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Jul

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see In A Perfect World, Who Would Manufacture The Next Nexus Phone?

Back in November - in the early days of true Android tablets - we ran a poll to see what you considered the ideal tablet screen size. The majority (47%) of you said roughly 10"; at the time, that was largely all there was to choose from, so an understandable result. Today, though, there are more high quality options available, and the Nexus 7 is likely the most popular Android tablet yet.

Since the game has changed, it's time to pose the question again: what screen size is right for you?

What Is Your Preferred Tablet Screen Size?

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(Note: please round to the closest value. For example, if you like 10.1" tablets the best, vote for 10". If you prefer 7.7" tablets, vote for 8".)

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Hayden Bridges

    I have a Coby Kyros 7022 (7inch) and the screen doesn't feel like it has enough real estate for typing or videos.

    • MELCALI

      u must hate typing on a smartphone

      • Hayden Bridges

        What I meant was for document editing. It's weird because the screen is small so it feels like it needs to be held like a phone but it's long horizontally so it's awkward for thumb typing.

  • Bas

    10.1 inches, it's big enough but shouldn't be any bigger.

  • kennedy myril

    I love the real estate of the 10" tabs, but the 7" is lighter and far more encouraging to be taken around. Gotta give it to the 7's...

  • smeddy

    Honestly the Galaxy Note at 5" is my personal favourite convergence device. Without it I guess I'd be sporting a Galaxy Nexus at 7".

    I loved the Asus Transformer Prime - but the keyboard - and Android's handling of keyboards, is not there enough yet to make me give up on a Windows netbook. But I really want a proper Android netbook soon.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      it's called Nexus 7, no galaxy crap since it's not Samsung but Asus

      • smeddy

        Lol sorry written on a hangover :-)

        • funkmon

          We've all done it.

  • Dave De Ramos

    artists likes 10inch tablets! ;)

  • dezmond

    as i can tell 7 inch is small, 10" is somestimes too big, i guess between the two size is the optimal

    • Pete Van Wattingen

      This is how I feel, I love the Nexus 7 and prefer it to a larger device though but bring on the Nexus 8!

  • Stephane Boisvert

    I dold my 10" Acer Iconia Tab a500 beause of the "unwieldyness" of it amd ordered a Nexus 7 instead.

    Handling the Playbook I had given my daughter convinced me 7" was what I needed in a screen.

  • housry23

    I've had both 10 and 7 inch tablets and I like both form factors. I am voting for 7" only because I never thought I'd like the 7" form until I got a Nexus 7 and it is so portable and comfortable to hold it. I think each form factor has its place and to each his own.

    • http://twitter.com/ronnie_whelan Ronnie Whelan

      I was going to comment, but you summed up what I was going to say up word for word.

      • Shane Menshik

        What he said.

        • Dan Monzelowsky

          What they said.

          • moelsen8

            what she said? haha

    • moelsen8

      yeah, having had both sizes i can say that 7 is by far my favorite. it's much
      more convenient and easier to use.. and it doesn't hurt your wrists after a while. i haven't tried
      8, so that could be as nice too i suppose.

      • JonJJon

        Ditto as well

  • Codo

    Every guy should be spoting a 10 inch tablet. Anything below that is meant for women. If you do not agree, then you are lacking Lol :-)

    • Dan

      7 inch ones fit in my pocket, I don't want anything bigger.

    • Dan Monzelowsky

      I'd think it'd be the other way around. Bigger tablet = greater compensation. That's why I still run my G1 (I kid, I kid).

  • Wayne Randall

    Having used an ipad and now owning an N7, the 7" is handy day to day. The ipad is nice to use around the house or in the car, but I wouldn't want to carry it around with me like my N7.

  • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

    I had a Galaxy Tab 10.1" and loved the larger display much more than my Nexus 7. Also the Nexus 7 LCD is washed out and lacks color saturation.

  • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

    People vote for 7" because Google released it. Pathetic. You are all not better than Apple fanboys :)

    • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

      Read it as a joke please.

  • Mental_Moose

    10"
    I use my tablet more for reading comics than for anything else and 7" is just way too small for that.

  • funkmon

    I've used both. I prefer a 10 inch. I have a 4.7 inch phone, and a 7 inch tablet feels like just a large phone. A 10 inch feels like a tablet.

    • animejay

      That's my reason also. A galaxy nexus isn't that much smaller than a Nexus 7. THat's the biggest reason i bought a Pad Infinity

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        That's just incorrect. A Nexus 7 is much, much larger than a Galaxy Nexus in terms of display size. Anyone who thinks otherwise is just comparing the display size in inches on paper like they're a proportional indicator of actual screen area, they're not. A Nexus 7, for example, has roughly twice the display area of a Galaxy Note.

        That's like saying an iPhone is "only" an inch smaller than a Galaxy Nexus - comparing them in-hand you see just how much more usable space the Nexus has.

        • Kevin

          Out of curiosity, I put my Nexus 7 on top of my dad's iPad and the Nexus 7 is almost exactly half of the iPad. So yes, display area scales exponentially as a function of diagonal length.

    • http://www.magmadev.net/giorgio Giorgio Labs

      Me Too... from my galaxy nexus to nexus 7 there's a bare 2.35" that's not worth having another device that you can't put in your jeans pocket, I think when I'll buy a tablet (don't too soon though) I'll go for a 10", maybe a nexus 10? :)

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        So what you're saying is you haven't used a Nexus 7. 2.35" is not insubstantial at all, the Nexus 7 has quite a large display. Don't think of it in inches - a Nexus 7 is the size of like 3 Galaxy Nexuses in terms of actual screen space.

        • oneillperson

          And a 10.1" tablet has roughly 46 square inches.

          Here's an accurately-scaled comparison I whipped up (based on screen size, not pixel density):
          http://i1125.photobucket.com/albums/l590/oneillperson/Picture1-16.jpg

        • http://www.magmadev.net/giorgio Giorgio Labs

          I know it's bigger but I think not so much ... I'd like to have a nexus 7 but for hardware/price and for the fact that's a nexus... true, I've not tried nexus 7 but I tried (at some shopping mall) others 7 inch tablets and 10 inch tablets and I prefer to go for a bigger screen. If I can't take with me a 10 inch tablet, probably neither a 7 inch and go with my gnex, but for home or when I have enough space to carry it, the 10 inch is a better choice... I'd like to try a 10 inch at home, because my roommate has a 7 inch and it feels too little

  • http://twitter.com/Parad1s3 Paradise

    Suprisingly for me that 7" devices took the lead.. I like 10" is quite heavy but 7" seems too small for me.

  • gtabman

    I prefer a 7 in due to easier holding,easy to take on a trip. Great item my galaxy tab 7 plus.

  • Bill Collier

    now that I have a 7 inch nexus I wouldn't mind handling a 6 inch tablet.

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

    Wouldn't the exact middle point between 7" and 10" devices be a great compromise?
    Anyone making 8½ tablets?

  • Jesslyn Hendrix

    I'd like to see what the favorite would be if most folks had tried an 8.9 inch. I loved the size of my iPad and struggled with the 7" for weeks until I just had to return it. I stumbled on the 8.9" while looking for a larger tablet and have to say that the portability is almost as good as the 7" and that little bit extra screen size makes a world of difference when watching video.

  • Trixz_D

    My 1st tablet is the Nexus 7 and I have tried some 10 inch tabs but none of them feel as comfortable as the N7 and the N7 seems to be the nicest design of tab in my opinion

  • Simon Belmont

    I used a Nook Color 7 inch tablet with Gingerbread and then ICS for a long time. Then I got the 9.7 inch TouchPad that I currently use with ICS (and hopefully Jelly Bean soon).

    Frankly, I find both sizes to be quite useful. I choose 10 inch in this poll because I'm using the TouchPad right now and my wife is using the Nook Color.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cw00dw0rd Chris Woodward

    I have a 10 inch I like the idea of a 9 inch because the 10 inch easy hold but if it was just a smidge smaller it would be nice.

  • Keith Myers

    As someone who owns both the Nexus 7 and ASUS Transformer, I am now finding myself using the Nexus 7 over the Transformer whenever possible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

    As a Galaxy Note user, I don't think the jump between my phone and a 7" tablet would be enough to make me feel like I was using a "tablet". I have a Prime, and I'm going to buy the Nexus 7 for my girlfriend, but I'm going to see which I prefer and give her the other. Prime could have a sharper resolution.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      The Nexus 7 has around twice the display area of a Galaxy Note - don't be so quick to assume the size difference is insubstantial just because the diagonals are "only" 1.7" apart.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

        As I said, I will keep an open mind until I actually hold one in my hand, I'm just not sure if I'll enjoy having to carry it around instead of slipping it in a pocket. I still find I don't take my Prime around because if I carry something, I want my laptop. Only when I need the battery life do I use my tablet.

  • http://thekonietzkystrain.tumblr.com/ NeuroMan42

    The sweet spot for the tablet market is 7" and under $250. Anything larger or more expensive you might as well buy a damn laptop. The cost and performance based on features of the iPad is madness, but those kool-aid cultist will buy anything. ;)

  • oomatter

    I'm still waiting for a good ~12" Android tablet with stylus support (like the Gal Note) that can replace my Windows tablet. Although, it would also need to have a quality OneNote replacement app so I might be stuck with windows for a while.

  • user311

    Well I owned a galaxy tab 10.1 and currently own a galaxy tab 8.9, nexus 7 and just got a transformer infinity. Its really hard to say which device I like the best just based on the size. Each size is better for different things. The nexus 7 is best hands down for portability but of course loses many points for lack of expandable storage, 10.1 is best for eMags, general web surfing, and of course viewing photos. The tab 8.9 is great for both and has a really nice size, not too big, not to small. They all have beautiful screens, but the infinity looks the best.

    Based on just screen size I would have to choose 8.9 BUT the galaxy tab is really slow mostly compared to my other 2 tablets, so I don't use it all at and it graces my coffee table It is really only used for people to use as an eMag/book reader. The nexus 7 would be my top choice tablet, but it doesn't have enough space on it and only has games that won't run on my Infinity installed on it. My newly acquired infinity is currently my top choice go-to tablet. It currently has 192GB of storage space with the key-dock It has a ton of music, books, mags and photos on it and about 20Gb of games installed. Unfortunately most of games don't support the 1920*1200 resolution, and a lot of them won't install, so I do still have to use my nexus. Before I got the Infinity I was using my nexus everywhere,but now I carry my infinity. I do miss a lot of things that work on my nexus but the Infinity just rocks and I find that I need to pinch and zoom way less with the infinity.

  • Mti

    You know, I would never have said this two weeks ago, but I have decided that a 7" tablet is about perfect. I wouldn't have ever imagined liking it so much..I see my iPad getting a lot less use, as much as I like it. It's just too big, and too heavy.

  • WilliamSurname

    One of my major uses for my tablet is reading pdfs of tabletop RPG rulebooks. Because their content generally involves tables, images, and sidebars that must be arranged carefully so as to be near the appropriate text, they don't tend to translate well at all to ebook formats. Moreover, they're often laid out for books to be printed on 8.5"x11" paper. As a result, even with pinch-zoom, reading them on anything smaller than 10" is a royal pain.

  • Himmat Singh

    I think 7-inch is a great form factor. I have a 10-inch A510 now, but I can see switching to a smaller one in the future. For things that require a larger screen, I would prefer 11.6-inches tablet. Probably that would be a Windows tablet.

  • http://twitter.com/crankerchick LovingTechnology

    I LOVE how fluid the Nexus 7 is with Jelly Bean and am drooling for a Jelly Bean tablet since playing with it. I have had a XOOM and an iPad, though, and have grown used to and now appreciate the 10.1" size. The 7" tablet is just too small to me. I want to maximize the screen size of the device I consider portable, and the 10" tablet is still quite portable to me. A 7" tablet won't fit in a pocket, so I'm carrying it in hand or in a bag at the size, so I might as well have a bit bigger and enjoy it even more.

    • Tyler Chappell

      My Nexus 7 fits in several of my shorts pockets quite easily.

  • john d

    About 7 inches seems best, but my nexus 7 has confirmed my concern that the aspect ratio is too wide. For video or gaming it may be optimal, but for reading comics, books or magazines, for browsing the web, or for any productivity tasks a 4:3 aspect would be better. So I voted 8 inch for the extra dimension...

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I still don't see this as a question of 'the best' or 'most ideal'. I still think that each size category is well suited to certain situations and usage scenarios.

    For carrying around outside of my house, using as a large-screen GPS or reading books, I want the Nexus 7...or maybe a bump up to the 7.7" screen size.

    If I'm watching a movie or looking at detailed websites, I want a 10" tablet. But this is the space where the subject gets even more relevant. Ask anybody who's working on code (I've actually done this on my 10" tablet), working on graphics (done it), making wireframes or mock interfaces to demonstrate to customers (yup, done this too). The 10" or larger size is not just nicer, it's actually fundamentally a different experience. Not to be a jerk, but anybody who thinks 10" tablets are going away is simply blind to how useful they can be to the professional market.

    The things we need in larger tablets are higher resolution screens and a fairly high precision stylus...Hey, Asus and Samsung, do you guys hear that? Each of you has 1/2 of the equation, get cracking and I'll buy another 10" (or larger) tablet from you!!!!

  • DCMAKER

    it depends 10/10+ is great for functionality and watching movies and stuff but when you want a nice portable tablet 7 inch is the way to go. 10 is great to sit on your desk/couch but for traveling 7 inch is best

  • Kellic

    7" and 10" It really depends on what you want to do with the thing.

  • spectremANDROID

    I'm feeling like the 7 inches of Nexus that I'm using now is perfect for most uses but I'm gonna need something much bigger for work.