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Posted by BisonHero (6407 posts) 1 year, 5 months ago

Poll: Do you have an iPad? (212 votes)

Yes 39%
No 60%

With all these iOS Quick Looks, many of them for games like Hundreds and The Room, where the staff pretty much comes out and says "don't bother with this game if your iOS device is anything smaller than an iPad", it got me to wondering how much of the audience they actually serving by showing off these games.

So how many of you have an iPad, either yours, your girlfriend's, or your family's, that you can easily buy and play games on?

#1 Edited by Poppduder (460 posts) -

I thought about picking up one, but I honestly don't know what I would do with it. Distract myself even more from the people I am around?

#2 Posted by Zelyre (1170 posts) -

I own one. I don't play games on it. Outside of Puzzlequest, the gameplay mechanics of every "top tier" game just doesn't do it for me. Maybe its the controls, maybe it's my fingers blocking a big chunk of the screen, maybe it's the gameplay that's balanced around microtransactions; I just don't enjoy gaming on the iPad. (I did enjoy Magic 2013 for a while until I felt the AI was just a cheating SOB.)

I use mine mostly for sample tank, accessing sheet music saved as PDFs, accessing spreadsheets in Drop Box, pocketcloud, youtube, skype/facetime, and plex.

#3 Posted by Shookems (474 posts) -

I've got one, and I enjoy it quite a bit. Besides playing games it's great for just browsing the internet or taking notes in class.

#4 Edited by Jrinswand (1703 posts) -

My wife has a Nexus 7. That's about it. When it comes to Apple, I have no interest in anything other than their phones.

#5 Posted by JacDG (2119 posts) -

Nope, I have absolutely no use for a tablet, can't see when the hell I would actually use it for anything.

#6 Posted by BisonHero (6407 posts) -

@poppduder said:

I thought about picking up one, but I honestly don't know what I would do with it. Distract myself even more from the people I am around?

Yeah, that's kinda where I'm at. I already own an iPhone and a 3DS (plus the usual consoles and PC), so I figure I already have a lot of variety in terms of handheld screens to constantly be staring into. While I'm sure I'd find uses for it, an iPad seems excessive.

#7 Posted by mcmax3000 (277 posts) -

I have one, but I hardly play games on it. I have quite a few games on it, but I play them so rarely that I've mostly stopped buying new ones.

#8 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

I have one on loan from work. It doesn't get used for much non-work related applications. That is mainly because I don't like dealing with touchscreens. Typing is a pain. General browsing is slowly getting better as more pages have alternative display for tablet and phones, but I still much prefer my laptop for that use.

#9 Edited by Teoball (591 posts) -

No, I have no use for a tablet at home.
I do use one at work for several hours every day though.

#10 Edited by Pr1mus (3858 posts) -

Nope and if i was to get a tablet it wouldn't be an iPad.

#11 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1375 posts) -

Was gonna get an iPad mini but "settled" for a Nexus 7 since im not in Apple's ecosystem and i dont regret it. I didn't think i would spend too much time with it and 320 (+tax+shipping) seemed a bit much for something i didn't really have a use for but wanted to have, but I bought my Nexus 7 for 180 (16gb new and that's including tax) which was a great price for something i didn't really need for anything. SO NO......no ipads here

#12 Posted by Soapy86 (2620 posts) -

I have an iPad. It's a first gen one though, so it can't play any of the "good" games.

#13 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2343 posts) -

Naw, I'm an Android user with the Nexus 7.

#14 Posted by jdh5153 (1034 posts) -

32 gb white iPad 4. Love it.

#15 Posted by RioStarwind (515 posts) -

No I recently got rid of my first gen Ipad since it was getting kinda old at this point plus I still got a reasonable amount of money for it. But I do have a Nexus 10 for my tablet needs. Which is mainly just for watching video content.

#16 Edited by Zebracal (74 posts) -

Nope I don't have one. I don't see my need for this gadget.

#17 Edited by mrcraggle (1895 posts) -

I don't have any tablet of any kind. I just can't find many reasons to spend the money on one. The Surface sounded interesting because it has USB, external storage support and all that good jazz but the performance issues I saw in reviews really put me off.

#18 Posted by LordAndrew (14426 posts) -

I'm pretty deep in the Android ecosystem and don't plan on leaving. I might get one at some point for exclusive games though.

#19 Edited by rsfarmer0928 (12 posts) -

I dream to have one....

#21 Edited by Strife777 (1516 posts) -

Yep, bought one late last year. I never thought I would love it that much. I'm using it constantly.

It is very expensive though. People freaked out about the 600$ price tag for the PS3 when it came out, but that's basically the price for an iPad, and it technically doesn't do much more.

#22 Posted by Orange (206 posts) -

I've had one for almost a year now and enjoy having it around. Certainly not a necessity, but it was a gift. I probably wouldn't own one if I wasn't given one. But besides that, I'm glad that I own it because it does come in handy when I don't want to carry around my laptop.

Haven't played too many games on it, but I think that because I'm not sure which games are worth buying. I bought Bastion though and that was worth the purchase.

#23 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

I have one. Pretty much never play iOS games, they mostly get boring after a few minutes.

#24 Edited by Vextroid (1384 posts) -

Yep. I play a whole mess of games on it, mainly Pinball Arcade.

#25 Posted by sirdesmond (1234 posts) -

How many member of their audience are they actually serving by doing Quick Looks of anything on a Vita?

Also, I like games and will watch things about interesting games on systems I don't own as well. Also also, if you aren't interested by it then don't watch it.

#26 Posted by BaneFireLord (2918 posts) -

It's been an excellent tool to rediscover old games (Sid Meier's Pirates! for example) and it's been an excellent study/procrastination tool at college.

#27 Edited by SlashDance (1814 posts) -

No use for it. I thought about getting one for IOS games but this doesn't sound like a good enough reason to spend all that money.

#28 Edited by TruthTellah (8725 posts) -

@BisonHero You also have to remember that these videos can -bring in- people. So, not only are these videos informing the current Giant Bomb audience, they also have the potential to slightly expand who checks out Giant Bomb's videos.

Though, I think you'd be surprised just how many people have iPads these days. I didn't think I would ever have one, but there's one in my family, which I have used to play Hundreds and The Room thanks to Giant Bomb's suggestions. And I'm sure there are many like me on that.

#29 Edited by BisonHero (6407 posts) -

@sirdesmond said:

How many member of their audience are they actually serving by doing Quick Looks of anything on a Vita?

Also, I like games and will watch things about interesting games on systems I don't own as well. Also also, if you aren't interested by it then don't watch it.

All valid points. For the record, I wasn't trying to be confrontational in the slightest with the topic - I was just genuinely curious how common iPad ownership is among GB forum users.

@BisonHero You also have to remember that these videos can -bring in- people. So, not only are these videos informing the current Giant Bomb audience, they also have the potential to slightly expand who checks out Giant Bomb's videos.

Yeah, that's a good point as well.

While Brad is on this iOS streak, I really hope he goes back and does a Quick Look of Super Hexagon, just to see him try to talk while playing that game.

#30 Posted by sirdesmond (1234 posts) -

@bisonhero: I understand. Sorry if my comment came off as being a bit mean. It wasn't my intention.

#31 Posted by MegaLombax (384 posts) -

I don't. But my girlfriend does. I myself am using a Samsung Note 2. I use her iPad mainly to download games that aren't available on Android.

#32 Posted by isomeri (1248 posts) -

The hardware is appealing, .but I really don't know what I would do with one. I may buy one of those Yoga laptops.

#33 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2216 posts) -

No I just don't see why I would need it since I have a PC and I think touch screen gaming is unappealing.

#34 Posted by Nekroskop (2786 posts) -

I got a Nexus 7, which is both more versitile(DGAF about "retina" display) and 1/3rd of the price.

#35 Posted by Vexxan (4618 posts) -

3 in the house but they belong to family members.

#36 Edited by Pikawai (135 posts) -

No, I don't. However, it had be great to have one just to be able to read my ebooks on it than on my phone. So no, I don't plan to get it for any gaming purpose at all.

#37 Posted by phuzzybunny (172 posts) -

Yep, sure do and I love it. Just bought my girlfriend an ipad mini today too. It's the only Apple product I'll probably own.

#38 Edited by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -

I don't own any Apple products nor a smartphone or tablet of any brand.

#39 Posted by RedCricketChase (444 posts) -

I was hoping to get one for my little bro to use, since his doc indicated it'd help him communicate, but then I lost my job. Ha.

#40 Edited by Zidd (1841 posts) -

I have one but really don't play any games on it because its a pain in the ass. I'd rather use a 3ds or vita to play games on a portable sized device.

#41 Posted by Hector (3357 posts) -

I used to have one, now I just have a Kindle Fire, It does exactly what I need.

#42 Posted by Max_Cherry (1133 posts) -

I bought one after Steve Jobs died.

#43 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

I do. I don't use it nearly as much as I should.

#44 Posted by Mister9001 (15 posts) -

Yes I own one. Decent for gaming (impressive graphics too), music videos, and useful apps for movies and such, but web browsing could be better. Also the lack of Adobe Flash is a major downside.

#45 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

They're nice to have, but I personally don't own one. If I did I would probably prefer an Android tablet for the personalization and customization.

#46 Posted by TooWalrus (13156 posts) -

Nah. I'm not sure what I'd do with it that I can't do on my phone- I can't think of anything that'd be worse the price, anyway.

#47 Posted by Stonyman65 (2661 posts) -

Nope. I'm too poor. I do have an iPod Touch though.

#48 Edited by Apparatus_Unearth (3131 posts) -

Sure do, but I don't buy games on it.

#49 Edited by BisonHero (6407 posts) -

@redcricketchase said:

I was hoping to get one for my little bro to use, since his doc indicated it'd help him communicate, but then I lost my job. Ha.

Aw, that's a bummer. My parents thought about getting one for my brother for the same reason, but never did. At this point, that's probably saving us money, because we've tried stuff like it before (touch/pointing-based communication tools) years ago, and unfortunately none of them helped him very much.

#50 Posted by Phatmac (5725 posts) -

I hope to get one eventually.