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April 05, 2010

iPad's 9.7-inch Touch Screen Makes Mail 'More Usable:' Review

By Patrick Barnard, Senior Web Editor, TMCnet


A review on Macworld talks about how Apple (News - Alert) has taken advantage the iPads’ 9.7-inch touch screen “to make Mail, already one of the better mobile email clients, even more usable,” compared to the iPhone (News - Alert) and iPod touch.

The iPad’s larger screen, for example, lets you see more of every email message – up to 34 lines, each with approximately 80 characters, of message body in portrait mode, compared to 10 lines, with approximately 36 characters, of message body on the iPhone.

The larger screen is also more useful when viewing attachments. “On the iPad, you don’t need to zoom to be able to read the text in a PDF or Word document, or the numbers on a spreadsheet, which means much less frustrating zooming and panning,” reviewer Dan Frakes writes.

Composing email messages using the iPad’s nearly full-size keyboard is also much easier compared to the tiny keyboard on the iPhone.

On the other hand, the mobile version of Mail still does not provide the same features and functionality that the desktop version offers -- and that so many Mac users have been requesting.


Patrick Barnard is a senior Web editor for TMCnet, covering call and contact center technologies. He also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet e-Newsletters in the areas of robotics, IT, M2M, OCS and customer interaction solutions. To read more of Patrick's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard


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