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Most People Look Like Idiots

A post in The Verge's forums recently went after Apple's retina displays, proclaiming that not only did Apple squander the retina display by simply providing too many pixels, thus draining the battery unnecessarily, but the Surface Pro was better and blah blah blah.

It's a thorough analysis in all but one small detail, namely the distance at which people use their mobile devices. Not only does he assert at what distance he assumes people use these devices (15-22"/38-55cm), he asserts that if you do anything else, "you look like an idiot".

Let me count the ways in which I look like an idiot:

  1. When I'm in bed, with the iPad resting on my chest, just around my nipples at less than 10", I look like an idiot.
  2. When I'm sitting at my desk, head in my hand with my iPad flat on the desktop, at about 12", I look like an idiot.
  3. When the iPad is in its dock on the kitchen counter and I'm leaning in to read a recipe, I look like an idiot.
  4. When I sit in my couch, with a pillow in my lap and the iPad on top of it, I look like an idiot.
  5. When I'm talking to my wife on FaceTime, and I pull the iPad closer because I miss her, I look like an idiot.

And so on…

Maybe I'm just an idiot who doesn't know how to use his iPad. On the other hand, maybe RobbCab should worry less about equations and more about real world usage?