The screenshot above is of the Quora iPhone app running on my iPad 2. It’s in 1X mode – iPhone size basically floating on the bigger iPad screen. It can also be run in 2X, doubled up, mode – so it fills the screen but loses quality as most any image does when sized up from its original size. Oh, and it also doesn’t rotate at all as iPad apps do – it forces you to use it in portrait mode.
I’m not trying to pick on Quora – I really like their Q&A site and use it often. I’m just showing this as a quick example of one of the things most iPad users discover very early on – while iPhone apps may run on the iPad they are mostly quite crappy to use compared to true iPad apps.
What made me think about this? MG Siegler’s recent post titled ‘Works Fine’. Here’s why:
When discussing whether or not there should be apps built specifically for tablets, Android chief Andy Rubin noted that “the Twitter phone app works fine on a tablet.”
In this case, I can’t determine if “works fine” is code for “looks like shit” or “‘meh’ is good enough”. Either is absolutely the wrong attitude and perhaps speaks a bit to why Android is doing so poorly in the tablet space.
I absolutely agree with Siegler. I’d say the percentage of iPhone apps on my iPad is well below 5% – because they’re nowhere near as good as full-blown iPad apps. And luckily there are close to 150,000 genuine iPad apps in the App Store now.
Siegler is spot-on in saying ‘“meh” isn’t good enough. “Works fine” isn’t good enough.’