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zeeroid

21. Posted:

WaltzElf wrote:

The iPad is for a completely different purpose than the iPhone. It's like saying "why have a computer, when you've got an Android" or "Why get that big 50-inch LCD TV when you've got a radio?"

The big screen on the iPad (and it is a big screen), makes it better for writing, reading magazines and books, surfing the internet and a host of other things than the iPhone. It also makes for a very different gaming experience. While the iPhone is best for small, simple games like Angry Birds, the iPad can be used effectively for FPSers, strategy games, board games, and so on.

Don't forget, the iPad's screen is substantially bigger than a 3DS' - for some genres, that makes it the better "console"

So yeah, if you've used both an iPad and an iPhone you'd realise pretty quickly how different the two are.

I'm not convinced. I understand they can serve different functions, but what it boils down to in my opinion, is that the marginal worth of either device is lessened by ownership of the other. Although one device may be more useful for certain apps than the other, it doesn't change the fact that the app library and user experience are very similar. Sure, the iPad might make eBooks better, but you can still do it on your iPhone. The iPhone might be better for Angry Birds, but you can still play it on your iPad.

My point is, if you have an iPhone and you are considering getting either a 3DS or an iPad 2, which is the better investment for you, specifically? I would say the 3DS, because it will provide a more diverse range of experiences which you are not already privy to. On the other hand, if you don't hold the 3DS in terribly high regard, then you might be better off with the iPad 2. I just figured that if someone actually doesn't really want a 3DS, then they wouldn't have posted this, right? :)

In the end, of course, it's their call!

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Uh... why do people always compare the two? Casual Tablet vs. Handheld Gaming Console.

What are you looking for? If gaming, go for the 3DS. The iOS gaming ecosystem does not have the depth as of yet to fully compete with Handheld Gaming. If you're looking for a nice casual computer, than definitely iPad. It's made for stuff like web browsing and other normal tasks you would do on your computer (And does it quite smoothly).

These two things have very little in common. Also, the iPad is double the price of the 3DS, so that's another thing to consider.

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deegan714 wrote:

I'm the only one at my school without an iPod Touch, so I thought it would be cool to have an iPad 2. Also, I want to store my music on it.

You plan on bringing the iPad 2 to ur school? What if you get caught?

And the 3DS can store music as well.

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Either. You can (or soon will be able to) buy Digger Dan on both!

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lunchmeats101 wrote:

Uh... why do people always compare the two? Casual Tablet vs. Handheld Gaming Console.

I dunno, I think it's perfectly legitimate to debate which of two devices you should spend your money on. Sure. they're different, but ultimately the money is the same, and the time spent with the device will presumably be the same. It's just hard to advise on which one to pick up without knowing the precise circumstances of the buyer in question.

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If money is not a concern, you should go for the Ipad 2...
But then again, if your really hyped about the 3ds then there's always the option of getting the Ipad 2 later down the road...
Idk though, the price of the Ipad 2 is 500$, you could buy two 3ds's with that!...(not including tax)
It's a really tough choice, but I'm pretty sure that you'll get your money's worth out of an Ipad 2...
Both choices are good & thier both amazing pieces of technology.
Good luck! :)

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ImDiggerDan wrote:

Either. You can (or soon will be able to) buy Digger Dan on both!

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I can't recommend an iPad if he just wants it to be cool. Seems like a lot of money to spend for a stupid status that'll probably only last a short while. Now if he seriously intends on using it, which he might, it would be a good thing to use with all its features. Seriously, though, we kinda need more information here. What do you like to do?

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28. Posted:

The two are very different, but in the end companies do compete for the money in my wallet which, sadly, is of limited supply.

I'll be paying it for an ipad2. I'd get myself a 3ds if I had the cash though :)

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29. Posted:

lunchmeats101 wrote:

Uh... why do people always compare the two? Casual Tablet vs. Handheld Gaming Console.

What are you looking for? If gaming, go for the 3DS. The iOS gaming ecosystem does not have the depth as of yet to fully compete with Handheld Gaming. If you're looking for a nice casual computer, than definitely iPad. It's made for stuff like web browsing and other normal tasks you would do on your computer (And does it quite smoothly).

These two things have very little in common. Also, the iPad is double the price of the 3DS, so that's another thing to consider.

Actually, the iPad does compete with handheld gaming, very effectively.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms, far better versions of Civilisation and Sim City, Command and Conquer, brilliant versions of board games (Carcassonne, Catan, Through the Desert, Samurai, Small World), indie stuff like Battle for Wesnoth, great ports of the likes of Puzzle Quest.

AND THEN all kinds of good casual games, hidden object games, Angry Birds etc etc.

I use my iPad for portable gaming far more than either the DS or PSP.

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Actually, the iPad does compete with handheld gaming, very effectively.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms, far better versions of Civilisation and Sim City, Command and Conquer, brilliant versions of board games (Carcassonne, Catan, Through the Desert, Samurai, Small World), indie stuff like Battle for Wesnoth, great ports of the likes of Puzzle Quest.

AND THEN all kinds of good casual games, hidden object games, Angry Birds etc etc.

I use my iPad for portable gaming far more than either the DS or PSP.

Hmm. I guess it's a matter of opinion and what you're looking for in a game. I myself prefer physical controls.

I do like a lot of iOS games, but a lot of them just don't feel like "full" games, in a sense. Most of them are great for wasting time or for a quick play when you're bored.

But yeah, in the end it depends on what you're looking for in gaming.

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lunchmeats101 wrote:

WaltzElf wrote:

Actually, the iPad does compete with handheld gaming, very effectively.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms, far better versions of Civilisation and Sim City, Command and Conquer, brilliant versions of board games (Carcassonne, Catan, Through the Desert, Samurai, Small World), indie stuff like Battle for Wesnoth, great ports of the likes of Puzzle Quest.

AND THEN all kinds of good casual games, hidden object games, Angry Birds etc etc.

I use my iPad for portable gaming far more than either the DS or PSP.

Hmm. I guess it's a matter of opinion and what you're looking for in a game. I myself prefer physical controls.

I do like a lot of iOS games, but a lot of them just don't feel like "full" games, in a sense. Most of them are great for wasting time or for a quick play when you're bored.

But yeah, in the end it depends on what you're looking for in gaming.

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32. Posted:

WaltzElf wrote:

lunchmeats101 wrote:

Uh... why do people always compare the two? Casual Tablet vs. Handheld Gaming Console.

What are you looking for? If gaming, go for the 3DS. The iOS gaming ecosystem does not have the depth as of yet to fully compete with Handheld Gaming. If you're looking for a nice casual computer, than definitely iPad. It's made for stuff like web browsing and other normal tasks you would do on your computer (And does it quite smoothly).

These two things have very little in common. Also, the iPad is double the price of the 3DS, so that's another thing to consider.

Actually, the iPad does compete with handheld gaming, very effectively.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms, far better versions of Civilisation and Sim City, Command and Conquer, brilliant versions of board games (Carcassonne, Catan, Through the Desert, Samurai, Small World), indie stuff like Battle for Wesnoth, great ports of the likes of Puzzle Quest.

AND THEN all kinds of good casual games, hidden object games, Angry Birds etc etc.

I use my iPad for portable gaming far more than either the DS or PSP.

It seems like all of your posts relate to how the Ipad is an amazing gaming device.

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iOS and the iPad have some pretty great games, and furthermore at much more affordable prices than what Nintendo sticks us with. Sure, you might have to take a shot in the dark a bit more often, and you might not get treated to as many (or any) AAA titles, but over time you will probably get your money's worth. Unfortunately, it's a lot of money, and that period of time could be pretty long. That's pretty much the reason I would be hard-pressed to recommend an iPad for the sole purpose of gaming. Especially if you're visiting this site, which probably implies you enjoy Nintendo games. Won't be getting those sorts of experiences on iOS, unless you don't mind settling for GameLoft's clones. Naturally, if you can afford an iPad, and think you can effectively use its myriad other functions, then sure. Go for it! That's all the advice I can offer.

@yoyogamer: Haha, well I suppose someone needs to stick up for the iPad in a sea of Nintendo fanboys, right?

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34. Posted:

The iPad is a great gaming device. :3

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35. Posted:

WaltzElf wrote:

zeeroid wrote:

Most important question is what do you want the iPad 2 for? And do you already have an iPhone 4? I don't see how it's worth it to have two iOS devices. If you're just planning to get it for games, then 3DS would probably be the better investment. If you actually have some other legitimate reasons for needing a tablet, then perhaps get the iPad.

The iPad is for a completely different purpose than the iPhone. It's like saying "why have a computer, when you've got an Android" or "Why get that big 50-inch LCD TV when you've got a radio?"

The big screen on the iPad (and it is a big screen), makes it better for writing, reading magazines and books, surfing the internet and a host of other things than the iPhone. It also makes for a very different gaming experience. While the iPhone is best for small, simple games like Angry Birds, the iPad can be used effectively for FPSers, strategy games, board games, and so on.

Don't forget, the iPad's screen is substantially bigger than a 3DS' - for some genres, that makes it the better "console"

So yeah, if you've used both an iPad and an iPhone you'd realise pretty quickly how different the two are.

You could by a gaming laptop/netbook for a fraction of the price of an iPad and get a lot more functionality out of the thing and still have enough money left over to buy a dedicated e-reader device.. Reading for long periods on an LCD screen is not comfortable and I couldn't disagree more with "high quality gaming".

The device is expensive solely because of its brand and personally, I wouldn't touch one with a barge pole.

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It seems like all of your posts relate to how the Ipad is an amazing gaming device.

Your point? It is.

I do like a lot of iOS games, but a lot of them just don't feel like "full" games, in a sense. Most of them are great for wasting time or for a quick play when you're bored.

Yes, there is a sea of crap you need to wade through to find the good stuff. The App store could use a reworking to better manage people's ability to find content.

But I would say at the minimum, the iPad gets one full-featured, genuinely good game for every one DS/ PSP/ Wii/ PS3/ Xbox 360 game that is released.

You could by a gaming laptop/netbook for a fraction of the price of an iPad and get a lot more functionality out of the thing and still have enough money left over to buy a dedicated e-reader device.. Reading for long periods on an LCD screen is not comfortable and I couldn't disagree more with "high quality gaming".

The device is expensive solely because of its brand and personally, I wouldn't touch one with a barge pole.

I've realised a ROI on my iPad investment at least ten times over since buying it. So no, it's not expensive solely on brand and personality. I don't use my computers at home now, except for highly specialised tasks that the iPad cannot handle, but writing reports, articles, email, working from home - almost all done on iPad.

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37. Posted:

@pixelman: lol

Now if only someone would give me 600 bucks, dammit! Or a job. I could use one of those.

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38. Posted:

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3DS. Just buy the iPad 3 when it launches in 6 months with incremental improvements that its praised for for some odd reason :/ Or better yet, forget about iPad completely ;) Seriously though, go with 3DS!

That or he can wait for the 3DS lite in the next 12 months!

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Nintendo already confirmed no 3ds lite. Ever. Seriously. They said it has to many features to pack into a smaller space.

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turtlelink wrote:

bboy2970 wrote:

3DS. Just buy the iPad 3 when it launches in 6 months with incremental improvements that its praised for for some odd reason :/ Or better yet, forget about iPad completely ;) Seriously though, go with 3DS!

That or he can wait for the 3DS lite in the next 12 months!

The difference there is that I can guarantee that there will be a new iPad in 6 months time. The 3DS is already very small, light and thin. It would be naive to assume there will never be an upgraded model but the DS Lite came two years after the original and then the DSi almost three years after that. It's not like Nintendo just churn out hardware revisions.

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