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It's remarkably simple to use a Bluetooth keyboard with the iPad. First, you just need to ensure that your keyboard supports HID mode, that's Human Interface Device Profile and is pretty much the closest thing to a universal Bluetooth keyboard interface out there these days.
Dieter mentioned this in the hardware section of our iPad review, but we've seen enough reports (and gotten enough email about it!) that we wanted to break it out and see how widespread a problem this may be for our readers:
Speaking of that aluminum casing, it blocks WiFi signals pretty effectively. To get around that, Apple placed the WiFi antenna behind the plastic Apple logo. While all reports indicate it’s a good antenna, I do find that I’m getting slightly worse reception on the iPad than I do on other devices.
iPad is Apple's attempt to define something between the smartphone and laptop, to give the masses silky-smooth software and multitouch glass all wrapped up in unibody aluminum and complete ecosystem control -- to make mainstream the computing appliance starting at just $499. To do this, to justify the iPad's existence, to make us buy a device too big for our pocket and too small for our server room, Steve Jobs said it had to do several things better than either of the categories so well established before: browsing, email, photos, video, music, games, and eBooks.
Given the companies and products that have tried and failed before it, that's audacious even for Apple. Especially for a first generation attempt. How close did they get? Did they get close at all?
Dieter goes hands-on with the iPad hardware and Rene dissects the iPad software after the break!
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Twitteriffic on the iPad is straight-up elegant and clean. Although it's not quite the powerhouse of Twitter mania that is Tweetdeck on iPad, it makes up for it by having a nicer and more intuitive layout.
In portrait mode, you get a large list of tweets, but the real excitement comes in landscape. Twitteriffic uses the now-familiar setup of a list of options on the left, the main window on the right. Your options are simple and straightfoward - viewing recent tweet, messages, direct messages, favorites, a search bar, and so on. I'm especially happy to see lists on the sidebar - that's a feature that's been lacking on many other Twitter clients. The app offers a $4.99 in-app purchase to enable multiple accounts and eliminating ads. Twitteriffic also does a great job with links - photos appear in a small pop-up and web-links appear in a large pop-up browser that's very usable. Tapping a profile brings up an iPhone-style pop-up that lets you browse that user's tweets.
I do sort of wish the lefthand bar was customizable - I'd rather see multiple accounts listed there rather than Twitter trends. You also can't change accounts on an active tweet you're writing - instead you have to back out of one account and into another.
Mirror's Edge is flat-out fun. More than any other game I've tried on the iPad so far, it shows what the potential for gaming on the platform can be. The basic mechanics of the game are simple: you control Faith, sending her running over the city and through tunnels to, well, do something that clearly has The Man unhappy. Whatever, the story is secondary. You control the game with a series of simple gestures - swipes left, right, up, and down - with the occasional tilt here and there. There are no health indicators, ammo bars, or anything else to get in your way.
I think it's a great game for iPad because you can perform these swipes without covering up half the screen - you can always see the action and it really does feel pretty immersive.
The game is relatively simple to beat in story mode, but there's plenty of extras to keep you in the game - including speed runs, going back to find hidden bags, and even a multiplayer option. It's a little pricey at $12.99, but it's addictive enough that I've lost a solid two hours to the game just toda. It's only through great force of will that I was able to stop playing long enough to write this quick take.