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  1. Joined : Oct 2014
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    Windows 10
       31 Dec 2014 #11

    We replaced our Kindle Fires with the 10-inch Winbook. Now doing a Google search or checking/responding to email is a pleasant task as opposed to the apps available for the Kindle Fire. And the larger screen is nicer too. We did get an inexpensive wireless keyboard to take on trips for convenience when responding with longer emails.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 1,962
    Windows 7
       31 Dec 2014 #12

    Lee said: View Post
    I have a Kindle Reader (old style), and at the moment that seems to work for me. Would like a Surface 3 Pro, albeit just can't figure out what to do with it. Heck I haven't even used My Laptop in over a year.
    I use my Nexus 7 for navigation, free phone call from Europe to the US and within the US, checking mail on the road and entertainment on the road. The 7" form factor is a nice size - large enough so that you can see things and small enough to fit into my bag.

    The Nexus 7 is excellent quality, not too expensive and there are a LOT of free programs on the Google Playstore. Plus I wanted to familiarize myself with Android.

    The 2014 model costs a bit more but is essentially the same.

    Google Nexus 7 review | The Verge
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  3. Joined : Nov 2013
    Chicagoland
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    Tower: W8.1; Laptop: W10 Pro build 10586; Windows Phone 8
       01 Jan 2015 #13

    I feel there will always be different form factors to satisfy everyone’s needs. Companies look at market trends so they’re not caught with manufactured and over-stocked items sitting collecting dust for a loss.

    So far as phones and tablets go, phablets just may be the next trend. Sales of them are rising, especially now that Apple released iPhone 6 Plus. Some are saying that Apple shot themselves in the foot by doing so, for their sales on smaller tabs are less. Here’s an article with some interesting stats. I've read elsewhere that 1 out of 4 phones sold are phablet size.

    “For every Samsung devices [sic] that was activated, Apple activated 2.9 devices,” Flurry wrote. "For every Microsoft Lumia device activated, Apple activated 8.8 devices.” The firm also states that Christmas 2014 "saw a big jump in the number of phablets activated.”

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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
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    Windows 7
       01 Jan 2015 #14

    From that chart it is obvious that the smaller form factors (I guess up to 7") are preferred. But what is the difference between medium phones and small phones. Is a 4" screen medium or small ?
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  5. Joined : Nov 2013
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       01 Jan 2015 #15

    whs said: View Post
    From that chart it is obvious that the smaller form factors (I guess up to 7") are preferred. But what is the difference between medium phones and small phones. Is a 4" screen medium or small ?
    I think 4-1/2" is the dividing line.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
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    Windows 7
       01 Jan 2015 #16

    Then my Lumia 521 is small. Well, that suits me fine.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Penns Forrest
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       01 Jan 2015 #17

    Rickkins said: View Post
    Yea, I think the whole "tablet thang" has pretty much run its course. Not saying tabs will disappear, don't freak out. But, IMHO their use has peaked and is in decline. 2in1 things, with the twistable screen but attached keyboards may well rise in their place. Hell even I would consider getting one of those...

    Fire at will...
    I agree, the trend is wearable devices or computers on a stick (yummy!) ... if they ever get a virtual keyboard and heads up screen to work well enough, the big and small boxes are his story.

    BTW, I ducked, so you miseed me

    Bill
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  8. Joined : Sep 2014
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    Windows 10 Pro
       01 Jan 2015 #18

    I think this chart clearly reflects the iPhone 6, where they *finally* released a "phablet" and the primary device was a medium sized device. While iPhones don't make up a huge percentage of the market, when a new model is released like this it does account for a huge amount of the sales at that time period. Eventually sales even out.
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  9. Joined : Nov 2013
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       01 Jan 2015 #19

    Mystere said: View Post
    I think this chart clearly reflects the iPhone 6, where they *finally* released a "phablet" and the primary device was a medium sized device. While iPhones don't make up a huge percentage of the market, when a new model is released like this it does account for a huge amount of the sales at that time period. Eventually sales even out.
    Yes, we must remember that this is only one week leading to Christmas and graphs can be deceiving. However, it seems to me that Apple is the trend setter on devices, although not everyone can afford to buy iStuff. The iPhone 6 Plus is going for around $750 buying outright. My Lumia 1520 was $550 a year ago. They’re going for around $585 now, which may point to a demand for them and other phablets.

    My point was is that phablets rose while smaller tablets declined. Phablets may be the future trend instead of smaller tablets. It’ll be interesting to see how the market unfolds.
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  10. Joined : Oct 2013
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    Windows 7
       01 Jan 2015 #20

    However, it seems to me that Apple is the trend setter on devices
    And this is something that always amazes me. Here they are talking about a poor economy and people have no money. On the other hand there is a rush on those overpriced Apple devices - go figure. I know they will not get my money.
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