- 03-22-2011, 05:07 PM #26
- 03-22-2011, 06:30 PM #27
Hoenycomb is nice because its a OS designed for a tablet. Not just an over blown iPhone. Sure it may be "magical" but think of real world use. Would you love to have short cuts to stuff in your apps right from the home screen?
- 03-23-2011, 12:06 AM #28
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- 03-23-2011, 09:39 AM #29
I think the current iPad size is perfect. In my personal opinion it would be kinda pointless to create a smaller iPad a couple inches bigger that the iPod touch. The iPad and iPod touch are kinda the same so why make them similar in size also. I think the current size is perfect.
- 03-23-2011, 07:16 PM #30
- 03-24-2011, 01:48 PM #31
- 03-24-2011, 03:42 PM #32
Well the fact is that if Steve says that won't make a 7" iPad that is pretty much a guarantee that they WILL. They also said they would never make a phone, LOL.
I used to think that a 7" tablet would be the perfect size. Now I'm not so sure. If I can't carry it hands free, (i.e. it doesn't fit in my pocket or clip to my belt) I'm not sure the 7" would be any more convenient. That said, I hope they DO make one so we can settle this argument in the market.
As for the UI argument, it is pretty pointless. Steve said you couldn't have a good experience on a 7" tablet - you'd have to file your fingers down... Well how do you explain having a good experience on a 3.5" iPhone then? Sure the 7" experience won't be as rich as the 10" ipad, but it would be better than the iPhone. Maybe they would position it more as a large iPod Touch and target gaming. It could compete with the PSP in form factor. In fact just give the touch a 6" screen with the same retina display resolution and it might be a very nice gaming device / e-reader.
- 03-24-2011, 08:37 PM #33
- 03-24-2011, 09:06 PM #34
Another one who agrees, leave the iPad the way it is, no reason to have a smaller size, heck I bought it because the screen size is perfect the way it is..a great size to tuck away in a big purse, backpack, briefcase, etc. just as easily as the "other" smaller tablets..I don't mind thinner, but not smaller..
- 03-25-2011, 04:41 AM #35
It's a tablet...
I think the big point is that it is a tablet. A phone should be phone sized... a tablet should be, well, tablet sized. If anything, an argument could be made for it being bigger, not smaller. If you make it much smaller, it really isn't a tablet any longer.
I suppose there could be some margin there... I'm not saying Apple necessarily found the perfect size (though, they do tend to do a LOT of actual studies on such things). I'm just saying that 7" doesn't really seem like a tablet to me. Maybe a mini-scratch-pad or something.
- 03-25-2011, 09:57 AM #36
- 03-25-2011, 12:42 PM #37
- 03-25-2011, 06:49 PM #38
7" ipad would need to be marketed at the e-Reader catergory.
as for a 16:10 or 16:9 ipad. Look at your computers. Look at the macs. Hell look at the 11" macbook air and the 21 and 27" imacs. Thoser three are in 16:9 so the argument of "its only for TVs" is irreverent.
- 03-25-2011, 07:29 PM #39
Is any size perfect for everyone? No, that's why we have choice. Maybe Steve does not like the 7" size but that does not mean it would not sell. He also thinks the 3.5" screen is perfect but there are a ton of folks loving their 4.3" Android devices (and we may see a larger iPhone screen in a few months??). I like the iPad's size right now after using it for a few days but I could also conform quickly to the 7" size (I considered a Galaxy Tab for months).
One thing is certain for me personally, 3.5" is too small. I'll stick with Android if the 5 is still 3.5".
- 03-25-2011, 10:39 PM #40
- 03-27-2011, 08:40 AM #41
- 03-27-2011, 11:26 AM #42
- 03-27-2011, 02:13 PM #43
Historically, the way Apple decides on these things doesn't bode well for your wish though.
- 03-27-2011, 07:48 PM #44
- 03-27-2011, 09:22 PM #45
I love the current size and no, I wouldn't purchase a 7" "tablet". I don't consider an iPad "portable" and didn't buy it as such. It fits in my bag and when I'm sitting somewhere that I can sit back and relax, I use it. When I'm at the grocery store and need a list, I want something that slides into a pocket easily, thus my iPhone. I definitely couldn't see myself comfortably watching streaming media from my desk on a 7" device. Two different devices for two different needs...one portable, the other practical. No need in my life for an in-between size.
IMO, the iPad was more a laptop replacement than anything. I've never carried a laptop around, but this baby goes to work with me every day and will also travel with me. It's perfect!
- 03-28-2011, 10:32 PM #46
Vote for 7" iPad here as well. I think at least having the option is definitely worth it. Even if the thickness of the device was a concern and mandated a thicker shell - the trade-off is sooo worth it. As a matter of fact, I think a bit of thickness added onto a smaller form factor would feel "just right" in my hands when I was on the move. Sometimes I am worried that this paper-thin piece of electronic wizardry is going to slip right out of my hand and make that final marriage with the concrete at my feet!
- 03-28-2011, 10:36 PM #47
@SteveW928 - the comment on Apple's decisions coinciding with the wishes of the consumer is so true! I wish it wasn't as I believe there are so many great ideas that come from the community that I would love to see implemented into a real-world device, but who are we to question the God's over there anyway?
- 03-29-2011, 02:33 AM #48
Giving someone an inferior device, even if they have asked for it, is a tricky thing. People usually end up, at least sub-consciously, blaming it on the company. For example... say Apple makes the 7" tablet, and people generally have a more difficult time using the UI, though the problem is too slight to be absolutely obvious. (because with the compressed UI, things are harder to do) They aren't going to say, 'Gee, Apple warned me about this, so I should have bought the 10"' Instead, they will just be more likely to be slightly unsatisfied and buy some other brand the next time.
Also, in my many years of experience with Apple, they actually do seem to listen quite a bit. I've submitted many ideas to them over the years on their products, and a good number of them have been implemented. I'm sure some of them were natural directions they were headed anyway... others were probably things lots of people asked for. But, some were things that were pretty obscure, so I've almost wondered if my voice played a part in it happening.
- 03-29-2011, 12:48 PM #49
Common people haven't you heard..... "dont knock it till you try it"
I have a ipad 2 and a xoom, and would quickly drop both of them for a 7" ipad or honeycomb tablet.
- 03-30-2011, 10:05 AM #50
If you look at Apple, they have essentially 3 product lines running the same software (iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad). I'm not saying it's not a decent OS as I left Android for an iPhone 4 when it came to Verizon; however, a tablet should offer the user functionality that they can't get on their phone, much like Android Honeycomb (despite it not being totally finished) and Blackberry's QNX OS.
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