Which size Tablet for you ? 5 or 7 or 10 ?

The battle for the tablets, of different sizes and operating systems, that I personally feel, is the potential new battle ground for the year 2011 and possibly 2012. A few tablets are already available in the market, probably many more ready to make an appearance soon, all wanting a lucrative pie of the social media connected internet lifestyle today.

What do you use the tablet for ? Is it for work ? Is it for leisure ? What are some of the tablet sizes choices available in the market ? Looking at some of the key tablets in the market today, it can be classified into the following categories

4.5 – 5 inch

Selections : Dell Streak & Apple iPhone 4

  • It’s more of a smartphone + leisure tablet features
  • A good alternative for consumers who are considering a smartphone with tablet features
  • *Note : Apple iPhone 4 isn’t really classified as a tablet technically*

7 inch

Selections : Dell Streak 7 & Samsung Galaxy Tab

  • An ideal mix especially for consumers who would like a balance between leisure and business/work usage
  • Not too big and heavy
  • Ideal for bringing overseas for travel
  • The 7inch size still quite alright for tablet + smartphone functioning together (Galaxy Tab)

9 to 10 inch

Selections : Apple iPad & Samsung Galaxy Tab 10

  • With the size, it’s more suitable for “heavier” business/work usage
  • More comfortable for reading and viewing photographs
  • Ideal for bringing overseas for travel
  • Size is not ideal for phone calling function

Based on current technologies and hardware, that’s some limitations here with using just tablets in your work/business situation and even leisure lifestyle.

  • Not powerful enough for certain work programs
  • It’t not meant to replace and it can’t really replace a laptop/netbook if your work and/or leisure lifestyle demands it
  • Based on your work requirements, weight and portability considerations, a netbook or even a smaller size laptop might be a better choice for your work and/or leisure lifestyle usage

To get the best of both worlds, how would you like to go about doing/planning it ?

Apple iOS + Android ? Smartphone + Tablet ?

What could be some of the potential combinations ?

– Apple iPhone 4 + Apple iPad

– Apple iPhone 4 + Dell Streak 7

– Dell Streak 5 + Apple iPad

– Dell Streak 5 + Dell Streak 7

– Apple iPhone 4 + Samsung Galaxy Tab 10

– Samsung Galaxy Tab + Apple iPad

A smartphone (4.5 to 5 inch) + Tablet (5 or 7 or 10 inch), what’s your ideal combination ?

Personally , Apple iPhone 4 + Apple iPad (Gen 2) coming soon or Apple iPhone 4 + Dell Streak 7, well, we shall see and keep a lookout for my updates !

p/s : All the above points are of personal opinion and experiences.

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