Not all of us appreciate big tablets. In fact, we’re hearing that Apple’s iPad Mini is selling like hot cupcakes and Google sold more Nexus 7 than Nexus 10 units. And we’re seeing more and more companies releasing smaller tablets. However, what I’d like to see is a dockable tablet, something like the Asus Transformer Pad series, only smaller.
Few years ago HTC launched HTC Shift, which was a full-blown Windows PC with a 7-inch screen. Later on, we’ve seen Sony’s small Vaio P laptop. Isn’t now a perfect time to launch something similar?
Sure enough, we would like it to run Android, but some form of Linux would also work. The main idea here is to create an affordable device that would have a mass appeal — unlike the two mentioned products by HTC and Sony.
Sure enough, the keyboard would be smaller – but we would adopt for that extra portability we get in return. I’m not sure why we haven’t seen a single such device thus far. And don’t tell me I can use a keyboard case, cause I can’t / don’t want to. I want to hold such device in my lap, like a regular laptop so I can type while in the park.
Recently, Acer did something similar with its Windows 8-based W3 tablet but that big keyboard dock and the fact that it doesn’t have the great hardware under the hood to run Windows smoothly kill the deal for me.
Am I asking too much? A 7- or 8-inch tablet with a keyboard dock that transforms the tablet into a small laptop sounds like a great idea to me. What do you think?