Whoever coined the term “on-size-fits-all” got a lot of mileage out of that phrase. Must have been an ad guy. In this age of specialization, one size does not fit all, has actually gotten a lot more traction. And as I read about Apple’s decision to come out with a smaller version of the iPad – a 7 inch version – it makes me wonder when the form factor of the tablet is going to settle down. What will be the most useful and used size? The Samsung Galaxy family is certainly larger than most mobile phones, but not a business-ready typing device. Even the iPad, who just about every tech-forward person owns, is not the right size for vigorous typing. Many iPad users tote along spiral notebooks to meetings.
The Microsoft Surface when released will goes bigger (but not too big), yet its felt-like typing surface seems to be an interesting breakthrough and may be a market changer. Especially for those who want to retire the pen and pencil.
The ergonomics of the tablets, pads and large format phones have not yet found their level. Must they fit in a woman’s bag? A man’s back or front product? It’s not the wild west, it’s just the wide open west. And most companies in the space are trying to find the right place to settle. Apple, it seems, is continuing to experiment. Should be interesting to watch. Peace.