectations. why make such a cutting edge device, and limit it to exactly what the ipod touch/iphone can already??

    • Adams Immersive

      There was no pre-release hype that this would run Leopard. And be glad it doesn’t: a desktop OS with only your fingers would be terrible. Imprecise, slow, and awkward.

      This isn’t yet another desktop OS made for mouse and forced into yet another failed tablet; this is the touch-based iPhone OS now larger and faster.

      Which is exactly what I wanted. I just didn’t expect the price to be low enough for me to go buy one! But at $499, I’m sold.

    • Stickyicky

      What did you people expect for $499? An iPhone 3GS, unsubsidized costs more than the iPad, and you still have to buy a phone/data plan. I can definitely see the benefit or use of this at home. If my wife is on the computer or watching a movie I want to see on the TV/computer, I can just grab my iPad, head upstairs and watch a movie or TV Show or even surf the web at incredible speeds! It's not a fit for everyone, but it definitely services a market.........just like netbooks......which aren't for everyone also! I don't need the iPad to have file management, flash, a full OS system. I want it to be fast, convenient, have a great UI and be a media darling.........All of which the iPad is!

  • http://tylertennisworld.blogspot.com/ Tyler

    This is basically a glorified iPhone!! What a disappointment. I expected the full Mac Leopard OS X. There's really no incentive for me to buy the iPad at all. No camera? Nothing good, or expected. I guess it's about time Apple didn't live up to the pre-release hype.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      This actually happens every single time Apple announces anything. No matter what it is, there's always a group of people who had completely unrealistic expectations and were bound to be disappointed.

      • http://tylertennisworld.blogspot.com/ Tyler

        theres just nothing special here...i didnt set any unrealistic expectations. why make such a cutting edge device, and limit it to exactly what the ipod touch/iphone can already??

    • Adams Immersive

      There was no pre-release hype that this would run Leopard. And be glad it doesn’t: a desktop OS with only your fingers would be terrible. Imprecise, slow, and awkward.

      This isn’t yet another desktop OS made for mouse and forced into yet another failed tablet; this is the touch-based iPhone OS now larger and faster.

      Which is exactly what I wanted. I just didn’t expect the price to be low enough for me to go buy one! But at $499, I’m sold.

    • Stickyicky

      What did you people expect for $499? An iPhone 3GS, unsubsidized costs more than the iPad, and you still have to buy a phone/data plan. I can definitely see the benefit or use of this at home. If my wife is on the computer or watching a movie I want to see on the TV/computer, I can just grab my iPad, head upstairs and watch a movie or TV Show or even surf the web at incredible speeds! It's not a fit for everyone, but it definitely services a market.........just like netbooks......which aren't for everyone also! I don't need the iPad to have file management, flash, a full OS system. I want it to be fast, convenient, have a great UI and be a media darling.........All of which the iPad is!

  • Dave Bowman

    Sorry, but 500-800 Dollar is too expensive for a gaming console.
    For E-Books devices like the Amazon Kindle are the better alternative.

    The iPad is funny toy for adults, but no real concurrence for netbooks.

    • bobechi

      Can a Kindle do email or internet at all? I thought the Kindle's a one-trick pony... And if ppl call it a "game platform", it's fair to say that no other game platform is portable, all-in-one at that size screen...

    • Adams Immersive

      The browsing experience on this is far better than a netbook. Netbooks are cheap, but do nothing well.

      • http://tylertennisworld.blogspot.com/ Tyler

        how can it be called "the best way to surf the web" and not have flash!? what a joke

      • Shokz

        Yup, I don't really get this statement either... The absense of Flash makes it worse straight away and the fact that there's still no multitasking means you can't browse the web and do anything else at the same time (exept listen to music), such as doing work on iWork (which is the most obvious link).

        The iPad [I]could[/I] have been good, but Apple left out some key features they could have easily added.

      • Stickyicky

        because flash is garbage, eats up internal resources and performance and is a security liability. What do you need flash for? To get those shitty McDonald's adds or play some horrible Orbitz game built in Flash? Most sites that rely heavily on flash have either made an mobile iphone (now iPad) friendly version or have an iPhone app that modifies it's content for the iPhone. In fact, Hulu is even releasing an iPhone app. In other words, Flash is on it's way out and everyone knows it that has any sense. HTML 5 is the future. Ask Google and every other tech geek!

  • Dave Bowman

    Sorry, but 500-800 Dollar is too expensive for a gaming console.
    For E-Books devices like the Amazon Kindle are the better alternative.

    The iPad is funny toy for adults, but no real concurrence for netbooks.

    • bobechi

      Can a Kindle do email or internet at all? I thought the Kindle's a one-trick pony... And if ppl call it a "game platform", it's fair to say that no other game platform is portable, all-in-one at that size screen...

    • Adams Immersive

      The browsing experience on this is far better than a netbook. Netbooks are cheap, but do nothing well.

      • http://tylertennisworld.blogspot.com/ Tyler

        how can it be called "the best way to surf the web" and not have flash!? what a joke

      • Shokz

        Yup, I don't really get this statement either... The absense of Flash makes it worse straight away and the fact that there's still no multitasking means you can't browse the web and do anything else at the same time (exept listen to music), such as doing work on iWork (which is the most obvious link).

        The iPad [I]could[/I] have been good, but Apple left out some key features they could have easily added.

      • Stickyicky

        because flash is garbage, eats up internal resources and performance and is a security liability. What do you need flash for? To get those shitty McDonald's adds or play some horrible Orbitz game built in Flash? Most sites that rely heavily on flash have either made an mobile iphone (now iPad) friendly version or have an iPhone app that modifies it's content for the iPhone. In fact, Hulu is even releasing an iPhone app. In other words, Flash is on it's way out and everyone knows it that has any sense. HTML 5 is the future. Ask Google and every other tech geek!

  • Rylin

    You guys are approaching the device with the wrong mindset

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Very true, and I can't overemphasize how important it is to understand this. A *lot* of people are completely missing the point of this thing.

      • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

        There is no point to this thing.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

        No, the problem is just, that Apple is praising it as their miracle machines doing just wonders. Did you watch the presentation video on the Apple site? Really hardcore, how they stare and what they say. Just stupid. Every little lame thing is a revolution. Wouldn't they spit out so many big words, they wouldn't fall so hard.
        It's a sweet thing, but far from any magic or revolution or you name it.

      • Adams Immersive

        Wait and see. People slam every new Apple product... and then hindsight is 20/20.

  • Rylin

    You guys are approaching the device with the wrong mindset

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Very true, and I can't overemphasize how important it is to understand this. A *lot* of people are completely missing the point of this thing.

      • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

        There is no point to this thing.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

        No, the problem is just, that Apple is praising it as their miracle machines doing just wonders. Did you watch the presentation video on the Apple site? Really hardcore, how they stare and what they say. Just stupid. Every little lame thing is a revolution. Wouldn't they spit out so many big words, they wouldn't fall so hard.
        It's a sweet thing, but far from any magic or revolution or you name it.

      • Adams Immersive

        Wait and see. People slam every new Apple product... and then hindsight is 20/20.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    "it isn't clear right now if one there is a way for developers to provide a single app, customized for both devices, if they wanted to"

    Actually, from what a friend (who makes iPhone games) told me, Apple's developer docs say you *can* make universal binaries.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    "it isn't clear right now if one there is a way for developers to provide a single app, customized for both devices, if they wanted to"

    Actually, from what a friend (who makes iPhone games) told me, Apple's developer docs say you *can* make universal binaries.

  • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

    What about the possibility of connecting iPhone via bluetooth to the iPad and using using the iPhone as a handcontroller for the game on the screen of the iPad, that could create some nice possibilities. Not taking up any screen room with your fingers.

    • Swim24hours

      Now that is a great idea; it could even be taken a step further if you were able to have multiplayer with maybe like a personal screen on the iPhone and another one on the ipad or vice versa

    • TKO

      Hmmm... With ad-hoc bluetooth connections, this should be easy to do. Even with a single app. Have the game on the big screen, and control it all on the iPhone - while the iPhone display shows the car/craft/whatever's dashboard.

      I like. {drool}

      • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

        Yeah, bring it on!

    • Mike

      $900 to turn my iPhone into a controller.. Hmm not worth it.

  • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

    What about the possibility of connecting iPhone via bluetooth to the iPad and using using the iPhone as a handcontroller for the game on the screen of the iPad, that could create some nice possibilities. Not taking up any screen room with your fingers.

    • Swim24hours

      Now that is a great idea; it could even be taken a step further if you were able to have multiplayer with maybe like a personal screen on the iPhone and another one on the ipad or vice versa

    • TKO

      Hmmm... With ad-hoc bluetooth connections, this should be easy to do. Even with a single app. Have the game on the big screen, and control it all on the iPhone - while the iPhone display shows the car/craft/whatever's dashboard.

      I like. {drool}

      • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

        Yeah, bring it on!

    • Mike

      $900 to turn my iPhone into a controller.. Hmm not worth it.

  • chris

    i do not see this as a portable game/computer. i see it as a electronic magazine reader.. if you go to apples add.. they pimp surfing the web and picture viewer. thats fine.. but will it support flash? java? for some reason i doubt it.

    chris.

    • Anonymous

      It's a magazine reader... and much, much more. That's what will make it a Kindle-killer.

      Apple doesn't dictate what the iPad will be. That's up to the devs and users. Just like the iPod Touch wasn't meant to be a pure game console... yet it can hold its own against the DSi, PSP, etc...

      My bet is we'll also be seeing these devices in:

      1) hospitals and health clinics in place of a chart/clipboard
      2) breakfast tables in place of the daily newpaper
      3) kids backpacks in place of a DSi or PSP
      4) kitchens in place of a laptop device for recipes
      5) and anything else devs can dream up

      • Anonymous

        On second thought, #3 isn't likely to happen. That would be iPod Touch territory because of the bulk.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

        I second that. Way to big to compete in the mobile gaming area.

    • chris

      yeah, #3..i s itouch.. and i agree it could fit perfect on my table. but if you go watch there add on apple.com.. they pretty much throw in your face what they want it to be used for. they are all about surfing the web.. well for it to be the great surfer its gonna need at least flash. i personally hate my laptop. and i normally use my touch to surf teh web from my couch.. so this could work for the net for me. just fine. i do see other people saying it should of at least had a slot for sd cards and a usb port.. i agree.. now i see no reason for a cd player if you have a usb port at least. but apple wants to keep it in the family and complete control.. so no way in hell would they add that. and it seems like a no brainer to of added a camera.. unless they are thinking if they add the camera for gen 2 ipads to get people to ditch there first ipad.. would not surprise me.

      since i went to bed this device has gain a bad rep.. im ok with that, i have a little rebel in me.. :)

      and i agree i could see this working perfect in my pain doctors office.. the hospitals around here are already using computers on the walls.. that use touch screen. its been years since iv seen a nurse with a clip board.. this device would work perfect to interact with the computer systems already implemented in the modern high tech hospital.

      i may buy one yet.. but my ipod 2 touch is outdated almost and with in the year my guess new software will kill it off.. sorta like gta did for gen 1 ipods.. yeah there is a work around.. but what a hassle.. so i will be buying a gen 4 ipod.. and hope like heck it has a camera.. i know some are hoping gen 4 ipods will have a gps unit.. but how the gps unit works in the iphone.. the ipod will never get a gps unit.

      now a jail broken ipad maybe interesting!!
      chris.

  • chris

    i do not see this as a portable game/computer. i see it as a electronic magazine reader.. if you go to apples add.. they pimp surfing the web and picture viewer. thats fine.. but will it support flash? java? for some reason i doubt it.

    chris.

    • Anonymous

      It's a magazine reader... and much, much more. That's what will make it a Kindle-killer.

      Apple doesn't dictate what the iPad will be. That's up to the devs and users. Just like the iPod Touch wasn't meant to be a pure game console... yet it can hold its own against the DSi, PSP, etc...

      My bet is we'll also be seeing these devices in:

      1) hospitals and health clinics in place of a chart/clipboard
      2) breakfast tables in place of the daily newpaper
      3) kids backpacks in place of a DSi or PSP
      4) kitchens in place of a laptop device for recipes
      5) and anything else devs can dream up

      • Anonymous

        On second thought, #3 isn't likely to happen. That would be iPod Touch territory because of the bulk.

      • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

        I second that. Way to big to compete in the mobile gaming area.

    • chris

      yeah, #3..i s itouch.. and i agree it could fit perfect on my table. but if you go watch there add on apple.com.. they pretty much throw in your face what they want it to be used for. they are all about surfing the web.. well for it to be the great surfer its gonna need at least flash. i personally hate my laptop. and i normally use my touch to surf teh web from my couch.. so this could work for the net for me. just fine. i do see other people saying it should of at least had a slot for sd cards and a usb port.. i agree.. now i see no reason for a cd player if you have a usb port at least. but apple wants to keep it in the family and complete control.. so no way in hell would they add that. and it seems like a no brainer to of added a camera.. unless they are thinking if they add the camera for gen 2 ipads to get people to ditch there first ipad.. would not surprise me.

      since i went to bed this device has gain a bad rep.. im ok with that, i have a little rebel in me.. :)

      and i agree i could see this working perfect in my pain doctors office.. the hospitals around here are already using computers on the walls.. that use touch screen. its been years since iv seen a nurse with a clip board.. this device would work perfect to interact with the computer systems already implemented in the modern high tech hospital.

      i may buy one yet.. but my ipod 2 touch is outdated almost and with in the year my guess new software will kill it off.. sorta like gta did for gen 1 ipods.. yeah there is a work around.. but what a hassle.. so i will be buying a gen 4 ipod.. and hope like heck it has a camera.. i know some are hoping gen 4 ipods will have a gps unit.. but how the gps unit works in the iphone.. the ipod will never get a gps unit.

      now a jail broken ipad maybe interesting!!
      chris.

  • http://www.runningwithscissorsgame.com Chris

    one word (or acronym)

    "lcars"

  • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

    ...or also being able to use your iPhone as a keyboard connected via bluetooth to iPad? Would also be a nice feature

  • http://www.runningwithscissorsgame.com Chris

    one word (or acronym)

    "lcars"

  • http://www.toucharcade.com Mr T Bailey

    ...or also being able to use your iPhone as a keyboard connected via bluetooth to iPad? Would also be a nice feature

  • Symbolist

    Lovely thing. Will buy it as soon as it hits german stores. Lovely thing! Instant buy!

  • Bez54

    What's the point of this? Not very portable and is a over sized psp. Just a big iPod touch. I think I will not waste money on this and see what happens with the iPhone and spend my cash on that. If I want something like this (whatever it is) I will either get a PSP or a netbook. Both together would be cheaper. Epic fail.

    Playing games on my iPhone when I'm out and about is fine, also it's a phone! So why would I buy this?

  • Symbolist

    Lovely thing. Will buy it as soon as it hits german stores. Lovely thing! Instant buy!

  • Bez54

    What's the point of this? Not very portable and is a over sized psp. Just a big iPod touch. I think I will not waste money on this and see what happens with the iPhone and spend my cash on that. If I want something like this (whatever it is) I will either get a PSP or a netbook. Both together would be cheaper. Epic fail.

    Playing games on my iPhone when I'm out and about is fine, also it's a phone! So why would I buy this?

  • JohnAnton

    Problem - only view software available.
    One of the view I found on google -
    http://touchpdf.esferatec.com/

  • JohnAnton

    Problem - only view software available.
    One of the view I found on google -
    http://touchpdf.esferatec.com/

  • radchad1

    That really is a crap product to buy imho. I can get a decent netbook for $299.00 USD or some places are even giving them away for free with a contract to wireless service. On top of that a netbook will have close to 300 Gigs of hard drive space. This little crap ipad can only go up to 64GB of memory are you freaking kidding me? I'll stick with my 32GB 3GS thanks, but no thanks. on top of that this thing will prob also be limited to 11 pages of apps.

    • Adams Immersive

      Your’re right, unless usability matters, multitouch works well, and flash storage costs more than fragile hard disks :)

  • radchad1

    That really is a crap product to buy imho. I can get a decent netbook for $299.00 USD or some places are even giving them away for free with a contract to wireless service. On top of that a netbook will have close to 300 Gigs of hard drive space. This little crap ipad can only go up to 64GB of memory are you freaking kidding me? I'll stick with my 32GB 3GS thanks, but no thanks. on top of that this thing will prob also be limited to 11 pages of apps.

    • Adams Immersive

      Your’re right, unless usability matters, multitouch works well, and flash storage costs more than fragile hard disks :)

  • MrMuesli

    Oh, to hell with it....I'll have two!!!

  • MrMuesli

    Oh, to hell with it....I'll have two!!!

  • me

    It's interesting, but ultimately a useless product to me.

    The while point of the iphone and itouch to me, is how small and easy to carry they are.

    If I want something that big, well, I have my netbook that I'm typing on right now, and it runs Windows 7 and can do way more than the iPad. And it has a real keyboard etc.

    Bring on the next iTouch with a camera and GPS - then I'm interested. And hey, offer that cheap 3G deal for it too.

  • me

    It's interesting, but ultimately a useless product to me.

    The while point of the iphone and itouch to me, is how small and easy to carry they are.

    If I want something that big, well, I have my netbook that I'm typing on right now, and it runs Windows 7 and can do way more than the iPad. And it has a real keyboard etc.

    Bring on the next iTouch with a camera and GPS - then I'm interested. And hey, offer that cheap 3G deal for it too.

  • Kevin

    I'll preface this like all Apple heresy: I love Apple, but...

    ...I can't think of a good reason to buy this thing. Nearly any one of the current netbooks out there are cheaper and have more functionality and for even more mobile fun and function I have my iTouch. What's the point of this thing, apart from teh sexay?

    Sorry Apple. I'll pass on this one.

    • http://tylertennisworld.blogspot.com/ Tyler

      well said...well said

    • TKO

      Well, I could get an netbook ..but I'll get this instead. When I'm travelling (thinking: airports) I don't want to have to find a place to sit down and get the netbook out. You really have to have a flat surface to use those comfortably.

      Last time I was going through airports I loved being able to use the iPhone anywhere: queued up, walking between gates, in the loo, in some super-cramped coach-class seat where the dude in front of me was reclined ..heck, when my tray is laden with food and I still wanna read that cached webpage/ebook/whatever.

      The only thing that annoyed me about using the iPhone instead of a laptop was a) the CPU was too slow and b) the screen was too small. This suits me to a tee.

  • Kevin

    I'll preface this like all Apple heresy: I love Apple, but...

    ...I can't think of a good reason to buy this thing. Nearly any one of the current netbooks out there are cheaper and have more functionality and for even more mobile fun and function I have my iTouch. What's the point of this thing, apart from teh sexay?

    Sorry Apple. I'll pass on this one.

    • http://tylertennisworld.blogspot.com/ Tyler

      well said...well said

    • TKO

      Well, I could get an netbook ..but I'll get this instead. When I'm travelling (thinking: airports) I don't want to have to find a place to sit down and get the netbook out. You really have to have a flat surface to use those comfortably.

      Last time I was going through airports I loved being able to use the iPhone anywhere: queued up, walking between gates, in the loo, in some super-cramped coach-class seat where the dude in front of me was reclined ..heck, when my tray is laden with food and I still wanna read that cached webpage/ebook/whatever.

      The only thing that annoyed me about using the iPhone instead of a laptop was a) the CPU was too slow and b) the screen was too small. This suits me to a tee.

  • misfitskater6

    For something like this, I'd expect a full OS, and some USB ports to make it more flexible. Jailbreaking aside, if it's locked to the App Store, I don't see much point in getting this over an iPhone, especially if you already have an iPhone.

    I'm going to do what I did with the iPhone, wait a generation or two and see how it develops, watch how much support it gets from developers.

  • misfitskater6

    For something like this, I'd expect a full OS, and some USB ports to make it more flexible. Jailbreaking aside, if it's locked to the App Store, I don't see much point in getting this over an iPhone, especially if you already have an iPhone.

    I'm going to do what I did with the iPhone, wait a generation or two and see how it develops, watch how much support it gets from developers.

  • Lum the Invader

    The lack of multi-tasking is a real deal breaker. For a device which is supposed to replace the laptop for sofa web browsing, it cannot do something as simple as IM while surfing. It also lacks a web cam, meaning no Skype. Hilariously it also STILL lacks Flash support. Jobs may mock Netbooks, but at least they can do all of the above.

    I think Apple might have got it wrong with this one.

    • Adams Immersive

      My iPhone can send an IM while surfing, so the iPad surely can too. Just hit Home.

      Most people who say “multitasking” really mean “speed”—and it sounds like the iPad has it.

      Remember, too, that the browser DOES multitask. So choose a fast-loading IM app and you’re in business.

      That said, I too hope for multitasking in OS 4.0. But it’s not a dire need when apps load fast and save/pause automatically.

    • TKO

      IMHO flash support is overrated. I don't miss all those crappy flashing banner-ads all over the place. Web browsing is a totally tranquil experience without flash. ..if you're a web-video and farmville/mafia wars addict you might be disappointed. But I'm just after text and images, and whatever cool ways of wrapping it that HTML5 and H264 video inline offer. (which will soon make the web-video point moot.)

  • Lum the Invader

    The lack of multi-tasking is a real deal breaker. For a device which is supposed to replace the laptop for sofa web browsing, it cannot do something as simple as IM while surfing. It also lacks a web cam, meaning no Skype. Hilariously it also STILL lacks Flash support. Jobs may mock Netbooks, but at least they can do all of the above.

    I think Apple might have got it wrong with this one.

    • Adams Immersive

      My iPhone can send an IM while surfing, so the iPad surely can too. Just hit Home.

      Most people who say “multitasking” really mean “speed”—and it sounds like the iPad has it.

      Remember, too, that the browser DOES multitask. So choose a fast-loading IM app and you’re in business.

      That said, I too hope for multitasking in OS 4.0. But it’s not a dire need when apps load fast and save/pause automatically.

    • TKO

      IMHO flash support is overrated. I don't miss all those crappy flashing banner-ads all over the place. Web browsing is a totally tranquil experience without flash. ..if you're a web-video and farmville/mafia wars addict you might be disappointed. But I'm just after text and images, and whatever cool ways of wrapping it that HTML5 and H264 video inline offer. (which will soon make the web-video point moot.)

  • Ipod Touch

    Where's my iPod Touch with the camera built-in?

    Who the heck asked for this iPad thing anyway?! Stop screwing around Apple, and give us things we actually ASKED for.

    • Silverfist

      Did you ASK for that iPod Touch before you knew it existed (i.e., the first iPhone presentation)?

    • Bruce

      Actually, I asked for a larger screen iPod, so it is what I was asking for...

      • DaverJ

        Me too... love the iPod Touch for a quick game and surfing, but my aging eyes have a hard time with that itty-bitty screen at times.

        iPod SOLD.

      • DaverJ

        oops... I meant "iPAD SOLD". :D

  • Ipod Touch

    Where's my iPod Touch with the camera built-in?

    Who the heck asked for this iPad thing anyway?! Stop screwing around Apple, and give us things we actually ASKED for.

    • Silverfist

      Did you ASK for that iPod Touch before you knew it existed (i.e., the first iPhone presentation)?

    • Bruce

      Actually, I asked for a larger screen iPod, so it is what I was asking for...

      • DaverJ

        Me too... love the iPod Touch for a quick game and surfing, but my aging eyes have a hard time with that itty-bitty screen at times.

        iPod SOLD.

      • DaverJ

        oops... I meant "iPAD SOLD". :D

  • shumby

    well

    I'm pretty excited to see what this will do to the appstore. I mean... there's so much screen real-estate.

    I don't know about you but I do most of my touch gaming at home. I'd love a big screen for Battle of Wesnoth, Touchgrind, MiniGore, Labyrinth2, theDeep Pinball, Zenbound.... Just think about it!

    Besides that - it's got a more functional keyboard and 3G for $15? Come on. Don't be so eager to dismiss. Consider how stupid games on the iPhone were in the summer of 08. We've come a long way. We've got a ways to go...

    • MrMuesli

      I have to agree with you re BfW. About the only game I really regret buying due to the Liliputian sized interface. At least with this iPad thing we could enjoy that great game in all its splendor.

    • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

      ...Yes, with the next generation of iPhones / iPod touchs ;)

  • HistorySchol

    A POS big iPod Touch with no multitasking, no flash, no USB, need I say more? Utter shit.

  • shumby

    well

    I'm pretty excited to see what this will do to the appstore. I mean... there's so much screen real-estate.

    I don't know about you but I do most of my touch gaming at home. I'd love a big screen for Battle of Wesnoth, Touchgrind, MiniGore, Labyrinth2, theDeep Pinball, Zenbound.... Just think about it!

    Besides that - it's got a more functional keyboard and 3G for $15? Come on. Don't be so eager to dismiss. Consider how stupid games on the iPhone were in the summer of 08. We've come a long way. We've got a ways to go...

    • MrMuesli

      I have to agree with you re BfW. About the only game I really regret buying due to the Liliputian sized interface. At least with this iPad thing we could enjoy that great game in all its splendor.

    • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

      ...Yes, with the next generation of iPhones / iPod touchs ;)

  • HistorySchol

    A POS big iPod Touch with no multitasking, no flash, no USB, need I say more? Utter shit.

  • http://www.bitween.com RobyOneKenoby

    Well I'm really disappointing as a developer of Iphone application to see this big Ipod without any new important features come in in ver. 3.2 and also it is very hard to carry on , i don't even know if it is useful as an ebook reader maybe in US but here in Europe people still loving to smell paper of a good books, i know technology coming but not all the new thing are good thing :) at least this iPad for me it is not :)

  • http://www.bitween.com RobyOneKenoby

    Well I'm really disappointing as a developer of Iphone application to see this big Ipod without any new important features come in in ver. 3.2 and also it is very hard to carry on , i don't even know if it is useful as an ebook reader maybe in US but here in Europe people still loving to smell paper of a good books, i know technology coming but not all the new thing are good thing :) at least this iPad for me it is not :)

  • Andrew

    I'd say the one thing that might sell me on this would be if you could develop apps on the device. That would be a great selling point for people who want to get into development but don't have a mac at present. Otherwise, I'm waiting at least a year...

    • Anonymous

      It can run "virtually all" iPhone/iPod Touch apps from the AppStore. But it's true that there'll be newer iPad dedicated apps coming on stream when the iPad is shipped.

      • Andrew

        No, I mean actually write apps, using the device.

      • TKO

        Yeah, it would be nice if the SDK could work on these things. Would be a beautiful thing. ..I don't think it's gonna happen. But one can dream. :P

  • Andrew

    I'd say the one thing that might sell me on this would be if you could develop apps on the device. That would be a great selling point for people who want to get into development but don't have a mac at present. Otherwise, I'm waiting at least a year...

    • Anonymous

      It can run "virtually all" iPhone/iPod Touch apps from the AppStore. But it's true that there'll be newer iPad dedicated apps coming on stream when the iPad is shipped.

      • Andrew

        No, I mean actually write apps, using the device.

      • TKO

        Yeah, it would be nice if the SDK could work on these things. Would be a beautiful thing. ..I don't think it's gonna happen. But one can dream. :P

  • radchad1

    There is no way in hell this product is going to have the success of the iphone or ipod touch. Apple dropped the ball on what could have been a stellar device. So is this thing even going to run windows at all so I can run grown-up stuff like word or excel. This can't even run a webpage if it's created in flash. Epic fail on Apple's part and I'll forward to what the windows competitors come-up with as their products will be able to multi-task. Hell even a blackberry can multi-task I have to exit out of the app i'm in to answer a text message.

  • radchad1

    There is no way in hell this product is going to have the success of the iphone or ipod touch. Apple dropped the ball on what could have been a stellar device. So is this thing even going to run windows at all so I can run grown-up stuff like word or excel. This can't even run a webpage if it's created in flash. Epic fail on Apple's part and I'll forward to what the windows competitors come-up with as their products will be able to multi-task. Hell even a blackberry can multi-task I have to exit out of the app i'm in to answer a text message.

  • Will

    So for 3G you have to pay extra up front plus $30 a month?

  • Will

    So for 3G you have to pay extra up front plus $30 a month?

  • menom

    sadly the posters here are even more stupid than expected

    (understandably are many are pre-pubescant)

    this device is a game changer - lots won't appreciate the fact until it's obvious (just like with the iPhone) and then they'll claim they new it all along

    • Johnny

      new... should be knew.

    • Greg K

      I'm not pre-pubescent (notice the spelling ‘ent’, not ‘ant’), and I'm not stupid. Perhaps in your advanced age, you should learn to use a spell checker before posting your over inflated opinion. Oh, and you should learn to speak English. It’s knew, not new. Embarrassing. Fan-boy alert.

  • menom

    sadly the posters here are even more stupid than expected

    (understandably are many are pre-pubescant)

    this device is a game changer - lots won't appreciate the fact until it's obvious (just like with the iPhone) and then they'll claim they new it all along

    • Johnny

      new... should be knew.

    • Greg K

      I'm not pre-pubescent (notice the spelling ‘ent’, not ‘ant’), and I'm not stupid. Perhaps in your advanced age, you should learn to use a spell checker before posting your over inflated opinion. Oh, and you should learn to speak English. It’s knew, not new. Embarrassing. Fan-boy alert.

  • Nonny

    A big disappointment for me. It's literally too niche and too restrictive to but as successful as the iPhone/iTouch market.

    No multi-tasking is a huge mistake IMO. If this is to be taken seriously as a work device it absolutely needs it. Multi-tasking and fast App swapping was the only reason I jailbroke my iPhone and as a result I am confounded why Apple doesnt apply this officially.

    For work purposes it loses out in practically every category bar UI to a half-decent netbook. Pointless.

    As for games... 2x size screen is as bad as it is good. The thing is too heavy for accelerometer precision over extended periods and games arent always going to look better magnified. What games really need on the whole iDevice platforms is better methods of standard control so this is a re-invention of what we already have.

    Just my opinion but for me a major missed opportunity.

    • TKO

      Since there's so much more surface area, and it's so damn huge, I fully expect devs will eventually realise that touch-controls are the way to go on the iPad - even if the app was originally designed for tilt-controls on the iPhone.

  • Nonny

    A big disappointment for me. It's literally too niche and too restrictive to but as successful as the iPhone/iTouch market.

    No multi-tasking is a huge mistake IMO. If this is to be taken seriously as a work device it absolutely needs it. Multi-tasking and fast App swapping was the only reason I jailbroke my iPhone and as a result I am confounded why Apple doesnt apply this officially.

    For work purposes it loses out in practically every category bar UI to a half-decent netbook. Pointless.

    As for games... 2x size screen is as bad as it is good. The thing is too heavy for accelerometer precision over extended periods and games arent always going to look better magnified. What games really need on the whole iDevice platforms is better methods of standard control so this is a re-invention of what we already have.

    Just my opinion but for me a major missed opportunity.

    • TKO

      Since there's so much more surface area, and it's so damn huge, I fully expect devs will eventually realise that touch-controls are the way to go on the iPad - even if the app was originally designed for tilt-controls on the iPhone.

  • Spaceghost1914

    What about a $30 unlimited data plan for the ipod touch???

  • Spaceghost1914

    What about a $30 unlimited data plan for the ipod touch???

  • http://www.ummband.com Poutini

    I can't begin to describe the fail here. What are they even trying to market this as? I'm not convinced in the least that this is a "magical" device, as apple keeps claiming. It's not portable enough to be useful for portable gaming, and it isn't as useful as a netbook. A crossover between smartphones and netbooks wasn't meant to happen - they're two entirely different devices, and the combination of the two is pretty much an abomination.

    And it's hella pricey if you want one with reasonable hard drive space. I got my toshiba netbook for 400 bucks, and I can't say I have any desire to pick up the iPad. Unless some massive game-changer becomes a part of the equation. Which is unlikely.

  • http://www.ummband.com Poutini

    I can't begin to describe the fail here. What are they even trying to market this as? I'm not convinced in the least that this is a "magical" device, as apple keeps claiming. It's not portable enough to be useful for portable gaming, and it isn't as useful as a netbook. A crossover between smartphones and netbooks wasn't meant to happen - they're two entirely different devices, and the combination of the two is pretty much an abomination.

    And it's hella pricey if you want one with reasonable hard drive space. I got my toshiba netbook for 400 bucks, and I can't say I have any desire to pick up the iPad. Unless some massive game-changer becomes a part of the equation. Which is unlikely.

  • HistorySchol

    Kotaku on iPad Gaming:

    "Immediately following Apple's iPad reveal event, the Mac maker offered us an opportunity to go hands-on with the touchscreen-controlled tablet. The demo unit came loaded with apps, including about a dozen games. We took (most of) them for a spin.

    The games on hand, titles like Gameloft's N.O.V.A., Electronic Arts' Need For Speed: Shift and Sega's Super Monkey Ball, were simply the versions designed with the iPhone and iPod Touch in mind. They were the iPhone apps you can purchase and play right now, upscaled to fit the iPad's screen. iPad-specific games are expected to ship on or around the device's official launch this spring.

    Visually, the games looked surprisingly sharp when pixel-doubled on the iPad. iPhone games may not be the most visually stunning of the currently available gaming options, but we were impressed with the iPad's output. There was no offensive blur or excessive pixelation on the iPad's big, bright screen. They simply looked like their iPhone counterparts, no worse for wear when blown up.

    Now, the bad news. Many of these iPhone games, N.O.V.A. in particular, did not make the transition in the control department very well. Gameloft was one of the iPad developers on stage that promised a version of its Halo-esque first-person shooter tailored for a larger screen. It was easy to see why. Trying to hold the iPad, tap its screen, control the software d-pad with one's thumb, and pan across it with one's fingers just didn't work very well. It was uncomfortable and awkward, a problem made more apparent by the weight of the iPad versus that of an iPhone.[/B]

    I had similar control issues while playing Assassin's Creed II: Discovery on the iPad, which uses a similar virtual d-pad and touchscreen controls for jumping and attacking.

    The games that were successful were ones that relied simply on touching and tilting, not a complex combination of both.[/B] PopCap's gem matching casual hit Bejeweled 2 was, unsurprisingly, easy to play with its simple taps and small swipes. Super Monkey Ball, admittedly not the easiest game to control via accelerometer anyway, worked as well as it does on the iPhone platform.

    I was less successful with Tetris, which I played with the iPad resting flat on a table, tapping and swiping tetrominoes down screen. The iPad's rounded posterior reduced some of the reliability of touchscreen control

    Need For Speed: Shift was one of the more positive control experiences, as it relies only on tilting and braking with a touchscreen press. EA's other offering, The Sims 3, was also completely playable, relying less on twitch gameplay and more on menu based controls to play.

    Apple also chose to showcase titles like Oregon Trail, Tap Tap Revenge 3, Scrabble and Madden NFL Football, titles we didn't get a chance to experience during our iPad hands on time.

    As a gaming platform, the iPad is less compelling of a casual gaming purchase than the less expensive iPhone, at least until Apple and third party developers like Gameloft and EA start creating platform specific features into their games. (On the brighter side, the content you already may have purchased for your phone or iPod Touch should work on the iPad without the need to double dip. It just might not control as well when biggie sized."

  • HistorySchol

    Kotaku on iPad Gaming:

    "Immediately following Apple's iPad reveal event, the Mac maker offered us an opportunity to go hands-on with the touchscreen-controlled tablet. The demo unit came loaded with apps, including about a dozen games. We took (most of) them for a spin.

    The games on hand, titles like Gameloft's N.O.V.A., Electronic Arts' Need For Speed: Shift and Sega's Super Monkey Ball, were simply the versions designed with the iPhone and iPod Touch in mind. They were the iPhone apps you can purchase and play right now, upscaled to fit the iPad's screen. iPad-specific games are expected to ship on or around the device's official launch this spring.

    Visually, the games looked surprisingly sharp when pixel-doubled on the iPad. iPhone games may not be the most visually stunning of the currently available gaming options, but we were impressed with the iPad's output. There was no offensive blur or excessive pixelation on the iPad's big, bright screen. They simply looked like their iPhone counterparts, no worse for wear when blown up.

    Now, the bad news. Many of these iPhone games, N.O.V.A. in particular, did not make the transition in the control department very well. Gameloft was one of the iPad developers on stage that promised a version of its Halo-esque first-person shooter tailored for a larger screen. It was easy to see why. Trying to hold the iPad, tap its screen, control the software d-pad with one's thumb, and pan across it with one's fingers just didn't work very well. It was uncomfortable and awkward, a problem made more apparent by the weight of the iPad versus that of an iPhone.[/B]

    I had similar control issues while playing Assassin's Creed II: Discovery on the iPad, which uses a similar virtual d-pad and touchscreen controls for jumping and attacking.

    The games that were successful were ones that relied simply on touching and tilting, not a complex combination of both.[/B] PopCap's gem matching casual hit Bejeweled 2 was, unsurprisingly, easy to play with its simple taps and small swipes. Super Monkey Ball, admittedly not the easiest game to control via accelerometer anyway, worked as well as it does on the iPhone platform.

    I was less successful with Tetris, which I played with the iPad resting flat on a table, tapping and swiping tetrominoes down screen. The iPad's rounded posterior reduced some of the reliability of touchscreen control

    Need For Speed: Shift was one of the more positive control experiences, as it relies only on tilting and braking with a touchscreen press. EA's other offering, The Sims 3, was also completely playable, relying less on twitch gameplay and more on menu based controls to play.

    Apple also chose to showcase titles like Oregon Trail, Tap Tap Revenge 3, Scrabble and Madden NFL Football, titles we didn't get a chance to experience during our iPad hands on time.

    As a gaming platform, the iPad is less compelling of a casual gaming purchase than the less expensive iPhone, at least until Apple and third party developers like Gameloft and EA start creating platform specific features into their games. (On the brighter side, the content you already may have purchased for your phone or iPod Touch should work on the iPad without the need to double dip. It just might not control as well when biggie sized."

  • Kyllin

    no camera=FAIL

    • http://klicktock.com Matthew

      Completely agree on this. This device is everything I expected. BUT - how can there not be a front facing camera? Running Skype on this for video chat seems like such an obvious application - except you can't! I don't understand the omission.

  • Kyllin

    no camera=FAIL

    • http://klicktock.com Matthew

      Completely agree on this. This device is everything I expected. BUT - how can there not be a front facing camera? Running Skype on this for video chat seems like such an obvious application - except you can't! I don't understand the omission.

  • Johnny

    They should of added a camera on the front. They would sell a lot more. I would be more tempted to buy it. At the moment it's just a glorified eBook reader. I can see myself reading pdf files, surfing the net, although I would miss flash. Emailing and watching the occasional movie and that's about it.

    My netbook can do all this and more. And my iPhone does everything else. Obviously the iPad has a slick interface and its ease of use will be its main selling points... but I'm still a disappointed they didn't add a camera, as using skype would of been so cool.

    • Adams Immersive

      Video conferencing in a mobile tablet would be awesome! I’m OK with it being missing here (how should it be aimed?) but I REALLY want it in the next iPhone!

      It’s one of those things I think is inevitable in the end. If the MacBook Air has a camera for conferencing, then the iPad and iPhone (and maybe iPod) can have it too.

    • TKO

      Yeah, I think it's a shame they didn't do a front-facing camera. Hopefully that, and some kinda multitasking happens in the next rev of the device. They can hardly *not* do that at some point, yeah?

      I'm not amazingly surprised at the omission of these things tho. Look at what the iPhone was when it first came out: no cut+paste, no apps, etc. They'll expand upon it to address all the major concerns.

      I don't think they'll put a moving-part hard-drive in there though. This is designed to be moved about ..too many opportunities for a head-crash. No, they'll just stick with solid-state and wait to capacities of those chips to catch up.

  • Johnny

    They should of added a camera on the front. They would sell a lot more. I would be more tempted to buy it. At the moment it's just a glorified eBook reader. I can see myself reading pdf files, surfing the net, although I would miss flash. Emailing and watching the occasional movie and that's about it.

    My netbook can do all this and more. And my iPhone does everything else. Obviously the iPad has a slick interface and its ease of use will be its main selling points... but I'm still a disappointed they didn't add a camera, as using skype would of been so cool.

    • Adams Immersive

      Video conferencing in a mobile tablet would be awesome! I’m OK with it being missing here (how should it be aimed?) but I REALLY want it in the next iPhone!

      It’s one of those things I think is inevitable in the end. If the MacBook Air has a camera for conferencing, then the iPad and iPhone (and maybe iPod) can have it too.

    • TKO

      Yeah, I think it's a shame they didn't do a front-facing camera. Hopefully that, and some kinda multitasking happens in the next rev of the device. They can hardly *not* do that at some point, yeah?

      I'm not amazingly surprised at the omission of these things tho. Look at what the iPhone was when it first came out: no cut+paste, no apps, etc. They'll expand upon it to address all the major concerns.

      I don't think they'll put a moving-part hard-drive in there though. This is designed to be moved about ..too many opportunities for a head-crash. No, they'll just stick with solid-state and wait to capacities of those chips to catch up.

  • Deewin

    I'm more interested in the next iphone with new features, faster processor and a fresh battery

  • Deewin

    I'm more interested in the next iphone with new features, faster processor and a fresh battery

  • WillyCCCD

    Ha, the usual harvest of sour grapes from folks that can't afford to buy the product. We have seen this river of sour mash with most every spendy product in recent memory.

    Do you really think Apple cares? Have you looked at their earnings lately?

    • Mike

      So your saying, they are too big to fail? That sounds familiar AEG, Auto Mfgs. All it takes is a few bad Apples to hurt a company.

  • WillyCCCD

    Ha, the usual harvest of sour grapes from folks that can't afford to buy the product. We have seen this river of sour mash with most every spendy product in recent memory.

    Do you really think Apple cares? Have you looked at their earnings lately?

    • Mike

      So your saying, they are too big to fail? That sounds familiar AEG, Auto Mfgs. All it takes is a few bad Apples to hurt a company.

  • http://1112game.com alex

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    The device sounds awesome...

  • http://1112game.com alex

    Already working on 1112 ep 01 and 02 + rogue planet for ipad launch!
    The device sounds awesome...

  • Bruce

    Two phrases most of you need to strike fro
    your vocabulary:
    - 'fail'
    - 'game-changer'

    • eD

      Well said.

  • Bruce

    Two phrases most of you need to strike fro
    your vocabulary:
    - 'fail'
    - 'game-changer'

    • eD

      Well said.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    It's not for everyone, but I think there are a few people on here will be surprised when they get their hands on one.

    I also wanted a camera, but you know what? It sort of needs a front facer and a back facer and... well, it costs money. The $500 price point is VERY important to the success of the iPad.

    Those defending netbooks against this have no idea what the iPad is. Watch some videos. Imagine yourself lounging around with it, sharing some content with someone sitting on the couch next to you or at the dinner table.

    It WILL take awhile for this to catch on. I think it will take word of mouth and hands-on experience to convince people.

    • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

      But leaving out features to keep it cheap?!
      THis is the wrong direction, also the iPhone was very expensive.
      I bought mine for more then 600 € without contract, but I would pay 1000 since I know, how much I use this litte ubergadget. Apple never was a cheap player, they really focus on quality. The world was even waiting for a price around 1000, so 700-800 as a starting price would have been still acceptable, if this thing would have been something great.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    It's not for everyone, but I think there are a few people on here will be surprised when they get their hands on one.

    I also wanted a camera, but you know what? It sort of needs a front facer and a back facer and... well, it costs money. The $500 price point is VERY important to the success of the iPad.

    Those defending netbooks against this have no idea what the iPad is. Watch some videos. Imagine yourself lounging around with it, sharing some content with someone sitting on the couch next to you or at the dinner table.

    It WILL take awhile for this to catch on. I think it will take word of mouth and hands-on experience to convince people.

    • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

      But leaving out features to keep it cheap?!
      THis is the wrong direction, also the iPhone was very expensive.
      I bought mine for more then 600 € without contract, but I would pay 1000 since I know, how much I use this litte ubergadget. Apple never was a cheap player, they really focus on quality. The world was even waiting for a price around 1000, so 700-800 as a starting price would have been still acceptable, if this thing would have been something great.

  • St. McDuck

    I was hoping for something to replace my laptop with, but all it ended up being is a iPod Touch XL.
    If they remake their MacBook line to look more like the iPad, then I'll be interested.

  • St. McDuck

    I was hoping for something to replace my laptop with, but all it ended up being is a iPod Touch XL.
    If they remake their MacBook line to look more like the iPad, then I'll be interested.

  • Jasmine

    People,
    I have a computer at home, I carry the iPhone around. 70% of the time I use the iphone because it is not just a phone, it is 100 in a single device. simplest solution is the best-Simplify THINGS! I think that ipad is very much useful and I'll definitely have 2nd generation! :-)

  • Jasmine

    People,
    I have a computer at home, I carry the iPhone around. 70% of the time I use the iphone because it is not just a phone, it is 100 in a single device. simplest solution is the best-Simplify THINGS! I think that ipad is very much useful and I'll definitely have 2nd generation! :-)

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