I remember when the Palm Pre was announced. I was VERY excited about that device … by that time I had missed having the physical keyboard that I had with the Palm Treo, and it was so … small. And I loved it. But unfortunately, WebOS died before it’s time, and I had to move on to a more promising OS. After the Pre my next device was the Evo 4G, running Googles new operating system called Android with its 4-inch (4.3 inches, to be exact) screen, which was pretty big at that time. I remember holding the 4G and thinking how on earth did I ever use a phone as small as the Pre with my ginormous hands. Every phone since then has gotten bigger, up to my current device the Samsung Galaxy S4 which has a 5-inch screen. And I’m not alone … I’ve been seeing more and more people using devices with bigger screens. And some of them didn’t even have ginormous hands …
So then we have tablets, which seem to be going to opposite direction. My first “real” tablet was a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which has a 10-inch screen. Love it, and I still have and use it, but just not as much as I used to. Now my go-to consumption device is the Nexus 7 Second Edition, which has a 7-inch screen. Not bigger, smaller than my previous tablet. And apparently I’m not alone with that transition from larger to smaller tablets; it’s predicted that the smaller tablets, like the Nexus, the iPad Mini and Samsung’s smaller Note tablet line, are on pace to outsell their bigger brethren this year.
So the trend seems to be that people are gravitating towards larger screened phones, but smaller tablets. Why? Well, for me, the Nexus is my traveling companion, inside the house and outside. It’s easier to hold in one hand than the 10.1, has a fast processor and a great screen, so I’m fine with watching videos and reading on it because it’s much easier to manage. My phone is one of my day to day connections to the world. A larger screen makes it much easier to use (ginormous hands, remember?) and to see. Apple has followed suite with the larger screens on their iPhone. And I guess Samsung has the right idea with its Note series of smart phones. With its large screen (the Note 2 has a 5.5-inch screen), technically it’s the best of both worlds. It’s a little big for my taste to use as a phone, but I’ve seen plenty of people out there with them.
So for those of you looking for a small tablet, I’ve included a link to CNET, which has an article listing what they feel are the best small tablets on the market. As far as the phones, I’ll leave that for another day.
Talk to you soon!