7 Inches Might Be Too Small Size For Tablets – Analysts
According to an analyst from UseIt, Jakob Nielsen, 7 inches is not a reasonable size for tablets. As he was testing the 7 inch form factor in tablets by running some regular tests on Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet. Nielsen observed that the only defect in the tablet was that everything on the screen was showing very small and it was causing irritation and inconvenience.
According to the Nielsen’s report, basically the 7 inch sized device come in between the standard 3.5 inch smartphone and a standard 10 inch tablet size. So, when we try to run an app or service, which is basically made for a 10 inch tablet, on a 7 inch tablet, then there are many problems including various tap errors and accidental activation as well. Nielsen stated that, while he was conducting the study, one of the users was unable to even log in to Facebook for several minutes due to this error.
On the other hand, when users were asked to access the mobile version of websites on a 7 inch tablet, well the results were much better and satisfactory. But still, it had flaws, as it looked like the person was viewing a regular website on a 30 inch monitor. The reason was simple that the mobile versions of websites are designed for smaller screens and when they were stretched on a tablet, there was too much unused room on the screen.
After that, he concluded by saying that only the 7 inch device’s future depends on its early sales. Nielsen also stated that if they want this form tablets to be successful, then content providers should design specific content for this size as well. He concluded his report by saying that “Optimize for 7 inch or die”. Basically he meant that if the services are optimized specifically for the 7 inch screens then the platform really has the potential to become a huge success, while if doesn’t happen very soon then the platform will die or will become the choice only for the people who cannot afford a full size tablet.
As you already know that many 7 inch devices including BlackBerry PlayBook, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 and HTC Flyer were unable to create huge user demand in the market, while Amazon Kindle Fire has become a huge success but its low cost takes all the credit for that. What do you think about the whole situation?