Originally Posted by AppleInsider
Following up to the Xoom, which failed to make a a splash after the release of Apple's iPad 2, Motorola is now expected to release another tablet by the end of this year, this time with a smaller 7-inch form factor.
The 9.5 x 7.3” iPad is the "sweet spot" form factor size. Not a complaint, but an observation, I often have to "un-pinch" to zoom on websites, because many controls are too small for an average-size finger and the standard circumference of a touch "zone" (the reason why iPad styluses are chubby at their "point.")
I even have to zoom out to "touch" a new page number or touch ">" in this very forum.
I especially have to zoom when composing a post using the markup controls that are shown above. (Too easy to accidentally touch I
when you meant to touch B
, or "Underline" when you meant to touch I
I know Apple would very much like to endow the iPad with a Retina Display, but I'm torn between wanting this and wanting a larger screen (possible with a thinner bezel, NOT an increase in the size of the device itself). I DEMAND
A LARGER SCREEN AND
A RETINA DISPLAY! (j/k).
As Steve Jobs so
accurately (no surprise
) said about 99¢ being the "sweet spot" for tracks on iTunes, the dimensions of the iPad are at a "sweet spot" of their own.
Not unlike the Goldilocks tale, it's juuuuuuuuuuuuust right. (I may be alone in this, but I don't need the iPad to be any thinner or lighter — especially if doing so comes at the expense of technology, power and battery life.)
People might initially consider a 7" Tablet more easily transportable, but when that feeling wears off, they'll undoubtedly have difficulty navigating the GUI of a device with such a small screen.
This in turn will prompt owners to use the 7" device more as a content consumption
device and less as a content creation
device. The ideally sized iPad suits both uses.
If it true that it will have a micro-USB port and micro-HDMI port, this physical "tethering" ability is nice in a sense, but goes against the grain of a "mobile" and (supposedly) wireless device.
It also does not provide motivation or incentive for consumers to appreciate the benefits of "wireless," overcome their deep-seated, longtime, "wired" way of doing things, and adopt it. Connection ports on a wireless, mobile device doesn't serve to "wean the baby off the pacifier." But only Apple seems to care about consumers' best interests for the future; everyone else only cares about getting their product to the cash register — and ceases caring immediately after the bellwether "cha-ching" sound. Apple has a long- term purpose for certain technology decisions — call it "vision" — something everyone else seems to lack or care at all about.
I wirelessly stream movies, online videos, TV shows, music, music videos and video games!
to my 55" LED/LCD HDTV, and also stream music to stereo players.
I wirelessly send files back-and-forth between my Mac or other devices. I print wirelessly (including photos, and directly
to the printer — no Mac acting as "middleman"), and wirelessly transmit geotagged photos from my digital camera, fortified with a Class 6 Eye-Fi 802.11n 8GB memory card, to my iPad (and, if needed, wirelessly from my iPad to my Mac).
It's also a blast
to wirelessly access, view live, and control your Mac (or PC) on an iPad (even when far from home; and if you find your Mac is asleep, you can wake it up if you set it to wake upon network activity).
All this "wireless-ness" makes the iPad seem "magical," when the only time it needs to be tethered to something is when it's recharging its battery.
Going far out on a limb here, I predict the 7" will be Y.A. flop. Apple really is
"iPod-ing the Tablet market
," as its fretful competitors put it.
logical: Motorola's 10.1" Tablet flopped, so the obvious answer is to market a 7" Tablet.