Thursday, January 19, 2012

Size Matters

What I love about Android devices is that they come in all sizes. They are not developed within 'a one size fits all' framework.

I was attracted to my 7" Galaxy Tab because of its compact size and light weight. It is large enough for me to view webpages without too much scrolling from side to side and I can easily hold it in one hand to type notes.  A family member has a new Galaxy S2 that suits his purposes - he finds that screen big enough for the casual browsing, emailing and social networking that he does.

A while ago Carole Riley lamented the damage to her Kobo Reader on Google+ saying "What to do with a broken Kobo?" Her post drew 17 comments including this from Carole "Can I justify buying as new one now that I've started reading books on my Android tablet from Kobo, Kindle, Google and others? The only downside to the tablet is it's too heavy to hold in one hand for long."

I had a bad case of Tablet envy when Carole wrote about her ASUS tablet. It was bigger than mine and offered the facility to type on a real keyboard. In my green state I hadn't thought about the weight issue when  using it for reading. If I did not have a netbook I would still want a tablet like Carole's because of its keyboard facility.

Another family member has just bought a new car and instead of paying a few thousand dollars to have a DVD system installed has bought a couple of 10" tablets  to load movies and games on for the kids to play as they drive along. The bigger screens enhance such viewing.

Owners of 7" tabs like mine have commented that, when using the Billion Graves app, they find it easier to use and hold steady their smaller Android 'phone for taking headstone pictures. They prefer it to the larger tablet for this function.

Size does matter. When you are selecting your Android device think long and hard about how and when you will use it. Once you have given this some consideration you should be able to select a device that will meet your individual needs.  

The large range of Android devices on the market cater for individual needs - Variety is the spice of life.

1 comment:

  1. Don't envy the Asus Transformer keyboard. Buy a bluetooth. Mine works with all of my Androids, including the 7" (Verizon) Tab that allegedly had the keyboard support disabled. (I avoided buying it sooner because I read that, but it worked even before I installed the 2.3 upgrade.)

    As for Android sizes, by tomorrow, I will have a 5", 7", and 10". I think I'm covered. (My Transformer is on the way.)

    The 5" replaces my PDA, which lived in my back pocket for over a decade; I always have it with me. Most people think it's a large phone. It kind of serves the purpose of the smartphone that you always have with you. The purpose of the 7" is to allow me to view two things at once while doing research, e.g. my research notes and genealogy word lists. Also, it's a much better size for reading; the 5" needs pages turned too often. I had a similar one earlier, after my first 10" died and before the 5", and I loved the size and weight of it. My first Android was 10" and I had the Transformer briefly before. It's a little bulky to always have with me, so it will come out and play just for certain circumstances. Once, I put it on my lap and put the keyboard on top of it for typing.

    They each have their purposes. I know most people will just have one and I'm overdoing it now with three, but I am a computer geek who loves gadgets. I bet the 7" would suit just about anyone, but it really depends where and why you want to use it.


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