Tablet Screen Size Comparisons

Screen Size Comparison Illustration

When I look at the variety of tablets on the market today, it is hard to believe that the tablet category did not even exist before the first iPad was released by Apple in April 2010.  I created the Tablet Screen Resolution chart to help me keep track of the tablets and show the relationship between PPI, screen size and display area.  The Tablet Screen Size Comparison shows the relative sizes of the 8 most common tablet displays on the market today.  Follow this link to see the current version of the illustration.  Using this chart along with the Tablet Screen Resolution chart will help you compare tablet displays to find the size and resolution that is best for you.

If you have found the screen resolution chart, you know that the 7 and 10 inch Android tablets all share nearly the same screen dimensions.  The 8 inch Android tablet category is hard because manufacturers create an 8 inch Android tablet by reducing the PPI of a standard Android tablet.  As a result, the dimensions of the 8 inch Android tablet have more variety.  I chose the LG G Pad 8.3 because it seemed to fall in the middle of the various 8 inch dimensions.  The screen size of the Apple tablets does not vary much even when you go from the original models to the high resolution, “retina,” models.

If you leave a comment or send me an e-mail: david@thedigitaldisciple.net, I will send you this comparison in PDF format.  It is set up so that the screen sizes will be reproduced at nearly 100% when you print it.

Are you here doing research on a specific tablet?  Leave a comment and let me know what tablets you are considering.

  • John Lippert III

    Nice chart thanks for the info.

  • TheDigitalDisciple

    You’re welcome and thanks for dropping by.

  • Lindie Kolver

    I have just purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (4G)..compare that for me -if possible to the iPad Mini in as far as screen resolution and PPI and fast connection and Battery Life go please

  • TheDigitalDisciple

    The Galaxy Note 8.0 has a screen resolution of 189 PPI and the iPad Mini Retina has a screen resolution of 323 PPI. I have not seen the two tablets side by side, but I think you would see the difference between the two displays. The issue with the Galaxy Note tablet is that the digitizer used for the pen input has a limited resolution.

    I have not tested either tablet, so I can’t answer your other questions. Here is an article that compares the two tablets: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/517819/20131029/ipad-mini-retina-vs-samsung-galaxy-note.htm#.Uq5d_vRDuSo and there are more articles if you run a

    Google search. The Note 8 looks like a nice tablet. What do you think of it? If any other readers have experience with these two tablets and can compare them, please leave a comments.

  • cma6

    Super useful site, David!
    I am planning to adapt my site for both tablets and mobile devices. If you had to pick one tablet size and one iPhone size, what would you recommend for me to target.
    Thanks, CMA

    • TheDigitalDisciple

      I don’t spend much time on Apple products on the blog, but the iPad is still the dominant tablet and the iPhone 5 will soon overtake the older iPhone 4 and 4s. If you design with those two in mind, you should be compatible with the resolutions of the Android tablets and phones on the market. The iPad’s Retina display is 1,536 pixels wide. If you design to that width, people can see the full site without scrolling side to side. The new high res Android tablets are 1,600 pixels wide, so a site designed for the iPad will work well on the Android display too. I think it is hard to make a full size site look good on a phone. Even if you could get the full width of the site on a phone held in landscape orientation, it is difficult to see any details on the page and the buttons, etc. are too small to use. That is why many sites go with a mobile version that is slimmed down for viewing on a phone,

      If you give me a little more information about your site, I might be more helpful.

      Thanks,
      David