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The Tablet Conundrum – Part 4


In this continuation of our blog series exploring tablets, we take a look at screen size and covering, and why it’s important to choose one that suits your needs.


One of the most important factors in the success of the tablet as a whole has been portability. Even the most powerful one can be slipped into a protective case, and then into a backpack or handbag and transported around with minimal fuss. Of course, a larger tablet will be more expensive and heavier than a smaller one, so it’s important to choose one that will meet your needs. From the smallest ones dubbed “Phablets” (cross between a phone and a tablet, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone) to a 10” Android tablet or Microsoft’s Surface Pro, there are lots of sizes to choose from.

For Android tablets, the most popular sizes are 7” and 10”, although some manufacturers do make 8” versions. For iPads, there’s two choices – the standard size iPad or the iPad Mini. When you’re choosing a size, it’s first advisable to consider the tablet’s main purpose. If you need something lightweight and highly portable, but with a screen large enough to read and type emails or watch movies on, or browse the internet, then you’re probably going to be looking for something around the 7” or Mini category. If it’s photo editing, composing long emails, editing complex documents, or watching HD video content, you’re probably going to want a larger screen to make things easier or nicer to look at.

Many people are using tablets to accomplish the tasks they used to use laptops for, such as note taking, portable presentations, checking emails or watching movies on the go, or just for some entertainment. As such, the larger tablets are much more suited to this task than the smaller ones. 7” tablets and “Phablets” are, however, still great as super portable devices, for taking notes, reading, browsing, watching movies and perhaps the odd game of Angry Birds. Dependent on your style, the precision you need, and even your hand size, we’re sure that you’ll find a good size tablet. We recommend going into shops to try them out first-hand (while trying not to get caught by their sales pitches), or trying a friend or colleague’s device out before you consider buying anything – you may be surprised at what feels the most suitable or the most comfortable up-close.

Most tablets are covered by toughened or strengthened glass, the two most common types are Gorilla Glass and Dragontrail glass. These are specially toughened types of glass that resist scratches, cracks and chips whilst remaining thin and light. Generally, the higher the price of the tablet, the better quality the glass will be – which means a more expensive tablet may have a clearer, more scratch resistant or thinner and lighter screen covering – or even a more responsive touchscreen. The type, thickness and durability of the glass used can be important if you’re going to be transporting the tablet around a lot or using it in potentially hazardous situations.

If durability is something on your mind, worry not, we will be covering that in the next blog post!


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