When Windows 8 was busy going through its launch window, and we were bore witness to the tablet/PC market bending to the onslaught of new hybrid models, I got caught up in the maelstrom and bought a few of them. I couldn't help it. The idea of having a device that could be a tablet one moment and a "traditional" laptop the next was too good to pass up. So I didn't. I bought more than two, used them, and then realized that the dream I was living wasn't actually something I wanted to stay engrossed in.
Hybrids are a great idea. They really are, and I still think I'm going to eventually fall victim to their marketing again. And in many cases I loved them when they were in laptop form. But it all changed when I'd either remove the keyboard dock, or swivel the keyboard around, or fold it backwards to "initiate tablet mode."
In most cases the screen was just too big. The hybrids that I was picking up had displays that measured at least 11-inches, and some of them even had screens that reached 13-inches. At that size it wasn't so much about having a tablet anymore, but more about having a laptop that was able to be disassembled and reassembled easily.
I'm not sure why you'd want that, but it seemed to be the only silver lining.
Yesterday I asked all of you what the perfect display size for your smartphone is, and in the past I've asked you what the perfect display size for a tablet is. There are a lot to choose from, obviously, and that number has grown quite a bit thanks to those hybrids out there. But, as far as I'm concerned, a tablet shouldn't be bigger than 10.6-inches. That's the line. Manufacturers shouldn't be allowed to cross it.
The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 both feature a 10.6-inch display, and both models are pretty light and easily portable. You drop down a bit and you've got Apple's new iPad Air, which weighs only one pound and has a display size of 9.7-inches. Based on everything I've heard about the Air, and in the few fleeting moments I've spent with the thing, that's just about the most perfect combination you can find in the tablet world right now.
Based on some reports I saw swirling around the internet this morning, rumors about Apple gearing up to launch an even bigger iPad are starting to pick up steam again. How big? This latest report suggests that the Cupertino-based company is going to launch a 12.9-inch device.
That would certainly fill out the iPad family lineup, and that does seem to be all the rage for some of these companies these days. And there's no doubt that a family of devices is something that Apple loves to provide.
But, can I just say the obvious? That tablet's too big. 12.9-inch display? Really? I don't even mind iOS 7, but that's a lot of iOS all up in your face. I'm pretty sure if I had that tablet with me while I was in bed, watching a movie or something, I'd probably drop it on my face more often than not, and that doesn't sound like any fun. Hopefully it would only weigh a pound, though. Anything more than that and the results could be terrible.
I've said in the past that I think the 7.9-inch iPad mini, or even an 8-inch tablet in general, is just about the perfect size of portability and display size when it comes to a device like that, and my mind hasn't changed. Seven inches is good, too. And, as I said, the biggest a tablet should be is 10.1-inches. A 12.9-inch iPad just seems way too big to me.
What do you think of the rumors that Apple is going to launch a huge iPad? Would you be on board with something like that? Or do you think that's just too big for a tablet? Let me know!