Poll: Should the iPad have a Reduced Bezel?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by freudling, Jul 8, 2012.


Should the iPad have a Reduced Bezel?

  1. Yes

    26 vote(s)
  2. No

    39 vote(s)
  1. freudling macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2008
    Should the iPad have its front bezel (the front screen frame) reduced in size?
  2. Lunchb0x8 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2010
    Aberglasslyn, NSW, AU
    I said yes, but this is provided that you can still hold the iPad with a thumb gripping the bezel without causing the screen to react to it.
  3. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    someone will hit upon the idea of making and edge to edge screen thats in non touch on the margin--then tablets will look futuristic, instead of retro
  4. MacMane macrumors regular

    May 1, 2009
    Orlando, Fl
    When apple first announced the first iPad, I hated the bezel. I hated the black bezel on my first and second gen iPads. Got the white 3rd gen iPad, no longer hate bezel. Love the white bezel, makes the IPad look so much better.
  5. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    the white bezel is much better--wonder what the sales split is
  6. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Yes, It's horrid, utterly horrid.

    I'd be happy, and know I could use the iPad with half the current bezel size.
  7. freudling thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2008
    Good comments. The massive benefit of cleaving off the bezel on the iPad is just how much smaller and lighter it would be. Imagine that gorgeous Retina screen without all that retro 90s girth around the edges.

    I think the Motorola Xoom is interesting: a bezel about half the size of the iPad's.


    Maybe Apple could just reduce it to even a smaller amount. I get why it's there. Handling the device it's nice to have a dead area. If you press a thumb over top of the bezel... you'll see... if you have good size hands, that your thumb doesn't quite protrude over onto the screen. But I never hold it like that, always from the edge...

    I think they could shave some girth without compromising usability. It's hard to say for sure though without a test unit.

    In my eyes though, this is the thing that Apple needs to figure out to evolve the iPad: it needs to be smaller and lighter... easier to handle without losing any screen size.
  8. MythicFrost macrumors 68040


    Mar 11, 2009
    No. It's just the right size imo. I often have my thumb covering the entire bezel when I hold it.
  9. theluggage, Jul 9, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2012

    theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Lighter would be good, obviously the bezel weighs something, but I'm sure that the major contributor to the weight is the battery.

    Personally, I think losing the bezel would be sacrificing funtion to form. My thumbs are always on the bezel when I'm holding it. I dont see any other way of holding it securely in one hand while operating it with another.

    If you make it harder to hold then it is going to feel heavier.

    Edit: For instance, to me, my iPad 3 feels heavier than my iPad 1, whereas in reality its a few grams lighter. I think that is because it is thinner and "denser'. On the other hand, that density makes the 3 feel more solidly built. All completely subjective, and easily refuted by weighing, but crucial for customer "first impressions".
  10. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Errr, sorry, but that is what Apple is ALL about.

    Technical function often gets compromised due to their over obsession with form and making something thinner for absolutely no reason.

    Why do you think iMac's have always had poor mobile chipset graphics cards and not proper full power ones like PC's have?
  11. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Oh be quiet. That's not true at all.

    If you relate it back to the iPad (3rd gen), they increased its thickness to make way for the retina display and larger battery.
  12. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Er, because 95% of their customer base don't need to run FPS Carnage III - The Revenge at 2650x1440 @ 100fps, which is the only way in which the majority of PC graphics cards ever get used to their full potential. Meanwhile, the minority of serious 3D modellers really need a specialist card, not a gaming card, and probably an expensive colour-calibrated monitor, and probably won't be getting an all-in-one.

    Meanwhile, 100% of people need to be able to hold their iPad without touching the screen.
  13. dancj macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2012
    No. Technical function gets sacrificed for ergonomics. Being able to hold the iPad comfortably without accidentally hitting the touchscreen is ergonomics.
  14. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. I wouldn't want the bezel so thin that it is more difficult to hold or that I am constantly hitting the screen by mistake.

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