Since its release, the iPad has dominated the tablet landscape, but that domination started to wane after Google and Asus released the original Nexus 7. Other tablets had been released with similar dimensions, but the price point that Google managed to hit along with the brand behind it made the tablet seem unique and piqued everyone's interest. Amazon's Kindle Fire, whilst similarly priced and the same basic size was not a fully general purpose tablet in quite the same way.
Since the Nexus 7's release, manufacturers have been focussing largely on the small tablet market and even Apple themselves released the iPad Mini. Samsung now have two more diminutive tablet screen sizes at 7 and 8 inches, LG are rumoured to be releasing an 8 inch tablet, Acer have done so and Asus themselves have had a number of tablets which clearly take advantage of their economy of scale at the 7 inch screen size.
Android apps for tablets are now more plentiful and of a fairly highly quality. Most of these apps are designed to work optimally on screen sizes of around 7 inches. Many phone apps also appear to have been designed to work well on the smaller tablets and I am always delighted when one of my favourite apps works well on both my phone and tablet.
So what of the larger Android tablets, the 10 inch devices? Well, there is no shortage of choice with the Nexus 10, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, new Toshiba tablets and the HP Slatebook X2 just to name a few. Many of these have astonishing screens with ultra high resolutions and powerful cutting edge processing capabilities. There seems to be less interest in these larger tablets, but why?
One of the problems with most Android 10 inch tablets is that they offer a widescreen resolution. This is great for watching videos but not so good for reading and browsing the web. Holding a larger tablet in landscape orientation is an uncomfortable affair too.
Ultimately I think it boils down to the fact that smaller tablets are easier to hold and use. So what of the original, the iPad? Well, the 4:3 aspect ratio of the device helps it feel less unwieldy and so many apps are designed well for the large iPad when so few are designed for large Android tablets that Apple don't quite have the same problems as Android tablet makers do.
It will be very interesting to see how well the new 10 inch tablets sell.
What do you think? Is there a future for 10 inch Android tablets?