I’m convinced Apple planted the $1000 rumor out there just so they could shock people with the actual price of $499. The Kindle DX is $489 and is now officially dead. The cheaper $250 kindle is on borrowed time.
I’ve had a cheap slate-style (no keyboard) tablet pc for 3 years now (on eBay for less than $200) so I know how cool it is to read comics or browse the web portrait oriented. I never browsed much though because the processor was ancient so it was all about reading anything I could get on the device. It is also quite heavy.
Here are the features that have me excited:
Photos - I enjoy looking through my iPhoto library on the MacBook and iPhone, but the experience is not ideal. The iPad is perfect for enjoying the photos like you would a proper photo book except you can have ALL your photos at any time. This makes it perfect for bringing over to relatives houses or use it like a digital photo frame at parties. This is coming from someone who takes an insane amount of photos.
Books - Kindle on the iPhone was serviceable, but books really need a larger display. I wasn't interested in the full size Kindle because I want an e-reader to handle all manner of reading material like magazines or full color photography books. The iPad can do this. I have a lot of books taking up physical space that would have a better home on the iPad.
Movies - Most of the Blu-ray discs I purchased have come with a digital copy of the movie for iTunes (Wall-e, Up, Nightmare Before Christmas, etc). I've only accessed some of them because I don't watch full length movies on the iPhone, but I certainly would on the iPad.
Work - Not iWork, but actual office work. I use my iPhone quite a bit for work email, but the small keyboard is not ideal (although I'm pretty fast on it now). The iPad is perfect for this as well as general work related writing I might need to do. It sure beats having my laptop on all night. There are other great perks, but none that stand as tall as the above. The main thing holding me back is that none of the above are absolutely crucial to my life. I guess the same can be said for many things I won though.
In 60 days, we’ll see if I end up picking one up or not.
As for games, it’s going to be all about Mass Effect 2 for a while. Beyond that, this is what the picture is looking like:
Bioshock 2 (Xbox 360)
I’m going to wait and see what the reviews look like before committing. I want to believe the sequel will be as good or better than the original.
Heavy Rain (PS3)
Reviews won’t matter as much to me on this one. Want to try it out for myself to figure out if it speaks to me or not.
Yakuza 3 (PS3)
This is a must get. I’m so psyched this got picked up for US release. I just have to find time to finish Yakuza 2.
Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition (PS3)
I probably won’t bite initially since $50 is kind of high for a re-release even if it has cool DLC. Very much want to play through this game again.
God of War III (PS3)
Definitely will play this eventually. Question again is when.
Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360)
Will only stay away from this if the reviews are universally bad.
Bayonetta (Xbox 360)
I can pull the trigger on this one whenever the mood to play strikes. Just haven’t had the time.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PS3)
Price is the biggest barrier on this. Should be $40 or less.