So, for those of you out there who are uninitiated, tablet PCs come in two main sizes. They can be 7 Inch tablets, or 10 Inch tablets. Sounds simple enough, right? But between those two measurements lies a world of difference, debate and difficult decisions. Here, we will present the merits of both the 7 Inch and 10 Inch models and why you may want one more than the other.
NOTE: We are not here to take sides, we actually think of both tablets as being good for different reasons and we won’t be suggesting for a second that one style holds more merit than the other, of course. However, we will be critical of both and we will discuss the various pros and cons peculiar to each type of tablet.
The Best 10 Inch Tablet in Review
With large, clear screens and a somewhat ‘bulkier’ design, ten Inch tablets tend to feel that little bit more secure. If your eyesight isn’t quite as acute (for example if you are far sighted or near sighted), you’ll find a great deal of rewards in the ten-Inch screen. Most 10-Inch screens these days project crystal clarity, with an incredible array of colours and sights available to the user. A 10-Inch tablet is slightly more likely to be fully HD as well.
Another good point about the 10 Inch tablets is the touch screen function. On a smaller screen, the icons tend to be a little bunched together and it’s annoyingly easy to press the wrong one if you’re in a hurry. On a ten-Inch screen, however, you can forget about all that. The icons are clearly placed, easy to find and (on a good tablet) highly responsive.
Generally, 10-Inch tablets feel sturdier. Their increased heft allows for stronger bodywork and they are slightly more likely to incorporate harder plastics, rubber sides and even metals in the construction of their outer casing. A 10-Inch tablet can appear more professional as a result of this and seems less like an oversized smartphone.
So, with that in mind, a 10-Inch tablet is recommended for a desktop user who is likely to find the transition to a tablet to be somewhat difficult. You can get tablets (of both sizes) with attachable keypads, thus mimicking the main attributes of a desktop, but 7-Inch tablets tend to have smaller keypads which, once again, can be frustrating if the buttons are too close to each other.
If you aren’t planning on travelling with your 10-Inch tablet that often, it also makes a nice extra computer terminal. When placed on a stand in the corner of a room, the tablet can be used for quick net searches, catching eBay items at the last minute, playing your iTunes library or watching streamed TV. In this capacity, the extra size tends to be an advantage as opposed to a drawback.
So that’s the plus points of the 10-Inch tablet. It is bigger, bulkier and heavier, but it is also sturdier, clearer and more desktop-like. A useful item to have around the home, or else to take caravanning or bringing with you when you’re going away overnight, (you can watch movies with clearer picture and make better quality Skype calls home), a 10-Inch tablet is just that little bit more practical (and, it could be argued, a bit more user-friendly) than its little brother.
Best 7 Inch Tablet in Review
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 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.