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Choosing A Tablet: Should I Get an Android Tablet or the Apple iPad?

Posted on June 17, 2013 by admin There have been 1 comment(s)


Tablet computers are the ultimate in electronic simplicity. Highly portable, with few built-in controls except for a flat touch-screen interface, tablet computers are attractive, easy to use and just plain cool.

If you've decided to indulge yourself and get a tablet, the foremost question in your mind would be whether you should buy the most popular tablet, the Apple iPad, or its strongest and usually cheaper competitor, an Android tablet. Both gadgets have their pros and cons, and therefore, you should consider some of their features before taking a decision.

Comparing an iPad to an Android tablet can be tough. Only Apple makes the iPad and there are only four versions: the iPad Mini, iPad 2, Refurbished iPad 3 and iPad 4. On the other hand, any company that's able to manufacture hardware that will support Google's operating system can make an Android tablet.

Similarities
Like the iPad, Android Tablets have a touch-screen interface, which allows the user to activate icons with the tap of a finger or move objects around and scroll screens with a swiping gesture of their hands. Both Apple and the various Android manufacturers offer an online marketplace where programs – known as apps in mobile computing parlance – can be purchased and downloaded directly to the device. In fact, Android tablets are enough like iPads that at a casual glance a user unfamiliar with the two types of tablet might mistake one for the other.

Apple iPad

No one can deny that Apple has made a hit with the iPad. It has clearly redefined the market. Where people used to utilize a desktop computer running Microsoft Windows to check email and browse the web, they are now using an iPad. The iPad is slick and well designed and does an amazing job at what it is intended to do because Apple controls the hardware, OS, and, for the most part, apps that run on the iPad.

Pros

  • It has a powerful, easy to use operating system called iOS, designed specifically for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
  • The new iPad's Retina Display is better than anything Android tablets can offer currently and offers awesome display.
  • iPad is well designed, widely used and has an excellent battery life
  • Thanks to its intuitive design, the iPad is easy to use even if you are new to tablet computers.
  • It has a vast number of apps which surpasses that of Android and Windows tablets. These Apps are simple to download using the Apple App store. The iTunes App Store has applications for just about everything you would want, from word processing and checking your blood pressure to hardcore gaming and video editing.
  • With software improvements and security updates emerging every day, Apple leads the pack in terms of regular updates. Apple updates all its iPads regularly.

Cons

  • Sharing data with an iPad might be a tad difficult as it has no Flash or USB ports
  • Unlike the Android tablets, there is a limit on how you can customize your iPad in terms of changing the background colours and the order of your apps.
  • The Apple operating system does not support online Flash content, though this has become less of a concern, as more and more websites use Apple-compatible HTML5 instead.
  • Apple iPads are usually more expensive than Android tablets.

Our Suggestion: If you want a simple and intuitive operating system with access to the largest range of apps and don’t mind the price tag, go for an iPad.

Android

As with Apple, Google has modified their Android operating system to run on tablet devices. Big brands such as Samsung, Google and Amazon all make tablets which use the Android operating system from Google.
Similar to the mobile phone space where Google allows any manufacturer to put Android on their hardware, they also offer Android to any tablet manufacturer that wants to use their OS.

Pros

  • Android would seem to hold the edge with faster processors (some have quad core processors), more powerful cameras (up to 8 megapixels) and, in most cases, easily expandable memory.
  • If you like to have a lot of options to choose from, you should be looking at an Android tablet. These tablets come in all shapes and sizes with displays varying from 5-10 inches. Some tablets have dual cameras, while others don't have a camera at all.
  • If you like to alter the look and feel of your tablet interface, you can do so with an Android tablet. It allows you to do things like view and actively scroll through your inbox, thumb through your upcoming calendar appointments, and flip through the latest news stories - all without ever opening anything.
  • Each manufacturer can adjust the Android system offering you more variety.
  • The Android OS is frequently updated and highly customisable.
  • Android tablets are generally cheaper than Apple iPads. You can pick up the Viewsonic ViewPad 10s 10.1" Android 2.2 Tablet for N50,800.

Cons

  • Because Android can be modified by various manufacturers to suit their taste, there might be a problem of fragmentation and potential incompatibilities between apps on different systems.
  • Android does not have as many apps available like Apple iPad does. There are however still plenty of apps to choose from.
  • When using an Android tablet, there might be a possibility (although unlikely) of downloading a malicious app because the Google Play store does not vet apps in the same way as Apple.
  • Although still relatively easy to use, the Android system is arguably not as intuitive as the Apple OS.

Our Suggestion: Android tablets offer you great value without necessarily digging deep into your pockets. If you want to customise your tablet and like to have a wide range of options to choose from, opt for an Android tablet.
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1 Response to Choosing A Tablet: Should I Get an Android Tablet or the Apple iPad?

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