Editors Note – If you’ve ever used a 10″ pc tablet you’ll agree that when you are out and about every now and then it may be a bit cumbersome, but your 5 inch screen on your Smart phone is definitely too petite to study webpage’s or papers, consequently several smart little engineers designed the 7″ tablet, read documents over on the flawlessly sized display, and it’s small enough to slot in your bag/pocket. However the best thing is that these are virtually half the price of most 10″ tablet pc’s.
The myth is that the bigger tablet tends to have access to more processing power due to its increased size, but this notion is just that, a myth. The truth is that smaller tablets tend to be designed with portability and price in mind more than processing power and, as such, the developers make them a little cheaper all round. This sometimes includes a slightly smaller CPU.
In reality, most 7 Inch tablets are just as powerful as their 10-Inch counterparts, but are also significantly more portable. A 7 Inch tablet will fit happily into most carry-on luggage or rucksack and can be taken out and booted up within a minute or so, allowing users to surf the web, play games or contact friends.
If you are a commuter who wishes to check your emails on the way to work, a 7 Inch tablet is probably going to be far more useful to you than a 10-Inch tablet. Likewise, if you’re buying a tablet for HDMI output and you just plan on streaming movies through your HD TV, there isn’t much point taking up the extra space, is there?
Of course, the best 7 Inch tablet is lighter than its bigger brother. Not only does this give it a more cosmopolitan, phone-like image, but it also makes it far easier to carry than a laptop or a ten-Inch tablet PC. This, in turn, makes it far better for travelling abroad, commuting or simply going about your day. After a long day, a 7 Inch tablet in your handbag or rucksack can be a lot more pleasant than a 10 Inch one.
Because 7-Inch tablets are smaller, they tend to be more affordable as well. Even with the recent price hike (following the release of the new Windows 8 tablets), 7-Inch tablets will still cost less. They cost less to make and thus they cost less to buy, this means that, if money is an issue for you (and let’s face it, who is money not an issue for?), then you’ll probably end up looking at the 7-Inch tablets sooner or later.
Well, that’s the 7-Inch tablet’s plus points considered. Its smaller, cooler and far more travel friendly. The 7 Inch tablet is far better suited to providing HDMI output, travelling abroad and helping your wallet retain its pleasing, rounded, shape.
Which Size Do I Pick?
The truth is that a lot of tablets are designed to be specifically one size and one size only, but that even more are now being made in both. When Apple released the iPad Mini last year, they produced a model that was almost exactly the same as their 10-Inch version; this ably demonstrates that while some manufacturers consider the size of a tablet to be a major selling point, others do not.
These days, people from all walks of life are embracing tablets. People of all generations, creeds and social circumstances are buying them in their droves. It makes sense that they come in different sizes as they are used for so many different things. Tablet PCs are media players, they’re email checkers, they’re personal organizers, they’re File-O-faxes, they’re distractions, they’re phones, they’re games consoles, they’re lifestyle peripherals, they are, well, tablet PCs.
Of course, the final vote as to which size is better is the one you cast with your wallet and that, of course, will be the deciding vote for both yourself and the market as a whole. We fully expect to see ever-smaller tablets on the market in the future (although we doubt they’ll get much bigger) and perhaps we’ll even see these small tablets imbued with Augmented Reality (AR) interfaces that eliminate the need for all but the smallest screens. Right now, however, that’s just sci fi talking. The reality is that there are two main sizes of tablet, each with its own merits and drawbacks and that whichever one you pick, is ultimately your decision.