Originally Posted by Gustav
Because if you consider tasks other than full screen consumption (video, gaming), then it's an awkward size. To big to put pocket-size designed iPhone apps, and too small for larger screen productivity iPad apps. It's going to have to have a reason to convince developers to design for yet another screen size. I have no idea what that reason would be.
As I explained earlier, they wouldn't necessarily require developers to design apps for another screen size. They could simply use the same aspect ratio and resolution of the original iPad. Images would be smaller, but sharper, than the original iPad, but apps would work fine.
As for the rest, it really amazes me how some people confuse "I don't like xxx" with "No one could possibly like xxx". In reality, there are lots of reasons for a smaller size:
- Reading books (keep in mind that a 7" iPad would be roughly the size of a book that people might be reading)
- Games (easier to manipulate than a full sized iPad)
- Cost (a huge percentage of the non-iPad market involves 7" tablets, with price apparently being the driving factor)
- Pocketability. A 7" tablet would fit in my jacket pocket. A 10" one would not
Would it replace the 10"? Not a chance in the world. But is it a viable alternative? It just might be. A lot of people play games on their iPhone or iPod Touch, so scaling up to 7" might improve usability.