mannerisms

Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

The iTab

I have to say, when it comes to portables, the opinion of Sanjay Jha, ex-COO of Qualcomm and current CEO of Motorola, is good enough for me.

“If it doesn’t fit in your pocket, you don’t take it to dinner with you,” says Jha.

 

And if you don’t take it to dinner, a portable’s usefulness and potential for volume production are diminished.

 

That suggests to me the Apple tablet being announced next Wednesday, won’t be much more than 7″ x  5″.

 

Because that’s what fits in my pocket.

 

 

Moreover the glass in a portable’s display can’t be much bigger than 6″ to be strong enough.

 

Furthermore the Kindle, Amazon’s book reader, only has a 6″ display and many people read books on it.

 

So next week’s Apple Tablet should be around 7″ x 5″ and do everything an iPhone can do as well as display books, newspapers and magazine articles effectively.

 

Well that’s what I think.

 

By this time next week plus about four hours (10am Pacific Time/7pm GMT) you’ll know how wrong I am.

Tags: apple tablet, itab, magazine articles, newspapers, pacific time

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7 Comments

  1. David Manners
    January 28, 2010 14:12

    Yes, chrisg, I was waiting for someone to tell me how wrong I was. The question now is: By ignoring pocketability is Apple wrong? Time will tell.

  2. January 28, 2010 14:07

    The real iPad is 9.6″ x 7.5″ and weighs 1.5lbs. You are going to need big pockets for this one.

  3. Peter Claydon
    January 26, 2010 12:06

    You’ve got big pockets! I used to fit a Psion 5 into my jacket pocket, but that’s the limit for me.

  4. David Manners
    January 21, 2010 15:57

    Not on your Nelly, JP, though curiously enough, it would be acceptable to answer a call on the landline. But on a mobile device – absolutely no.

  5. JP
    January 21, 2010 15:48

    Are you allowed use communication devices at the dinner table at home?

  6. David Manners
    January 21, 2010 00:36

    Eat at home, Anonymous, the food’s better, the wine’s much better, the cost is hugely better and it’s only a few steps to your bed.

  7. Anonymous
    January 20, 2010 20:38

    Even more reason to ban the use of all communication devices in restaurants !!