Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Panasonic 20-incher

A probably upcoming Panasonic 20-inch tablet, Win8.

While the specs are very impressive (230 PPI, almost 4,000 pixels on one side, that is Retina-display resolution on a display much bigger than any Apple has presented so far.), it is barely on-topic for this site, I think these things are for production. I feel that for reading, a tablet should be small and light enough to be comfortably held at least in the lap. I'd say... 13 inches, and less than two pounds or even lighter (in the future). That would be nice for graphics-rich reading, textbooks, comics, etc.

Heck, if they can just make it light enough, 15 inches might be even better. But bigger than that, I think it begins to get redundant for reading. Newspapers are bigger, sure, but that's only useful because you tend to skim them, and only really usable because you can fold them when you hold them and because they are light.

Also, we can only really read rather short lines comfortably (a rule of thumb is about 65 characters or less), so bigger than ten inches is only really an advantage with complex-layout reading material, not pure text. In other words, a bigger tablet will only gain wide use once they can make it so light that the bigger size is not a downside.


Bruce said...

"13 inches, and less than two pounds or even lighter (in the future)"

The Arnova FamilyPad comes close, at 13.3" and nearly three pounds.


Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks, I'll have a look.
... I see it on Amazon UK, but not on US. On Amazon UK, there is one review, very negative.

... Maybe READING is too small a market, particularly graphics rich books for adults. Tiny market.
I guess they'll have to be sold on gaming. But probably ten inches is enough for hand-held gaming.