Is The Large-Screen Android Tablet Dead?
By Will765 On 21 Nov, 2011 At 12:37 PM | Categorized As News | With 28 Comments

For nearly one year, there have been a number of large screen android tablets to hit the market. Motorola, Samsung, ASUS, HP, Toshiba-you name the major company, they’ve put out out a tablet with bigger than seven-inch screen.  However, not a single one can be considered a real success.  All of these offerings were going up against the iPad2, and haven’t really made a serious dent into the market.  Now, in addition to competing with Apple’s offerings, along comes Amazon’s Kindle Fire and B & N’s Nook Tablet.  The two devices, which have mostly opposite characteristics to what had been pushed by the major android tablet makers, are now looking to outdo their larger cousins.  Previous android tablets have been advertised with specifications being emphasized.  Better processor, more memory, bigger storage, more ports, etc.  Problem is, all these  features cost money to add to the device, and has to be passed on to the consumer.  Unfortunately, buyers have proven that they don’t care much for the high-priced android tablet.

What the average person wants is a simple to use device, preferably cheaper than an iPad.  Both the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire look to fill that desire very nicely.  If the Fire sells 5 million tablets this year, as expected, that’s almost equal to all other android tablets sold this entire year, in just 2 months!  Obviously the demand is out there, it’s been a failure on tablet makers to come up with the right device.  Having flopped in the effort to come up with a large-screen tablet which could even pretend to be successful, things are only going to get worse for these manufacturers.  iPad3 will likely be released in 2012, which will certainly gather large sales numbers.  Also, Windows 8 tablets will begin showing up  next year, adding more pressure to an already crowded market.  With it’s already huge base, Windows on a tablet is going to be very tempting for many businesses and consumers alike.

Overall, the momentum seems to be swinging towards smaller, less expensive devices.  People do want to buy tablets, they just are hesitant to spend $500 on one, unless it has an apple on it.  While a ten inch screen is nice for viewing web pages and applications, the seven inch devices do nearly as good a job, for much less money, with greater portability.  Personally, my next tablet purchase will almost certainly be a seven-inch tablet, and I won’t be alone in that decision.

About - Bill Anderson posts under the clever alias will765. Gets to work from a home office for a piano moving company, in glorious Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Pretty new to android, but love technology and have been building my own(and friends)pc's for about 15 years


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  1. Vector66 says:

    Will, I totally agree with you here. I have my adam and the 10 inch is nice but at times just seems to big. I also have a home theater and the android OS now has nice items to incorporate with HTPC setups. Just a little awkward at times to pull out the 10 inch for simple things. The question is now, which 7 inch for the money proves to be a nice buy?

  2. Will765 says:

    Nook Tablet

  3. William says:

    I agree too. I have been in the tablet manufacturing market for a while now. I have been watching the the market/big boys milk the market. It doesn’t cost that much to manufacture a larger screen. In my opinion, they are milking the market until next year. My company is focused on providing the highest quality tablet at the best price. I would love to donate some of our tablets to tabletroms.com to see what can be developed. You guys have done great work. When you have time please check my products (DreamPAD) out at http://www.thedreamdevelopers.com we provide OEM/private labeling as well. We have 9.7″ to 10.2″ tablets starting at $270 online. Let me know what you are interested in and I will send it to you.

  4. I like big screen tablet.

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