Is Thin In?

Apple’s tablet is thin but Samsung has now produced a thinner one. They cheated a bit, by making the screen a bit smaller, 8.9 inches.

I don’t quite understand thin. Too much thin makes such a device harder to pick up for instance. Also thin means fragile. Shouldn’t something you want to carry be a bit sturdier? There is a thing called slenderness ratio, the ratio of thickness to length for a beam… Too extreme and it will be bendable/breakable. Some things are meant to be thin. Others are not. I don’t see much advantage to a computer being physically thin except to allow cooling through the surface and with ARM and even Atom, we don’t need that degree of thin.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Is Thin In?

  1. Richard Chapman says:

    Thin, beyond the point of practicality, is a non-feature implanted or at least encouraged by marketing. They need selling points, even if they are false ones. I’m telling you Robert, post WWII the manufactures enlisted the biggest brains in psychiatry and psychology to make people buy crap they didn’t need or didn’t want. The formula has long since become automatic and second nature. We even practice it as individuals having learned it from TV. I know, I’ve done it my self.

  2. I guess marketing is like malware, social engineering works.

  3. Bender says:

    People like to compare stuff: “my X is thinner than yours, my Y is faster than yours, my Z is slimmer than yours”, Apple knows the stupid side of most people and it succeeds to exploit that stupid side. Most people that at least try to think don’t get bought by those cheap slogans. Being thin is at some point relevant but not so as battery life, screen size, operating system etc. , thin is a second class citizen.

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