I'm curious what people think about android < 3.0 tabs in the action bar, specifically for tablets.

In the picture I uploaded, the tabs are on the left side, but I want them to be associated with the right pane. The left pane would be a list of results, and once you select an item the right pane will fill with info about that result, separated into relevant tabs. So until a user selects a result the tabs won't exist.

So my question is, do people find this really illogical and confusing for the user, and if so, what would you suggest as a better UI?

Just for some more background, the right tab will have a list of vendors and their prices for the specific item condition (info, new, used).

tablet tabs


I think your approach is fine but it may be clearer if you made it so the tabs were more visually associated with the right section. You could:

  • Line up the left hand side of the first tab with the left hand side of the right section.
  • you could colour the active tab in the same blue as you used for the right section
  • You could consider having the tabs inside the actual blue block

Have a look at the app GNotes, it's for the mobile phone, but might be useful.

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