I feel like I'm taking crazy pills (Nexus Tablets)

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What is going on with the system bar (Is that still what it's called?)

We're talking about a 10 inch tablet here. 2560 lines of resolution. It's what, 48 Pixels tall?

Android 4.2 uses somewhere around 125 THOUSAND pixels to display 3 buttons, and 3 buttons only?

I mean, I get it on phones, I really do. I think it's super slick and very cool (I have a GN that I no longer use, but I loved it.)

But on a TEN inch tablet? We have 3 buttons in the middle. At least 2/3rds of the bar are totally, utterly, wasted and useless.

Whats the deal here?