All iPads Which do you think will sell more over the long haul? 7" or 10" tablet?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by EbookReader, Oct 31, 2012.


Which do you think will sell more over the long haul? 7" or 10" tablet?

  1. 7" tablet

    165 vote(s)
  2. 10" tablet

    63 vote(s)
  1. macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2012
    Which do you think will sell more over the long haul? 7" or 10" tablet?

    Right now, 10" tablets are much more common but will this be true in 5-8 years time?
  2. macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2003
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2010
    I concur. The mini will end up being the most popular. It plays out the same for all of Apples products except for maybe desktops.
  5. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    7"....a 10" is no more portable than a macbook air
  6. macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    Reminds me a lot of the iPod phases. If that's any sign, the mini will take over, and Apple will make more colors. It's cheaper and more portable. Specs are not the end all like everyone seems to think. Look at the Air, which killed the Macbook. Look at the iPod mini, and then the Nano, pretty much took over their respective product line. All "sub-par" in terms of specs, but the pricing, and the aesthetics "miniaturization" just has more mass appeal.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2010
    This guy gets it. I have claimed for some time that my 11" MacBook Air has made my ipad irrelevant. Most of the time I used my ipad just because I felt obligated since I spent much on it.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
  9. macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2012

    If the Mini was priced the same as the larger iPad, the larger one would easily sell more. It's still very portable.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2012
    Exactly...I am guessing that, like me, many of the people that frequent this board are asked by friends and family for tech advise. Especially with the holiday season approaching.

    If I had a nickel for every time an aunt or uncle asked me "what's the best possible laptop I can get?" I would have about $0.10.

    If I had a nickel for every time an aunt or uncle asked me "what's the least expensive possible laptop I can get?" I would have $1,000.

    To many people (note: not to all people), the specs that are thrown around are complete and utter nonsense. WiFi range/speed, retina, weight, size, blah blah blah.

    My mom/aunt/uncle/etc..."I can get an Apple iPad for $329 or $499? I'll take the less expensive one."
  11. M87
    macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
    Mini. I had a Nexus 7 for a while and I loved the smaller size, made me want to carry it around and use it more. The only real trade-off is the lack of retina and I don't think that outweighs the benefits. The lower price will help too I'm sure.
  12. macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2010
    34.6700N 118.1590W
    I suspect if I had an 11' MBA, I would feel the same. A full on computer in a very nice, compact and light form factor.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2012
    Yep. My iPad is gathering a lot of dust now for that very reason. The flexibility I have with my MBA beats the iPad hands down. An iPad mini, on the other hand, is a completely different story. It could potentially double as my e-reader and portable media device. Light enough that I don't think twice about throwing it into my briefcase. Not so with the big iPad.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2011
    I don't think the size will make as much of a difference as the price. It's the lowest entry point price for an iPad and that will be attractive to a great number of people.

    Personally, price isn't the issue for me. I just love the size and weight of the mini.
  16. macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2010
    Double Yep. I sold my dusty iPad and returned to my incredible MBA. I'm expecting my iPad Mini Friday for the same reasons you gave.
  17. macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010
  18. macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY

    We truncate, not round.
  19. macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010
    Hmm I didn't know 9.7 truncated to 10 :p

    Still not voting.
  20. macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    No that one is rounded, we round the big one, truncate the small one. You didn't get the memo?:D
  21. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    Definitely the mini!

    Walk into an Apple store, mom sees iPad for $329, then looks to left, sees other iPad for $499. 9/10 she is going to chose the $329.

    Also, OP, if you are rounding, it should be 7.9" (8") and 9.7 (10"). Lol.
  22. macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2012
    I have a 7" tablet and its great for reading, but for school and business I would love the larger iPad. I guess it depends on the use for it, so my vote is 9.7=10. :D
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2012
    Ι use my ipad for watching lots of videos/movies... ipad 4 is no brainier to me.


    It wont kill for sure lighter and thinner ipad 5 with igzo display ;)
  24. macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2005
    I used to think so, but the iPad 3 has made me use the iPad for most things and the MBA only for development.

    It used to be that the iPad was barely good enough to surf the web.

    Now, with the wealth of apps on the iPad, its a better experience than in a browser on a PC. Weather? On a PC, go to some website, click on a map link, get a small map, very hard to move around and zoom in the map.

    iPad, hit the home button, tap some weather app, map, almost immediately get a big view, intuitive and easy to pan around and zoom into a location.

    Other apps are much better than the website equivalent. Zillow, realtor apps great, fast, easy to use. Much better than website. CNN, CNBC, financial sites, much better, faster, interesting information at your finger tips on an iPad vs. a website.

    Surfing on a PC seems very limiting now. I wonder if they'll ever create Mac apps that are as functional as the many weather, finance, etc. apps. Seems that they just point to a website and give up.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2010
    10 inch is better for work, especially reading work PDFs. also better for watching movies. but the 8 inch is smaller, lighter, CHEAPER, more portable. I'd say that the large share of the market will go for the cheaper, more portable device.

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