Apple publically stated that there was never a market for 7 inch tablets because the screens were just too small. That’s the reason why they are currently only producing a 10 inch iPad (which is actually 9.7 inches). Of course, there is a market and it’s growing at a very fast rate. There are also other manufactures other than apple which produce a 10 inch tablet, so which is better? Are there any major advantages of the extra three inches added to the screen size?
One of the most expensive components in any tablet is the touch screen. The larger the screen, the more expensive the cost to manufacture. This means that 7 inch tablets are cheaper to produce and should be sold cheaper than the 10 inch tablets and for this reason they are quickly becoming very popular.
As apple dominates the 10 inch form factor, many other tablet manufacturers are targeting the 7 inch models. This is because they stand a much better chance of competing and selling their products. This increased competition should help to further drive down prices.
Another major advantage of a 7 inch tablet is that they are much smaller. This means that they are easier to carry around with you and take everywhere you need. While they may not be pocket sized, they can be put into a bag with ease.
Range of Features
Because there are so many 7 inch tablets available, it’s possible to choose one that has the exact features you are looking for. You can also choose the operating system, although most of the current tablets are running Android.
There are hundreds of different 7 inch tablets in the pipeline and these should further help your quest to find exactly what you are looking for.
As well as being smaller, the 7 inch tablet are also noticeably lighter. This isn’t always the case but it is for the most part. A 7 inch tablet is also easier to hold because of the smaller size and reduced weight.
More Screen Real Estate
Of course the biggest advantage of a 10 inch tablet is that the screen is bigger. This gives you much more space to see what you are doing. There is also more space for widgets on the home screen which could be useful.
Apple has talked about the 7 inch tablet design often enough to know that they will not be releasing a 7 inch model in the near future. However, it has been argued that they are doing this because at the moment they do not see any perceivable threat. If you want an iPad then you will need to buy a 10 inch tablet. Perhaps in the next few years they will start producing 7 inchers, but that remains to be seen.
Verdict – 7 inch or 10 inch
There are advantages and disadvantages with both 7 inch and 10 inch tablets. You will need to carefully consider exactly what you will be using the tablet for so that you can enjoy using it. There is no right or wrong answer. In doing our reviews of the various tablets, our thoughts are that the 7″ tabs are just too close to a phone size and so we didn’t really see the point. If you don’t have a smartphone already than you could make use of either one. On the other hand, if you do have an Android or iOS phone than we say stick to the 10″ tablets.