It's staggering to think that Hundreds began life on anything other than a capacitive interface, but this multitouch magnum opus has unexpected origins as a mouse-based web game. Granted, the ball-expanding puzzler has been revised and refined significantly since that inauspicious debut, resulting in an experience that is perfectly centered around the touch of a finger. Brought to the App Store by a dream team of indie designers, including those behind favorites like Canabalt and Gasketball, Hundreds is one of the smartest and most satisfying touch-based games I've ever played, particularly on an iPad.
We got hands-on with the new iPod's after Apple's big music event. Will they tear up the charts, number one with a bullet? Or are they next summer's state fair act? Follow the jump for our hands-on first impressions.
Ever since E.T. and Elliott bonded over a cut finger, we’ve understood the power of touch. Decades later, the electronics industry is starting to catch up. The Squeezebox Touch packs one of Logitech’s network music players into a slim, touch-sensitive device. The underlying player is practically the same as previous models--with the many benefits and several drawbacks--but the touch interface easily beats traditional button-based controls. We only wish that the 4.3-inch screen separated from the base--the device is a single unit, so you can’t leave it connected and tap the controller from the couch.
Seems the analysts and rumor-mongers have grown tired of the Apple tablet as a topic and turned back to this year’s iPhone refresh. On deck today is rumblings of a touch-sensitive casing for the next-generation model.
It pains us to find fault with such a rich, generously appointed
handheld media player. But while the third generation of the iPod touch
has plenty of outstanding features, they’re all mostly legacy features,
and there’s really not much to celebrate in the new-and-awesome
category. If you’ve been in the market for a touch, this one will
please you immensely. But if you already own a touch, you’d do better
to start saving up for something truly revolutionary--like maybe
Apple’s long-rumored tablet.