Originally Posted by kizedek
I think others have addressed size. But Aspect Ratio???
Who is saying that?
Well obviously I just did! Aspect ratio is very important if one of your primary use cases is the delivery of video and movies. Obviously there is no perfect aspect ratio, but the point is wider would have been smarter on the iPad.
People that think tablets are good only for viewing movies? I can't think of one application on the iPad, other than viewing a movie, where the aspect ratio should be any different. So what, so you get a black bar either side of the movie.
Actually a wider aspect ratio is good for a number of things including viewing of pics, reading a column of text, certain types of games, apps that leverage a wide screen (IDEs) and others. There is really very little to defend with respect to the 4:3 ratio.
Sacrifice the usability of a tablet for one application? Sounds like what some other manufacturer would do when designing one of their lame tablets.
Don't be dense you would actually be increasing usability especially as the screen becomes smaller. For example grab an iPhone and type in text into this very dialog box. You get constant scrolling in horizontal orientation. The easiest way to improve iPhone, without blowing it up size wise is to give it a wider screen.
The same physical realities are at work when you are dealing with sub seven inch displays. You need one orientation that is much wider than the other to realize effective UI elements like keyboards.
1024x768: normal VGA for presentation. Keynote? I use it all the time. Books? PDFs? Emails? Sound familiar?
Yep and everyone of those text delivery formats works better on a taller screen. Especially on a small device. Think about newspapers and their centuries of experience with columns of text. Papers are arrainged the way they are because it enhances readability as would a wide screen display offer up text in vertical mode. The science here is very clear. Just because Apple effectively markets it's choice of aspect ratios doesn't mean that that ratio is a good solution from the human factors perspective.
Photos and slideshows? Photos are not naturally widescreen format.
Again I have to question if you really know what you are talking about. Have you looked at a 35mm negative? The closest format to paper size is or was the 6x7 cm format, other formats are far from 4:3 and some where square. Pics are often printed on common paper sizes but even those vary a bit in aspect ratios
Typing up pages of notes?
Exactly! How would you type up notes on a sub seven in device without it being wide screen? The keyboard would still be a compromise but would be significantly wider, in horizontal mode, than a keyboard on a 4:3 ratio device.
I don't want to carry around something the size and shape of an envelope (third letter size): I want something that approximates a notebook that I would write in.
Like a steno pad? If you want something bigger then you have more options, but as devices get smaller usability goes out the window with 4:3 aspect ratios. Besides ask yourself this; in a notebook what is the aspect ratio of the working surface?
Turn the iPad to landscape position for a nice browsing experience. But, if it was wide screen ratio, you would barely get more than the browser bar and a quarter of a page. You'd be scrolling all the time just to finish a paragraph.
Or turn it vertically and user reader mode to read the text like you would in a newspaper. I'm not sure why you are struggling so much here, it is pretty simple really.
I guess those that are pushing tablets with different aspect ratios are trying to make their point of differentiation a "feature". Good luck with that.
Nope not at all, what we are looking at is the human factors issues that have been with us for thousands of years now when it comes to reading text. Plus the smarter media delivery that comes with a wide screen.
Apple has been testing this for years. But since thousands of developers have created thousands of iPad apps that utilize the full screen for all kinds of productive purposes, then I guess the industry has spoken. And since millions have happily bought iPads, I guess you are in a very small and blinkered minority.
You mis a couple of important points. First there are billions of people on the planet. Second there are millions of those that buy whatever Apple feeds them. Some even bought AppleTVs. Beyound that we really don't know what Apple tested or what they intend to deliver on other devices. Apple could deliver a wide screen device and simply call it a video iPod.
As for developers and apps, they have been fitting apps to the available tech since the start of the computer age. In a very literal sense you work with what you have be that a TTY, an 80x20 text display or an OpenGL driven display. In this case developers see a platform that they can make lots of money on so they optimize for the device, which should surprise no one.