I was participating in the conversation about the form factor (#Step2) and I posted an idea about the kickstand (which grabs the majority of votes concerning SSM) ;
So I'd like to read your opinion about it.
The idea comes from a problem in the form-factor of the Surface products (I currently own a SP3, and also previous gens): the Surface works very well in landscape mode, but not as well in portrait (even with the 3:2 aspect ratio):
- the kickstand doesn't stand in portrait mode
- the external design of the Surface is build for landscape (the symmetrical axis is perpendicular to the kickstand)
If we want a product that could be used as a laptop or a tablet, the device needs to be designed for both landscape and portait (not one over the other).
Two possibilities come here:
- the device has two symmetrical axis (vertical and horizontal)
- the device has a central symmetric
The second solution gives opportunities to have a well-balanced design:
- to build a kickstand which doesn't split the device in two with a horizontal line, but with a awry line going from one angle (bottom left) to the opposite angle (top right)
- to put details of the device (cameras, logos, etc) in angles not at the middle of edges
With this concept, the design adresses the problem of landscape over portrait and gives the ability to stand the tablet in both portait and landscape.
Portrait mode is better in my opinion for at least three things :
- browsing the web (cause of the height of the screen)
- taking note (cause I'm used two write on pages in portrait since school)
- reading and annotating pdf (most of document are in portrait)
But today, if you want to use your tablet on a table your possibilities are really tight:
- you use it in landscape if you want inclinaison...
- you use it flat, if you want portrait...
So for this last three usages (web, note, pdf) you never have the perfect combinaison.
Standing in portrait mode could also be useful with a bluetooth keyboard. Cause the keyboard and the screen are detach, you can use your tablet in the orientation you prefer.
And again, sometimes you work only with one app and don't use side by side. So in that case, it's sometimes better to have more height than width, using word for example (where you want to display most of the text and have the ruban deployed).
Listening to you
So, what do you think of this design?
- I like it!
- I prefer standard kickstand
Waiting for your feedbacks :
- Is the stand in potrait mode useful for you?
- Is the central symmetric good-looking for you?
- What do you think about its "lapability"?
- Does it give a unique design to the device and a personality?
- Have you other ideas for a design with a central symmetric?
- Is this design viable?
Thanks for taking time to read this post! And sorry about my english, I do my best to be understandable.