Ok, so the iPad is something between smartphone and laptop, but is it good enough to play a session of your favorite game?
Are there actually any decent games for the iPad and is the resolution and screen size good enough? What about the batteries? Is it handy? Questions over questions. Here are some answers.
Apple iPad = iPhone x2 .. at least when it comes to the dimensions. So, it’s not that kind of device that you can take with you in your pocket. So, is it really a good idea to buy an iPad if you want something handy? It’s also way too large to be a good replacement for a gaming-notebook. Why offer games for the iPad then?
iPad Large Display: Almost 10inch!
The Apple iPad has a significant larger display than a iPhone and is still very handy, so that’s definitely a big plus for gaming.
Apple iPad display dimensions: 9.7-inch [Multi-Touch display @ pixels]
Apple iPod display dimensions: 3.5-inch [Multi-Touch display @ pixels (163 ppi)]
Steve Jobs holding the iPad:
iPad Screen Resolution = Double for Enhanced Gaming
The resolution can be doubled, making it a great gaming device.
iPhone games can be played at the normal resolution 480 x 320 resolution or can be maximized to fit the entire display of the iPad.
The maximum screen resolution is astonishing 1024 x 768
iPhone max screen resolution: 480 x 320 pixel
iPad max screen resolution: 1024 x 768 pixel
iPad Gaming Demo: Gameloft Nova FPS
A pretty impressive gaming demo of a FPS on the Apple iPad.
The iPad comes with a battery that will last for 10 hours. That is way longer than the battery life of the PSP Slim for example (approx. 4-8 hours), so it will be a pretty good device for longer gaming sessions.
Disadvantages: Only on-screen keyboard
So, what did they think. They make a device that is something between an iPhone and a laptop and they only add an on-screen keyboard? Other devices like the Archos 9 are clearly as large as the iPad and support external keyboards:
Other iPad uses
On a sidenote, the iPad can be used a small computer, a phone or as an eReader.
It is capable of many things and can be used as a gaming device, a small computer, a phone or as an eReader. The power of the 1 GHz Apple A4 chip is good enough to play some decent FPS games. The price is ok, but still so high that you could also get a notebook that is more powerful for the same price and can also be used as an eReader thanks to the Kindle Software for PC’s.
If you are looking for a way to enjoy your iPhone games on a large screen and a 1024 x 768 resolution, then you won’t find any better device. But is that really good enough if you’re not an Apple fanboy?