All iPads Why do people care so much about how thin a tablet (or even phone) is?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by davelanger, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. davelanger macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2009
    Sure you don't want it to be super thick, but why do tablets and even phones have to keep getting thinner, they were already thin enough, they are at the point where they are just more difficult to gripe or hold because its too thin, plus when it gets too thin its just much easier to break.

    I never understood the craze for these kind of things to be super thin.
  2. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I disagree, especially with tablets. The Air was the first iPad that felt like the device originally imagined. I have both the 4 and the Air and the Air feels SO much better to hold. Getting it thinner and lighter (was hoping for a bigger weight loss with the Air 2) will continue to make it closer to the ideal of a digital piece of paper.

    Even with the phones, I didn't think I'd care as much about the thickness with the ip6, but it really does help disguise the new larger size in your pocket. My 5s somehow already feels too thick!
  3. appleii.c macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2013
    for the same reasons people care about how small the bezels are, or how thin a TV or a Laptop is. Its all about aesthetics. Thin looks cool.
  4. davelanger thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2009

    I guess I can see why a tablet would want to be thinner, you make a good point with that because of the weight, i have the iPad for two years ago, and i thought that was perfectly fine thickness wise. I used an iPad air that my parents have, and for me i think its too thin but i guess thats just me.

    I think my bigger issue is with the phones, I like to be able to grip my phone when using it, i have the 4S and that is perfect IMO, I want to get the iPhone 6 soon, but worry it will be too think for me. I will get a case for it, that will add a little bulk, but I still think it can get too thin at some point.

    But if the goal for tablets is a piece of paper thin, (as close as you can get) then I guess ill never be happy when it gets that close
  5. insoc macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2012
    Not THINNER but LIGHTER. I don't care if they made the iPad big magazine bulkier but I like an iPad I can hold for a long time without feeling any pain.

    LIGHTER, LIGHTER, LIGHTER as a single sheet of paper is what I want.
  6. Tough Guy macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2014
    The original retina iPad was a monster. Very uncomfortable to use, in my opinion.

    The thinner and lighter, the better.
  7. macmee Suspended


    Dec 13, 2008
    Thinner, lighter, better to a point.

    The newest iPad might be on the verge of becoming paper thin, but with piss poor multitasking and dreadful specs, I'd rather have a slighter clunkier SP3 which not only has 8x the RAM, but also an i7 and runs better software.

    When the iPad came out, it was unique. Now it's just lost it's edge and it's mildly depressing how irrelevant it's become.
  8. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2010
    it will be interesting to see if bending complaints start to crop up . .
  9. Kiimora macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2014
    London UK
    Coming from iPad 3 I do care; it weighs a ton!
  10. TheDeviceUser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2014
    Me too! It wasn't so bad compared to the iPad 2, but compared to the iPad Air. It's a huge difference. 0.34 pounds lighter doesn't sound a lot, but it is significant.
  11. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Yeah, but the thing is they made it thinner without making it lighter. Ok, maybe the slightest amount lighter. But not really noticeable. I think the main reason they made it thinner was because they can. The new chips are so tiny that it's nearly all battery inside now. I just wish that they would explore some new materials that could be used to make the next revolutionary step, like making an iPhone that unfolds into an iPad without leaving a seam. I think that's eventually what going thinner will bring us.
  12. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
    Let the customer choose?
    Maybe Apple should also sell the iPad Brick, with five time the battery life :)
  13. ab2c4 macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2013
    My thoughts exactly.
  14. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    As others have mentioned here, lighter is what makes people happy, not necessarily thinner.m I feel my current Air is plenty thin enough as it is. A few grams shaved off is always welcomed but don't go making it paper thin.
  15. Eckscaliber macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2012
    All Apple always emphasizes is thinness. I don't care how thin a product is. It will never influence my purchase.

    On a side note: Today's event was a big disappointment to me. I was expecting the new iPads to have HD Retina screens, and the same rounded design as the iPhone 6.
  16. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I agree that nobody wants a fat device but the fact that the Air 2 is thinner than the Air one is not enough to make me want to buy it. In fact, I don't think I ever bought anything because it's thinner.
  17. justin216 macrumors 6502


    Mar 31, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    Thinness isn't a huge thing for me at this point, but weight still is. If thinner yields less weight, then I'm all in, as long as there aren't major sacrifices to get there.
  18. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    I love my macbook air.

    But with iOS devices, it just seems to be a pissing contest with themselves at the expense of "same great 10 hour battery life-- all day"

    why not go above and beyond? oh yeah. its :apple:
  19. Peter K. macrumors 6502a

    Peter K.

    Nov 6, 2012
    SoCal / Philly

    I agree with you on a few points:

    1. From this point onward, no more thinness is necessary.
    2. Today was disappointing, as I was also hoping for an increase in PPI.
    3. I was hoping, if not expecting, a "6-like" appearance.
  20. Atomic77 macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2017
    West Bend Wisconsin
    My iPad mini 2 is pretty thin but I have a case on it that makes it thicker. I personally think iPads should be thin but not too thin as they are made to be held in the hands.
  21. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    I like th added thickness on x over my 7plus

    Can’t explain it but I do
  22. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Holy thread necro, Batman!

    You do realize the last post was 3 years ago? ;)
  23. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Yeah, who wouldnt mind carrying this around instead of an iPP.

  24. Booji macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    The asthetic is that it is like the hardware just disappears and it’s just you and the net. That’s how I felt when I first held an Air 2.

    With that said, I think there really is no necessity to go any thinner if it means sacrificing battery life and performance. The current thickness is just fine. However, keep on reducing the bezels please!

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