Women Love 8″: Why Size Matters (for Tablets)



I Love My Nexus 10

I love my Nexus 10 Android tablet.  It wasn’t my first tablet – nor will it be my last.  I love everything about it – I love the size, the weight, the battery life.  I use it for almost everything.  I watch media on it.  I game on it.  I read on it.  Heck, I’ll even remote the PC across the room with it if I suddenly feel the urge to be productive.

The Impulse BT Controller

The Impulse BT Controller

The Nexus 10 comes with me everywhere (I even bought a man purse to assist me in carrying it and the various little accessories around with me; I have a tiny OTG drive, an OTG cable, a stylus, a backup battery (with power to spare) – heck, I even have a tiny little wireless Bluetooth game pad (the fun little Impulse controller) in case I need some Mr. Do on the go.

I’ve worked my way through the tablet world to get to this point.  I started with a hacked 7″ B&N Nook Color running a full AOSP-type Android rom.  I moved to a 10″ Asus Transformer 101 complete with docking keyboard, gave the TF301 a go, invested in a Nexus 7 and finally ended up finding what I wanted in the Nexus 10.

What I could NOT work through was why I couldn’t get my wife to buy into the tablet lifestyle.

The Kindle DX eReader

The Kindle DX eReader

My wife is an avid reader.  Her original tool of choice?  The (recently re-released) 9″ Kindle DX with e-Ink display.  I finally managed to break her off of the Amazon teat and got her an amazing large screen e-Ink reader (Onyx M92 9″ device)  that is a bit more friendly to non-Amazon purchases – which allows her to read any type of book format (PDF done right, BTW) and has a nice fat microSD card installed.

Every time I’d get a new tablet, I would shoot her my old one – trying so hard to get her to love a tablet as much as I do.  She took a shine to the Nook Color initially, but refused to read on it.  Completely underpowered for a real Android experience, I moved forward – she side stepped back to her e-Ink reader; happy as a clam.

The Nexus 7 Tablet

The Nexus 7

I wasn’t ready to give up.  Once I grew out of the TF101 – I loaded it up with her favorite genre of games; hidden object puzzlers.  Once again, she tried it a couple days – shrugged it off – and into the closet it went (still have it sitting around too).

I thought I could live with a 7″ tablet when the gorgeous Nexus 7 came out – but it only lasted about a week before I realized 7″ just isn’t big enough for me.  So the Nexus 10 came home – and the Nexus 7 went to my wife.

Surely the insane screen, smaller size and extra power would woo her into my way of thinking; tablets rock.

The Onyx M92 eReader

The Onyx M92 eReader

Nope.  The Nexus 7 got a giant Bobj bumper case put on it and it became my 6 year old’s tablet – which he still plays to this day.  He is on board.  He watches TV on it, plays games on it – he’s part of Team Tablet.

The wife refused to budge.  Her Onyx M92 9″ e-Reader was all she needed.

I gave up.  Until a few months ago when a friend asked me what tablet to get his wife.  Of course I recommended the Nexus line and he said he had been considering the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.  I told him I wasn’t ultimately familiar with the Note line, but I’m sure she would be happy with it.

I followed his experiences closely.  After all, I had a wife resistant to tablets – perhaps THIS tablet held some sort of magic?

After a couple of weeks, I asked after his wife’s tablet behavior.  He told me that she LOVED it.  He said the stylus tech was fantastic and that the size and operation suited his wife perfectly.

Now I was definitely interested.  I checked into Best Buy’s return policy; 15 days, no restocking fee.  No real risk.  I pulled the trigger and brought this slate home to her for her birthday.

I don't understand the draw ...

I don’t understand the draw …

A few months prior, my wife found Pintrest.  I don’t get the draw, personally – maybe it is “RSS for chicks”.  Who knows?  But she found herself totally addicted.  She used a laptop for her “Pintresting” and sometimes her Galaxy S3 – but she preferred the bigger PC screen and layout to the “phone app” edition of Pintrest.

My wife’s needs for a tablet are pretty light – Pintrest is huge, match 3 games, hidden object games, Facebook nonsense … little email, Google Hangouts.  She adopted the Note 8 with these needs in mind and the size appeared to be a key element in her adoption.  10″ is too big, 7″ is too small (and yes, I went there).  The Note 8 fit her like a glove.

I use the term “adopted” because while she was actively using the tablet every other day or even daily – what really sold her was the stylus and the S Note application on the tablet.  As a math teacher, the ability to “take notes” using her own hand writing – complete with math symbols, etc. was a huge thing for her.

The Winner: Galaxy Note 8

The Winner: Galaxy Note 8

Suddenly – the moon, the sun, Mars and Earth aligned and out of nowhere, she became a tablet freak too.  If all of this wasn’t enough, I caught her READING A BOOK on it.  I think once she realized that the dot pitch and resolution was so much better than the old Nook Color (and she could read in bed with the lights off) – that drove the final nail in the anti-tablet coffin.

A couple of days ago, I found the receipt for the Note 8.  I had kept it on ready-hot-standby – figuring the tablet would be returned within a week.

Today, some four months later – the tablet is still a natural appendage for my wife.  She takes it with her to school.  It travels with her; and while the size and lightweight probably make this possible – it was everything combined that really sold her which makes the Note 8 (in my book) the new “chick tablet”.

When my friends ask me about tablets (for their wives or even themselves) I tell them how much I love my Nexus 10 … but I also have a story about how I converted my hold-out wife to the wonders of tablet ownership.

What’s more?  I’m considering a Note 10 as my next purchase over the Nexus 10 thanks to Samsung’s killer implementation of the stylus.  Watching my wife work, I realize that I, too could use a “handwritten scratch pad” with me (and standard tablet stylus just isn’t good enough).

So if your special lady is looking for a tablet to call her own, remember; size matters.

About Shane Monroe

Shane R. Monroe has been doing technical and social commentary writing for over 20 years. Google+

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