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Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
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jamesthemac
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4/8/2014 | 5:09:13 PM
Why not wait?
Still not sure about the whole tablet craze - most websites and programs are still way behind in terms of optimization for these devices. My website is a real estate site and I have little control over the platform the franchise requires us to use and it does not look great on tablets/mobile devices. I think most sites will transition to mobile-ready, retina-display websites, but for now I don't think I need either a 7-inch or a 10-inch, especially at the prices.

-James, Weston real estate agent
iminmessaging
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8/7/2013 | 4:36:57 PM
re: Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
7 inch tablets are truly mobile, almost like smartphones. 10 inch tablets, such as the iPad, are somewhere in between smartphones and laptops. You can carry them around like smartphones, but they donG«÷t fit into your pocket, they are a bit too heavy, and too big to be easily used while standing, walking, or carrying stuff around.

The advantages of having a bigger screen (with more options and a large keyboard), do have their price and you will need to ask yourself if this price is one you are willing to pay.
ThePrisoner6
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12/27/2012 | 8:17:26 PM
re: Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
I didn't say what you quoted me as saying. I don't deny that these devices are useful, and I do in fact use them myself. I was simply making the argument that adding yet another tablet or "smart device" to my collection seems a bit wasteful given the sorry state of the world, I think we could all "make do" with less and share the wealth with those less fortunate.
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12/27/2012 | 5:13:39 PM
re: Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
I guess most people have weaker wrists than mine. Most of the complaints about reading on 10 inch tablets are that they are heavy (comparitively). I don't have any problem with my iPad + case (the case adds almost 2 lbs to my device) and I love it. I can't stand to read on 7 inch displays - give me a 10 inch any day!
GAProgrammer
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12/27/2012 | 5:11:31 PM
re: Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
While I understand where you are coming from, your arguments are too limiting. You are saying "why buy a $200 to replace a $0.50 pad of paper?" You aren't replacing a %0.50 pad - you are replacing thousands of books, reams of paper, possibly even your home computer for the price of $200 (if all you do is email, Facebook and web surfing at home). If you take all that into consideration, $200 is a steal.
ThePrisoner6
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12/19/2012 | 10:07:25 PM
re: Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
Mike, for someone with an unlimited budget and oodles of storage capacity in their travel gear to carry chargers and cables, this all sounds well and good, however I would argue the simple point that not everyone needs to take notes or make a shopping list on a mobile device. Most shopping lists end up in the recycle bin, never to be seen again. A 7-inch tablet costs $200 minimum. I can by a whole stack of paper notepads at Staples for pennies apiece.

Sure, I'm a gadget geek, but I'm also a pragmatist. Before I buy another device, I damn well better justify the need. I personally consider it tremendously wasteful to spend $200 - $300 on something I could spend $0.50 on. You can't clip a tablet to your fridge, or stick it on the mirror to remind your wife to pick up your shirts at the dry-cleaners. I'm quite happy with my smartphone for most travel purposes, a larger tablet when I am more stationary (not stationery - that's a joke, son).

I'm as tempted as the next guy to buy things for myself, but I am constantly reminded that there are those who live with much less than I do. I can think of a lot of better ways to spend $200. There are far greater needs in this world - and for that matter, in our own communities - that could use that money for greater good than filling a pocket in our briefcases. For those who have excess cash burning a hole in their pocket, they might consider donating to a local charity to help the less fortunate in their community before they consider buying yet another toy (oh, excuse me, "business toy"). I would be willing to wager that there are kids in your own town who have never owned a computer, much less a tablet. Many charities have been hit hard by the downturn in the economy, and the money we might rather spend on ourselves could buy a lot more than another mobile device that we may or may not use.

MFeibus
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12/18/2012 | 10:00:25 PM
re: Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
Wireless charging has been developing fast, and it's now almost ready for prime-time. I'm anxious to see the new stuff at CES and MWC. I'm not sure whether it will go mainstream in 2013 or 2014. But I am sure that it's coming. So don't worry, Laurianne - the industry is solving your cable problem!.
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12/18/2012 | 9:24:07 PM
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I tried a 10 inch tablet for three weeks and I love the screen estate. But I prefer a 7 inch for the weight. Now a 10 inch tablet with the weight of a 7 inch tablet would be ideal.
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12/18/2012 | 6:57:44 PM
re: Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
Four devices? That's four chargers to lose, Mike. Hard enough not to lose 2. Now if i could have a universal charger...

Laurianne McLaughlin
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Stephane Parent
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12/18/2012 | 5:53:44 PM
re: Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
MR-expert, I would like to clarify your first point. Older people don't really want bigger screens, they want bigger fonts. I am approaching the mid-century mark and appreciate that I can increase the font on my Kobo Touch (soon Glo). So what if I have to change pages more often?
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