- 03-30-2011, 04:30 PM #51
I want a tablet to approximate the size and dimensions of a piece of paper. My mobile phone falls short of that and my laptops more cumbersome than I would like for reading books, flipping through comics, etc.
Seven inch tablets might have advantages but, with the right accessories, some of which I've yet to see, I would stick with the almost ten inch iPad.
- 04-02-2011, 12:16 PM #52iMore Beginner
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This problem is going to show up on all these various sized tablets if the designs aren't targeted at them... but like the Windows world in desktop OSs, that market doesn't really give a hoot about UI design. It is one of Apple's big advantages... always has been.
- 04-03-2011, 07:36 PM #53
- 04-03-2011, 11:07 PM #54iPhone Intermediate
- 170 Posts
I would buy a 7" iPad only because it'd probably be cheaper. I'm very much enjoying the 10 inch screen. Safari is much more enjoyable/usable in the iPad than on an iPhone. And sketchbook pro is a much better app when it's on a paper sized device. Although, I DO stick to playing angry birds on the iPhone.
- 04-03-2011, 11:16 PM #55
Yeah I would buy an iPhone, if it came with a bigger screen, the 3.5 size is just so childish, once you hit 4 and up... it's kinda hard to go back. Yes, I would buy an iPad if it were maybe 8.9, the Optimus Pad looks like it hit a new sweet spot. As a Xoom owner, I really doubt you would want to go any bigger, cause the Xoom is pretty big, though they are essentially the same size( compared with a friend's iPad 2). They are so similar, I am using an iPad case to hold my Xoom, lol.
Sent from my Xoom
- 04-04-2011, 01:23 PM #56
- 04-04-2011, 02:07 PM #57
Take Android for example. While Honeycomb may be in its infancy and does have its fair share of bugs to work out, the OS provides a lot of extra functionality, whether it be from a fully implemented tabbed browsing experience, the new way of handling notifications, the multi-tasking switching, etc. All of these processes are handled much differently than they are in the software versions of Android designed for their smartphones.
While I do love the simplicity of iOS on my iPhone, I feel that it is too dumbed down for use on a tablet (for my own needs, your mileage may vary). I do hope that iOS 5 does address some of the shortcomings that currently can only be solved by jailbreaking.
- 04-07-2011, 02:00 AM #58iMore Beginner
- 71 Posts
Also, all your examples are simple OS feature additions, some of which are already addressed by 3rd parties, or as you noted, could easily be added in the next iOS update. There isn't a need for a separate OS for each.
My point is that good UIs are designed for a certain size, especially for a touch based device like this. When you start to scale them down, they get harder to use. The phone IS harder to use (that's why I want an iPad), and that is kind of a compromise. However, by having separate apps where developers try to optimize things to the small screen, it somewhat counters this effect.
- 04-07-2011, 01:20 PM #59