Tablets: Tablet buyers' guide 7-inch tablets vs 10-inch tablets


Tablets come in a variety of sizes, and the most common are 7-inch and 10-inch. Both sizes have their own strengths and weaknesses. 

Think about how you are going to use your tablet before deciding which is best for you. 

Are you more likely to carry it around with you out and about? Would you prefer a large screen for typing and watching videos?

Below we run through the pros and cons of 7-inch versus 10-inch tablets, and suggest some models.

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Buy a 7-inch tablet if... 

  • You are on a budget. If you are looking for a cheap tablet that is good for web browsing and reading ebooks, a smaller tablet could be just the thing. 7-inch tablets tend to come with cheaper price tags.
  • You want a light, easy to hold device. 10-inch tablets tend to be heavier, which can make your wrists ache when holding them up to read for more than ten minutes.
  • You want a portable device. 10-inch tablets are very portable, but they can't fit into small bags or jacket pockets like their 7-inch equivalents can. 

Buy a 10-inch tablet if...

  • You like watching lots of movies Although 7-inch tablets can play films well, it's always a better movie experience to watch a film on a bigger screen.
  • You do a lot of typing If you regularly type documents and emails, a larger screen will make this easier thanks to the bigger keys on the onscreen keyboard. 
  • You need more built-in memory The larger tablets tend to offer more capacity, such as 32GB and 64GB of storage. This is useful if you want to store films, games and music on your tablet.
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Which 7-inch or 10-inch models should I choose?

There are some big names in the 7-inch tablet space, and Apple has joined the pack with its iPad Mini

Others worth considering include the Google Nexus 7, which has an impressive screen for a small tablet, the Tesco Hudl 2, and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD7

The most popular of the larger tablets is the Apple iPad, though it faces stiff competition from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Read our full reviews to see how they compare. 

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