This week's gaming review focuses not on a single game, but on the just-launched iPad, Apple's new tech platform that can do almost everything—including gaming.
The iPad [Apple]
Starting at: $499
Someone said the iPad is just a large format iPhone, but it's much more than that. Designed to change how consumers use technology, the iPad can do almost anything you want with the touch of a finger—no keyboard or mouse needed. Apple has made it incredibly easy not only to access the internet, but to satisfy all your other media needs, in a simple, sleek, lightweight notebook computer.
With thousands of apps that can be downloaded in the blink of an eye, the iPad has so many features, it's hard to pick favorites. Some apps allow you to read eBooks, turning pages with a simple sweep of the finger across the screen. The screen itself boasts a crisp, high-res LED HD display that's easy on the eyes. Music and movies are a couple of touches away—downloaded from Apple's renovated iTunes store or from other sources. As for gaming applications, the iPad supports a wide variety, from racing to golfing to fighting. More complex games, designed specifically for the iPad, will be released on a regular basis.
With the iPad's 10-hour battery life, you can stay connected to the net without lugging power cords around and worrying about where to plug in for a charge. Just grab it and go. Charge it at night. It's that simple.
The iPad makes it even easier for people to interact with technology and the internet. Its affordable price—less than most laptops—should insure the growth of Apple's user base. The future of consumer tech products looks like it will definitely involve an Apple.
STACK's Take: I'll admit that I was skeptical at first. You can only use one app at a time, so how great can it be? But after playing with the iPad and seeing what it can do, I was sold. You probably won't want to change applications quickly anyway. Play games, watch movies in HD, listen to music, surf the Web, look at photos, watch videos, read books—the iPad does it all, and it's pretty awesome. Now I'm wondering when Apple will launch version 2.0, making it even better (voice activation, anyone?).
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