Originally Posted by augustya
So are you saying that despite having a 16:9 orientation a HD movie can still have Black bars above and below the video ??
Once they decide on the size of the longest side of their device, whatever size they make the other side is just extra space so it makes sense to maximise it and 4:3 is about as big as they'd want to go.
Once they've made that choice, end users don't suffer from the area size of the movie as viewers just have to move closer by a negligible amount.
The issue about black bars is a legitimate concern and I don't like them either but they shouldn't design the device around a single purpose at everyone else's expense. Some movies will show black bars on 16:9 but they are easily cropped by zooming so 16:9 is still a superior aspect for movies.
My own personal preference is 16:10. You can see the 16:10 Asus Transformer and iPad side-by-side here:
The big thing is when it comes to movie cropping to get rid of the black bars. With 16:10, it's a much smaller amount of the movie lost:
Bottom left is iPad/4:3 cropping, bottom-right is 16:10 cropping, 16:9 obviously shows the whole film.
Here's what portrait reading is like in 16:10:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgC-pu-GMwY
If we compare to what we are used to outside of the digital world, A3/A4/A5 paper is probably the most common aspect ratio, which is 1.41
4:3 = 1.33
paper = 1.41
3:2 = 1.5 (iPhone aspect)
16:10 = 1.6
16:9 = 1.78
So the closest to paper is the iPad aspect ratio. I feel the best compromise for movie watching is 16:10.
I think it would be nice if you could at least pinch-zoom the movie to crop rather than double-tap. Double-tap usually crops too much off.
Anyway, there's absolutely no chance of changing the aspect at this stage. It would break far too many apps.