One of the inescapable things about technology is that, eventually, something owned will get replaced. The market moves quickly, and devices come and go with relative ease. Plus, manufacturers want to make a new device that you want to buy, even if it’s replaceable every year by something else they create in that stretch of time. Our devices are meant to help us out, make us happy in some context, but it’s not supposed to last forever. Barely even a long time, really.
It isn’t always a new device replacing an older one, though. Or, more specifically, it’s not always a new phone replacing an old phone. Sometimes we can find something that works so well that we just flat-out drop something else, too. MP3 players, for example. Or standalone cameras. Some people even replaced physical notebooks and pens, opting to go with a big display and a stylus.
Everything’s replaceable. It’s just a matter of time.
So what about “small tablets?” The devices that measure around 7- or 8-inches? This was a market that seemed to be taking off not too long ago, especially with devices like the iPad mini. And then, after the industry mocking giant-screened phones, they took over. The standard size for a flagship handset these days is right around the 5-inch mark, and there doesn’t seem to be any signs that that’s changing anytime soon.
With daily drivers with screens that big, a 7-inch tablet seems to make less sense. It’s something that I keep seeing be talked about over social media, too. It’s not like Apple helped this year, either. The company upgraded the iPad Air 2 in noteworthy ways, but the same can’t be said for the iPad mini 3. With the exception of a new color scheme and Touch ID, there’s nothing new and noteworthy to talk about with Apple’s newest small tablet.
Considering Apple also launched the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, some people see this as an obvious sign that the small tablet is headed for the way of the dodo. Which wouldn’t be too surprising, considering the switch to large smartphones and phablets. So my question to you is: have you replaced your small tablet with a big phone? Or, have you opted to not buy a small tablet at all because your daily driver is big enough? Let me know!