Smaller vs. larger tablets: Is bigger better?

Smaller vs. larger tablets: Is bigger better?

With so many different models and sizes, it can be difficult to choose the right tablet for you. Every tablet can serve a different purpose depending on your needs, so we’ve come up with a list of the pros and cons of each variation to help you make an informed decision.

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What are the tablet sizes?

The size of a tablet will depend on the company that’s behind it and the model you’re getting. Some of the biggest companies that create these tablets are Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Microsoft and Lenovo. These companies offer multiple different sizes for their tablets, and most of them offer small, standard and large.

A small size is typically a tablet that is under 10 inches, a standard typically falls between 10 and 11 inches, and a large one is considered to be 12 inches or bigger.

With different sizes come different perks. It all depends on what you need your tablet for, so here are the pros and cons of every tablet size:

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Pros of a small-sized tablet (under 10″)

  • Lightweight and portable, so you can take it with you anywhere
  • Longer battery life
  • Perfect for simple tasks like surfing the web or reading E-books

Pros of a standard-sized tablet (10″-11″)

  • Still portable and easy to carry – yet has larger screens for better viewing
  • Perfect for completing tasks like school or job assignments
  • Often can be used with keyboard attachments for easier typing

Pros of a large-sized tablet (12″ or more)

  • Can be used as alternatives to laptops, making them the best for working and productivity
  • Great for watching shows or playing games
  • Thin and lightweight, making it easier to carry than a laptop

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Cons of a small-sized tablet (under 10″)

  • Often have slower network processors and less storage space due to their small size
  • Not ideal for work or school-related assignments

Cons of a standard-sized tablet (10″-11″)

  • Not quite as portable as the small-sized tablet (it may not fit in a purse or small bag)
  • Heavier weight may tire out your hands faster if you don’t have a keyboard attachment

Cons of a large-sized tablet (12″ or more)

  • Not easily portable
  • Tends to be more expensive than the smaller models

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What are the best tablet options?

We’ve done the research and have chosen what we think are the best tablet models

  1. Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ 6th Generation – Kurt’s Choice
An Apple iPad Pro 12.9

An Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ sixth-generation model.
(Apple)

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ sixth-generation model is an excellent tablet choice. It’s faster and more capable than any other iPad model to date. It contains all-day battery life as well as a brilliantly clear screen display and a super high-end camera. It’s also compatible with Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, and Smart Keyboard, which can make the tablet feel more like a laptop, so there are various ways to get the most use out of it. The only con to this product is that it’s a bit on the heavier side, so it’s not super easy to carry around with you as a smaller-sized tablet would be. However, if you’d rather the larger screen display, this is a great option for you.

Get the Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ 6th Generation

A Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

A Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
(Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is another great choice for those looking for a larger-sized tablet. This model is a whopping 14.6″ and gives the user plenty of room to work on their assignments. It comes with an ultra-wide camera and a long-lasting battery and is compatible with the S pen for those who want to draw and write notes. It also has a WiFi speed that is three times faster than previous Samsung tablet models.

Get the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Amazon Fire 7 tablet

Amazon Fire 7 tablet
(Credit: Amazon)

The Amazon Fire 7 tablet is a great pick for those who would rather have something in a smaller size. At 7″, it’s super easy to transport and has a battery life that lasts up to 10 hours. It has apps for all kinds of social media and streaming apps, and it even comes with the Alexa feature so that you can make lists, set reminders, and more. Since it’s smaller in size, it’s also smaller in price, so this is also an economically great option. And one of the best parts is that it’s being sold at an amazing price for only $59.99.

Get the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

4. Microsoft Surface Go 3

The Microsoft Surface Go 3

The Microsoft Surface Go 3
(Microsoft)

The Microsoft Surface Go 3 is our standard-sized tablet option and is super versatile. It can be used as both a laptop and a tablet and has all-day battery life. Perfect for everyday tasks, assignments and leisure time, it’s also optimized for digital pen and touchscreen, and it even comes with a kickstand so you can view your screen in a comfortable position.

Get the Microsoft Surface Go 3

5. Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5
(Lenovo)

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 is our final tablet pick, and it’s perfect for anyone who lives by Google services and products. It has a detachable keyboard, so you can choose to use it as a touchscreen or in a laptop style. You can access all Chrome apps and even download Android apps directly from the Google Play Store. It also has excellent battery life, lasting up to 12 hours on one charge and is 13.3″ wide, giving you a crystal clear screen for easy viewing.

Get the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5

Which tablet is your favorite? We’d love to know the one you chose and why?

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