There’s been a lot of rumors lately regarding a Nexus branded tablet and the specs that have leaked out imply that it will have a 7-inch screen. A screen of that size will ensure that the device is portable enough for a lot of people but what Google and other tablet manufacturers do not realize is that they are not only competing with each other but also with Apple’s iPad.
The iPad has a 9.7-inch screen, I personally own an iPad 2 and find it to be the perfect size for my entertainment and productivity needs. I also own a Galaxy Note and at 5.3 inches it’s the perfect size to carry with me everywhere I go. I can surf the web, manage my emails very comfortably and playing games is a fantastic experience. I’m an Android fanboy just like most of you, but I try to be objective when it comes to evaluating how good a particular device is and how it will fulfill my needs and the truth is that so far no Android tablet has been able to do so.
I bought an iPad 2 as a birthday present for my wife and she was always mad at me because I could not stop using her gift, I simply loved it! I had to buy my own, which I did. I love the way web sites look, Netflix and Hulu apps are a joy. I even paid to subscribe to a few magazines and reading them is a pleasure, and don’t even get me started on how fun is browsing Reddit images. I purchased an app called Air Video and I use it to stream my entire video collection from my PC to my iPad via wifi wherever I am in the world, it does it smoothly. It’s a device designed to make its users consume, it makes its users spend money because it’s very good at producing satisfactory results. It’s main purpose is delivering content and nothing out there is better.
For business use it’s not only capable but innovative. It has proven useful in restaurants providing interactive menus and wine lists, in small retail stores by utilizing apps that can process credit card payments and manage inventory, medical facilities use it to pull up interactive charts of patients, hotels install them in suites so that guests can order room service, it allows journalists and bloggers to do their job on the go easily (I wrote this entire article on it using the virtual keyboard), the list goes on and on.
The reason the iPad is so successful is not only because developers create useful apps and Apple signed agreements with media companies to create content specifically for the iPad, it’s also because all these apps and media can be displayed in a optimal size for their use and enjoyment. I personally cannot find myself using a 7-inch tablet, what for? To me, a 7-inch tablet is useless. It falls between my two primary devices. I borrowed a Kindle Fire from a friend and was able to hold it with one hand, just like my Galaxy Note. The experience was good but not significant enough for me to put down my cell phone and pick up the Fire, it felt almost identical. This will be even truer for other people as more choose to buy smartphones with large screen sizes such as the Galaxy S2 and S3, the HTC One and EVO series among others.
Google knows this and that’s the main reason they renamed the Android Market to Play Store. There’s a lot of money in advertising but also in selling media, maybe even more. This is why the Kindle Fire is the most successful Android tablet and, according to Forbes, the Amazon App store makes more money than Play Store, it’s made with the primary goal of selling media and content. For this, seven inches is just not optimal enough and it could make the Nexus tablet a commercial failure.