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Why is the ipad 4:3 and not 16:9?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Tapmyapple, Apr 20, 2011.

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    Do any of you know why? 16:9 is the modern size, its widescreen, this is the 21st century where everything from monitors to tvs to smart phones are 16:9. Just dont get why apple is sticking with 4:3.:confused:
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    SWAG: 4:3 screens are more widely available at a lower cost then 16:9
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    I can't say for certain but I can say that I'd rather try to hold a less oblong tablet in my hand - particularly if I'm trying to hold it in landscape mode. I'm really glad they didn't go 16:9 for a largish screen that is intended to be hand held.

    Isn't the iPhone also 4:3? If so that would also provide some explanation as they were planning to have the same apps available on both and not having to adjust for different aspect ratios would make life much easier for developers.
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    Thats a poor excuse from apple. Again this is 2011 we live in, not 1992. Get with the times Apple!


    Not sure what iphones are sized at but its definitely wider than 4:3. Ipad isnt exactly handheld to begin with, so if they were to do a 9.7" LCD in 16:9 it wont make it anymore cumbersome. 16:9 is much easier and better to view stuff on.
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    I was thinking of the screen on the iPhone, not the device itself.

    I definitely consider the iPad to be handheld and that's the way I use it a large portion of the time. I also don't understand why you feel 16:9 to be easier or better for viewing stuff on. To me the aspect ratio makes pretty much no difference as far as the viewing experience goes - maybe it would for a movie but I'm not a fan of movies - and I still appreciate that there's less moment from the more nearly square aspect ratio so I'm still glad that they stuck with 4:3.
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    Try to read a book in 16:9. I'm a photographer and sometimes choose the 16:9 format but 4:3 or 3:2 is more visually "good" feeling for using portrait or landscape. 16:9 is fine for watching movies or TV but the Ipad is used for many more things than that. I'd hate working on a doc in 16:9.
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    I prefer 4:3
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    Other than watching movies, in what way is a 16:9 screen better than a 4:3?

    Sure I watch an occasional movie on the iPad. Doesn't mean I want to hold a mini HD TV wantabe in my hands. 4:3 is a useful and versatile proportion. It's also comfortable in the hands.

    I'm perfectly happy to leave 16:9 screen for the bigger devices that have enough room to accurately display non-16:9 stuff undistorted and at great resolution.
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    I like this ^^
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    The iPad was made to be mostly held in portrait, so, I don't think apple wanted holding the iPad to be like holding a foot-long 2x4. :)
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    Apple did extensive research in both formats. The only advantage was in looking at video made for the 16:9 HDTV units. Movies are an even wider format and until HDTV, television shows were 4:3. In almost every aspect, people were more comfortable with the 4:3 screen. Books were easier to read, web pages looked better, and most important, it fit the hand better. This was not a cost issue, it was a comfort issue.
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    Agreed.
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    I didn't know I was doing it wrong. I never hold my iPad in portrait mode unless I'm reading a book. My first GUI PC had a 17" 1024x768 monitor, so it's natural to use it that way.
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    There is no right or wrong way, I have it in landscape 99% of the time! Apparently, this guy doesn't know how to hold a child though.

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    I. was at besybuy looking at the xoom that has a 16 .9 10.1 screen. I put it on top of a iPad 2 to see if was better to have the 16.9 and I think the 4.3 was better to my surprise I would thought that 16.9 would have been better size but looking at then one on top of the other the 4.3 is better .
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    Why should it be 16:9? I find 4:3 much better. Most cameras take photos in 4:3 which fits nicely into the screen.
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    16:9 is great for movie/animations.
    4:3 is great for traditional vdu viewing, ie, for general computer use.

    the movie facility on the ipad is a small part of it's usage. most of the ipads functions are 4:3 based, which is correct of course. if all you want is a movie player with 16:9 then the ipad isn't for you. if Apple did do it all with a 16:9 screen there'd be many more complaints i'm sure.
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    Tapmyapple ... what makes TV cinema format more modern than 4:3? The format of the display is perfect for its overall use and multiple functions. It is also important so that the apps don't all have to be re-written for different screen sizes. For typing you get to see more of what you are writing.
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    4:3 makes portrait use for practical imho. Have you tried rotating a Xoom to portrait and seen how long it takes the screen to re-orientate? They definitely set the Android devices up for landscape use but the iPad makes good use of both orientations depending on the task at hand.
    My preference is for reading (forums, apps, books etc.) in portrait and movies/typing in landscape. I spend probably around 70% of the time in portrait. I would not use a 16:9 device for this very reason.
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    i'd prefer 16x10, kinda in-between both worlds. i hate that everything's going 16x9. you get less real estate for your money. a 10" 4x3 offers more sq in than 10" 16x10 or a 10" 16x9, but they'll all be priced the same.

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