Earlier today, we officially unveiled the ElitePad 900 – a tablet built for business. But I noticed something when I got my first look at the device: It has a 16:10 aspect ratio for the screen. I prefer watching movies in 16:9, I prefer playing games in 16:9….what’s the deal with that?!?! Well, friend, this is a business machine at its core…and there’s a wide variety of business applications that depend upon that 16:10 resolution. (But, yes, you can still play games and watch movies in 16:10 if you need a break).
The first thing you’ve got to understand is that many existing business applications are written for 16:10 and/or 4:3 resolutions. Go figure – a business-centric device that is optimized for business software. That is exactly what the ElitePad 900 is all about. With this screen size, companies can more easily port over existing / legacy applications (like form-based apps that are used in health care) which will display fully with less need for horizontal scrolling.
Some other points to ponder:
Common 16:10 formats include Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF
eReader providers optimize content for 16:10
The 10.1” 16:10 aspect ratio on the ElitePad gives users 5% more usable space, as compared to a 10.1” display with 16:9 aspect ratio.
The customers that we built the ElitePad 900 for consider these factors. At the end of the day, the tablet was designed from the ground up with the intention of solving business’ problems after extensive focus group and human factors testing with customers. While we wanted to satisfy IT, we also wanted to create a business tablet that’ll make style statement in the boardroom (or the coffee shop).
All right, so that explains why we went with that aspect ratio, but I still found myself wondering about the Snap feature in the new OS – it lets you pop two apps on-screen at once. The ElitePad 900 doesn’t work with Snap. Why?
Snap doesn’t currently work with Outlook – or some other business applications – which are pretty vital for day-to-day commercial use. Here’s the thing: The ElitePad supports the Windows 8 Snap feature when docked and connected to an external monitor. So, it’s a consumer-centric function that isn’t yet optimized for a business tablet.
Do you have more questions about the ElitePad 900? We’d love to hear them.