New report states that tablet screen sizes determine how they’re used


Tablets come in all sorts of different sizes and aspect ratios. Every one of them is useful, but according to a new report, different screen sizes are used for different tasks. 

Well-known consumer market researching firm NPD released the results of its study about different sized tablets. The study was led by the firm's senior analyst Stephanie Ethier. She found that people who own tablets with screens measuring smaller than 7-inches were more likely to use their tablets for basic entertainment purposes, like watching short videos and listening to their music collection. 

Meanwhile, owners of tablets with 7- to 11-inch screens use their devices for everything else. The study found that they surf the web, send/receive email, and download apps. And apparently, these people even use their tablets for a bit of content creation, as well. 

But perhaps the most important finding of this study is from the following quote. (Editor's note: italics are added for emphasis by me.)

"As the tablet market continues to heat up, manufacturers are striving to differentiate next-generation products to compete with the iPad. Screen size has emerged not only as a key differentiator, but also the leading indicator of different tablet usages."

In other words, we'll see a wide variety of tablet sizes throughout the next few years. Competition and choice is great, and I can't wait to start covering some unique and pocketable devices in the near future.

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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3 thoughts on “New report states that tablet screen sizes determine how they’re used

  • Avatar of wolfpack

    Im using my dell streak (5 inch) for almost 2 years….its perfect for me for watching movies on my bed, Emailing, Gaming and everything that a phone and tablet supposed to do….very portable and light and single hand operation (i have bigger hands)….i dont need a 7 inch or a ten inch which makes me difficult for carrying and handling with single hand.

  • i wonder if the aspect ratio will also changes how people will use their tablet, like wide screen for video, where as 4:3 will be used for reading or something…

  • I think actually that the the resolution of the device might be more of a key factor. Those tablets with 1280 x 800 resolution can be utilised fully whereas a lower res. requires too much zooming in and out with subsequent knock on effects to usage.
    1024×600 is borderline territory.

    The Galaxy Note will I expect seriously blur this size line as will to some degree the even smaller phones that come out with this high resolution.


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