If there’s one thing that we’ve learned over the last couple years, it’s that manufacturers love tablets. Even though the tablet market isn’t necessarily new, it’s been rejuvenated pretty significantly since the launch of the iPad. Since that launch, we’ve seen plenty of different manufacturers, from the largest to the smallest in the world, create and release their own version of what they think a tablet should be. There are plenty of options out there, from the iPad, the BlackBerry PlayBook, to the ASUS Transformer Prime.  Options are great, especially when they come not just in the software department.

Among all those different tablets, you’ll find that there are plenty of different size variations out there. While Apple’s iPad measures in at 9.7-inches, it seems that the competition believes that 10.1-inches is the right size to contend with Apple’s juggernaut. Of course, while these companies have launched larger tablets, most have them have also launched smaller versions, ranging the gamut from 5-inches to 8.9-inches.

It’s a strange situation, really. Especially when you look at the Android tablet market, and how packed it is. There’s no denying that the whole show is littered with actors, all vying for their position in the spotlight. There’s nothing wrong with that by any means, but to the average consumer checking out one Android tablet that is similarly sized as another, and running the same operating system version, can be pretty daunting. That’s why the size situation is so good, and why that’s one part that manufacturers are doing right. Sure, some may be flooding the market more or less, but no one out there is saying options are a bad thing.

Interestingly enough, when I wrote that I thought that Samsung could be more or less saturating the tablet market with all of their tablets, it is one of their “random” sized tablets that I believe could be the best. And no, I’m not going to review it here. I’m just talking about the size, and how I think that 8.9-inches could be the sweet spot.

But the display size isn’t the whole show, obviously. Much in the same way that you might choose your next laptop, it isn’t just about the size but also the weight of the device. That has a big part in selecting a tablet, in my opinion. The display size? That’s only half the battle, but I believe that 8.9-inches is the perfect size for a tablet. That’s why Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 8.9, with its perfect screen size and remarkably lightweight, feels like the perfect tablet to me.

Of course, there are other options that come pretty close. Motorola’s 8.2-inch XYBOARD weighs in at only 390 grams, or about 13.75 ounces.  The Galaxy Tab 8.9 measures in at 15.8 ounces, or 448 grams. That’s probably negligible to most, but I imagine that on a daily basis, if you use the tablet throughout the day, that most people would feel the difference. Does that mean that Motorola’s smaller, lighter tablet is better than Samsung’s? That’s not up to me to decide for you, because just like any other object out there, it all comes down to personal use.

But, for me, the 8.9-inch display and its lightweight design make the Galaxy Tab 8.9 probably the most desired tablet out there. We will have to wait and see what 2012 has in store for the tablet market, but hopefully the trends keep up.

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Francesco Vincent Parisi Noeske
Francesco Vincent Parisi Noeske 5.3 inches, galaxy note is the perfect device
Ashish Kapoor
Ashish Kapoor 9.7" the ipad screen is apt...
Shawn Poling
Shawn Poling 7 to 10
Paulo Roberto Siqueira Ferreira
Paulo Roberto Siqueira Ferreira 8.9
Ryan Cook
Ryan Cook I like 7 inch tablets something I can still carry around easy.
Duckit 9.7 is the best in my opinion.
Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel 7.5 inches or any like the HTC flyer.
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith 8.2
??? Anywhere between 8.9 to 10.1 inches
Scott Sanders
Scott Sanders There is no one perfect size. It's really relative to the needs of each person and what they'll be using it for. Sometimes my 10.1 iPad is too big, and sometimes it's just what I need. It depends on what I'm doing at the moment.
Diego Alejandro Abobo Díaz Matousek
Diego Alejandro Abobo Díaz Matousek 8 inches maybe, not too big and not too small
Eric Kroh
Eric Kroh I dont use one..lol..get a light laptop..haha
Benjamin Padilla
Benjamin Padilla But all kidding aside 10 inches is good give or take an inch.
Benjamin Padilla
Benjamin Padilla 4.5 - 4.7 haha.
Alexander Rojas
Alexander Rojas 65
Zack Hébert
Zack Hébert won't get one until tablets are 13+
Steve Doric
Steve Doric What ever the ipad isn't
Axel Jaramillo
Axel Jaramillo 8-10 easily
Jay Hajj
Jay Hajj I have a 7" android tablet and an iPad 2. I think 7" is the best.
Péter Friedrich
Péter Friedrich Nearly, with hc not, because some buttons aren´t accesable easly with two hands while holding it. With htc 2.3 with sense of course yes, i can reach all the buttons on my flyer easly even with one hand.
Kevin Datrell Darby
Kevin Datrell Darby How can u use the front camera on mytouch q
Steve C Trevino
Steve C Trevino 10.1
Pierce G Hohenstein
Pierce G Hohenstein 9.3 iPad. Final.
Patrick Scot
Patrick Scot its not the SIZE that matters but the MOTION in the OCEAN!!!
Zach Cline
Zach Cline No wonder people break there devices like that.
Dustin Pacheco
Dustin Pacheco 7" fits in back pocket of my jeans.
Joey Kiggins
Joey Kiggins 8.9
Brian Edson
Brian Edson im perfectly satisfied with the 10.1 inch screen on my asus transformer
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??? ???????? Size doesn't matter to me... does it have a cellular modem? If not, Im not buying it.
PatrickandJenni Miles
PatrickandJenni Miles 7 or 7.7" - love using a tablet in portrait plus much easier to carry around. Hoping the new Asus 7 tablet is something I can pick up...or I can wait to see if Apple will produce one this size...and at the same price Asus is offering.
Clarence Smith Sr.
Clarence Smith Sr. 10.1
Byktor Urvaes
Byktor Urvaes 4.3
Anthony Douglas
Anthony Douglas 10.1
Shannon Steele
Shannon Steele Dwight get out of my nook!!!
Daniel Kallini
Daniel Kallini My 7 nook tablet with go launcher and installed market is fantastic
Ian Walker
Ian Walker I think the iPad is the perfect tablet size.
Chris RandomGuy
Chris RandomGuy Approx 10 with 16:10
Nawf Side
Nawf Side 8'9
Gt Saqui
Gt Saqui Ipad
Corey Barrs
Corey Barrs 10.1
Carlos Nava
Carlos Nava 11' or 10'
Mehul Patel
Mehul Patel 84"
Jeffrey James
Jeffrey James 8" is easier to hold. In both landscape and portrait mode.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline 8.9 wouldn't be bad.
Mark Robey
Mark Robey Make it an even 9"
Francisco Alexander McCrea
Francisco Alexander McCrea 60 inches
Jonathan Morris
Jonathan Morris Between 7 and 8 inches. The Fire is awesome, but I've yet to see the 7.7 tab in person.
Joe Brown
Joe Brown It is not the size of the tablet it is how you use it. HAHAHAHAHAHA
Rob Pate
Rob Pate Depends on how much of it ya can fit in your mouth
Cory Wilson
Cory Wilson 8.9
James Park
James Park iPad. The screen is not too big but not too small either
Roger SwiftMan Parks
Roger SwiftMan Parks 9.5"
Henry Murillo
Henry Murillo IPad. Anything smaller just get a G note, that thing is huge! And I'm not saying thats a good thing lol at all
Geo Schaart
Geo Schaart I have a thick 10"!!!
Kurt Boynton
Kurt Boynton 10.1
Mughal Mab
Mughal Mab 8.9 looks perfect to me.........
Pascal Hertinge
Pascal Hertinge 9 inches maybe? All i know is that 7 is way to small..
Cristian Ruiz
Cristian Ruiz I've gotten used to 10.1". I wouldn't want to go any bigger or smaller.
Nain El Fuego Romero
Nain El Fuego Romero 7-8 inches
Ivonne Hernandez
Ivonne Hernandez iPad 2 that is all
Yadiel Omar Nieves
Yadiel Omar Nieves 10.1 is perfect
Geoff Sauder
Geoff Sauder 7 to 9.7
Shawn Thornton
Shawn Thornton 10.1
CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels 7" HD or FHD would be the absolute perfect size
Alex Klee
Alex Klee 8-10
Joey Lopez
Joey Lopez Love my 10.1 galaxy tab. Wouldnt go any bigger or smaller. Perfect for watching movies and games and still small enough for my backpack and camera bags
Mihai Alex
Mihai Alex 4:3 screen and size between 7" and 9" is the best combination
P.j. Smith
P.j. Smith 10.1 is perfect
Jorge L Morales Estrada
Jorge L Morales Estrada 7"
Ian Slade
Ian Slade 9.7 - 10.1
Frank J Portorreal
Frank J Portorreal 10"
Adam Rieder
Adam Rieder 9.7 all the way.
Victor Rios
Victor Rios 7 inch...makes it more portable and easier to carry around.
Michael Hinckley
Michael Hinckley 8.9
Ryno Bones
Ryno Bones I think 8.9 4:3 would be perfect. Not a fan of long and skinny.
Gilberto Lopez
Gilberto Lopez 12 in
Zainal Abidin
Zainal Abidin not to big, not too small just NAAAIISSSSEEEE!
Vinh Luong
Vinh Luong 46 inch.
Mina Morcos
Mina Morcos 9.7-10.1

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