Tried a 14.5-inch tablet, but it didn’t go well.

Tried a 14.5-inch tablet, but it didn't go well.

The Perfect Size for Tablets: Why 11-Inch is the Goldilocks of Tablets

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Tablets have become a ubiquitous device, with options from Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, and OnePlus. They offer a balance between productivity and entertainment, and many find them more portable than laptops. However, there is a limit to how large a tablet should be. The Lenovo Tab Extreme, for example, offers a 14.5-inch screen, which certainly has its benefits but also presents challenges when it comes to portability.

The Perfect Size: 11-Inch Tablets

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Over the years, I have tried various iPad models, including the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. However, my personal favorite size is actually the 11-inch iPad Pro or even the OnePlus Pad. These sizes strike the perfect balance for me.

A tablet should be larger than a smartphone, but not so big that it becomes cumbersome to carry. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro, for instance, is challenging to handle. The 11-inch display offers ample screen space for activities like watching videos, reading, playing games, and editing photos. It strikes the right balance between being comfortable to use and not feeling cramped or oversized. It is also convenient for tasks such as signing documents.

For me, the 11-inch iPad Pro is like the Goldilocks size of tablets. It provides enough screen real estate for various activities without ever feeling excessive. Plus, it easily fits into any bag without adding too much weight.

Why Not Just Use a Laptop?

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On the other end of the spectrum, we have tablets like the Lenovo Tab Extreme. One of the largest tablets I have ever used, I must admit I am not a fan. The unwieldy size presents several challenges.

When it comes to tablets, I prefer them to be purely tablets and not laptop replacements. While tablets can be great for casual tasks such as checking email, browsing social media, watching videos, and playing games, they are limited in terms of productivity compared to laptops with desktop operating systems.

The Lenovo Tab Extreme’s sheer size makes it uncomfortable to lounge with on the couch. It feels top-heavy when used with a keyboard case and definitely requires a flat surface or table. While the idea of a large tablet for work may be appealing to some, I believe it is more practical to sacrifice an inch or two and get a slightly smaller laptop, which offers better multitasking and desktop applications.

Ultimately, if you are looking for a laptop experience, it makes more sense to invest in an actual laptop rather than a huge tablet.

A Personal Preference

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While some may be intrigued by the concept of large tablets, I personally find them too big. One of the reasons I appreciate tablets is their portability compared to laptops. However, when tablets reach such large sizes, especially with added weight and bulk from keyboard cases, they lose the convenience factor. At that point, it makes more sense to opt for an actual laptop.

Fortunately, the market for super-large tablets is relatively small. Devices like the Lenovo Tab Extreme and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra cater to a niche corner of the tablet market. However, I believe that the 11-inch size is simply the perfect threshold. It strikes the right balance between usability and portability.

In conclusion, while tablets offer a range of sizes, the 11-inch tablet has emerged as the ideal size for most users. It provides sufficient space for a variety of tasks without sacrificing portability. Whether you prefer an iPad Pro or the OnePlus Pad, this size hits the sweet spot. Massive tablets may have their merits, but for most people, the 11-inch tablet is more than enough.