Originally Posted by digitalclips
You summed up exactly why Apple came out with what they did.
I suspect the reason for most going for 7" is to desperately try to match the low cost of an iPad which Apple achieve by owning so much of their own technology. It will be a losing battle for the the 7" wannabes I suspect.
I'm going to disagree. If I had the choice between 10" and 7", and even if they cost the same, I'd choose the 7". Another way too look at it... it's not so much that the 10" iPad is too big, it's that the iPod touch is too small (and limited in functionality because of it's size).
10" isn't a bad size, but if the "one-size-fits-all" mentality ruled, Apple would only have one size MBP. There are obviously different people with different needs.
with the 10" size because it was the logical place to start. They already had the low end covered with the touch and they need to show people the iPad wasn't just a larger touch. Maybe 7" isn't the right spot, I'd even go for something a wee bit smaller still to be more portable. But the touch is too small and too limited to be a truly useful multipurpose device.
I think once more of these competitor 7" devices hit the street, you'll find a lot of people choosing them intead of an iPad, not because the OS or user experience is better. Size will become a primary factor for many people.