[OT] Apple shrinks

Bernard Devlin bdrunrev at gmail.com
Wed Oct 24 05:22:03 CDT 2012


When it came to choosing a tablet earlier this year, I could not see myself
using something in the original iPad form-factor - it just felt too
uncomfortable in my hand.  I went for a 7" HTC Android tablet.

The 7" form-factor is like going back to the good old days of the Apple
Newton.  Only the thinness of modern tablets is much to be desired compared
to the chunkiness of the Newton!

I find it almost impossible to use the on-screen keyboard on my Android
phone (I find myself yearning for an old Nokia with a numeric keypad - it
would probably be quicker to type with that inappropriate design).  But on
the 7" form-factor I find the on-screen keyboard is surprisingly usable,
with the error rate a tiny fraction of that on the phone.  Whether or not
the error rate would drop further on a 10" screen I have no desire to find
out, as it is low enough on the 7" to be a non-issue.

When I was in the market for a tablet, I predicted to my style-conscious,
Apple-everything, metrosexual friends that Apple would have to release
something in that shape.  Shortly after my purchase, Google released a
tablet in that form-factor.  So Apple is late to the party.  Steve Jobs was
probably blinded by wanting the iPad not to be anything like the Newton
(the Newton being a landmark product when he was not a Apple).

Bernard

On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:04 AM, Richmond <richmondmathewson at gmail.com>wrote:

> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/**technology-20042738<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20042738>
>
> a "mini" iPad . . .
>
> this looks like a case of neither one thing or the other; how on earth one
> will
> be able to type on the onscreen keyboard escapes me.
>
> Oh, Well, W.C.Fields forever.
>
> Richmond.
>
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