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Old 06-29-18, 04:29 AM
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Tablet size?

I'm looking to buy my first tablet and would like your opinions on size. The 10" might be too large for travel (airplanes and such), and the 7" isn't much bigger than a phone. I'm leaning towards the 8" or 9.6" inch sizes. Anyone have advice on this?

Also, would a keyboard be a useful accessory (especially when it's part of a case)?
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Old 06-29-18, 05:05 AM
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I have a 9.6" iPad that goes with me on all of my travels, and I travel a lot for my work. It's an ideal size for travel. 10" is almost the same size as to not make much difference.

Personally I wouldn't get smaller than 9.6" as you may as well use your phone. However, you need to bear in mind the weight and space a 9.6"+ tablet occupies. Those sizes are definitely not pocketable so my iPad goes into my carry-on hand luggage.

It also depends a lot on your eyesight. I need reading glasses so wouldn't get a tablet that is too small (below 9.6" for me). I can use my 9.6" tablets most of the time without my reading glasses, although I often have to use the pinch gestures to magnify the screen on some web pages.

10" is perfectly fine for use on aircraft. As for 12" tablets, they're really designed for professional 'desktop equivalent' use so would be somewhat unwieldy for travel use.
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I have an 8" - it's big enough for watching movies. Fits in my back pocket if I just need my hands for a minute.
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10 or 15 mg.

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Old 06-30-18, 02:50 AM
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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
I have a 9.6" iPad that goes with me on all of my travels, and I travel a lot for my work. It's an ideal size for travel. 10" is almost the same size as to not make much difference.

Personally I wouldn't get smaller than 9.6" as you may as well use your phone. However, you need to bear in mind the weight and space a 9.6"+ tablet occupies. Those sizes are definitely not pocketable so my iPad goes into my carry-on hand luggage.

It also depends a lot on your eyesight. I need reading glasses so wouldn't get a tablet that is too small (below 9.6" for me). I can use my 9.6" tablets most of the time without my reading glasses, although I often have to use the pinch gestures to magnify the screen on some web pages.

10" is perfectly fine for use on aircraft. As for 12" tablets, they're really designed for professional 'desktop equivalent' use so would be somewhat unwieldy for travel use.
Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I probably need to go somewhere and handle the different sizes but not many stores on this island stock them. I appreciate your insight.
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Old 06-30-18, 02:51 AM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
I have an 8" - it's big enough for watching movies. Fits in my back pocket if I just need my hands for a minute.
Thanks for the reply. Good point about the stowability of the 8".
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Old 06-30-18, 02:52 AM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
10 or 15 mg.

Take 2.
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I'm using a Kindle Fire HD 8 to post this. It's my third Fire tablet and best so far. Just the right size. But if I didn't have a laptop and desktop PC it might seem too small.

I've tried a couple of larger older iPads. They were okay. Seemed a bit overpriced and overrated. Didn't grab me quite like my iPhone.
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Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
tablets aka pills
Thanks. Looks like my sense of humor needs adjustment .
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Old 07-01-18, 02:59 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I'm using a Kindle Fire HD 8 to post this. It's my third Fire tablet and best so far. Just the right size. But if I didn't have a laptop and desktop PC it might seem too small.

I've tried a couple of larger older iPads. They were okay. Seemed a bit overpriced and overrated. Didn't grab me quite like my iPhone.
Thanks canklecat. I think I need to make some cardboard cut-outs of the different sizes for a better in hand comparison.
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Old 07-01-18, 04:44 AM
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Having had my 39th birthday 22 times, I find my old IPad (visual screen somewhere in the 8" across dept) to be my go to device. Screen size and screen integrated keyboard provide ease of function. I have an IPhone SE (old IPhone size) that I begrudgingly moved to when my Galaxy died...I digress...the IPhone is good as a phone and I use it often on the fly, but manipulation of some tasks just too hard do to on the compact size. I also have a Kindle...the old one...perfectly suited for reading.

In any event, consider your eyes and finger/thumb size in the purchase trials. I recommend passing on the add on/separate keyboards etc...I got the "benefit" of all that jazz when my employers went on a tech buying spree several years ago--just a hassle.
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Old 07-02-18, 03:39 AM
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Having had my 39th birthday 22 times, I find my old IPad (visual screen somewhere in the 8" across dept) to be my go to device. Screen size and screen integrated keyboard provide ease of function. I have an IPhone SE (old IPhone size) that I begrudgingly moved to when my Galaxy died...I digress...the IPhone is good as a phone and I use it often on the fly, but manipulation of some tasks just too hard do to on the compact size. I also have a Kindle...the old one...perfectly suited for reading.

In any event, consider your eyes and finger/thumb size in the purchase trials. I recommend passing on the add on/separate keyboards etc...I got the "benefit" of all that jazz when my employers went on a tech buying spree several years ago--just a hassle.
Thanks for the good info. Exactly what I was looking for. I will probably go to town and try to find some tablets to look at in person. At this point, I'm still pondering features, especially whether I want/need 4G cellular connection which I'd use as a backup computer when power is off here. The keyboard advice is good. Thanks again.
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Old 07-02-18, 05:38 PM
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8" Kindle fire. Light enough to one hand for a long time, and it fits in my lunchbox.
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I have a 2017 MS Surface Pro...love the format/size. Smaller than a laptop-bigger enough than a phone to make it worth hauling around.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/surf...e-pro/overview

Also being full Windows, it can run anything....not just gimped half-baked phone apps. There are other devices like the Acer Switch that are a better buy a and now available at this point.

https://us-store.acer.com/laptops/detachable
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7 or 8 inches is easier to operate standing up because you can hold it in one hand (like a phone). The real estate of a bigger tablet is nice if you're sitting down and can put it on your lap or a table.
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8" Fire HD. The 32gb is a hundred bucks. It's the sweet-spot for size and price.
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Ditto, the observation about the smaller iPhone. I have a 4s and thought about upgrading to the SE. But last December I needed a new phone pronto when my mom was hospitalized and didn't have time for research. I grabbed a Verizon Moto E4 off the shelf and realized how cramped the little iPhone 4s was for anything but the basics. I still use the 4s as a backup phone and it's usually on my bike for cycling activity apps. But the slightly larger Moto E4 is so handy I often grab it in preference to my tablet because it's so handy.

A lot of it depends on the design of apps and page design. Some news sites are still so poorly designed they're almost unreadable on any phone, even in the mobile view or app version. Good design can make a small phone or tablet seem bigger. As long as you don't need to do much with the keyboard.
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Wow! Great replies. Thanks to all that responded. The 8" size seems to be good, and the point about holding it in one hand makes sense. Meanwhile, I'm saving my allowance.
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7 or 8 inches is easier to operate standing up because you can hold it in one hand
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Regarding a keyboard, I dunno. Never felt any need for one on my tablets with Swype or similar virtual keyboard app installed. Makes writing quick and easy compared with hunt and peck.

A tablet keyboard would probably tempt me to write longer emails. That's not a good thing. I already write long emails on my computers. The tablet and phone motivate me to write shorter, which my family and friends probably appreciate.
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