Since Arnold and Blake foolishly decided to trust the fate of their weekend in the questionably capable hands of Saturday delivery drivers, I'm the first person in the TouchArcade crew to successfully secure an iPad. I'm still waiting for the hundreds of iPad games we've been hoarding since they started showing up on the App Store to sync, but so far my initial impressions of the device are almost exactly what I expected.

The screen is beautiful, browsing the internet on is great, and the included Apple apps (notably the iPad mail client) are especially impressive and will undoubtedly make the iPhone feel cramped in comparison if I get too used to it. The one thing that did take me by surprise is the weight of the device, especially being so use to the feel of my Kindle. But, according to reviews, the battery figures Apple provided apparently are accurate and I'm more than willing to put up with a little extra bulk for a device that can go all day without being plugged in.

I'm likely going to be spending the day powering through as many of the iPad launch lineup as possible, as well as seeing how quickly I can adapt my iPhone video shooting rig to the larger device. I've got my personal list of games I'm the most interested in trying, but (assuming they made appropriate offerings to the gods of Saturday delivery) Arnold and Blake should soon be joining me in the iPad fiesta.

I suppose we can take requests for what you guys would like to see first, so feel free to drop a comment on this story and we'll try to prioritize our initial impressions based on the general consensus. The first game I'm going to be firing up is Mirror's Edge [App Store, quickly followed by Warpgate HD [App Store], and I'm not even sure to go from there.

Also, if you're curious to see any specific iPhone game upscaled on the iPad, we'll likely also be doing a roundup of sorts of iPhone classics running on the iPad or something like that.

  • Bruno

    Hey Eli,

    I am Syncing right now as well. I will try a few "old" games and figure it out wich one is playable.

    It is going to take a while, since the software seems to do a few tweaks in order to fit on the iPad screen. I am telling this for photos especificaly.

    It i going to be a long and wonderful weekend.

    Cheers,

    Bruno

  • Bruno

    Hey Eli,

    I am Syncing right now as well. I will try a few "old" games and figure it out wich one is playable.

    It is going to take a while, since the software seems to do a few tweaks in order to fit on the iPad screen. I am telling this for photos especificaly.

    It i going to be a long and wonderful weekend.

    Cheers,

    Bruno

  • Barry7

    Minigore HD! Please let us know if it is any different from the regular version.

    • blackHorse

      The screen is bigger. That's about it.

  • Barry7

    Minigore HD! Please let us know if it is any different from the regular version.

    • blackHorse

      The screen is bigger. That's about it.

  • ImNoSuperMan

    Real Racing gameplay video in Real HD please :D

  • ImNoSuperMan

    Real Racing gameplay video in Real HD please :D

  • steven

    Throw a short video of warpgate into the mix. I'm really getting tired of apple not approving the iphone / ipod touch version.

  • steven

    Throw a short video of warpgate into the mix. I'm really getting tired of apple not approving the iphone / ipod touch version.

  • Sk0r

    Doodlejump upscaled of course ! :p

    And GTA Chinatown.

    Damn, i dont need an iPad, but lately i've been playing more on my iPhone than on my 360, i'm starting being a bit too much interested by the beast...

  • Sk0r

    Doodlejump upscaled of course ! :p

    And GTA Chinatown.

    Damn, i dont need an iPad, but lately i've been playing more on my iPhone than on my 360, i'm starting being a bit too much interested by the beast...

  • 1337brian

    *Jealous* - I would love to see mirrors edge and also I'm interested in how NEScaline looks upscaled if ya don't mind!

  • 1337brian

    *Jealous* - I would love to see mirrors edge and also I'm interested in how NEScaline looks upscaled if ya don't mind!

  • Frumius

    If there is a Skies of Glory for iPad, I'd love to see that!

  • HV

    GTA Chinatown Wars, please.

  • Frumius

    If there is a Skies of Glory for iPad, I'd love to see that!

  • HV

    GTA Chinatown Wars, please.

  • steve

    could you guys try nazi zombies in comparison to the ipod version. they say there are specific changes for the ipad but dont specify. Im cuious what they are. also, how much better are the graphics than ipod

  • steve

    could you guys try nazi zombies in comparison to the ipod version. they say there are specific changes for the ipad but dont specify. Im cuious what they are. also, how much better are the graphics than ipod

  • sammysin

    Hey! I would love to see Mirror's Edge and Chain Link Pro. Cheers and enjoy.

  • sammysin

    Hey! I would love to see Mirror's Edge and Chain Link Pro. Cheers and enjoy.

  • sammysin

    Chain Link Pro HD, not the iPhone original.

  • sammysin

    Chain Link Pro HD, not the iPhone original.

  • SimonWitton

    Flight control HD and plants vs zombies HD aswell please, im also very curious to see how real racing actually plays. Thanks.

  • SimonWitton

    Flight control HD and plants vs zombies HD aswell please, im also very curious to see how real racing actually plays. Thanks.

  • Germany

    Take PLS X-plane !

  • Germany

    Take PLS X-plane !

  • Rob

    Flight Control HD!!!

  • Rob

    Flight Control HD!!!

  • http://nettserier.no/rabarbara Krispod

    I REALY WANT TO SEE POCKET LEGENDS!

  • http://nettserier.no/rabarbara Krispod

    I REALY WANT TO SEE POCKET LEGENDS!

  • Noman

    real racing HD

  • Noman

    real racing HD

  • http://twolivesleft.com Simeon

    I would love to see Sam & Max on iPad and read your impressions.

  • http://twolivesleft.com Simeon

    I would love to see Sam & Max on iPad and read your impressions.

  • pedizzle77

    i kinda wanna c the 3d version of flight control...oh and gta chinatown wars

    • Sticktron

      You can't see the 3d without glasses.

  • pedizzle77

    i kinda wanna c the 3d version of flight control...oh and gta chinatown wars

    • Sticktron

      You can't see the 3d without glasses.

  • Wheeledwarrior

    I'd love to see i dig it.

  • Cyggie

    With the larger memory base, are you limited to 10 pages still?
    I would love to see Minigore on the maxi screen.

  • Wheeledwarrior

    I'd love to see i dig it.

  • Cyggie

    With the larger memory base, are you limited to 10 pages still?
    I would love to see Minigore on the maxi screen.

  • trevs

    Pocket Legends, Sam & Max, Warpgate, and while it's not a game, I'd like to see the Netflix app.

  • trevs

    Pocket Legends, Sam & Max, Warpgate, and while it's not a game, I'd like to see the Netflix app.

  • http://spielhaus-ftw.com Stefan

    Hi,

    please review Harbor Master HD.

    Thanks,
    Stefan

  • http://spielhaus-ftw.com Stefan

    Hi,

    please review Harbor Master HD.

    Thanks,
    Stefan

  • Jean-Denis Haas

    I'd be interested in Fieldrunners. Did they add more maps, other gameplay options, and since the map is so much bigger now, will it take even longer to finish a level?

    Thank you!

  • Jean-Denis Haas

    I'd be interested in Fieldrunners. Did they add more maps, other gameplay options, and since the map is so much bigger now, will it take even longer to finish a level?

    Thank you!

  • Clara

    Small World please!

  • Clara

    Small World please!

  • Justin

    I wanna see if nova is actually playable, and try out that board game app. And.... Let's see pocket legends :)

  • Justin

    I wanna see if nova is actually playable, and try out that board game app. And.... Let's see pocket legends :)

  • ChronoBasher

    I vote for Pocket Legends!

  • ChronoBasher

    I vote for Pocket Legends!

  • ltcommander.data

    Whatever iPad optimized games you review, could you try to post screenshots directly comparing the iPad HD versions with their pixel doubled iPhone versions? I think it'd be informative to see the interface changes as well as graphical changes whether it be wider FOV, higher res textures or finally wider use of shaders since iPads don't have a backwards compatibility OpenGL ES 1.1 market holding them back.

    I think it would also be useful to point out what iPhone games you've found work quiet well interface wise and graphically pixel doubled so that iPad owners don't need to rebuy those apps if the developer isn't offering a free Universal upgrade. Similarly, if you note any iPhone apps that work particularly poorly on the iPad, if you could mention them as requiring iPad versions and if they are available or not.

    • Gekkota

      Great idea about posting comparison shots of the HD versions and the pixel-doubled versions. It would be very helpful in determining whether it's necessary to buy an iPad version of a game we already own.

  • ltcommander.data

    Whatever iPad optimized games you review, could you try to post screenshots directly comparing the iPad HD versions with their pixel doubled iPhone versions? I think it'd be informative to see the interface changes as well as graphical changes whether it be wider FOV, higher res textures or finally wider use of shaders since iPads don't have a backwards compatibility OpenGL ES 1.1 market holding them back.

    I think it would also be useful to point out what iPhone games you've found work quiet well interface wise and graphically pixel doubled so that iPad owners don't need to rebuy those apps if the developer isn't offering a free Universal upgrade. Similarly, if you note any iPhone apps that work particularly poorly on the iPad, if you could mention them as requiring iPad versions and if they are available or not.

    • Gekkota

      Great idea about posting comparison shots of the HD versions and the pixel-doubled versions. It would be very helpful in determining whether it's necessary to buy an iPad version of a game we already own.

  • Rudi

    I´m so sad, sitting here in Germany and can´t get my hands on an Ipad

  • Rudi

    I´m so sad, sitting here in Germany and can´t get my hands on an Ipad

  • kevin

    N.O.V.A PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • kevin

    N.O.V.A PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • http://www.machwerx.com Mach

    I'd love to see a post on iPad exclusives, games that don't have a iPhone equivalent that were created solely for the iPad.

  • http://www.machwerx.com Mach

    I'd love to see a post on iPad exclusives, games that don't have a iPhone equivalent that were created solely for the iPad.

  • blackHorse

    "... browsing the internet on is great... " So it can play flash content then?

    • Eli Hodapp

      Oof, I hope you leaned back and flipped your shades down after posting that comment.

  • blackHorse

    "... browsing the internet on is great... " So it can play flash content then?

    • Eli Hodapp

      Oof, I hope you leaned back and flipped your shades down after posting that comment.

  • John

    THPS2 please

  • John

    THPS2 please

  • thewiirocks

    I'm posting from an iPad right now. I can't believe how fast the Internet experience is. You just tap and go, read through the page, tap the next link, read through the page, etc. This is really an experience that has to be tried to believe.

    One handed typing is quite fast while cradling the device with the other hand. Two handed typing feels weird, so we'll have to see if that works as well as Apple promises or becomes an Achilles heel.

    Altogether, I'm loving this device!

    • Sk0r

      I enjoy the same "experience" on my computer right now. I cant believe how fast the Internet is, i read the page, click the next link, read through the page... yey!

      • thewiirocks

        I don't think you understand. The iPad browsing experience make PC browsing feel downright primitive. It really is that much faster.

        As I said, you have to try this to believe it.

    • Alex.B

      I went to the Apple store today and the fist thing I tried was typing with two hand and had no real problems the only thing that slowed me down was making sure i pushed the space-bar a other than that I was surprised.

  • thewiirocks

    I'm posting from an iPad right now. I can't believe how fast the Internet experience is. You just tap and go, read through the page, tap the next link, read through the page, etc. This is really an experience that has to be tried to believe.

    One handed typing is quite fast while cradling the device with the other hand. Two handed typing feels weird, so we'll have to see if that works as well as Apple promises or becomes an Achilles heel.

    Altogether, I'm loving this device!

    • Sk0r

      I enjoy the same "experience" on my computer right now. I cant believe how fast the Internet is, i read the page, click the next link, read through the page... yey!

      • thewiirocks

        I don't think you understand. The iPad browsing experience make PC browsing feel downright primitive. It really is that much faster.

        As I said, you have to try this to believe it.

    • Alex.B

      I went to the Apple store today and the fist thing I tried was typing with two hand and had no real problems the only thing that slowed me down was making sure i pushed the space-bar a other than that I was surprised.

  • Herve

    Please try PuzzleManiak HD !

  • Herve

    Please try PuzzleManiak HD !

  • palapalooza

    Plants vs. Zombies, do they have the mini-games and puzzles that weren't in the iPhone version?

    Because I thought I'd be working today I ordered mine to be delivered, now I'm home but it looks like I won't get it until Tuesday. Grrrrrrr.

  • palapalooza

    Plants vs. Zombies, do they have the mini-games and puzzles that weren't in the iPhone version?

    Because I thought I'd be working today I ordered mine to be delivered, now I'm home but it looks like I won't get it until Tuesday. Grrrrrrr.

  • swarmster

    I'd love to know how Worms HD plays. Waiting for a review before I purchase.

  • swarmster

    I'd love to know how Worms HD plays. Waiting for a review before I purchase.

  • Deewin

    I just got mine at best buy today with no wait time! While I do think consumer tablets are the way of the future I think it's going to take a while for the iPads to pick up in consumer demand. Maybe in a few months or when it goes down in price?

  • Deewin

    I just got mine at best buy today with no wait time! While I do think consumer tablets are the way of the future I think it's going to take a while for the iPads to pick up in consumer demand. Maybe in a few months or when it goes down in price?

  • Love

    I'd like to see god of war III in action if you have time over.

  • Love

    I'd like to see god of war III in action if you have time over.

  • AreEyeSeeKay

    Ladies and gentleman, the iPad era has begun, and yes, it is indeed glorious!

  • AreEyeSeeKay

    Ladies and gentleman, the iPad era has begun, and yes, it is indeed glorious!

  • MrMuesli

    Starcraft please! Oh wait....

  • MrMuesli

    Starcraft please! Oh wait....

  • STM87

    I would also love to see Pocket Legends! Can't believe its free...? There must be some costs involved at some point?

    • Love

      Yes, there are costs. You get 12 dungeon levels for free. Then you need to buy more content.

  • STM87

    I would also love to see Pocket Legends! Can't believe its free...? There must be some costs involved at some point?

    • Love

      Yes, there are costs. You get 12 dungeon levels for free. Then you need to buy more content.

  • XitsEJ

    I'd love to see a snake game review (can any snake game do well on the iPad O.o) Maybe (looking at top hits in iTunes) Snake 360 or Snake Game

  • XitsEJ

    I'd love to see a snake game review (can any snake game do well on the iPad O.o) Maybe (looking at top hits in iTunes) Snake 360 or Snake Game

  • Brett

    I'd love to see a gameplay video of Geometry Wars. That's about it, as others are pretty self-explanatory or we've seen it before.

  • Brett

    I'd love to see a gameplay video of Geometry Wars. That's about it, as others are pretty self-explanatory or we've seen it before.

  • xenonii

    Has any one tried SoundToy for iPad??

  • xenonii

    Has any one tried SoundToy for iPad??

  • Adams Immersive

    I got to try one for a little bit. “Maps" was down (server outage?) but the rest was great.

    The device felt smaller than expected in my hands, which was actually nice. I thought it would feel huge and bulky compared to my iPhone. The screen is still big enough to feel reasonably immersive for 3G gaming (I played Low Grav Racer).

  • Adams Immersive

    I got to try one for a little bit. “Maps" was down (server outage?) but the rest was great.

    The device felt smaller than expected in my hands, which was actually nice. I thought it would feel huge and bulky compared to my iPhone. The screen is still big enough to feel reasonably immersive for 3G gaming (I played Low Grav Racer).

  • NosyBe

    Take a look at trAnelli for the iPad, please.

    I think it is a very challenging puzzle game. Weeks (if not months) of playtime.

    Plus, the graphics IMO are truly neat.

  • NosyBe

    Take a look at trAnelli for the iPad, please.

    I think it is a very challenging puzzle game. Weeks (if not months) of playtime.

    Plus, the graphics IMO are truly neat.

  • Pere

    Please, Brusesh app and Monkey Island!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ramon

    I agree... i want to see how much quality is lost in Monkey Island!!!!!!!!

  • Pere

    Please, Brusesh app and Monkey Island!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ramon

    I agree... i want to see how much quality is lost in Monkey Island!!!!!!!!