The tablet market is evolving. What once started out with chunky and thick devices has evolved into some of the thinnest products made today. It seems that if a company produces a device with over a half-inch of thickness, then it's considered old and obsolete.
But why do we have such an obsession with thin devices? Thick devices could hold so much more technology and are typically sturdier than those devices that are thin.
The thinner a device is, the less structurally sound it becomes. The newest iteration of the iPad, for example, is thinner than an iPhone 4. It's much, much bigger, too, which makes it seem even thinner. And while Apple takes pride in its ability to make incredibly sturdy products, there comes a point when even the most strong material can't support itself. So manufacturers have that to worry about.
Then there's simply the practicality of a deathly thin device. It offers hardly anything to hold on to while typing or swiping away. Also, in typical human fashion, consumers would feel the fragility of the device and not use it to its fullest potential.
Personally, I feel that devices that are any thinner than the new iPad are just too thin. I'd rather be able to feel the heft and weight of my device at all times, whether I'm using it or carrying it, to be able to know that I'm still in possession of it. What do you think?