Size is one of the more important factors you need to consider when shopping for a tablet. Tablets are generally smaller than laptops but bigger than smartphones. They usually come in 3 size ranges: 7, 8 (or so), and 10 inches. Each has its benefits and drawbacks, and their size will largely dictate how you’ll use your tablet.
So you’ll need to think about whether you’ll use it mostly on the road, or if you’re going to be a home user. You should also determine what kind of tasks you plan on doing with it. And of course, you’ll have to come up with a budget.
- 7 inches. For the most part, these tablets are Android devices. The small screen comes with several notable benefits. Obviously, it’s much more portable than tablets with bigger screens, and you may even fit it inside your pocket. Yet the display is usually good enough that you can use it as an ebook reader. That’s truer now because in general a smaller screen also means a longer battery life. In addition, small usually means more affordable as well.
But its small size does have some drawbacks. For one, the small screen may not give you a fully satisfying movie-watching experience. This is exacerbated by the weak and tinny sounds you hear from the tiny speakers. You will have to get headphones if you want to understand what you’re hearing.
You will also find it more difficult to do a lot of tasks. Writing long email messages or editing your spreadsheets will be very troublesome, because the screen and the keyboard size aren’t really optimal for extended writing.
- 8 (or so) inches. These tablets can range from the 7.8-inch screen of the iPad mini to the 8.9-inch screen of the Nexus 9. In general, this is a good compromise for screen size. You’ll find yourself enjoying it more to browse the Net, watch videos and movies, and read ebooks.
However, they’re more expensive than 7 inch tablets. You’ll also find it difficult to find the right pocket to stash it into. And that small screen still isn’t ideal if you want to be productive.
- 10 inches. Now this is the best screen for every task you want to do with a tablet. It’s great for watching videos and the sound quality is better than the others. Not only does it make for a good ebook reader, but you’ll find the size more suitable for reading online newspapers and electronic magazines. Images come in higher resolutions. Some of them even have keyboard docks so extended writing and editing becomes a breeze.
However, bigger tablets are the most expensive, generally speaking. Also, portability might be an issue for some. You can forget about putting it in a pocket.
Hopefully, this short guide will help you in your quest to find the ideal tablet for your needs. Size is just one of the factors you will have to consider, but by deciding on a particular size you can significantly narrow your search.