Tablets find a comfy spot in the middle
When the iPad came out in 2010, the industry had never seen a product quite like it – at least not one accepted by the mainstream. By then, touchscreen smartphones were already becoming the norm, so the touch display and interface weren’t unique. But the size of the display was markedly bigger than that of any smartphone, more akin to a small notebook.
Yet unlike laptops, the device was light and sleek, easy to hold, perfect on the couch or in bed. Since then, phones have gotten much larger.
When the first iPad came out, the contemporaneous iPhone had only a 3.5in screen. These days the frontrunner has a 5.8in display and some Android smartphones dwarf that. This big increase diminishes the unique selling proposition of tablets somewhat but, if you’re like me, big phones (“phablets”) are still no tablet killers.
Instead, tablets are a great alternative device, occupying the space somewhere between phones and laptops, for those who like reading, watching and playing content in a comfy, capacious middle ground. Not a book. Not a newspaper. More an indispensable, intimate, infinite magazine.