In a poll hosted by PC Advisor to find out 'Should Apple sell an iPad Mini', a massive 44 percent of respondents claimed they would like to see a smaller version of the iPad released by Apple in the near future.
The 44 perfect figure is made up of the two yes votes on offer, with 24 percent selecting the 'Yes, the more sizes the merrier' option and 20 percent revealing that they thought 'Yes, the iPad is too big'. See also new iPad review.
Interestingly the option that received the single biggest amount of votes was 'No, the iPad needs its big screen' with 27 percent of the poll. This news echos Steve Jobs' ill feeling towards an iPad mini, as in 2010 he said this about the possibility "One naturally thinks that a seven-inch screen would offer 70 percent of the benefits of a ten-inch screen. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The reason we won't make a seven-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit a lower price point, it’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software."
The remaining 28 percent is made up of six percent who are 'not sure' and 22 percent who don't want to see a iPad mini, but would prefer a bigger iPhone instead. The is also intriguing as the iPhone now has one of the smallest screens (3.4-inches) of all the top-end smartphones on the market today - the Samsung Galaxy S3 for example has a whopping 4.8-inch screen in comparison. See also Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 5 comparison review.
As always, respondents were also pretty active on the forums. chub_tor said the following about the iPad's current size "Personally a 10 inch tablet is about the right size for me, anything smaller and I find text and icons difficult to see. But I would like my tablet to be lighter and thinner and wouldn't it be great if you could just roll it up like a newspaper and stick it in your pocket until you next need to use it?". While a more unsatisfied Chronus said this about an iPad mini "It will still be vastly over priced.". FInally AitchBEE thinks a potential smaller iPad would be target at younger age groups "It (the possible launch) will be targeted at youngsters (under 14) with small nimble fingers (and good eyesight) and parents who haven't yet decided what to get them for Christmas.".