When I made a decision to purchase the Samsung Note 2 a couple of years ago, it was made because the larger screen size of the Note – sometimes referred to a a “phablet” – combined the functionality of a tablet and smartphone in one device that still fit into my pocket.
Fast forward and now Apple has finally embraced the “phablet” idea with its recent release of an Xtra large iPhone6 with a premium pricetag.
Hence the news that the iPad Mini might very well go away.
The more interesting part of this story is the value of the tablet itself, rather than the 7″ size.
I have found that tablets – and the operating systems that they run – limit my ability to use a keyboard efficiently – which limits their utility. I still have to have a laptop somewhere, and weight does seem to matter to me. And my older 15″ laptop still runs faster than most newer tablets or ultrabooks.
What to do?
Wait for the next generation of devices. And insist that they have a keyboard option that is efficient and permits you to be productive.
And the mini? Watch Craigslist this holiday season.