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Android Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Donn Felker, Michael Burton

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Considering the Difference Between Phones and Tablets

Android tablets and Android phones have some obvious differences, and size immediately comes to mind, but there are a few other differences:

check.png Android tablets tend to be much larger than their phone counterparts.

check.png Tablets are designed to be held in two hands, whereas phones are designed for only one.

check.png Android tablet screens tend not to extend past the 7-to-10-inch range, and the largest phones max out around 5 inches.

remember.eps The line between tablet and phone can blur at the 5-inch mark. Some “tweener” devices are marketed as phones, and others with nearly the same specs are marketed as tablets.

check.png Tablet orientation varies depending on usage, whereas almost all Android phones have settled on portrait orientation for their screens.

Many Android tablets are designed for wide-screen media viewing, so they favor landscape orientation. Others, such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, are designed primarily for use in Portrait mode. That’s not to say that ...

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