This evening, I read about Toshiba’s coming (and present) Android tablet offerings. One of the new offerings is a 13″ widescreen tablet. The tablet’s width, in portrait mode, is as wide as an iPad, but it is significantly longer. You can see a comparison in the photo below (from http://www.motivatorscompanyblog.com/?tag=/Excite+13):
Ultimately, the 13″ widescreen doesn’t offer much benefit in the area of music. Pages will finally be as wide as an iPad in portrait mode, but with a lot of wasted space at the bottom of the screen. I still contend that a 13″ diagonal iPad would be a far better fit for music…13″ in context of a 4:3 screen like the current iPad. And this will NOT be a retina display.
These devices run Android, which still trails the iPad in terms of apps that are excellent for music (other than some apps from sheet music providers, the only PDF music reader is MobileSheets…three years into the existence of Android tablets). Perhaps a music app could be written that would make use of the space at the bottom (or top) of the screen for other functions (playlists, audio playback, etc.)–but those apps aren’t out there yet.
I would image that other “professions” that make use of tablets would feel the same…both pilots and doctors, for example…the extra width just won’t offer any additional functionality. Here’s continued hope for an 11″ or 13″ iPad in the spirit of the 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs.