iPad mini aspect ratio is awful

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  1. macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    terrible device for watching youtube videos.... black bars waste like 40% of the screen... wth apple? please make mini ipad with 16:10 aspect ratio!
  2. macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2006
    But that aspect is perfect for reading. I love it as is.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    Same ratio as Ipad? Its smaller so you have to deal with it.
  4. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2007
    I prefer it to nexus 7's 16:9

    Landscape viewing there's no comparison.

    Lots of black bars for movies but honestly serious movie watching has to be done on my ipad 3. There is no comparison for that either
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    Jul 29, 2007
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
  7. macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    Then go to android where you can get various screen dimensions in various resolutions.

    Apple tries to make simplified product ranges where one size fits all. In reality one size doesn't fit all but it fits the majority. That's the goal, we can nitpick individual problems but the overall consumer experience rules.

    In order to appeal to your desire for a video aspect ratio tablet in landscape, Apple would piss off people who prefer ebooks and web browsing in portrait mode, which are worse on Android screen dimensions.

    Not to sound like a jerk but you want everything catered to you, but your usage may be in a minority. Smart Apple designers spent years thinking and testing the iPad since 2003.

    Realize some things...

    The world doesn't revolve around you or your needs or wants, which may be in the minority.

    Businesses by nature need to earn money to make their next gadgets.

    Apple has $100+ billion in the bank bc they are catering to what the mass majority wants.

    Just bc the Internet allows you to voice your opinions maybe you shouldn't , you might want to stop and think about them before posting. Your opinion is worthless if you don't have a rational internal arguments with yourself and give rational arguments in favor of your stance.

    Your post was ME ME ME instead of us, the rest of us.
  8. macrumors 68000

    Oct 15, 2008
    16:9 would be a great aspect-ratio

    If all the iPad did was play movies.
  9. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2005
    I would not buy any tablet with 16:9.

    Reading scientific journals and textbooks would be full of black bars and unnecessary small fonts, or zooming and panning.

    Believe it or not, there are actual people who use their ipad for more than watching movies. Movies are for my 50” tv, not a dinky 9 inch display wide screen or not.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2011
    4:3 is perfect. It was a wise decision by Apple.

    Most of tablet use is portrait mode and 16:9 does not work well.

    As for Mini vs. N7, there is another post here that shows video is the same size even with Mini's letterbox because the Mini's screen is bigger.
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    Oh.. Youre right... I could just display youtube vids using ZippoTV
  12. macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Try using a 16:10 tablet. It's great for movies, but when you try to do anything meaningful on it, it becomes useless. Not to mention, the new Android tablets have the home and back buttons on screen so you are going to lose about half an inch of screen space just on buttons.

    That's what bugs me about people comparing the resolution of the Nexus 7 to the iPad mini. They all seem to forget that the bottom portion of the screen on the Nexus 7 is reserved for buttons and is unusable. I wonder what the resolution would be if they took that into account.
  13. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008

    The only way to get rid of it is to root your Android device, but most don't know how.
  14. macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2012
    Everything but videos suck on a 16:9 screen. Use a N7 and you'll quickly find that in landscape and with the keyboard open, you get to see like 5 sq inches of the screen...
  15. macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Does anyone use the iPhone 5 for videos more often? That seems more ideal than the iPad because of the 16:9 ratio.

    I think 4:3 is the best aspect ratio for a tablet. The one downside is black bars for videos, but it's worth it because makes web browsing/reading, etc. so much more usable.

    Do people actually find the iPad/mini that bad for videos? I've seen photos, and yes you do get black bars, but it's not horrible. I think people overstate this, just like how the quality of the mini screen is overstated.

    On another subject, what about 4:3 vs. 16:9 for games? They do fill up the entire screen, correct?
  16. macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2010
    I'll admit that I would have loved that the iPhone and the iPad were both at 3:2, just like all the iPhones that came before the iPhone 5. Would be much easier for the developers also.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2011
    Agreed. That is a major feature for iPad.
  18. macrumors 604

    Mar 29, 2008
    +1. 4:3 is the reason to own an iPad, honestly, and a major reason why I'd buy no other tablet type.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2012
    The aspect ratio on the iPad is fine, unless you strictly use it to watch videos the iPad aspect ratio does everything else better imo.
  20. zephyrnoid, Nov 30, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012

    macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2008
    Geneva Switzerland
    Yeas. I wrote a nice flaming thread on the aspect ratio prior to release in August and seems I was right. Apple needs to ditch 4:3 on the next version, the iPad Micra.
    Not that I derive any pleasure from saying... "I told you so :apple:"
    And yes, having received a Nexus7,32/Cellular last week for my B'day. I'm where I need to be, till the ipad Micra comes out :D
    Oh and by the way to reiterate... for over 100 years most western civilization has been reading newspapers that are laid out in 8pt text on narrrrrrrrow columns.

    "Column width
    In the United States, a common newspaper column measurement is about 11 picas wide (or about 1.83 inches), though this measure varies from paper to paper and in other countries. The examples in this article follow this assumption for illustration purposes only."

    So there!
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Yes they wrote them in columns, probably because it flowed much better over a huge piece of paper instead of giant paragraph/wall of text. Is there any reason we can't evolve from this method reading because what we are reading on is changing? Your argument is pointless. Most of the things we read on the internet are not laid out in columns anymore anyway, and magazines are slowly moving away from this strict format as well.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    Lol...actually it seems (from reading the 20 responses in this thread) that you are Wrong! Newspapers? They're completely dead!!! No one is reading papers any longer. 150 year old newspaper companies are going out of business. Completely different format regardless.

    Bizarre comparison. I'm with the majority in the thread. 4:3 is the ONLY way to go on a tablet. Other than specific games that require landscape mode, I'm always using my iPads in portrait. Reading, browsing, drawing, coding, editing photos and videos--actually the latter I do use in landscape. Other than that...even the cases are set up to hold comfortably in portrait mode

    Good luck with that Nexus

  23. macrumors newbie


    Nov 29, 2012
    Nexus 7 is 16:10 - do the maths.
  24. macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2012
    Lot of people got in trouble over a stupid forum topic.
  25. macrumors 68020

    Nov 3, 2008
    Huh?!?! "Serious movie watching has to be done on my ipad 3"? HDTVs/large monitors are dirt cheap and movie theaters are everywhere so are people really choosing to do "serious" feature length movie viewing on a 9.7" iPad over a home theater or movie theater? Because it's really sad if people are watching a movie like The Dark Knight rises for the first time by making popcorn, turning off the lights and holding an iPad up to their face for three hours while missing out on the immersive experience of watching an amazing movie in a "serious" movie setup.

    I find the iPad to be a "convenient" device for watching youtube shorts or sitcom reruns on netflix but for actual movies then I'd rather wait until Ive got time to see it on a big screen where I can appreciate what 200million dollars of explosives looks like.
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