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Choosing the Right Size Device - Medium Devices

Date Written: 1/9/14

In our last article we talked about smaller mobile devices, primarily smartphones. Today we are going to discuss medium sized devices.

Medium Devices - Typically 6" - 8" screen

Pros: Convenience, Camera, One device, Always connected, Quality cases and covers provide better durability

Cons: Screen size, Possibly Battery, One device, Typing

Medium sized mobile devices cover the small tablet market. These tablets are larger than smartphones, but smaller than the large tablets (like an iPad). Smaller tablets can range from a 6" - 8" display.

Small Tablet Options

These smaller sized tablets are a nice middle ground for inspectors who think a smartphone is too small and a regular tablet is too big. With a screen in the 6" - 8" range, you should have no problem seeing the screen. The larger screen will also offer a bigger keyboard, which will make typing easier as well.

These tablets aren't going to fit in your pocket, but you could fit them into a holster and for the most part they are going to be pretty light and easy to carry around. You should easily be able to hold the tablet in one hand and tap on the screen with the other.

Another couple of benefits with this range of tablets are price and the number of options available. Currently you can purchase a quality Samsung 7" or 8" Android tablet for about $200. Of course there are more expensive models as well, you will just need to decide which is right for you. Luckily you also have an abundance of choices. Right now there are a number of smaller tablets to choose from and more and more manufacturers are starting to enter this market as well.

A couple negatives include the camera and possibly battery life. Cameras on tablets in general are going to typically not be as good as smartphones. However, they have improved quite a bit over the last couple of years and should continue to improve. Also, some tablets may not have great battery life. This will really depend on the individual model you are looking at, but it is something to keep in mind during your search.


Popular Medium Sized Devices:

  • iPad Mini
  • iPad Mini Retina
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and 3
  • Google Nexus 7

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