Originally Posted by Steve-J
iPod Touch users might disagree with you.
Geez, you really try everything to twist reality?
Most everybody already has a smartphone and/or PMP or MID... It needs a valid reason to additionally buy a tablet. What a tablet can do is add real productivity, unachievable on a 3.5 or 4" device. You need additional space, a more usable on-screen keyboard, additional GUI elements, etc.
If you look at the better productivity apps on the iPad, like OmniGraffle, OmniFocus, some Timesheet programs, and the iWork apps... you find that up to 30% of the screen real estate is occupied with menu bars, rulers, navigational elements, etc. Now port this experience to a screen having less than 50% of the surface area and it will fail, as there are only two ways to achieve it: 1. Make everything smaller and lose usability (fingers are no stylus, you always hit a bigger area), or 2. keep controls usable and leave less display area for actual documents/content. People do not hold tablets as close to the face as they hold phones (just check out people in trains and subways reading on any smartphone, they almost crawl into the things), therefor everything must be bigger. Not every buyer is less than 20 years old and has 200% eyesight, so more dpi do not help. There a basically two approaches to on-screen keyboards: 1. design them for thumb typing, or 2. design them for regular typing. I can type regularly on an iPad (I wrote hundreds of pages on mine) because it is big enough to do that. 7" hits the sour spot, too big for thumb typing and too small for regular typing. An external keyboard is mandatory for a 7" tablet, it is optional for a 10" tablet (and before you ask: I have worked with the Galaxy Tab and can make that statement). If an external keyboard is mandatory, I can buy a netbook or small laptop and get more horsepower for the same money, or just buy an iPod touch and hold it closer.
7" devices are certainly capable for media consumption, especially for video, since most of them are 16:9, a ratio that makes zero sense for productivity apps, as nearly everything humans produce (documents, pictures) is more 4:3 or 3:2. Just, with pretty capable 7" media players widely available for less than $200, what is the point of paying $500 and more?
And that is what several people have pointed out correctly: What is the point of an enterprise company like RIM creating a device most suitable for media consumption? Calling them fanboys for asking a relevant and obvious question is not really helpful. Apple did research 7" devices and chose not to build them. Don't you think they would have wanted that money, if it made any sense?