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Is a 4:3 ratio worse than 16:9?

With watching video on the Google Nexus 9 in mind, is a 4:3 display ratio less desirable than 16:9?

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TJ Skywasher  Oct. 16, 2014 at 13:06

I would imagine that both ratios have their downsides, but I only see 16:9 useful for video for the most part. The 4:3 aspect ratio is more useful for everything else that you might do on a tablet and in both portrait and landscape orientations.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 16, 2014 at 13:12

I would imagine that both ratios have their downsides, but I only see 16:9 useful for video for the most part. The 4:3 aspect ratio is more useful for everything else that you might do on a tablet and in both portrait and landscape orientations.

Agree.
Same goes for camera/photo use... Yeah, yeah... those 16:9 pics look impressive, but: sensors on smartphone cams actually take 4:3 images. There's a downside for both ratios. Those wide 16:9 pics are actually crops. For the whole monty you need to set the camera to 4:3.
Dito, for browsing in landscape mode I find 4:3 much better.
The only 2 things in favour of 16:9 are a) widescreen movies - but come on - how many full movies do people watch on their phones?
And b) ergonomics. With phones getting bigger 4:3 devices can be awkwardly wide.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 17, 2014 at 12:30

What TJ and Jan mentioned. And yes, what Jan says about camera applies to all cameras, including professional hardware. All sensors are 4:3.

All games (strategy is only exception) are designed for 16:9 screens. This is human limitation as we are likely to look left and right, rather than up and down.
4:3 screen is a downside for gaming tablet (not sure if Nexus is advertised as one).

TJ Skywasher  Oct. 17, 2014 at 12:33

What TJ and Jan mentioned. And yes, what Jan says about camera applies to all cameras, including professional hardware. All sensors are 4:3.

All games (strategy is only exception) are designed for 16:9 screens. This is human limitation as we are likely to look left and right, rather than up and down.
4:3 screen is a downside for gaming tablet (not sure if Nexus is advertised as one).


I think it depends on the tablet. For the iPad games are designed for the 4:3 display and I prefer gaming on it compared to a Nexus 7 which just doesn't have enough screen real estate and feels squashed.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 17, 2014 at 12:40

What TJ and Jan mentioned. And yes, what Jan says about camera applies to all cameras, including professional hardware. All sensors are 4:3.

All games (strategy is only exception) are designed for 16:9 screens. This is human limitation as we are likely to look left and right, rather than up and down.
4:3 screen is a downside for gaming tablet (not sure if Nexus is advertised as one).


I think it depends on the tablet. For the iPad games are designed for the 4:3 display and I prefer gaming on it compared to a Nexus 7 which just doesn't have enough screen real estate and feels squashed.


I think it depends on definition of "gaming". "Gaming" on iPad is like pulling teeth, not that any other table can do it better. However, Nexus 9 seems to be able to stream from PC and possibly from XBOX and PS in the future.
Feel free to rave how great Infinity Blade is, but I will always prefer Skyrim (and Shadow of Mordor) over it.

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