As organizations start to take the first steps in providing their employees with tablets for commercial applications and use, a key decision point becomes “what is the optimal screen size?” With three categories of screen size (7”, 10-11”, and 13”) now common in the market, there are options. And the choices all have different benefits and tend to lend themselves to certain usage patterns or types of applications. Combining the user type, the applications, usage patterns, and technical features is essential to making good decisions.
Before we get too far into this discussion, it’s important to understand that in nearly every case, standardizing on a single form factor will probably not be the right way to go. It may be possible to standardize on one size during the first roll-outs, but once tablet use is wide-spread, it’s very important that size options are presented to the end user community. Trying to shoehorn all users into a single form factor will provide short-term savings in support and acquisition, but it will breed long-term discontent.
For commercial use, there are some key aspects of the size decision that need to be considered that are different from the consumer approach. This is primarily due to the applications that are going to be used. Read more