The moral of this story?
Well firstly thanks to the insight from my Twitter followers I’ve bought the iPad Air and the iPhone 6 and they are working out just fine. However in thinking about this more another thought occurred to me, just looking at Apple devices I had a choice of 6 combinations (12 if you consider landscape or portrait options) but if I start to think about other devices the combinations grow exponentially. Combine this with the fact that the number of mobile devices that are actually in use this year is expected to surpass the number of people on earth (7.7 billion mobile phones and tablets compared to 7.1 billion people) then it has become essential that the principles of responsive design are now a pre-requisite for almost all software applications. In the context of analytics, it’s no longer just good enough to work on mobile devices, but analytics must work on all devices without any redesign required. Furthermore, the paradigm has shifted from just consuming analytics on the device, you also have to be able to create and interact with the analytic wherever you are and on whatever device you happen to be using.
These are principles that are built into Qlik Sense and Qlik Cloud as my albeit simple analysis of Apple form factor above shows. I simply downloaded the raw survey data, loaded it into Qlik Sense Desktop, created my visualizations and then shared them in Qlik Cloud so I could continue the analysis on my iPhone and iPad.
If you are interested in learning more about responsive design and how you can go mobile with Qlik Sense check out our short video.
Finally, thanks to all who completed the survey. The only question that remains is whether or not the preferred form factor combinations will change when Apple releases the Apple Watch later in the spring. Let me know what you think.