Why People Are Wrong in Saying 16:9 is Not Suited For Tablet.
I find it extremely weird when people say that 16:9 tablets (Surface for example) are too wide to use and are awkward to hold.
The thing about that statement is, that include bezels (the actual device size) and not the screen, 16:9 tablets are actually have less width then a lot of other tablets and only marginally wider then the rest.
You can see this by taking the device width and dividing it by the device height to get it's ratio, here is a graph you can look at. I even included the variance (negative means the Surface 2 is shorter, positive means wider).
So by comparing the tablets ratios, on average the Surface 2 is only 4% wider and in actual fact compared to five of the other tablets it is shorter meaning the ratio of it should be easier to hold.
Edit: Some people mentioned I didn't include the standard iPad and only the iPad Mini. The iPad data are as follows:
iPad width=241 height=186 ratio=1.30 variance=18%
This changes the average to 4.36%
If you want to compare it visually, have a look at the HDX comparison. It will be similar in size.
Please don't say I chose not to include it. As you can see it only changes the average variance by 0.36% and I included the HDX which has a higher variance then the iPad
To show this visually, here are all the tablets listed above represented by a coloured rectangle. Each device is in perfect relation to each other.
Here are each of the devices with there height normalized.
And here are each of the normalized devices compared to each other. On the top row, if you can see any white, that is the surface showing it's width difference. If you can't see any white, that means that the tablet it's being compared to is actually wider.
So from looking at those examples, 16:9 tablets on average are only 4% wider with nearly 5/11 being wider then the Surface 2. Even comparing the Surface 2 to the iPad Mini which is 16:9 vs 4:3 only shows slight variation.
This is why people are wrong in saying 16:9 is not suited for tablet. Math doesn't lie. It's all in their head ;)
Edit: People think I am trying to say 16:9 is the best tablet resolution, which I'm not. I am essentially saying that there is a misconception that a 16:9 tablet will actually be wider then a 16:10 and a 4:3 and unusable because of this.
If we look at the device size, not the screen size, the bezels on most tablets are largest on the top and bottom when holding in portrait mode, this adds quite a bit to the width of the device. Because of that, 16:10 tablets can easily be wider then a 16:9 and the 16:9 can be only slightly wider then a 4:3.