I’ve been using the iPad Mini for the past few days, and boy was Steve Jobs wrong. The Apple co-founder, before his passing, derided the sort of smaller tablets being pumped out by competitors two years ago as inferior and undesirable. Here’s what he said:
One naturally thinks that a seven-inch screen would offer 70% of the benefits of a 10-inch screen. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The screen measurements are diagonal, so that a seven-inch screen is only 45% as large as iPad’s 10-inch screen. You heard me right; just 45% as large.
If you take an iPad and hold it upright in portrait view and draw an imaginary horizontal line halfway down the screen, the screens on the seven-inch tablets are a bit smaller than the bottom half of the iPad display. This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps in our opinion.
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