iPad 2 not really thinner

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  1. vincenz, Mar 3, 2011
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    Why is everyone so excited about the iPad 2 being 8.8 mm? I mean, other than the surprising fact that it's just a little thinner than an iPhone 4, in real world use, it will LOOK thicker than the original iPad.

    If you look at the picture, you can see that the entire width of the 2 is thicker than the sides of original iPad, which because of the heavily-tapered back is technically all that you see when someone is using it in the real world.

    It's a visual illusion and a damn good one, that coupled with equally brilliant marketing, has everyone giddy over it. In reality it'll actually look thicker. :eek:

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  2. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030

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    You are standing too far away from the reality distortion field. Come closer.
     
  3. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816

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    It's thinner than the iPhone 4 but you say it looks thicker? :confused:
     
  4. vincenz thread starter macrumors 601

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    It makes my head hurt when I get too close ;)
     
  5. HelveticaNeue macrumors 6502a

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    I don't believe you can call it a visual illusion when it is in fact 33% thinner. It also looks noticeably thinner to me. Not that the look really matters, what matters is how it feels in the hand and the people who have held it say it feels much thinner.
     
  6. 482214 macrumors 6502

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    Wait... This has to be a wind up

    I dont think they're 'out to get you' with visual mind tricks.
     
  7. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    I don't know.

    My basic knowledge and ruler shows me, very clearly in fact, that 8.8 mm is indeed a shorter distance than 13.4 mm.
     
  8. vincebio macrumors 6502a

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    lol..its thinner.

    maybe you should stop buying your measuring tapes at bestbuy or walmart:rolleyes:
     
  9. sammich macrumors 601

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    HOLD UP.

    So you're saying that the 'visual trick' actually makes the iPad 2 seem THICKER compared to the iPad 1? And they need to remind you that it's actually crazy thinner than before?

    OR

    Is it the other way around?
     
  10. [DL] macrumors 6502

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    These. It is very clearly thinner.
     
  11. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    Ha Ha They fooled everyone....;)

    It's not really faster either. They just use a different measuring tool.

    The same tool they use to measure the thickness.

    They will also, tell you your wallet isn't thinner after March 11th.

    As, a matter of fact it only really look really thin next to Steve.....

    No seriously, your argument is thin
     
  12. Jcoz macrumors 6502

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    Have you looked at the hands on videos? It definitely does not in any way look thicker.....hell even if it was the SAME thickness, but they ditched the sides and tapered (as they did here) it would indeed STILL look thinner.

    That is the illusion tapering allows. You've got it backwards. The tapering exaggerates the reduced size, it doesn't counter-act it.
     
  13. cRuNcHiE macrumors 6502a

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    Umm i think you're wrong look at this.
     

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  14. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I've been trying to puzzle this out too.

    But if it's the first one, I don't care if it LOOKS thicker, as long as when *I* hold it, it's easier to hold. Now, thinner doesn't necessarily mean something is easier to hold -- case in point, the iPod touch 4 is so thin, I had to put it in a case for it to feel comfortable in my hand. So the jury is out on whether the new design is better than the old until I get a chance to hold the new iPad.
     
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    PLEASE dont tell me you used mspaint for that :( ;)
     
  17. dstar macrumors regular

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    You can't just ignore the rounded back of the original iPad when comparing the two devices.
     
  18. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Neither my bookbag nor my work computer bag are affected by optical illusions. Only actual physical dimensions matter. Does 4mm make a difference? Not enough for me to worry about right now, but it could for some people.

    Thin is nice, but I think it's more important in a pocket-able device like a phone. Unless you're this guy I guess:

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  19. dadoftwogirls macrumors 6502

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    I wish I could fool my wife in bed with this trick. "I know it looks thinner honey, but actually it is thicker it just an optical illusion." :p
     
  20. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Yes, comparing the EDGE of the original iPad to the ENTIRE thickness of the iPad second generation is comparing Apples to Apples. :rolleyes:
     
  21. vincenz thread starter macrumors 601

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    But you're forgetting the part where the iPad 2 has a FLAT back. That destroys the illusion once your eye hits that part.

    And to some others, I'm not saying that the iPad 2 isn't physically thinner, I'm saying it doesn't LOOK thinner.
     
  22. 482214 macrumors 6502

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    HELP ME... Apple's jedi mind tricks are working. Now whenever I look at Ipad 2 I just want to go out and buy it.
     
  23. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    that's odd, because whenever i look at it - i see something exactly 33% smaller :D :rolleyes:
     
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