How To Windows Guide to Choosing a Tablet Based on Size and Weight Smart tablets come in many shapes and sizes Share Pin Email Print Peter Cade / Getty Images Windows Installing & Upgrading Basics Guides & Tutorials Tips & Tricks Key Concepts By Mark Kyrnin Writer Mark Kyrnin is a former Lifewire writer and computer networking and internet expert who also specializes in computer hardware. our editorial process LinkedIn Mark Kyrnin Updated October 29, 2019 37 37 people found this article helpful Tablets are typically thinner and lighter than traditional laptops and ultrabooks, yet they are large enough to comfortably perform tasks that are more difficult on a smartphone screen. In addition to screen quality and operating system, size and weight are key factors to consider when purchasing a tablet. Information in this article applies broadly to a wide range of devices. Check the specifications of individual products before making a purchase. Common Tablet Sizes There are five general display sizes available for tablets, though specific models vary in their exact dimensions. The advertised size of a tablet reflects a diagonal measurement of the screen, so two 10-inch tablets might have slightly different proportions. Display Size Dimensions (Height, Width, Thickness) Weight 5-inch Tablets 6" x 3.2" x .4" .5 lbs 7-inch Tablets 7.5" x 4.75" x .35" .7 lbs 9-inch Tablets 9.3" x 6" x .35" .85 lbs 10-inch Tablets 9.8" x 7" x .4" 1.0 lbs 13-inch Tablets 12" x 8" x .4" 1.5 lbs Accessories like chargers are not included in the size and weight of a tablet. These are just general specifications for tablets. As technology improves, you can expect tablets to become thinner and lighter. Tablet Height and Width The height and width of a tablet are determined by the size of the display. A tablet's size and shape affects its portability and how easy it is to hold in various orientations. Most tablets are too large to carry around in your pocket, but most fit comfortably in any handbag or backpack. Manufacturers will list the dimensions of their tablets, and likely will include sketches or images to show how height and width relate to physical features on the device, such as cameras or home buttons. Tablet Thickness and Durability Generally, the thinner the tablet, the lighter it will be. Thickness also plays a role in the tablet's durability. A thin tablet made from cheap materials is easier to break and more prone to damage over time, especially if you carry it around in a bag where other objects could press against it. It's a good idea to buy a protective case for your tablet regardless of its size. Tablet Weight Most tablets are much lighter than laptops. However, a laptop is designed to sit on a surface, while a tablet is usually held by the user. The heavier the tablet, the more difficult it is to hold in your hand for extended periods. The distribution of the weight within a tablet can also matter. The best designs will evenly distribute the weight across the whole tablet, allowing it to be held comfortably in portrait or landscape mode. Some designs may shift weight to one side, which is the manufacturer's preferred orientation for holding it. This is not something usually described in documentation by manufacturers, so it's best to physically handle the tablet before you buy to get an idea of how it feels when you're using it. Continue Reading Make Sure Your Next Laptop Is the Perfect Size What Are the Dimensions of the iPad? Is a Tablet or a Chromebook Better for Those on a Budget? How Big Is the iPad Mini? Which Is Better for You: A Laptop or a Tablet? Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs. Nexus 7 How the Tablet Screen Is Its Most Important Feature How Many Pixels in an Inch (PPI)? How Does Screen Size and Resolution Factor in to Web Design? LED vs. LCD TVs: Which Should You Buy? Learn Everything You Need to Know About Responsive Web Design Things to Consider Before Buying a Tablet How to Buy the Right Size TV How to Resize an Image Before Sharing So It's Just the Right Size What to Consider Before Buying a New Tablet Are There Any Benefits to a Bezel-less Display? And What Is a Bezel?