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Retina display resolution
Anyone who has worked with a laptop with a true high-resolution display knows how much better they are than standard resolution models. Apple started the Retina display thing with its MacBook Pro laptops, and recently Google joined in the fun with the Chromebook Pixel.
Our dream tablet needs a screen with the same high-resolution technology used on the two laptops mentioned. These displays make text particularly crisp, and reading is a common usage for a tablet.
The higher-resolution display also makes eye strain a thing of the past for those who use their tablets for hours at a time.
Our perfect tablet needs lots of oomph to drive graphic-intensive apps, especially games. That means an 8-core processor like the newest Exynos from Samsung with good graphics-handling capability.
This processor and good graphics handling will make our tablet handle even the most demanding task with ease. Single tasking or multiple tasking will not matter; this tablet will be a screamer.
Thinner and lighter
As tablets have become thinner and lighter, they have become easier to carry and — more importantly — easier to use in the hand. The most current tablets are pretty thin and light, but there needs to be even less of our dream tablet to make it perfect.
Most 10-inch tablets are about 1.5 pounds, and while this is not bad, they can still get tiresome to hold for very long. We have used tablets as light as 1.3 pounds and these have been a big improvement over the heavier slates. We would like to see our perfect tablet to come in at 1.2 pounds on the scale. Any lighter and it might just float away.
One of the reasons the iPad was adopted so quickly was due to its insane thickness, or, rather, thinness, compared to anything that came before it. This makes it more comfortable to hold for extended periods, and keeps it from being too bulky when you add a case to the package. Our dream tablet needs to come in at around a quarter inch on the thickness scale. This will take it down a notch in size and just make it better than anything else.