10/19/2010

Steve Jobs Believes Smaller Tablets Will Fail

Steve Jobs yesterday made it quite clear that there won’t be an iPad mini from Apple any time soon. He launched an attack on the 7″ tablets coming from both Samsung and RIM saying they were too close to the size of a phone to be of any real use.

Jobs may well have a point, since pretty much everyone with a tablet is likely to have a smartphone in their pocket there’s not much use in carrying around a slightly bigger device which is essentially very similar. Samsung and RIM however clearly disagree and the extra portability offered by the smaller screen size could in fact make them preferable to an iPad in the eyes of some users.

Currently there is very little competition for the iPad but that’s all set to change with the Samsung Galaxy Tab featuring a 7″ screen being released next month. Other rivals planning to challenge Apple for tablet supremacy such as the PlayBook also seem to prefer a 7″ screen.

We’ll have to wait and see if Jobs is right or not, but if he is wrong it could mean these smaller tablets will begin to replace mobiles rather than compliment them. Just make sure that you recycle your old mobile if that does happen!

Lee

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