iPad ergonomics

Discussion in 'iPad' started by slipper, May 18, 2010.

  1. slipper macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    Now that the iPad has been out for a little while now, can some users please comment on the iPads ergonomics. It seems like it would be a bit cumbersome for everyday use because of the fact that it is a tablet. Please comment.
  2. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    Jul 24, 2008
    I've had mine for a week. My hand hurts from holding it. It is hard to use laying down in bed. iPhone is far more comfortable to use.
  3. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    ^^^^ Hit the gym, bro.:D

    I've had mine since launch day.

    It's been a pleasure to use.

    At first I thought the weight of it would annoy me, but I've gotten used to it.

    I use it every night before I go to sleep in bed to surf or to watch streaming video (currently watching the Firefly series on Netflix.....)
  4. slipper thread starter macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    djamtrax has a point... the iPad is light but holding it for along periods of time seems like it will be a pain in the ass.
  5. stealthman1 macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2006
    Stop holding it. It's a belly-top. :D
    My only ergo issue is playing pinball. The screen has no give like a flipper and my thumbs get sore.....
  6. slipper thread starter macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    I would love to buy the thing but thinking of every situation i would use the iPad it seems like it would be uncomfortable. Sitting down at the coffee table i can't just lay it flat cause i can't see the screen. Laying down on the bed i would need to hold it up. On the airplane, i would need to hold it up. My favorite game tap-tap is uncomfortable to play with on the iPad. If i get a stand up case i would need to hold the entire unit to type. The only benefit i can think of is its light weight which would be good for me since i do a lot of traveling but everything else seems like it would be a compromise.
  7. d00m42 macrumors regular


    May 16, 2010
    Miami, FL
    Get a case with a low-level incline stand like the Apple case or the Marware Eco-Vue. That should incline it enough to easily view it while it's laying on a table, and should help with typing.
  8. zakfox1986 macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    I haven't had a problem with the feel, weight, or general ergonomics out of it. I got the Belkin Grip Vue case and the grip actually helps as far as leaning it against stuff with out it sliding down or anything. So I haven't had any problems out of it. I get why some people would.

    Keyboard for me is kind of hit and miss (bought it April 30th). Sometimes it's easy to type on other times it's not as easy. I've noticed the less I pay attention to how I type and just type on it trusting my fingers to type the correct letters the better luck I have out of it. Even so, the iPad is more about media consumption (internet, email, video, music, and reading) not typing.
  9. ukyo229 Guest

    Jan 27, 2010
    size to weight ratio is good. feels sturdy.

    you get used to typing on it after a week.
  10. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    weight is an issue.

    But the viewing angle is extremely good so you can work around this.

    It needs to be lighter and eventually will be.

    The thing is, this form factor is inherently awkward compared to a laptop which is just about ergonomically perfect.

    But the laptop is also constrained by it's shape, and has limited positioning options, which tablets can handle.

    whatever :rolleyes:
  11. California King macrumors 65816

    Sep 20, 2007
    Get the Apple case or something similar and it makes holding it a lot easier.
  12. slipper thread starter macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    I will definitely look into this. Although i would prefer to have the iPad bare with no case. What attracts me to the iPad is its small and thin size, a case seems to nullify this. My thinking is if i have a folio type case i would rather just use a netbook or my Macbook Pro

    That's exactly what i was thinking. I guess i just need to give it a little more thought before i purchase one.
  13. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    I've had mine for 12 days now, at first it was a bit of a pain but once I received my apple case it made sense. Now I can type at a good rate and sit in a comfortable possition whilst typing.
  14. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
  15. bbtrinet macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2008
    The iPad's weight is not a deterrent. If you're used to reading hard cover books, the weight is the same and the same ergonomics apply.

    When using my iPad lying down, I'm rarely holding it up - same as a book. My iPad is either on the bed/sofa if I'm on my side/front or on my belly or legs if I'm on my back. When I'm sitting at a desk, my iPad is propped up using the Apple case at a 20% (?) angle. This angle is perfect for reading at the breakfast table or sitting on the desk next to my computer. In the first week of owning my iPad, I read while the iPad was flat on the table. That was ok, but now I've gotten so used to the 20% angle, that I use this all the time.

    The iPad has changed how I work now, too. I use my iPad for all my email, and for my 'quick surfing' (like looking up the definition of a word, or syntax to a coding issue, or reading a wikipedia entry). It's also used to kill time while downloading, installing or compiling applications. The iPad is the best form factor yet for Scrabble!
  16. macpluslaptop macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    apple case works

    The apple case makes it very easy to prop up on any surface, and makes it possible to type. So the iPad supports itself. All I want to see is the screen - I don't care about the bare look. And the Apple case is really just about as unobtrusive as you can get, while protecting your investment.
  17. dagomike macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2007
    Holding it play games and watch video gets old.
  18. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    Jul 24, 2008
    I agree that the Apple case makes holding it better.
  19. zerolight macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2006
    I use mine either slouched on the couch or slouched in bed. Prop it on my tummy. No hand ache, just total relaxation. When I try to use my laptop like that I struggle to see the keys properly. When I say slouched, I don't mean Married with Children, hand in my jeans slouched, but more just chilled. I think it's terrific. I've gone from using my iTouch and iMac a heck of a lot, to using my iPad almost exclusively. It's not great laying on your back, true, but neither is a laptop - I use my iPod in that situation.
  20. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Ergonomics are great for everything except typing. The angle required to type directly onto the iPad screen is guaranteed to give you carpal tunnel if you use if often.
  21. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    If feels great to hold (that's what she said), but most of the time I have it resting on a table or sofa. I'm not fond of the volume control position. It should be a tad lower where the hands naturally rest (at least in portrait position). It really needs a s/w volume control b/c of the rotation feature.
  22. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I feel the same. But the only way to make it substantially lighter would be to decrease the battery capacity. And I would definitely be against that.
  23. eneisch macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    "I will definitely look into this. Although i would prefer to have the iPad bare with no case. What attracts me to the iPad is its small and thin size, a case seems to nullify this. My thinking is if i have a folio type case i would rather just use a netbook or my Macbook Pro"
    The apple case really does not add to the size significantly. It is extremely thin both with the cover closed and the cover folded back. The ability to prop up the ipad in your lap is also exremely handy.
  24. slipper thread starter macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    Yes i have, twice for approx 10-15 minutes each time hand held. I can definitely feel the strain in the wrist. I'm fairly young and i bench 225lbs 10+ reps so please don't tell me to go to the gym to use the iPad... ;)

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