The world's most and least compact tablets relative to their screen size

The world's most and least compact tablets relative to their screen size
For the past two weeks now, we've working diligently in order to provide you with a more sublime aspect of your mobile device's relative compactness: screen to body size ratio. In an age of ever-growing smartphone displays, it makes perfect sense that consumers spend more and more attention to the level of efficiency of the design between devices with equal or very similar screen sizes. So, then, for example, we had Japanese Sharp's Aquos Xx 302Sh phone climb on top with the amazing 80.66% of its body consisting of nothing more than the display, while Apple's iPhone 5s last, with its display making up just 60.82% of its entire body. We then did the same for phablets.

Today, however, it's about time we took a look at tablets.

Now, despite using the same method of working out the screen to size ratio, we've gotta note that we genuinely feel that tablets, as a form factor all of its own, should be rightfully exempt from the same kind of scrutiny that flagship smartphones and phablets go through. That's because, at their core, tablets were never intended to be pocket-friendly devices, not to mention that you likely want at least some amount of bezel in order to ensure a secure grip, and without interacting with the touchscreen at the same time. However, even with that in mind, it's probably safe to say that a very big portion of tablets currently on the market still have a long way to go until they start flirting with the aforementioned line that separate practicality and good looks. Take a look.

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Note #1: Due to the large volume of available tablets, we've picked only Android/iOS/Windows RT-based models that were released after the second half of 2013 (with some notable exceptions).

Note #2: Results are approximations, given how an advertised 5-inch screen can sometimes actually measure in at 4.95 or 5.04 inches, for example.

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27 Comments

1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The bezel on the last 10 or so devices make my eyes burn

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yeah, that's what I think of the Nexus 7.

11. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Agree

12. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I mean, I have a moto g so i still have a good bit of bezel on the top and bottom, but on the sides its pretty clean.

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Huawei mediapad x1 and lg g pad has visibily smaller bezels than apple ipads, whereas ipads have visibly bigger bezels... there is something wrong with these results.. even mediapad x1 and lg g pad are more sleek n stylish

19. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

The aspect ratios of the 2 tablets you mentioned are different from the aspect ratio of an iPad. It's a comparison that's along the same vein of a taller person appearing skinnier due to their height. Also, the difference is within 1-2%, so it's not even too great of a difference.

22. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

oh my god.

24. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Hahaha... thats a very very small bezel

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I knew my LG 8.3 would be up at the top. 8.3" screen in a 7" tablet's body. Love this thing!

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

6 out of top 10 are Samsung's tablets. Great job, Sammy !

4. Scomii

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 22, 2013

When it comes to 10 inch tabs Ilike bezels.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I think i wont consider buying a tablet till a android tablet from a reputed brand with high end specs come with 4:3 screen. Yeah all i want is a 4:3 android tablet.

7. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Even though it makes watching video awkward, it makes for a way better device. I prefer portrait, and using a 16:9 tablet in portrait is awful.

17. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Using a 16:9 tablet in portrait is the same as using any phone with an HD ratio (as 90% of high-end phones) in portrait...

6. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

What about smartwatches and feature phones(with touchscreen, of course)?

8. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I still dont get why most of you hate bezels? Imagine a tablet with zero bezels, how can you handle it?

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

magic

10. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

From the pictures, it actually looks like the Huawei MediaPad X1 has smaller bezels that the iPads. More attractive...

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Number 7 looks just like a tablet version of the HTC One. Lol

16. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Verizon Wireless Ellipsis... Whatever the heck that is...

18. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

This is interesting but basically useless information. May I suggest a much more useful comparison: screen to weight ratio (grams per square inch) to measure portability.

23. Tamer81

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Agree

21. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

So Apple dominates the small bezel game in Tablets and it sucks in Phones :-S talking about reverse priorities.... Bezels are useful tablets... they should have taking thinness into consideration

25. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Dislike mid/big bezels tablets. You can have your digital photo frame back.

26. RyanAutry

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Huawei says they have an 80% screen to body ratio with their MediaPad X1. "By reducing the width of its bezel to an incredibly narrow 2.99 mm, the MediaPad X1 achieves an incredible 80% screen to body ratio. The ultra-compact borderless design makes everything you do on your MediaPad X1 more spectacular. Every hour spent surfing the web, connecting with your friends or watching movies is easier and more fun. And its convenient size means it fits comfortably in your pocket when you want to take it out on the road."

27. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

yeah, Apple has the best design ever. they keep the bezel for 7 years without changing it !! amazing !! haha

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