Data Monday: Two Months of Device Diversity

by Luke Wroblewski October 28, 2012

From the start of September to the end of October, technology companies have been busy releasing new connected devices of varying shape, size, and OS. When you look over this list, consider this covers only two months of announcements.

4"-5" Smartphones

  • Apple iPhone 5 (4" Apple iOS 6.0)
  • Nokia Lumia 920 (4.5" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • HTC Windows Phone 8X (4.3" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • HTC Windows Phone 8S (4.0" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Motorola Droid RAZR HD (4.7" Google Android 4.0)
  • Motorola Droid RAZR M (4.3" Google Android 4.0)
  • TBD: LG Nexus 4 (4.7" Google Android 4.2)

5"-6" Phone/Tablet Hybrids

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II (5.5" Google Android 4.0)

7"-8" Tablets

  • iPad Mini (7.9" Apple iOS 6.0)
  • Kindle Fire HD (7" Google Android 4.0 modified)
  • Kindle Fire (7" Google Android 4.0 modified)

9"-10" Tablets

  • iPad Gen 4 (9.7" Apple iOS 6.0)
  • Microsoft Surface Tablet (10.6" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Kindle Fire HD (8.9" Google Android 4.0 modified)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 (10.1" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Acer Iconia Tab W510 (10.1" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Dell Latitude 10 (10.1" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Dell XPS 10 (10.1" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Asus Vivo Tab RT (10.1" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • TBD: Nexus 10 (10" Google Android 4.2)

11"-17" Laptops & Convertibles (Tablet/Laptop)

  • 13" MacBook Pro with Retina (13" Apple OSX 10.8)
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 (13.3" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Twist (12.5" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Toshiba Satellite U925T (12.5" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Dell XPS 12 (12.5" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx (11.6" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T/700T (11.6" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Acer Iconia W700 (11.6" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Sony Vaio Duo 11 (11.6" Microsoft Windows 8)
  • Samsung Chromebook (11.6" Google Chrome OS)

20"-30" Desktops

  • Sony Tap 20 (20" touch screen Microsoft Windows 8)
  • 21.5-inch iMac (21.5" Apple OSX 10.8)
  • 27-inch iMac (27" Apple OSX 10.8)

At this point it should be painfully obvious that any company working on the Web today needs a multi-device design strategy to survive. This list represents the past two months, consider what the future holds in store...