Ben Brooks, on seven inch tablets:
This small size sounds great if you think about it, surely it will be lighter and more portable. Seven inches is a huge difference though, you lose almost 3 inches off the iPad size and for what? Well you get a smaller device that still doesn’t fit in your pocket and doesn’t have the screen real estate to be really great.
The problem isn’t that tap zones become much smaller, the problem is the onscreen keyboards get much smaller.
Why don’t other companies think about this stuff? The iPad is what it is because Apple poured years into it. (Remember when people were complaining about the bezel on the iPad? Turns out, you need a place to put your thumbs.) So often, other devices just feel illogical and rushed. Sad.