I have a 32gb HP Touchpad that I picked up at the fire sale. I don't like webOS but it works pretty well under Android 4.0/CM9. Nearly everything works, but there are a few things that don't like the camera. Not a huge thing but development does lag on it, and I fear development will slow as newer tabs are released. It is also not expandable, and doesn't get the best battery life. I use it for browsing the web, social media, stream music, video player in waiting rooms, exercise, sometimes at lunch at work, and reading saved websites etc. It's a little big/heavy to read while in bed for a while, I end up resting it on something which doesn't work out too well. I don’t use it a ton, but have missed it while it was at HP for the speaker case repair.
I am considering selling the Touchpad on ebay to pick up the rumored 7" Google Nexus Tablet soon to be released. Specs on it are looking great, quadcore nvidia processor, 1gb ram, higher res screen than my touchpad, I have not heard much about storage on it, front and rear cameras, and best of all a $200 or less price. This device should be huge in the development community. I love flashing and customizing my devices so this is appealing to me, and worth something more too. Also since its a Nexus it should be updated really quick, and officially by google. I can sell the Touchpad for a decent price, so the costs to upgrade would be minimal. I feel like I should get the touchpad up on the market here quick, since the Google Tablet is going to likely be introduced on June 27th. I am assuming prices on used Touchpads will decrease a bit when this cheap nexus is released. However I am divided, I am wondering if I will miss the extra screen space?
I went to the store and looked at some of the other 7" tablets and thought they fit better in my hands than the 10", they were also lighter which was nice. I don't travel a lot so weight is not a big thing to me. I think I would miss it on video but wonder if the increased density would partially make up for it. I can really see the strengths of both sizes but can't justify having both tablets.
Which would you choose and why? Is bigger always better?
I have been pondering the same thing and took the Polaroid 7" inch tablet from Big Lots for a spin last week. For a cheap $89.99 tablet, I was impressed. Ran everything without a hitch. My only only problem was the low screen resoltion, which is to be expected at that price, so I ended up returning it. I have the ipad, but I could definitely see myself using a 7 inch tablet more often, assuming it has a high quality screen. I've already decided to keep the ipad, but will probably pull the trigger on the new Google tablet, if the rumored specs and price are true.
You already know where I stand, that you should keep the TP, even if you buy a 7 incher, but my opinion aside, let's say the decision is made, one or the other, this Google tablet looks very nice and the price is a joke, so the worst thing that could happen to you is that you miss a 10 incher so much that you land up buying one in the future, and prices are constantly coming down, while power and features go up, so it's not like you'd lose anything, specially if you can get $200 for your TP.
Heck, I might even buy a Nexus too, just to not have to carry my 10 incher in my hand. I like the idea of sticking it in my pocket and having it wherever I go.
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I prefer my 7" tablet for most things. The only time I have ever wished for a larger tablet was when I was watching several widescreen movies on a flight. A larger form factor is much nicer for that.
Biggest issue on the 10" is that you can't hold it in portrait mode and manage to hit all of the keys on the keyboard. A 10" requires you to cradel or hold it in one hand then type one handed, or to put it down flat and type, which is a pain to see.
Some magazines and comics are made with the thought of a 10" view size (thanks to the dominant ipad format). I only noticed this in a few comics where I had to scroll around and view each page in 2 attempts essentially.
The 7" tablet also fits in my back pocket when I walk around. This may not matter since you mentioned you wouldn't travel with it. Back pocket convenience is great when you go to run errands. Much better than carrying around a man-purse for everything.
When you have to go for a tabet, bigger display is always better. You cannot carry a tablet in your pocket, so it wont make a difference whether it is 7" or 10" Kindle user wants an iPad, iPad user doesn't want a kindle.
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