Report: 7 inch tablets are the most popular size for Android users

Report: 7 inch tablets are the most popular size for Android users
Animoca is a cross-platform app developer of entertainment products for Android smartphones and tablets. Taking data from 978,000 monthly users, the sample data was used to compute market share based on the idea that 75 million Android tablets are in use world-wide. Of the top 12 Android tablets as determined by Animoca, 5 of the top 7 are 7 inch models led by the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Based on Animoca's data, this tablet is on top with an 11.8% share of the market. Behind it, with 8.3% of the Android tablet market is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.

After that, the next four slates are all 7 inch models beginning with the the Amazon Kindle Fire and its 7.5% share, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is next with a 4.9% slice of the pie just beating out the Samsung Galaxy Tab and its 4.8% share. All of the top listed 7 inch tablets on the list sell for less than $200, perhaps explaining why the 7 inch Android niche has been such a popular one. HP is getting into the game with the HP Slate 7 which will be priced at $169.99.

Even non Android manufacturers are turning to the 7 inch screen size for lower priced models. There is the 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini, and there recently has been talk that Microsoft is looking to produce versions of its Microsoft Surface tablet with a 7 inch screen.

source: Animoca via GIGaom



1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Samsung will always be the #1 Android manufacture still kinda sadden that sony isn't even on the top 3.

5. Igneel unregistered

I'd love to see a 7" tablet from Sony :/ I don't really think that Sony's taking tablet business seriously..

11. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Sony is always late... When they realize that users prefer 7" tablets who knows what kind of devices we'll be using... :-)

12. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Indeed, Sony these days have a tendency to always be one or two steps behind in some or other way, strange when you consider how powerful and influential they used to be.

16. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I love my nexus 7. Best $200 device out there.

2. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

not true everyone likes bigger tabels just like bigger phones 10 - 10.1 is the most popular size for tabels

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think 7-8" tablets are the more popular because they are cheaper

3. PAUser

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

Yawn€¥¥© 7 inch table very dead{} } © brightness contrast very very dead©£¢© nothing seen in sunlight£€¥¥€€©

4. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

I still use my nexus 7 from time to time, but in all honesty, I prefer the nexus 10 display... So it get's WAY more use these days.

6. Tux_Alan

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Cannot wait till google realeases the next nexus 7, a quad s4 will be decent enough.. still we have yet to see a tablet with true processing power (arm ones)

7. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

I would rather get a really high end 7in then a 10in

9. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Ask any person who has a 7 and 10 inch tablet whic one they use more. I know people that have iPads gathering dust while they carry their Nexus 7 here and there. Portability and ease of use are king for tablets.

10. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

BREAKING NEWS! More affortable tablets are more popular then expensive ones. *rolls eyes*

17. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yuppp, price should have been an additional column next to screen size.

13. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Not a fan of small tablets, but I can see why 7inch tablets are preferred, not everyone wants to be carrying around a large 10inch tablet as most of them are quite heavy, personally I don't mind them.

14. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I had a Nex7 but gave it to my son when I got the Nex10. The 7 was a nice size and all but not that much bigger than my Note2 so I found myself not using it at all. Not to mention, I really loved the job Sammy did on the 10. It's the nicest tablet I've ever used and was immediately sold haha. Nex10 is the best tablet for the money and the one I use daily.

15. bangkokbobby

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

Interesting, I had the exact opposite experience. I also own a Galaxy Note 2 and Nexus 7 and find myself not using the Note 2 much anymore except as a mobile hotspot for my N7. I am on the go a lot and find the N7 easy to carry. I also consume a lot of media and have several eMagazine subscriptions. Both magazines and movies look better on my N7. Part of my problem making the switch to a 10 inch is partially portability but also resolution. 1280x800 for a 10 incher to me is a fail at this point. The only 10 incher I would consider is the Nexus 10. There are other high-res 10 inchers out there, but one other issue I have is I want at least one mobile device I own to be stock android (without modding). I like all the super cool features Samsung packs into TouchWiz, so I'll keep that for my phone...but I also like having a tablet with the latest version of Android. Of course, the 7 inch over 10 inch consumer preference might not be all that complicated to figure out simply considering price. The other factor is that Samsung and Amazon rule the Android Tablet market. Actually, Samsung rules both the phone and tablet market. So just taking the top 12 from that list, we have around 40% of the market share between Samsung and Amazon. Amazon is pretty much going straight for the 7 to 8.9 inch crowd, while Samsung has a plethora of choices (just like what they do with phones). But both have strong consumer brand recognition. ASUS makes great products, but some of my non-techie friends get a quizzical look on their face when I tell them my N7 was made by ASUS and that they have some nice higher end products like the Tranformer Pad Infinity. They seem more comfortable considering a tablet when I put the word "Samsung" in front of the product (Note 10.1, Tab 2 or even the Google Nexus 10 manufactured by Samsung).

18. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Its weird how people want smartphones with big screens and tablets with small screens .

19. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Would you guys get a 7 inch tablet or a 7.7 inch?

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