Andy Ihnatko on a 7-inch Tablet

Andy Ihnatko via John Gruber:

If you try to build something the size of an iPad that tries to work kind of like an iPad, you’re pretty much admitting to your potential customers that Apple has The Real Thing and you’re selling a knockoff. One that costs $100 to $300 more, for some reason.

This is why I’m more optimistic about RIM’s PlayBook than any other non-iPad tablet on the immediate horizon. Steve Jobs railed against the futility of 7-inch tablets last year. RIM shrewdly took this as a sign that Apple isn’t going to make something like that. As a result, the 7-inch PlayBook starts off with an immediate and clear answer to the question “What makes this tablet different?”

I guess Any Ihnatko completely forgot about the much ballyhoo’ed 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab that did little to dent the momentum of a larger less-portable 9.7-inch iPad. Given that, I don’t think the 7-inch PlayBook has much of a chance, less even since the Galaxy Tab has thousands of Android apps.