iPAD: ergonomic disaster – end of story
Forget the functionality and the fact that it doesn’t have a USB or webcam it’s just the wrong shape. No consumer device can withstand ergonomic failure. It's just too awkward to use, hold and store.
1. Pain in the neck. When I’m writing (typing) do I lie it flat on a table and peer at an acute angle at the text? You can’t hold the damn thing and type. Wait for the neck pain and eye strain.
2. No feeling. Most writers prefer the haptic feel of a keyboard.
3. Touchscreens error prone. Research from the University of Glasgow Scotland [Brewster, Chohan, and Brown 2007] demonstrates that sample users reduce input errors (20%), increase input speed (20%), and lower their cognitive load (40%) when touchscreens are combined with haptics or tactile feedback.
4. Thumbs useless. For texting it doesn’t have that two-thumbs convenience.
5. Gamers like control. Most gamers like cognitively ergonomically designed controllers, not touchscreen.
6. Won't stand up. When I watch a movie do I have to hold it up for 2 hours or prop it up on its thin shiny strip of a base? Can’t see me using this on a train or plane. A laptop or netbook has a screen that can be tilted on a hinged base – perfect. Or you carry the iPAD 'dock' around!
7. Armpit? Do I need something this big to listen to music? Do I hold it under my armpit as I walk or run?
8. Awkward e-book. For reading I can hold a book in one hand as it’s a shallow V shape, even drop it. Flat devices are awkward for holding and reading.
9. Condom storage. When I put it away I’ll have to sleeve it to protect the screen. That’s a pain.
10. Forgotten the tablet? We’ve been through this with the PC tablet, which was a dog for all of the above reasons.
Ergonomically, it’s worse than an iPHONE or iTOUCH as it’s too big, literally a designer who wanted to PAD out an iPHONE. Ergonomically, it’s worse than a netbook or laptop because it’s flat. Too big to hold comfortably, too flat for work, too awkward to store. Ergonomically, it’s all wrong.
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