eGether alerted me to the latest fake Apple iTablet video.
Of course, it comes out of France.
France, the country that gave us that fine Editis video. So they have some experience under their belt when it comes to dreaming up things!
See the video and screensnap analysis after the break.
The hardware design is all wrong to begin with. There’s not enough cheek in landscape mode to hold comfortably in one hand without the screen being touched.
Of course they have images of other Apple devices on the table in the background. To insinuate that this is being looked at by, say, an ad agency for the Apple France account.
This is where it gets stupid. There is no reason in the world for the bottom command strip to rise to the center of the screen like that.
The CoverFlow is especially silly. Proportionally it’s larger than the top area and the “covers” — pages? (PageFlow?) — don’t show much of anything.
Shaking the tablet to change the selection is just stupid. A nice animation but otherwise impractical. How do you know where you are in the document? And how can you return to the first “page”?
In the YouTube Comments, someone said this would be more convincing if the X was on the left. Eh. Apple could put the damn X where it wants. It should, however, be in a red circle.
The sliding of the pages is very nice. They really nailed the kineticity and smoothness of the iPhone experience.
Similarly, the drag and drop to change colors is handled nicely, with iPhone-like speed.
This is a great dramatization of what ideally it would feel like to use an iTablet. It passes the Fine Print Test for verisimilitude.
Interface-wise, it’s a kludge. And imagination-wise, it’s a C+.
For driving a nail into the coffin of crappy eInk and ePub, it’s an A+, however. Who would want a Kindle, Nook, or other device after experiencing this?
But, really, anyone who stopped to really think would have imagined quadplexing the screen — being able to split it into quarters to run four different apps at once.
That seems like something Apple would have thought to do.
And could do with the real thing.
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eInk has its place and I guess it would be good for schools and such and for mass-market cheap eReaders, but I definitely want a fast, color display which the Apple tablet will have to have if it’s going to cost $800 or so. The Apple tablet is going to be able to play all the games that the iPhone/Touch can use, so forget anything about eInk with the Apple device. I think as long as they don’t compare a Nook, Kindle or other reader to the Apple tablet, then it’s alright. There have to be some people that merely want long battery life and high contrast display. Good for those people. They’re just not me. I want a large screen Touch and that’s what the Apple Tablet will be. I think Apple will have to put more of a grabbing edge at least a half inch wide at it’s narrowest point.
That video is a nice concept and it would suit me perfectly.
While it’s an obvious fake, it is clear what people think Apple’s device will entail. A rich multimedia experience that will make other devices pail in comparison.
I use my Touch constantly, and have been anxious for a larger screen for some time. I see this as a watershed device that will change the face of computing forever.