iPad’s Address Book
Earlier this month, I was complaining about Lion’s address book, and I have to say, I rather enjoyed doing so. Fortunately, Apple also screwed up the iPad’s contacts app… It’s not as bad as under OS X but it’s a close call. So here is a quick overview about what’s wrong with it.
As I said in my last post, recreating real world objects in an iOS application is just fine and at first glance, the address book app looks pretty nice. That impression however changes quickly, if turn your iPad to portrait mode. A ‘real’ address book is not meant to be higher than wide (at least not when opened) and Apple couldn’t come up with anything better than filling the remaining space with BIG BLACK BARS. Doing so, they waste about 25% (or roughly 200.000 pixels) of the iPad’s precious screen estate.
Talking about wasted screen estate, as with the address book on OS X, there are a lot of white pixels beneath the contacts information (again, partially reserved for ‘notes’). As if wanting to somehow fill it, Apple placed the ‘Share Contact’ button literally ‘somewhere in it’. Just have a look at the image above, you’ll see what I mean. If someone could explain to me the purpose of this buttons location, please enlighten me.