1. west3man's Avatar
    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.
    03-30-2011 05:30 PM
  2. SteveW928's Avatar
    No offense, but what added practicality UI-wise does an iPad offer over an iPhone? Other than apps being specifically designed for the larger screen, there really isn't much of a difference.
    Well, that IS the difference... that's kind of what UI is all about. The UI is designed for the size, which is especially important for a touch interface (than it would be on, say a desktop with a mouse). If you shrink it, you have to either make a new resolution (another version of each app), or you have to just squish the UI to fit the same rez on the smaller device, which makes for a harder UI to use. Notice that iPhones don't just squish down iPad apps, but actually have a separate version.

    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.

    Plus the argument that you cannot offer a comprehensive user experience on a 7" device isn't necessarily true either. Take a look at the Blackberry PlayBook, for example. It's not just a larger Blackberry phone as it has an OS specifically designed for a tablet, unlike the iPad.
    The iPad has it's own UI design, that's why there are different apps for iPhone and iPad. It doesn't require a different OS. BB had to do that because their phone OS was never designed for a tablet. Apple's design originally started as a tablet OS.

    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.
    There are really only two. The iPod Touch is an iPhone without the cellular chip... OS and UI wise, they are the same.
    04-02-2011 01:16 PM
  3. DaDarth's Avatar
    iPhone 4 is my smaller "iPad". I like the iPad the way it is. Perfect for surfing and reading.
    04-03-2011 08:36 PM
  4. Rocktapus's Avatar
    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.
    04-04-2011 12:07 AM
  5. Smokexz's Avatar
    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 12:16 AM
  6. dach818's Avatar
    If they came out with a smaller ipad, I would definitely buy it. I find that the ipad is just a little too big for me to carry everywhere.
    04-04-2011 02:23 PM
  7. Scout_313's Avatar
    Well, that IS the difference... that's kind of what UI is all about. The UI is designed for the size, which is especially important for a touch interface (than it would be on, say a desktop with a mouse). If you shrink it, you have to either make a new resolution (another version of each app), or you have to just squish the UI to fit the same rez on the smaller device, which makes for a harder UI to use. Notice that iPhones don't just squish down iPad apps, but actually have a separate version.
    I think you're missing my point. Other than a slight scaling of apps, there is no ADDITIONAL functionality over an iPhone provided by the OS of the iPad. There isn't anything you can do on an iPad that you can't already do on an iPhone.

    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.
    04-04-2011 03:07 PM
  8. SteveW928's Avatar
    I think you're missing my point. Other than a slight scaling of apps, there is no ADDITIONAL functionality over an iPhone provided by the OS of the iPad. There isn't anything you can do on an iPad that you can't already do on an iPhone.
    Why would there need to be? Again, iOS was developed for the tablet originally, and adapted to the phone.

    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 03:00 AM
  9. Peaches19's Avatar
    I really wish we had the option because a smaller iPad would still be way better for surfing than an iphone but would be cheaper and more convenient.
    04-07-2011 02:20 PM
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