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New to IPad and need some help and advice - some advanced questions.

Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by Alucard77, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. Alucard77
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    Hey All,

    I am new to the IPad and still have yet to purchase it. I have been interested in the IPad since it first came out, but I do have to say I have been a MAC hater in the past. I have literally hacked every electronic portable item I owned and the IPad was so restricted that I just could not justify the price point based off of its limitations. I think with Jailbreak and some of the new items to be released, the IPad finally has the value I need. Not judging anyone elses decisions as it is different strokes for different folks.

    I wanted to give some background on myself so that users can give me some advice on what I should purchase and how to use it.
    - I commute 4 hours a day roundtrip.
    - I have a 2 year old son
    - I am a BIG movie person but have been watching movies on my commute with the PSP, looking forward to a bigger screen
    - I would like to use the IPAD as a portable XBMC (or similar Media Center)
    - I definately NEED HDMI out for my son at his grandma's house
    - I use to play video games and do so occasionally now a days on my commute if the game is good.

    Having said all that, I have some questions:
    1- The new HDMA, can that only be used on the 4.3 firmware?
    2- Does Apple support X264 and H264?
    3- Would I have to Jailbreak to use XVID format?
    4- How good is XBMC on the IPAD? Does it play higher res video?
    5- With the HDMA Adapater, can I also use a SD reader with it at the same time?
    6- Does the IPad recieve IR signals? IE: Can I just put my IPAD on my counter or use an IR Forwarder and use my IPad as a MC with a remote?
    7- How is gaming evolving on the IPad? I saw Dead Space and was pretty impressed. I just wonder if this is going to be the norm or just games here and there.
    8- For what I am looking to do, would it be better to get the Ipad1 or IPad2? BTW, I am pretty much looking to use this as a portable MC with some game capability.

    Other then that, is there a thread on here of cool stuff you could do with an IPad that you may not know of?

    Thanks all for the help.
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    VLC was released for IOS, then subsequently taken off the iPad store. Once it's jail broken, however, I think VLC is available in Cydia. That *should* cover virtually any encoding, video or audio, that you can throw at it.
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    wytey iPad Junkie

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    shame too, vlc is a brilliant media player

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