Tablets find a comfy spot in the mid­dle

Money Magazine Australia - - THIS MONTH - PETER DOCKRILL

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.

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