Let's settle the tablet thing once and for all

Discussion in 'iPad' started by InsanelyApple, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. InsanelyApple, Dec 23, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2010

    InsanelyApple macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2010
    Okay, with the flood of new tablets and some of them being very hard to categorize. I thought this might work well.

    5 inch or smaller; can make phone calls: Smartphone (Dell Streak)
    5 inch or smaller; can't make phone calls: PDA (VILIV)
    6 inch or bigger: Tablet (iPad and Galaxy Tab)
    6 inch or bigger; built in keyboard: Touchscreen laptop (IdeaPad)

    Any suggestions or comments?
  2. Dragoro macrumors 6502


    Nov 27, 2010
  3. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    useless ?
  4. MikeTheRocker96 macrumors member


    Nov 2, 2009
  5. kdarling, Dec 23, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2010

    kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    For about a decade now there have been names for various touch devices. Basically, along these lines:

    • Tablet = touchscreen with physical keyboard ("convertible" if transforms from laptop)
    • Slate = touchscreen w/o physical keyboard
    • Webpad or pad = smaller slate, meant for browsing, viewing media, and some apps
    So a few years ago we'd have called the Samsung Tab and the Apple iPad, slates.

    All the Microsoft tablets and convertible laptops are tablets. (Really small ones are called UMPCs.)
  6. davidlw macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2008
    Wish that I had a 7 inch 3G iPad on Verizon. Perfect for my needs.
  7. MrWillie macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2010
    Starlite Starbrite Trailer Court
    5 inch or smaller (any OS) = PDA

    Is that 7 inch normal screen or widescreen?
  8. InsanelyApple thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2010
    Good, I changed the 5 inch to that.
  9. jb007clone macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2006
    This is correct.
  10. shen macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2003

    iPods = iPods
    iPhones = iPhones
    iPads = iPads
    Non-iOS devices = s@!%

    did i miss anything? :D
  11. shen macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2003
    I used to think that. Then I measured it out. Take an iPad, cover half of it, look at the screen....

    It seems too big to be easily pocketable, too small to be more useful than the iPod.

    I don't know, maybe it could be done and would change my mind, but right now it just seems an awkward size.
  12. pv1191 macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2010
    You make a good point, for a long time I wanted a 7 inch, but not so much now. Having the ipad in it's current size is much better all around. But if by some chance they did come out with a 7 inch with 3g I would likely buy it. I just don't think it will happen. For many reasons but the first would be pricing. A low end 7 inch would cut into the ipod touch market. Just my 2 cents. :D
  13. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    With this idea, one could say the T-Mobile G1 is a touchscreen laptop.
  14. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Or the Dell Streak, Palm Pre, and Palm Pixi. I have never heard the title "IdeaPad" before...
  15. SaMaster14 macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Blackberry playbook coming feb/mar.

    I love my iPad, but I gotta say the playbook looks really nice (also cause i have a BB phone and it will wirelessly tether and connect).
  16. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    Tablet = something to take when you're ill
    Slate = tiles on your roof
    Smartphone = phone that automatically blocks calls from your mother-in-law
  17. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008

    A 7 inch device, for where I do not want the 9".

    Mounted to the handle bars of my motorcycle.

    Voice command would make it even better, so I could encase it in a waterproof unit and run it via bluetooth voice command.Simple commands, for motorcycle use.

    Full USB capability so I could fully interface it to the motorcycles monitoring systems. Then I could remove the Speedometer / Warning lights and use the smaller iPad as a " Digital Dashboard "!
  18. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Lol, I got a laugh out of this. How true, same goes for the 7".
  19. MrWillie macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2010
    Starlite Starbrite Trailer Court
    Fixed that for you...

    I had used PDAs for years. Way before the smartphone was invented. I would hardly call a PDA useless.

    But that is only for a seven inch WIDESCREEN, a 4:3 screen wouldn't be.

    I got a laugh out of it too... But I was laughing AT y'all, not with. I have made tens of thousands of dollars using a PDA, and so have a few others.
  20. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
  21. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I keep seeing in Star Trek, any series, then using 7" or rather tablets that can be held in one hand whilst they are moving round this ship, doing other tasks.

    In other words, they have a flat device, easy holdable in one hand, leaving the other hand free to do other tasks.

    Can the members of this forum who think they are wrong, please get into the freezer, so that in a few hundred years time, then can defrost themselves and tell the crew on the space ships that they are using the wrong sided devices :D
  22. MrWillie macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2010
    Starlite Starbrite Trailer Court
    Star Trek, while entertaining, is not real. The iPad like devices they hold in one hand are not real, but stage props. They also set them down before doing any 'real' make believe work.

    Did you measure the make believe screen on the make believe device ?

    iPad = real
    Star Trek Pad = make believe

    I have NO problems holding the iPad in one hand.
  23. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Awwww, don't tell me it's not real :eek:

    Seriously though, it does tell you something that Years, Decades before the iPad was launched many many people had decided the size of a useful handheld tablet device.

    If you watch they do also have larger devices, but many of the thin slates they use in all the different series are of a size to hold in one hand.
  24. MrWillie macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2010
    Starlite Starbrite Trailer Court
    I like the idea of the Eye Phone like they had in Futurerama. Seriously (Yes, I am being serious, and yes, I am a little 'different' than most people), how cool would it be to have a display implanted in your eye ? We could call it, wait, here it comes, a Retina display.
  25. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    It's not like the prop designers actually did usability studies on different size tablet devices. Yes, a device you can hold in one hand does seem useful, and that's why a lot of people want that size, and a lot of manufacturers are coming out with that size. Me, I started out by already having an iPod touch. I think if I had had the choice between a 7" and a 9" device back when the iPad came out, I think I would have picked the larger size, because the smaller size is just too similar to the Touch. Or I would have just replaced my Touch with the 7" device instead of using both the Touch and the iPad like I do now.

    But in any case, I think the iPad is really a case of not knowing you need one until you have it. Before I saw it, I would have said any size that is bigger than the Touch would be an improvement. But the iPad with its nearly full size keyboard in landscape is a HUGE improvement in usability that I hadn't predicted beforehand, but having used it, it's like "Duh, of course you want a full-size keyboard!"

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