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Hell Freezes over – Is Steve Jobs right?

October 25th, 2010

It’s been widely reported that Steve Jobs thinks that 7″ tablets from RIM and Samsung are “dead on arrival”. The 7″ screen isn’t big enough for a pleasant touch screen experience and in any case they’re too expensive.

I seldom find myself agreeing with Steve Jobs, but I think he might just have a point here.

Today by “IT Buyers Guide” from BT Business Direct dropped in to my pigeon hole and their quoting £509.79 plus VAT for the Samsung Galaxy Tab – that’s a penny short of £600 for a tablet PC. I don’t see how that is a sensible price for a tablet in anyone’s book.

I’m toying with getting a couple of tablets for my staff to use when they’re out and about in classrooms to cut the amount of walking back to the office needed to pick up new jobs – but at £510 each there’s no way I’ll be buying Galaxy Tabs.

Equally I won’t be buying iPads, lovely as the hardware is, because of Apple’s attitude towards app developers and the devices’ junkie-like iTunes habit.

Is 7 inches enough?

Quite frankly I don’t think so – especially if the screen in question is a 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio. Tablets look like they should be used in the portrait orientation, as you would a clipboard, yet with a 7″ screen that forces web content to be relatively small. Those extra 3″ coupled with a 4:3 aspect ratio makes a huge difference.

I guess time will tell if Samsung has found a form factor that people like using. Having used a Dell Streak briefly it felt like a large phone (which it essentially is) and I see the Galaxy Tab as a slightly enlarged version of that – although at 7″ you’re going to look alot like Dom Joly using it!

Personally I want a 10″ device, powered by Android or maybe even ChromeOS and I’m hoping that the muted Google Tablet will be very much along those lines.

Belgian Grand Prix

September 1st, 2009

This weekend I’ve been over to Belgium to Spa Francorchamps to see the Formula One.

It’s my second trip to Spa – the last time was in 2004.

Here’s a couple of my best photos from the weekend: