The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.I own one of the original Apple iPad handheld computers. While I like the device, I realize that newer handheld computers have more features, high-resolution cameras, more memory for data storage, and numerous other advantages that my aging device does not possess. In addition, I have realized the iPad's almost 10-inch screen makes it too bulky to carry with me all the time. As a result, the iPad often sits on the desk at home when I really would like to be using it when I am out and about. After all, what good is battery-powered portability when the thing is not convenient to carry?
I also use an iPhone, but its screen is a bit too small for some applications, and “typing” on its glass keyboard is quite difficult for anything longer than a few words. I feel like I am reciting a fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. However, I can identify with her “problem.” One device is too large to carry, another has a screen too small to be useful all the time. Like Goldilocks, I was looking for the one that is “just right.”
I started looking at the various 7-inch tablet computers that have become available in the past two years or so.