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VOTW: A 2-year-old Goes Hands-on with the iPad

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Look away if you don't like seeing expensive gadgets in the hands of small children.

I'm all for introducing children to technology at an early age, but something about this video just makes me cringe. Are her hands clean? Is her little leg long enough to keep the iPad propped up or is going to fall? What if she drops it?

But being fair, this is actually an incredibly smart 2-year-old; she instinctively figures out how to enlarge regular iPhone apps and her experience and skills with her dad's iPhone carries over almost seamlessly. When I was two, anything handed to me was immediately shoved up my nose or crammed in my mouth and my favorite pastime was bashing things off the ground.

Check out the video below to see what this technologically inclined cherub makes of Apple's newest device. Oh, and if you needed anymore proof that Apple left out the camera so they could update the device again in a year this is it; it's the first thing she notices when she's handed the device.

A 2.5 Year-Old Has A First Encounter with An iPad

(Via Laughing Squid)

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    extremepcs , April 7, 2010 4:46 PM
    More maxiPad news please. 6 stories on the front page today is not enough! /sarcasm
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    ps12 , April 7, 2010 5:03 PM
    Glad to see we finally know Apple's targeted age group!
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    kelemvor4 , April 7, 2010 5:10 PM
    mlopinto2k1That is really, really scary. She is using it so comfortably... like it was meant for her mind. Or something weird like that. Cool, but scary.

    The iPad IS meant for the mind of a two year old.
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  • 29 Hide
    extremepcs , April 7, 2010 4:46 PM
    More maxiPad news please. 6 stories on the front page today is not enough! /sarcasm
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2010 4:48 PM
    That is really, really scary. She is using it so comfortably... like it was meant for her mind. Or something weird like that. Cool, but scary.
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    leo2kp , April 7, 2010 4:48 PM
    What a great way to test a UI. Give it to a 2 year old and see if they can figure it out.
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2010 4:48 PM
    Jane, do you have any other news on the iPad? I would love to see some.
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    sliem , April 7, 2010 4:50 PM
    Yes my 2.5 son would just whack the iPad around. Smart kid.
    Then again, he hasn't destroyed our laptop yet.
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    XZaapryca , April 7, 2010 4:50 PM
    Adorable. She's already better at using technology than my mother. lol
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2010 4:52 PM
    This little girl is adorable! :) 
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    tiotaitch , April 7, 2010 4:52 PM
    Good kid. Need more like her!
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    ps12 , April 7, 2010 5:03 PM
    Glad to see we finally know Apple's targeted age group!
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    kelemvor4 , April 7, 2010 5:10 PM
    mlopinto2k1That is really, really scary. She is using it so comfortably... like it was meant for her mind. Or something weird like that. Cool, but scary.

    The iPad IS meant for the mind of a two year old.
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    nforce4max , April 7, 2010 5:18 PM
    Well you got me there, the iPad is perfect for kids. I have found one use for it. Its great in yugioh tournaments when one wants to look up a card or deck strategies. Still packing my old cards from when I was in grade school. Still hanging onto a few relinquished cards with rituals.
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    JMcEntegart , April 7, 2010 5:28 PM
    mlopinto2k1Jane, do you have any other news on the iPad? I would love to see some.


    I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic or not but no, fresh out for today.
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2010 5:29 PM
    Kid is great! But shows you the attention span of the new generation, can't stay on a single app for more than 5sec. Give her 10min and she will be bored with the new toy.
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    xantek24 , April 7, 2010 5:51 PM
    JMcEntegartI'm not sure if you're being sarcastic or not but no, fresh out for today.


    I'm sure he was being sarcastic...i can feel it...in his text...he's about to POP!!! No, but really, are there any more of 1 month's worth of ipad news in one week? Or are you guys pretending to avoid more Android tablet news that other sites are covering?....Am I being sarcastic? :D 
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    curnel_D , April 7, 2010 5:52 PM
    Reminds me of a kid about this age that I know. Adorable.
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    gpj , April 7, 2010 6:01 PM
    My son has been using our iPad Touches since he was about 18 or so months old (we just don't choose to plaster it over the internet like so many other nuts do .. I guess to feel important)... But at around the 24-26 month age he really started using it. He navigates around going from videos to the apps we've installed for him (he can even find the same apps on the different touches despite being in different places). He is surprisingly gentle with it despite being a bruiser with so many other toys.

    I'm not an apple fanboy, but I must say their iphone/touch/ipad interface is exceptional.
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    pwnzerage , April 7, 2010 6:10 PM
    Is it just me or does the camera guy sound like he's interviewing a pornstar before a porno? I mean come on, "We have a new toy. Are you ready for a new toy? Do you like new toys?" Just saying... Hope I'm not the only one here...
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    babybeluga , April 7, 2010 6:21 PM
    I wonder how often this kid gets to go outside.

    =(
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    SchizoFrog , April 7, 2010 6:27 PM
    The kid onviously has previous experience of using the device, this isn't like a first encounter. General use of touch screen apps is very point and click and if a child can't do that or play very basic games designed for kids then I would have to worry about that childs motoskills (not sure if that is spelt right though).

    What I want to see is what happens when the child gets bored and Mummy or Daddy isn't watching and the device gets dropped or thrown to the floor and walked on...
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