Tablets are great. You can consume content on them or do (light) work and the battery lasts most of the day but according to the latest figures the tablet market has slowly started to shrink for the first time and most of this is down to smartphones with big screens encroaching on 7 inch tablets. That’s right smartphones are getting bigger.
Ever since smartphones first came out there has been a race to make them smaller. In recent years however that trend has started to fade with the introduction of the phablet. The best known of these is the Samsung Galaxy Note which has a 5.3 inch screen. People are beginning to want a single device that does everything for them (make calls, internet, work etc) and the phablet seems to fit the bill for a lot of people. But what about the 7 inch tablet? Does it still have a market?
Yes it does and I shall explain why.
1. Children love 7 inch tablets. They are the right size to be held in one hand and still be able to use the other hand to operate it. They are also inexpensive (for the most part) so if one gets damaged it doesn’t cost the earth to replace it.
2. Adults love them too. Thats right adults sitting down on the sofa love to browse the internet using a 7 inch tablet. They have a bigger screen than a phablet and are easier to hold than a 10 inch tablet. Both the phablet and 10 inch tablet would get used more during the day when “out and about” however.
3. They are great for light work. I use mine for everything from invoicing to remote desktop and yes it would be easier to use a 10 inch tablet but a 7 inch is the perfect size for going out and about (for me anyhow).
4. Fashion conscious people wouldn’t be seen dead with a phablet. As a client recently put it “I will keep both my iphone and my ipad mini because if I got a phablet people would start to think I had a brick on the side of my head!!”
So what do you think is there still a place for the 7 inch tablet?
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