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Why I Just Dumped the iPad (Hint: Size Matters)

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Like a surrogate child carried in the womb and then given to loving parents, I just sold the iPad I’ve owned for the last nine months. Don’t get me wrong; there’s much to admire about the iPad (s aapl) with its long battery life, touch-optimized user interface and support for thousands of excellent applications. The problem is that I simply don’t use it any more. Actually, let me re-phrase that; I stopped using the iPad about a month ago, after I bought a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab running Google Android (s goog).

Before I even continue with the discussion on why I did this, let me pre-empt some assumptions by clarifying a few points:

  • Apple is doing a phenomenal job with iOS in general and as someone who has used tablets of all kinds since 2004, I acknowledge that Apple has re-invented the tablet market.
  • I bought my iPad at launch and couldn’t put it down when I was on the couch, in bed, etc. It’s a great sit-down device.
  • I’m not suggesting Android is a better mobile operating system than iOS. Both have merits and challenges. Generally, I find iOS to provide a better user experience, although I think Android is slowly catching up.
  • I’m also not leading any charge against the iPad or Apple here. I use an iMac, MacBook Air and 4th generation iPod touch in addition to an Android smartphone and Android tablet.
  • I don’t assume my mobile computing needs are the same as yours. In fact, they’re likely not.
  • The Galaxy Tab has plenty of room for improvement. Here’s a smart list of 50 items that ought to be incorporated into or fixed on future Tab models.

The Best Tablet Is the One You Have With You

The Tab is roughly the same size as, but thicker than Amazon’s Kindle (s amzn), which ironically I sold when I got my iPad. Prior to iPad ownership, my Kindle would go everywhere with me because of its small size, light weight, stellar battery life and integrated connectivity. And I do mean everywhere: the device would fit in my jacket pocket or could be thrown — figuratively, not literally — in the car or in a gear bag. The Galaxy Tab offers me that same level of portability, while the iPad doesn’t.

Here’s a perfect example: I purchased the Tab on a weekend at the local T-Mobile store and my family wanted to hit the mall afterwards. I either carried the device in hand or placed it in my back jeans pocket while cruising the mall for hours. As my wife or daughter stopped to browse for clothes, I quickly whipped out the small tablet to manage email, web-surf, and watch YouTube videos. I wouldn’t have been able to do that with the iPad for one simple reason: the iPad wouldn’t have come with me on a trip to the mall in the first place.

If you look at the Tab and compare the screen size to the iPad, it’s easy to think there’s little difference between the two: one has a 7-inch display and one has a 9.7-inch display, right? But in actuality, the Galaxy Tab is half the size of an iPad (as shown below), making it far easier to tote around and use while standing or walking. As an aside: the difference in icon size is negligible and icons on my iPod touch are actually smaller than those of the Tab, so Apple’s “sandpaper down your fingers” to use a 7-inch tablet argument is a fallacy in my opinion.

Compromises Must Be Made

As I alluded earlier in this post, the iPad surely wins out on the breadth of application choices, media content availability and overall polish of the user interface. But it’s difficult to quantify that advantage. Is the iPad twice as good as the Tab or is it just a little better? Obviously, the answer will vary for each person, but after a month with the Tab, I find that what it lacks in functionality or ease-of-use is more than offset by the portability for me. And in some cases, the Tab has more functionality than the current iPad; it acts as a mobile hotspot to share the 3G data connection and can accept the microSD card filled with music from my smartphone, for example.

For my needs, both devices work perfectly fine for email, web surfing, occasional gaming, using social networks and other bite-sized activities that don’t require a full-blown desktop operating system. Yes, there are more apps for iOS and even when an app is available on both platforms, I often like the iOS version slightly more than its Android equivalent. But to think the Tab is unusable as compared to an iOS device is overstating the difference.

I’m willing to give up a smidge of usability or a wider array of software to gain the ability to easily use the device everywhere I go. It’s this very concept that makes the smartphone so enabling, regardless of make, model or platform: the ability to be connected everywhere is what’s driving the mobile revolution forward. In fact, I’m actually using my Android smartphone less as well. The Tab does all of the same things as my Nexus One, but on a larger, higher-resolution screen, making for a better overall experience.

What About the New Honeycomb Tablets?

It’s not likely I’ll jump on one of the new Honeycomb tablets coming soon, however. Android 3.0 looks great, but all the announced slates are still 10 inches in size, which means these devices will have the same limited use to me as my iPad. I’ll likely hold off until we see Honeycomb on smaller devices, which I don’t expect until mid-year at best. For the same reason, I can’t think of any feature of function that might get me interested in the next iPad either, although I reserve the right to change my mind: especially if Apple backtracks on its stated strategy and opts to offer a smaller iPad model. Yup, it’s doubtful, but I’m an optimist. Besides, this is the same company that said people don’t read books and then entered the market with iBooks.

Is Apple Missing a Market?

Again, what works for me may not work for you: I’m not suggesting everyone dump their iPads; I’m simply explaining my own decision making process to help you make your own. And aside from our own Darrell Etherington at the GigaOM Apple channel who tried, and then returned a Tab, I’ve heard from at least a dozen Tab owners who are also finding less use for the iPad (and other devices) based on the 7-inch form factor. Darrell’s experience with the Tab ironically made him realize that he wants a 7-inch iPad. I’m inclined to agree and would consider dumping my Tab if Apple were to sell such a device. It would be the best of both worlds, regardless of Steve Jobs’s insinuation that it will never happen.

Darrell’s sentiment highlights a key point I’m trying to make here: We often look at the features of a device, but I contend that form is just as much a feature as the CPU clock cycle or the amount of memory in a mobile device. Of course, you never know that until you try a new form factor to see how it fits in your lifestyle. I’m glad I did that with the Tab.

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218 Responses to “Why I Just Dumped the iPad (Hint: Size Matters)”

  1. I still wish someone would come out with a 12″ or 13″ tablet … I can’t be the only one squinting when I try to read the tiny text! Besides, a 12″ or 13″ would play WAY better in the enterprise space.

  2. Nice article.

    I personally like both android and iOS. They both have merits and weaknesses.

    I haven’t bought a tablet yet, but have been thinking about it. I’ve held out up to this point because the iPad is too large IMO. I think it’s nice but doesn’t offer me much over my 13″ macbook.

    The droid tablets, on the other hand. I don’t know how I’d feel about them until honeycomb is out. Froyo wasn’t designed for tablets, though it should run on them fine. I’m anxious to see what an os that was designed for tablet can do.

  3. I am so completely over articals like this… this is the modern technological version of “I’m going to be kewl by rejecting what everyone else thinks is kewl” There is no objective argument going on here… just an eye catching title land on apple crap journalisim to get page views. Who cares what pad you want to use..really using any of them is better than none at all! The fact that you have severed your self from part of the Apple ecology doesnt make much sense to me … no itunes or movies from your itunes …ehh I guess thats ok but the overall user experince can not be portraied as being superior because of your choice…It just cant. Please write a story about something interestying and relevant next time.

  4. Just after Christmas I had to make a decision. Do I go with an iPad, when I understand the iPad 2 will be out later this year, then I remembered the times I have had armache from browsing the net, using apps, on the touchscreen of my iPhone 4. So in the end I opted for a 13″ MacBook Pro – sure, it’s more expensive, but I know I have made the right decision.

  5. I think it’s each to their own. My experience in the corporate market shows that the iPad is sitting on a rocket of corporate deployments . Due in part to it’s size.

    My own personal use? I use corp email , blog, surf via instapaper/reeder/ , read 7 novels, present with keynote, Dj a little on the tube to myself , oh and written 47,000 words of my sci-fi masterpiece ;) . All this since I got it in March. :)

    Now apart from proving that a 3 hour daily commute gives you lots of time for other stuff . it also shows the versatility and sweet spot of the Apple form factor.

    Now I’m not denying there’s sometimes when a smaller form factor could prove more handy. But for me the extra screen size is what moves the iPad from occasional to constant (i.e I always have it to hand).

    I think the 10 inch form factor is the best sweet spot between portability and usability. The 7inch for me would render have of the above activities unusable for me.

    • I think the size of the iPad is far better suited to the corporate world – I really don’t see 7″ tablets making much headway there. Sounds like the iPad fits your activity use – you’re definitely productive with it! :)

      • I think the same. 10″ for work and 7″ for fun, but… the masters of corporate mobility, a.k.a. RIM (Blackberry) are going to produce the Blackberry Playbook with 7″ screen. May be both of us are wrong cause at least for me is difficult to think that RIM with its experience in corporate world make a mistake like that.

        The first time I saw a Galaxy Tab in real world was as PIM of the Corporate Account’s Manager from Orange (a french cellular company present in other countries). He take it out from the pocket of the jacket.

        Sounds corporate enough to me. I will get a Playbook as soon as it’ll hit the street in my country so maybe I will change my mind related to corporate suitable tablet sizes.

        • Good observation on the PlayBook’s size and role in the enterprise. Obviously the form factor is appealing to me personally but I’m not sold on the need for a BB device to provide security / data for the PlayBook messaging bits. As a non-BB owner, I’m not sure I would buy the PlayBook for that reason, but I’m not quite the target audience. Curious to hear what you think of the device when you buy it!

  6. “The Tab is about to be discontinued.”

    The only reason why the tab is going to be discontinued is because the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will be released. Just like eventually the iPad will be discontinued. Make sure to back up your information, before you give half-truths.

  7. wow, the fact that you have to watch youtube vids and surf the web st the mall while your wife and kids shop is pathetic. I can only imagine how much time you ignore them at home with your head buried in a screen.

  8. What kind of iPad does Kevin have? Check out where the home button is in the picture that compares the size of both tablets. It’s on the side that’s wider as opposed to every other iPad I’ve seen.

  9. GatesIsMyDaddy

    You Apple fanboys are never happy with anything. Why nitpick so many minute details? Life is too important. Go outside and get some exercise and sunshine. Work on it, and you might even get a girlfriend.

  10. What article and all comments that I have seen below do not notice is the fact that no one tablet computer can fit all. That is the catch.
    There are people better served with smaller, differently shaped or more complex (ex. Entourage Edge) device…
    That is where Apple model of one-size-fits-all vs. free-for-all mayhem of Android tabs fails. Latter have chance to occupy many niches and freely evolve based on actual user demands. Galaxy tab is just one example of one niche – smaller form factor, which is better fit for the author (but not for all).
    My personal computing needs are actually best served by iPad form factor (I want laptop replacement, content interaction and communications device). However, other Apple design choices are the main reason I did not buy one (and likely will never do, although I as well use other Apple products). What is absolute fail for me? – lack of “non-dongled” connectivity. The very purpose of tablet for me is to have it and no other baggage. I want (technically cheap and feasible) at least one fully functional USB port and at least SD card reader (if not universal card reader) built in. I want to use device in its true form factor (no dongles) and be able to quickly switch between GBs worth of data: I want instant access to 64 GB of video or another 64GB of photos, or my 32 GB worth of textbooks… SD card reader and 3 small SD cards provide that… I might want to connect to USB devices of all sorts (including storage) when visiting locations away from home/office… Second issue will likely be addressed in iPad2 (though I highly doubt that Apple will ever give us USB and card reader built-in the iPad): camera, with main purpose of Skype and like communication. Every portable device nowadays has one, it is standard. If I am to carry tablet with me- I expect it to be usable for such communication.

  11. Fred Riley

    Well, enjoy the POS Tab! Looks like a toy, feels like a cheap toy, and mine broke within 2 months. I guess I’m just bitter. Here’s hoping the iPad 2 comes out sooner rather than later.

  12. Alcibiades

    The Galaxy Tab (and similarly sized tablets) are indeed more portable and are more useful for constant, on-the-go use.

    However, the market for this device is probably very limited because it tends to require a heavy data plan in an age when most people have smartphones with data plans. I read somewhere that 70% of iPads are Wi-Fi only. I have a 3G iPad but I use the 3G data option sporadically. Even when I do, it’s very simple – pay as you go. Consistently using your tablet on the go implies an essentially unlimited or other premium data plan, and I don’t think most users intend on spending money on two mobile data plans.

    A tablet that requires a monthly data plan is going to be in bad shape from the get go. I think Apple has this figured out correctly – in a world where the leading customers are on smartphones, no one wants to be locked into a tablet contract. Tablets are being used mainly in areas where Wi-Fi is available (at home, at offices, airports, cafes, etc). Connected devices like Kindles basically have free access to 3G for the required data, and are very small and light; therefore, they can go anywhere. 7 Inch Tablets (which are basically Kindles with e-mail, web, multimedia, etc) don’t provide the premium sit-down experience of the iPad and burden the customer with additional costs on top of their smartphone bill. This is why the original Galaxy Tab idea (including voice) was pretty smart. The way these tablets are marketed in the US make them compete with smartphones, kindles, iPads, etc for a limited budget, with predictable results

    • Gameboy213

      Very interesting point. I use the 3G on my iPad often but I do have the old unlimited plan luckily. I also have an unlimited account with Sprint on my BlackBerry. I am in the minority of users I am sure but I am on the road a lot. But this is something I hadn’t thought about before really. Size would or could have quite an influence on someone paying for a data plan on a tablet as well as their smartphone.

      • Alcibiades

        I think the key is that Apple (and I believe a lot of users) view the iPad as a laptop or netbook alternaitve. It’s not just a “media tablet” for use on the go or an enhanced e-reader. It is sold as a device that can replace a computer for certain use cases; mobile business, e-mail, web, multimedia, etc. The apps tend to focus on media consumption, books, etc, but the iPad is intended to be a easy to use, somewhat mobile computer. For such a device, constant 3G connectivity is a plus but not a necessity, and screen size real estate is important as document editing and viewing becomes burdensome at 7 inches. If you are going to be carrying the device on the go constantly, it needs to augment what the smartphone already does. The iPad clearly does that with the extra real estate, storage, etc with the option of not requiring a dat aplan. These 7 inch tablets haven’t really done that. The author of the report indicated he has begun to use his Nexus One less; what he should be asking for is asking for phone service in his Tab so he can chuck his Nexus One entirely.

  13. Roshan Shrestha

    Kevin, I have the Samsung tablet (at work) as well as a Kindle (at home). Here are my observations:

    1. If a tablet is released that is the same thickness and weight as the kindle, I think it will be a winner!

    2. The Galaxy tab is thinner than the iPad, but still feels “thick”. I think the reason is that the iPad is “thin” around the edges (same with the Kindle) with the bulk toward the middle. If the Galaxy tab also made the edges thinner, it will seem much thinner.

    3. The buttons on the tab are touchscreen and very sensitive. More than a few time, I have clicked on them accidentally. I wish they were physical buttons.

    4. The screen changes from portrait to landscape (and vice versa) frequently. I wish it was not that sensitive. For this reason, I have the screen orientation locked.

    • Good observations.

      I hear you on the thickness – thinner would be welcome, but it’s not too bad right now on the Tab. I’d rather see physical buttons too. I keep my screen locked to portrait, which is how I use the Tab 95% of the time. I use landscape for Angry Birds and Peggle. Not much else.

  14. If there’s one thing all these comments have made clear, it’s that we need more diversity in the mobile computing arena.

    It’s obvious that we have different needs – for example, in my case, a netbook is far superior to any tablet I’ve used simply because of the convenience of having a real keyboard built-in to the device and the natural typing angles.

  15. As a pseudo tech-writer for an online journal I had a Galaxy Tab to use for a couple weeks. I wasn’t sorry to see it go for precisely the opposite reason Kevin is talking about. I just got too used to the screen real estate that the iPad has to offer. I found the G-Tab too confined, and the e-book capacity wasn’t quite enough for me. (Possibly my old, grizzled eyes are too shoddy.) But I also found for reviewing and making minor edits on word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations, the G-Tab was just too small. If I’m doing business with my iPad, I’m resolved to carrying my European Carryall (man purse). If I’m doing or going anywhere where my iPad is going, I’m probably carrying it anyway, so it’s not a big deal to me. OS wise, I’m just more used to iOS at this point. I’m sure I could make the Android adjustment but I don’t feel like the trade off would be worthwhile. The screen on the G-Tab is gorgeous, but I think the space issue is a real one. But Kevin’s use (and possibly yours) will dictate how much you need to carry such a device. For me, I have my iPhone 4 for the day-to-day stuff and the iPad for heavier lifting. If I need some real big guns, out comes the 4 year old MacBook Pro (please refurb soonish, Apple).

    • Well… there is a webOS event scheduled for February 9, so we’ll see! I love webOS – had a Palm Pre on launch day but after 8 months I was disappointed in the overall application choices. Would be thrilled to see it on a tablet and gain some developer traction!

  16. JE Lorenz

    Nice article, Kevin, as usual. My wife and I (seniors) each have an iPod touch. One evening I saw her using a magnifier to read a web page. The font was just too small, so I bought an iPad for her. No, I am not that generous a guy, but she would have never agreed to the expense. Ah, she just loves it. She sits on the sofa, married to Netflix Instant Watching. Now she is urging me to upgrade to an iPad (Wi-Fi only) as well. However, as long as it does not fit into my right pants pocket, it’s a no-go. Portability trumps screen size for me. Coming off a Palm Tungsten several years ago, I am used to the screen. The iPod touch is my PDA, I have no games on it. Well, one word game. I have read many Kindle editions on it, have watched quite a few TV episodes via Netflix and iTunes. I have a spreadsheet, a word processor and a few other apps. So, size does indeed matter. For my wife the iPad is perfect, I will stick with my iPod touch.

    • Magnifier?! You know you can zoom, right? :-) Plus, the new Retina display on the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4th generation is just incredible to read text on. Even if you are a bit zoomed out.

      • JE Lorenz

        Yeah, I guess I knew that – sort of. But my wife inherited my 1st gen iPod touch, which got stuck at IOS3 and became an orphan. I was going to upgrade from 3rd gen to 4th gen iPod touch but decided against it because of the lo-res camera. I’m not interested in Face Time; I want a decent camera to take pix, so I can leave my Nikon at home.

  17. Nice article!!!
    Question: I got iPad to better read PDF files
    when nook (not color) felt too small and cramped
    for PDF reading. I wonder how PDF reading is on galaxy tab?

    Have you tried reading PDF and compare it with iPad ?

    Best Regards

  18. Thanks for posting about your computers and what brand they are. I just think you should indicate your preferences as a disclaimer on your commentaries. I’m not saying you’re biased, it’s just that well, you stick with one brand for a reason. You like it. That’s cool, but at the same time, it’s a bit lopsided to actually be unbiased. It’s natural and I’m not criticizing you for it. The fact is this commentary is like a big apology letter to Apple. That in of itself, proves my point.

  19. Michael Connick

    I actually use both a 7“ Android tablet, and an iPad. They both have their place in meeting my own particular needs.

    My Huawei S7 (the “Best Buy tablet“) has become my primary work / personal system. What Kevin says hits it‘s advantage to me right on the head – it‘s the perfect in-between size for meeting my needs. I use it WAY more than my iPad. It‘s the best Android tablet I‘ve found for my requirements and I actually prefer it to the Galaxy Tab, now that I‘ve rooted it.

    That said, I still own an iPad and carry it with me on business trips. Why? Because it‘s my entertainment system. I watch movies and TV shows on it using Netflix and Hulu Plus. I use the Apple AV cable to hook it into the hotel TV whenever possible for maxium viewing enjoyment. I also use it as a gaming system. Nothing in the Android market comes close to the games I enjoy on the iPad.

    So, when I leave the house, the S7 goes into my back pants pocket. When I go to a client site, it‘s the S7 that serves as my work computer. If need be, I‘ll use LogMeIn Ignition to access one of my Windows systems for the occasion times when I have to access a Windows program, but otherwise use it exclusively. However, I alway throw my iPad into my suitcase for business travel to use evenings at the hotel.

  20. Gazoobee

    I totally agree on the form factor.

    I found the iPad almost impossible to thumb type on at first, but after much pain and about a month of non-stop use, my hands got used to it in the end. I would probably buy a 7″ iPad in a heartbeat, but I don’t see as they will sell them until at least version 3 or 4. The problem with the Galaxy Tab is that it’s so incredibly crappy (IMO of course) that the value equation never “gets there” for me, despite the many frustrations of trying to use an iPad productively. The Tab is slow, stuttery, ugly, and Android itself is a nightmare of usability issues.

    If Google survives the lawsuit, and Android is still being sold in the years to come I will be interested in the first 7″ honeycomb tablet to come out, but I don’t see that happening in less than a year either. By that time I will have 24 months of every day iPad use under my belt though and might not want to switch.

  21. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head here, Kevin. Form factor in mobile devices is so important. If I were to buy a tablet for use at home, on the couch, then the ipad would be perfect. But as a go-anywhere device it’s just a little too bulky and I’d probably end up leaving it at home a lot of the time, which is why I haven’t bought one. The Kindle, as you point out, can go anywhere and so does. I’ll definitely look at the Tab 2.

  22. I’ve used iPhone since the 3G days and I’ve had an iPad for about 7 months and I love both.

    I use a Driod2 for work and I picked up a Tab about 2 months ago to see if I could downsize a bit (get rid of my personal iPhone and iPad and just keep the work phone and the Tab) but I took the Tab back after a week.

    Here were my issues:

    App investment – I have many hundreds of dollars of apps that I have purchased from the app store – I didn’t want to have to re-buy the core set that I need to maintain my mobile productivity

    Usability – While Android is a pretty nice OS, iOS is just smoother on the devices I use (iPhone4 and iPad). I lead about 300 people at my job and I don’t have as much time as I used to to tweak and customize to get it just right. I used to love to tweak the heck out of my windows mobile devices but it just gets old after a while.

    The “I’m just used to it” mentality – I’ve spent the last 2.5 years adjusting my work flow to accommodate the apps I use on my iDevices and being a creature of habit, I’m rather content with how they work.

    The “it just doesn’t blow me away” effect – Yes the Tab is cool, yes it’s very portable, but it’s not that much different from the iPad or iPhone to woo me away. Yes its smaller and sleek, but other than size, it doesn’t bring anything new to the table for me.

    App quality – For me and the apps I use, Android isn’t even close. That isn’t to say that there aren’t quality Android apps out there because they are but the core 10 apps I use a day are light years better IMO on iOS.

    For me, it just didn’t work. I did pick up a Nook color and hacked it for my wife. She loves it :)

    Trust me though, I’ve budgeted in about $2,000 this year to test out new tablets to see how they are. My kids love it because they reap the benefit of my technoholicism :P

  23. I dumped my iPad for a ..wait for it ….

    Nook Color Babeee.. 1024×600 7″ android tab with a beautiful screen. After a month I carry it around alot me than the ipad. I love its form factor soo much more. I wish I had my iOS apps, but cant have everything.

    I was going to wait for the iPad 2 and I might still do that, but Im thinking Galaxy Tab 2 now, especially if the doubled resolutions come out.

    Granted the Nook Color isnt as powerful or versatile as the Tab, It sure is awesome for a $250 tablet!

  24. mobile enthusiast

    Kevin, love the post and your writing in general. Like some of the other posters, I am enjoying this discussion on the actual usage of devices.

    I’ve played with both the iPad and Galaxy Tab, and my conclusion is that I wished I had money to buy both devices to use for different purposes – the iPad as a laptop replacement and the Galaxy Tab as a smartphone replacement. Both devices offer quite a bit more functionality than the average smartphone due to their higher processor speed and greater screen size.

    My ideal setup would be the following:
    – QWERTY feature phone
    – Verizon Galaxy Tab
    – iPad (WiFi only version)
    – MacBook Pro

    • Thanks for the kind words and I’m glad that you’re finding the conversation valuable. Since I bought a MacBook Air, the iPad was less of a “laptop replacement” for me. Maybe if I passed on the Air, I’d use the iPad more and wouldn’t have sold it! :)

  25. Mr Man Bag

    err… if size matters get an iPod touch or an iPhone then choose from 250,000 apps and go shopping on iTunes or iBooks.

    No offence but Android isn’t even at the races.

    Size matters but content and apps matter more IMO ;)

    • Quality and usefulness trump quantity any day for me. Most iPhone apps cannot interact with each other or make significant changes to settings in the phone, for example – which means as far as I’m aware there is no iPhone equivalent of the android app Tasker, which contains many features that I’ve felt should be standard fare in smart phones for years. Essentially, the main things I’d want to use apps FOR – to customize my interface and make it more productive for *me* – I cannot do on an iPhone.
      That may not be an issue for you, but it is for me.

      Same thing with iBooks – my kindle, having an e-ink screen, is vastly superior to any backlit display for reading.

  26. Something in which my ex-Galaxy Tab was better than my iPad was gaming. Only one message mention games.

    In that case I found out the 7″ form-factor better than the 10″ one to handle and play with. Neither so small than the smartphone nor so big that the iPad. And off-course you got a screen bigger than any portable console.

    I really enjoyed gaming in my Tab. I miss that feature. iPad is to big to play comfortable.