Which is the best drop down options for iPad and iPhone devices?

  • Picker Wheel
  • Actionsheet
  • Something else?
  • 1
    Best for what? Best for displaying a list of restaurants in Bolivia? Best for selecting the time your morning alarm goes off? Which one has the best sound effects?
    – JonW
    Apr 19, 2012 at 17:30
  • The difference is based on how many options exist; if it can fit on one screen, use an actionsheet. If it cannot, use a picker wheel. There are other minor considerations, but that is the primary difference between their intended functionality. Apr 19, 2012 at 17:48
  • It depends on the context, text length of picked items, horizontal and/or vetical view, other controls inside the same app (heuristics) and iOS HCI guidelines. Could you tell us a bit more on the above descibed? Apr 19, 2012 at 18:27
  • thanks for the comments, for my case i have given the image link, pls check that and suggest
    – Logesh
    Apr 20, 2012 at 7:33

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From iOS Human Interface Guidelines > iOS UI Element Usage Guidelines > Control > Picker:

On iPad, present a picker only within a popover. A picker is not suitable for the main screen.

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