Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "I just gave the new iPad an Editors' Choice award for large tablets, but frankly it was a foregone conclusion. The iPad doesn't get the award because of its hardware, lovely as the hardware is. It gets the award because its apps are generally better than the apps available for Android tablets." The laptop gap may have been closed, but the tablet gap sure hasn't.
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I can attest
by Nelson on Thu 29th Mar 2012 19:17 UTC
Nelson
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2005-11-29

to the fact that Android tablets are pretty crap, even with Ice Cream Sandwich.

There is no reason, absolutely no reason, why a tablet running specs as beefy as the Transformer should lag anywhere, at anything, ever. There's just no justification for scroll lag, keyboard input lag, and the frequent 5 second lag between tapping a notification and getting thrown into the app.

The tablet applications range from very good, to extremely terrible, and as the article CORRECTLY states (Don't really give a fuck what a poster above says) Tablet applications are IMPOSSIBLE to find.

To find a tablet app you need to either:
- Search for "Tablet" or "HD" or even sometime "Honeycomb" to get a list of tablet applications
- Download a curated Tablet marketplace
- Try to judge from the screen shots if the app supports tablets or not
- Guess ?

The experience is extremely poor, and I can't count how many times I've downloaded an app only to be thrown to the shitty phone UI.

My day with my tablet usually consists of "The application Browser is not responding, would you like to Wait or Force Close?" and dealing with a bunch of widgets that randomly decide to stop updating (Takes an unpin / repin to get them to work again..)

Then there's the poor build quality. I'm sorry, but at least my tablet has way too much give, and feels like overall crap when I hold it in my hand. I should not be able to feel the screen push in and hear all sorts of snaps when I hold it.

Audio on this piece of shit is an absolute joke too, not only is it entirely too low, but the quality is terrible. It's inexcusable, especially when you compare it next to an iPad.

Google has a lot of work to do. The problem is more than the apps. It's an end to end systematic failure of epic proportions.

From the expensive (but cheap quality wise) hardware, to the lack of optimizations, to the premature and half baked software, lack of discoverability, and terrible apps. There's just very little that delights me any more, and it got to the point where I consider shelling out the money for this tablet a mistake.

I bought this thing under the premise of having a super-connected Tablet where all my information was at my fingertips, possibly moreso than the iPad because of what I saw as superior notifiations and services on Android. Boy was I wrong.

Anyone who thinks this piece of garbage is anywhere near competitive is inebriated.

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