Majority of Tablet Buyers Drawn to Small Screen Sizes

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brwtx

I am not so sure it has to do with size as much as it has to do with price. HP saw a huge sales jump when they dropped the price of their tablet before killing it, even the Microsoft tablets saw a sales jump when they dropped the price a little. If Google releases the next Nexus 10 at a price similar to that of the new Nexus 7 I would be highly surprised if it didn't sell as well as the 7" model.

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elzafir

"Android nab a majority 53 percent share of the market compared to Apple's 43 percent."

43 percent? That's not to shabby. Apple is only one company. And Android's 53 percent is made of how many hundreds of companies?

That said, yesterday I got the chance to play around with the iPad Mini and was taken aback by how limiting the iOS is. I wanted to download an MP3 file that was sent to my email by a colleague. But nooooo, Apple thinks I have to buy MP3s from their iTunes Store. Safari browser can't even download the music file. Not without jailbreaking that is.

I'm currently rocking a Nexus 4. Don't have a tablet and don't want an Android or iOS. So it's gonna be the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro for me. I guess I'm the 4 percent.

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kixofmyg0t

Hundreds of companies? No dude. Just 2 actually, Samsung and ASUS.

Of that 53% I'd bet a good 42% of that is Samsung alone. ASUS holds 10% with the Nexus 7's and TF's and the remaining 1% is the rest of the OEM's.

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satrain18

What about Acer, AGPtek, Amazon, Archos, Barnes and Nobel, Coby, Lenovo, Motorola, Sony, Toshiba, ViewSoinc, and the endless legion of cheap no-name Chinese stuff?

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pastorbob

+1=>satrain18

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Mikey109105

7 Inch tablets? Yeah, I have no use for those. At that point it's just an oversized smartphone. Been there, done that, lol.

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vrmlbasic

I don't think that I have a use for a small tablet. That's what my phone is for.

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pastorbob

For myself, I prefer the 10.1" Asus Transformer I have. But my wife is quite content with her 7" Kindle Fire HD. She tried out a Samsung Note 10.1 for a couple of days. However, she has nerve damage in her arms and arthritis in her hands so she found it to be too heavy for most tasks. So the 7" tablet won out.

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jgrimoldy

The Transformer is a great tab. It's too bad it's getting a little long in the tooth. Apple could take some hints from the foresight that Asus showed in their product.

HDMI, SD, MicroSD and USB all without special dongles just make sense.

In this regard, Apple is just a bunch of dicks with their "we know what's best" stance.

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vrmlbasic

If the Transformer were current Google would have removed or rendered nigh useless all those cool features. Especially HDMI. ICS really nerfed HDMI on my phone: the only option is to output the phone's display at the phone's qHD resolution. No scaling, no native HD output options. They were there, now they're gone. Same with sleep mode and lock screen->camera w/o unlocking phone.

A bit off topic but Google is just as dickish as Apple in the "we know what's best" stance.

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pastorbob

Not sure what you are saying here but I am running a customized version of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) on my Asus Transformer and my HDMI works great when connected to my widescreen TV. Looks like full HD to me, but I could be wrong.

Also get some excellent quality video on the tablet itself while I am away from home or relaxing in bed before crashing in the evening.

I can't speak to what phones will do since I don't own a smart phone.

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Shalbatana

This article speaks volumes to me. I wanted "something" to replace my media player. The last non-ipod media player that was good was just discontinued by samsung.

I don't have a smart phone, and don't have need for a large tablet, so I started looking at 4.3 inch tablets. I found one that's okay by Coby, but man there was no selection whatsoever.

Anyway I thought my pick was good for what I was expecting, but I really wish there were more in that size available. I don't want to be walking down the street and have to pull out a 7 inch tablet just to listen to music.

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vrmlbasic

Why not just buy a cheap-o, but still capable, smartphone and use it without putting it on your wireless bill?

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wolfing

I prefer 10". I have a smartphone, so a 7" tablet doesn't really make much difference to me. What I need to do is either small enough for the phone (quick checking something, tweeting/texting, etc) or too big for 7" (movies mainly).

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methuselah

Does the Galaxy Note count as a tablet? or a Samrtphone?

I see a bunch of my friends with a big 'ol honkin' Note hanging off their hip.

Personally too big as a phone for me, but hey, to each his own.