Tabbed browsing is a much-needed feature these days to quickly access the pages you have open, and for the most part, it’s stayed the same throughout many devices from computers to tablets to smartphones. Some implementations are nicer on the eyes than others, whereas some require multiple button taps to just to access your currently open web pages. Notion Ink, creator of the upcoming Adam tablet has put a spin (somewhat literally) on how you access these pages, ensuring they are quickly accessible without taking up precious space.
How this feature is officially implemented is unknown, but judging by the picture above, it seems easy enough, while still looking like it could be fun to use. We imagine you’ll need to perform a simple gesture to bring the tabs out, which reveal all open tabs on the left side of the display. With almost a pin-wheel look, this implementation allows you to have as much screen real estate as you can, while not making you perform multiple button presses to access your tabs.
To get into your tabs in the Android OS, from the browser you must tap the menu button, and then select the Windows option to gain access to your tabs. Sure, it’s simple, and easy to do, and eliminates the need to have a dedicated option right on the browser. But, shouldn’t it be easier to access tabs in the Android OS web browser? To be fair, there are other browsers you can download from the Android Market that have better implementations, such as Dolphin Browser.
By contrast, iOS devices have the option right on the browser, but the dedicated option takes up screen real estate. While Apple may believe that a 3.5 inch display is the perfect size, giving these dedicated options to the browser only makes the experience seem somewhat cramped, no matter how smooth the browser itself may be. The larger screen on the iPad makes this less of an issue, but it could always be better, right? Both options work just fine on mobile devices, but should it remain the same with larger-screened devices, like tablets?
We’ve seen Notion Ink’s take on multitasking, which is intriguing in itself, and to see their take on tabbed browsing shows how much thought they have put into their product. We’re not sure if this will actually make it to the Adam when it ships, but we don’t see why it wouldn’t. It’s a refreshing take on tabs, and honestly made me think about how others have implemented tabbed browsing in their respective web browsers.
While it may not really matter to many people, its apparent that Notion Ink wants to seriously differentiate themselves by providing a simple and very fast way to get around their product, and it looks like they are doing just that.
What do you think about the tabs on the Adam web browser?