Samsung Galaxy S 5″ Wifi & why I like smaller screens

Yesterday I posted that when it comes to tablets I liked 5" and 9" screens more than I liked 7" screens. This Galaxy S is an example of why. Samsung showed off this 5" tablet at MWC this week. It has a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 800 x 480-resolution display, a 5MP camera (with a flash), and it runs Android 2.2. It also has full market access and the usual Google apps. Charbax shot a hands-on video and it's at the end of the post.

The main difference, as I see it, between 5" and 7" tablets is that I can usually hold a 5" tablet in one hand. I've found that I need to prop a 7" tablet on something; they've always felt too unstable. I also like to put down a 7" tablet so I can use both hands (or at least use more fingers). A 7" screen is big enough that using both hands is more comfortable than suing a single hand.

If I have to stop and put down a tablet then it's not very mobile anymore. I'd rather go with something larger, which would give me more screen real estate.

Now, the one downside of a 9" or larger screen is weight. It doesn't bother me. I carried a 9" Novel with me at CES, and the weight wasn't a concern.

As I see it, a 5" tablet is closer to being a PDA or smartphone than it is a tablet. Yes, I know what everyone calls them, but I'm looking at how I've used them. The Galaxy S Wifi is the next evolutionary step of a PDA, I think.

What's your opinion?

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2 Comments on Samsung Galaxy S 5″ Wifi & why I like smaller screens

  1. I’ve been drooling over that at my blog ever since it surfaced at MWC. It’s what I’ve been waiting for and what Apple never delivered.

  2. You can’t hold a 7″ tablet in one hand? Seriously? A Samsung Galaxy Tab? Wow! I don’t know what to say…


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