Owning Both iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Is About Size

By Daniel Chubb - Feb 11, 2011

Just a quick visit to your local computer or electronics store will overwhelm the average buyer, the choice of tablet PCs, phones, and other devices is mind-blowing. Having more choice can help drive down the price of products and help you find the perfect device for you, but this is not always the case.

Apple seem to set their own rules when it comes to price and choice of gadgets, as an owner of the iPhone 4, Macbook Air and iPad, you could say I have an understanding of the pros and cons that Apple products bring. If a buyer decides its an Apple product they want, the problem comes when you try and decide the device you need, and the ones you will not need.

We have posted information about the different jobs Apple products have before, and while the Macbook Air, iPhone and iPad can do many of the same tasks, you might want to still buy more than one, or even all of them. There are some applications/software that will not work well on the Apple iPad, web design software like Dreamweaver is best suited to Mac OS X, and we’re sure you can think of other products.

The Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 2 will both release in the first half of 2011, and you might want to buy both of these devices, but how Apple design them could change that. Apps for the iPad are doing some amazing things, they’re replacing many desktop tasks but are nowhere close to replacing Macbooks or iMac’s for many users. This may change in the future.

Owning both the iPhone 5 and iPad 2 will be about size, if Apple do bring out a mini iPhone – this rumor has been appearing again and again – then that makes the iPad’s bigger display more appealing as a second device, but if they reduce the iPad to 7-inches and keep/increase the screen size for iPhone 5, this changes everything.

While we’re confident Apple know what they are doing, and will create a market for each device, they have made mistakes before. What do you want to see in the iPhone 5 and iPad 2, when it comes to size?

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  • JDL

    You mention that Apple has made mistakes before in regards to not adequately defining a market for their product, do you have an example because nothing comes to mind. The only product that may struggle for it's place is the MacBook Air – but even then, consumers know whether they want the computing power or a MacBook or iMac or if they want the portability of the Air.

    You make a good point though, one reason Apple will not release a 7" tablet is because consumers will ultimately choose between that or an iPod touch or iPhone and Apple knows in distinct categories people will buy each one.