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    10-inch tablets heading for extinction


    The era of the 10-inch tablets has come and gone, the future computing landscape will be dominated by smaller, more portable tablets and convertible Ultrabook type devices, according to Intel exec Kirk Skaugen.

    The popularity of smaller tablets in the 7 to 8-inch diagonal screen size range was one of the first developments to put the brakes on full sized tablet market growth. Where a smaller version of a tablet is available buyers have voted with their feet (wallets). The trend has been that these smaller tablets are dominating, where both sizes have concurrently been available. In the case of the Apple iPad, the 8-inch iPad mini has pulled ahead, even though the full size one had such a commanding lead. The smaller sized, lighter tablets are more “handy” for carrying around, being held with one hand while operated with the other and crucially also significantly cheaper.
    10-inch tablets heading for extinction according to Intel exec - Tablets - News - HEXUS.net

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    It's quite popular with sports fans: Watch Cricket On Your NextG Mobile | Gizmodo Australia. A 7" tablet would be way better than a small mobile phone screen.
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    I watch videos on my 7" all the time. Works for me.
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    I have two Windows Phones, both of which are about 4.5 inch screens. Two and half more won't make a day and night difference for me. 11 inches will, 10 yes. 7 isn't exactly better, it's also strange to see people that have those GIANT phablet android phones.... Holy crap! Smartphone for the blind I say.

    Personally, 7 inches is too small for a tablet.
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    Hi there
    Can't see the point of a 7 inch device -- to big for a pocket type device and too small to be anything like useable for any decent length of time.

    I've watched sport videos on a mobile phone (120 mm / 4.8 inch) Galaxy IIIs -- I often use the SKY GO service when travelling -- and I can plug it into a large monitor to play full HD (1080 X 1920) if I'm in a hotel. Actually recently on a Train from York to London I had the people at the table of 4 I was sitting at also looking at the Sport from my mobile so it was possible on a 2 hr train trip.

    To me it's not the 10 inch but the 7 inch that seems the odd man out. Actually even a 10 inch tablet I'd find a tad small -- I'd prefer an 11.5 inch -- that's about the smallest reasonable size I could do productive work on.

    BTW I find the new Galaxy 4 smartphone also just that size too big. I have no doubt it will be a stellar success - but do you know what -- I prefer the 3S -- especially when 4G enabled. There becomes a limiting size when a portable device starts "not being portable" Once you start getting to screen sizes 5 inches and over the use of the word "portable" becomes a bit "poetic licence".

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    If enthusiasts got their way, we'd all be using 3.5" tablets and 12" smartphones. The screen is never big enough on a smartphone and its too big on a tablet. Got to love the vocal minority.
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    I think 7" is ideal. 4" is too small to really see anything and 10" is too bulky to carry around.

    My 7" fits into the sidepocket of my jacket. I use it often for navigation with the car and there the 7" screen works very well. For videos I have no complaints either. Checking my mail is fine too although when you bring up a browser, it gets crowded on the screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    To me it's not the 10 inch but the 7 inch that seems the odd man out. Actually even a 10 inch tablet I'd find a tad small -- I'd prefer an 11.5 inch -- that's about the smallest reasonable size I could do productive work on.
    That means the Surface Pro would be a non-contender for you. Microsoft blew it here as well it seems. They should have listened to engineers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    "I've always wanted a giant iphone that can't fit in my pocket and can't make calls!" -Said an unusual amount of people.
    It seems that people do, as they appear to be selling quite well. Good thing they don't listen to engineers.
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