After playing with iPads in stores for the last few months I realized what is wrong..

Discussion in 'iPad' started by thesmoth, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. thesmoth macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    The resolution is awful!

    They look really sharp and nice, and the colours really pop, but everything is HUGE. The icons are huge, and HD apps don't actually have much more real estate, they are just expanded (angry birds HD has the same coverage on screen as an ipod touch, just bigger). It's like looking at an ipod touch with a magnifying glass!

    They need to shrink everything down and actually take advantage of the bigger screen, because it looks terrible with those massive oversized icons on the screen.
  2. ryan0402 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2010
    Yeah I agree it is like playing Call of Duty on a thirteen inch screen with 720p with a 48 inch tv with 1080p. I wish they took better advantage of the extra screen rel estate making the view more panoramic on the 48in
  3. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    everything seems fine by me overall...

    Yes would like Retina... but not sure how that would improve what I do on the iPad so far...
  4. SteveKnobs macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    Right. You hit the nail on the head (??). Great analysis and review. I wish I didn't buy mine before I read this.
  5. ryan0402 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2010
    he is fine with the resolution he just wishes that the birds would stay the same size and just have bigger levels not just HD birds with the same size levels.
  6. greg555, Nov 25, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2010

    greg555 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2005
    Depends on the app. If you compare Flight Control with Flight Control HD, the HD version has the same five airports as the non-HD. So those look the same only bigger.

    But there are also new HD maps that have two airports on them. Then each airport is about the same size as on the iPhone, but now there are two airports on the screen and more space around them.

  7. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Which means he's not fine with the resolution. If they made everything smaller it would look like crap.

    The OP's been spoiled by the retina display like many others, myself included.
  8. thesmoth thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    I've never even used a retina display, just a 2g ipod touch.

    Just the icons on the home screen look massive and over sized. You have this beautiful 10 inch screen, but it even seems to hold the same number of icons as an iphone, just BIGGER.

    I just fee like the icons should be smaller and they should fit more things on the screen, even with the same resolution. It's like having the icons on your desktop in OSX massive and taking up a ton of space, and then shrinking them down and having a lot of extra space.

    It's a crude explanation and maybe some apps and things like web browsing are fine, but just a couple of apps I quickly tried out and the home screen icons looked like a magnified ipod touch. It literally looked like they had taken an ipod touch and stretched the screen out with all of the same proportions (but not blurry obviously).

    It seems like they could improve it without changing the actual screen resolution. My 13" macbook pro is only 1280 x 720 or whatever, and it fits tons of icons, info, etc... It doesn't look like a blown up, oversized touch phone for old people. I still wan't to get an iPad 2, and I know it will have the same resolution screen and i'll get used to it, but something has seemed off when i've used the iPad and I just realized what it was today.
  9. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    Just to clarify, your biggest gripe is the size of the icons on the home screen and not necessarily what is in each of the apps? My response would have to be so what?

    If you make the icons smaller, what exactly are you doing to do with that space? put more icons?

    I will say that some apps don't do a very good job of utilizing real estate, but if you look at apps like Mail and Keynote, they are far from a blown up iPod or iPhone.

    I am probably in the minority, but I think the only thing that needs improved from a UI perspective after 4.2 is better notifications. Everything else just really very utilitarian. One thing that you probably have not experienced because you only use the iPad in a store is operating the iPad with it flat on a table and an arms distance away from you. The larger icons become very useful from this angle.
  10. thesmoth thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    Ah, gotcha.

    Don't get me wrong I still want an iPad, but I just noticed this today and figured i'd see what other people thought.
  11. bri1212 macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    No, you missed it

    I have to disagree with you completely.
    I like the resolution on my ipad.
  12. Hammie macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    I have no problem with the iPad's resolution. I love the screen size and most apps do a much better job with the iPad versions over the iPhone ones.

    I'm not sure what more resolution would gain anyone. IMO, 1920x1080 on anything smaller than a 40" screen is useless. The current resolution is fine for this screen size. Besides, more resolution would require more graphics memory which would in turn make the iPad warmer to run and the battery to run down quicker.
  13. Sparky9292 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2004
    Yup, some of the iPad apps are lazy ports of the iPhone version. You just didnt' look at enough of them.
  14. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    Ahahah iPad screen is fantastic, resolution is ok.

    It will get retina or similar display in the future but it doesn't mean now the screen is bad. Indeed is pretty good!
  15. fpnc, Nov 25, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2010

    fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    IMO, the user interface (size) on the iPad is pretty close to optimal (I could see one or maybe two additional rows/columns). Moreover, it does display a little more information than on the iPhone/iPod touch (on the home screen 24 or 26 icons versus 20 on the smaller devices). If you increase the icon density too much you'd overwhelm the user's ability to easily scan for content and that would make the iPad much more difficult to use. Also, the icons on the iPad are nearly a perfect match for the size of a user's finger tip (unless you have small or unusually large hands). Frankly, I find the spacing and icon size on the iPhone a little too cramped and in no way would I want that density of icons on the iPad.

    Steve Jobs has claimed that the iPad's physical size was determined after a lot of user testing and if that is true then one has to conclude that they've done the same with the spacing/sizing of the icons on the home screen.
  16. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    I do hope you realise that for a lot of people that is a selling point. Not everyone is blessed with decent eyesight.

    You might want to ponder the success of the iPad with the older generation who won't bother with high-res computers and netbooks.

    It is one device and cannot possibly be all things to all people.
  17. Cloysterpeteuk macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2010
    I agree that the spacing between the apps is way too big, things like that irritate the life out of me and are not something I could put up with. I don't like folders so if I followed Apples rules I would need all 11 pages to display my apps which is hardly practical, thankfully jail breaking allowed me to have my display how I want it.
  18. iTouch.lover22 macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2009
    I absolutely love my iPad, and believe that keeping the icons nice and big helps not to overcrowd one page, so that it's easier to scan through them. But yes, I'd definitely enjoy having the open space better utilized, but you get used to the openness very quickly :)
  19. walkie macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    For me, the most annoying thing about the iPad is the lack of sufficient RAM memory than the resolution itself, I looked at the iPad's screen carefully and realised the resolution seems to be the same as my iMac, but I also hate blown up apps from iPhone, I think that the apps must scale up naturally, but I would like the Ipad to take advantage of the retina display someday...

    (Excuse my bad english I'm not a native speaker ;))
  20. Built macrumors 68020

    Oct 3, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Then don't get one.

    As for me, I love mine and continue to enjoy it every single day.

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