What Screen size is best, 7, 8, 9, or 10 inch?


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What Screen size is best, 7, 8, 9, or 10 inch?

Tablet PCs are available with screen sizes from 3.2 inches up to 12 inches.  The most common are 6 or 7 inch for eReaders like the Barnes and Noble Tablet, or the Amazon Fire.  And among Android tablets, the most common are 7 or 10 inch tablet PCs.  Samsung has also added a 7.7 inch, 8.9 inch, and 11.6 inch tablet PCs into the mix; plus ASUS has a dual 10 inch screens for one of their tablets.  What Screen size is best, 7, 8, 9, or 10 inch?

Dell was the first to come out with a 5 inch tablet, which most felt like it was too small to be a tablet, and too big to be a phone.  Archos also offers tablets as small as 3.2 inches in addition to their 4.3, 4.8, 5, and 7 inch tablets.  The Archos low cost tablets, with the smaller screens,  all run older versions of Android and have limited functionality.

With so many screen choices, which is best for you?  Here are some considerations to think about.

  • The 10 inch tablet….
    • is great for the more serious users, or
    • for people who will primarily use it for playing games.
    • watching movies or videos is much easier to see on the larger tablets, plus the sound can be much better coming from the larger speakers.
    • using the back camera for taking pictures or capturing video is nicer on the larger tablet, with the bigger screen it is easier to perform editing functions.
    • Surfing the web is by far easier on the larger tablet screen.  With the larger images, touching links is easier, images are more clear, and typing URL addresses is easier.
    • Men like the 10 inch size since it fits more comfortably in their hands and the larger on-screen keyboard works better for the larger hands and fingers.
    • Men also are not concerned so much about size since they generally don’t have a purse they need to fit it in.
    • Older people will enjoy the 10 inch tablet so they can increase the default font size to make it easier to read.
  • The 7 inch tablet….
    • can do anything a 10 inch tablet can do, just with a smaller screen.
    • Women find the 7 inch size to be more comfortable and fits in their purse better.
    • The 7 inch tablet can fit in the inside pocket of most men’s suit coats so can be very convenient for travelers.
    • Although the screen resolution is less on most 7 inch tablets, the smaller screen size will look just as nice with the lower resolution as a 10 inch with a higher resolution since they will be using the same number of pixels per inch on the screen.  The new Toshiba 7 inch Thrive has a 1280 x 800 resolution, the same as the larger tablets, which for the smaller screen would be a nice picture.
    • if you are primarily using the tablet for reading, or email, calendar, to-do lists, etc.  The smaller screen size is nice and easy.

So, there you have it.  My choices for screen sizes would be the Barnes and Noble 7 inch Tablet for eReading; the Motorola Xoom 10.1 inch for games, internet, etc.; and the Samsung Series 7 11.6 inch tablet for Windows applications.

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2 thoughts on “What Screen size is best, 7, 8, 9, or 10 inch?”

  1. I appreciate your posts, and I have done a lot of research on tablets. I bought a Nook Color last June, and use it with a separate boot card running Cyanogen Mod, to make it more of an Android tablet. In October, I bought an Archos G9 8″ tablet, which I considered low-cost, at only $50 more than the Nook Color! It doesn’t “run an older version” of Android, as you said above, and I have not yet found any limitations. I researched and watched for nearly a year before I found the Archos with all of the features I wanted, and at the right price. I am open to other tablets, I would love to buy them all and compare them! I’ve played with a Samsung Galaxy 10.1, and I was really interested in the Acer, but they priced it out of my range. Generally, I love tablet computers, their touchscreens, and the ease of the Android OS. I am also watching for a good Windows/Android combo tablet. Not that I will buy them all, although it is tempting! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that your Archos information was incorrect, and I hope you get a chance to review one in the near future…

  2. Thanks for the clarification on this. You are correct that the Archos G9 runs the current version of Android. My thoughts were directed toward the small screen Archos tablets, such as the Archos 43, which runs Android 2.2. Instead of saying “The Archos low cost tablets all run older versions of Android and have limited functionality.” I should have stated, “The Archos low cost tablets, with small screens, all run older versions of Android…..”.

    Also, Check out the Viewsonic ViewPad 10 which has dual boot capabilities with Windows 7 and Android.

    Your insight is always welcome and appreciated.

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