I’m still not completely sold on the idea of buying an Android tablet, but starting next month the carriers will begin to push them and I could be swayed into picking one up. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab might be our only choice this year for a tablet with the Android Market, but starting in 2011 we should have a variety of options that come in all shapes and sizes.
Originally I thought a 10 inch tablet would fit me best because it seemed like the larger display would be ideal for browsing the web and watching movies. However after spending some brief time with a couple prototypes I found it was awkward to hold with both hands and type on the virtual keyboard with both my thumbs. When I got to go hands on with the Galaxy Tab, I think I was most impressed at how natural typing felt on the 7 inch display.
Typing on a tablet is just one factor of many and I’m going to need to spend a lot more time with several other devices before I figure out what design works best for me.
If you feel like you might be in the market for a tablet coming up, I suggest you ready Ten Theses on Tablets from Android advocate Tim Bray who has spent the last month carrying around the Tab and comparing it with the larger iPad. For sustained use he think a 7 inch tablet is the most comfortable, but the larger 10 inch tablets work best for sharing content with friends.
Which size tablet do you see yourself wanting to use? Or do you still think tablets are all hype and there will never be a reason to own one?