Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Jun 2011 21:46 UTC
Apple So, yeah, uhm, I bought an iPad 2 today. I still don't think anyone really needs a tablet, but that doesn't mean I didn't want one. I wanted to wait until the HP TouchPad was announced, but now that it has, it seems it won't be coming to The Netherlands any time soon. As such, the iPad 2 it was. A few quick fist impressions.
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Motorola Xoom is not the "bestest" Android in terms of *UI* speed: the Samsung Galaxy S-II or the Nexus S, or that new LG phone are (according to various benchmarks online). So while in the iOS world you need a tablet to get the best performance out of the OS (since in a tablet Apple can simply pack "more" of the same kind of hardware found on iPhone/iPod), the same is not necessarily true in the Android world. Different Android phones/tablets use so many different chipsets and UIs (and some of these chips are better in 3D rather than in 2D, or the other way around), that not all Android devices perform equally. So don't generalize please.

Edited 2011-06-10 22:29 UTC

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MysterMask Member since:

Motorola Xoom is not the "bestest" Android in terms of *UI* speed

IMHO UI speed is a useless measure. I own an iPad2 and I'm really glad that there are so many iPad apps (i. e. Apps that are written for a tablet form factor, not just scaled up iPhone apps). This makes all the difference when it come to "speed" that really matters (= usability). So I couldn't care less that there are "faster" phones (there are also faster desktops - who cares when talking about tables).

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Eugenia Member since:

We know that. But the OP described things that are usually attributed to UI speed, e.g. how many fps you can get when you swipe UI stuff, how fast screens update etc. These things do contribute to the *impression* of how fast a device is for normal everyday use.

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taila Member since:

I have the Galaxy Tab P1000 and my wife uses the iPad 1 wifi 16Gb.

I can tell you that the Galaxy (Android) is just as snappy as the iPad and with it's form factor actually delivers equal movie watching experience besides it's being 7' device as there are no black bars top and bottom of the screen.

Android also provide a lot of screen manipulating advantages over iOS (of cause in iOS 5 they are finally arriving)to deal with open pages.

Of cause the newer Galaxy Tabs are now arriving having dual cores and sd card slots which my Tab has as well.

The ipad is a beautiful device but the Galaxy has a lot going for it let alone the capability to load into it movies, music and other stuff without need for iTunes.

If you plug the Android device on a computer it appears as external drive. This makes it pluggable to a pc nealy anywhere without a need for specific software.

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MysterMask Member since:

Addendum: And then there is such a thing as battery life, you known. I guess it's no problem to have a faster tablet, but having a faster one that also has longer battery life? Well ..

We've all seen the MHZ war in the PC era and even Intel has come to senses in the meantime.

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viator Member since:

True... The problem i have with android tablets/phones is every week a NEWER BETTER one comes out so i keep delaying my purchase lol. Right now im waiting for the galaxy s2 best phone ever hands down (even the apple fan boys over at engadget had to admit it!)To replace my phone and am eying the galaxy tab 10.1 as my first tablet. And for those who are worried about regular vs tablet apps there are plenty of apps designed specifically for the tablet but in any case icecream sandwich will fix everything ;)

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Morgan Member since:

I'll second that. When I upgraded from the Motorola Cliq to the HTC MyTouch 4G, it was like stepping through a portal into a new dimension.

Okay, maybe not quite that shocking, but it was virtually night and day. Now I understand why people like Android so much! I found that I hated the OS because of the sluggish, buggy, piece of shit hardware it was running on before. Now that I have a device that has virtually no lag, a capacitive screen that actually registers taps and swipes consistently, and a battery that lasts more than four hours with light use, I really like Android. I've played with an iPhone 4 and while it was very nice, I actually prefer the MyTouch, to my own surprise.

In fact I'd say the only thing about the Cliq I miss is the excellent hardware keyboard, and while Swype isn't the best alternative I also now have Bluetooth HID support, so I can add a chatpad if I want.

So yes, in the Android world the user experience is almost completely tied to the quality of the hardware, with the OS version a distant second factor. Do your research folks, and you'll end up with a satisfying device.

Edited 2011-06-11 20:04 UTC

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iinlane Member since:

All the hardware in the world wouldn't make an Android better before it actually starts using it. Both Apple and Microsoft are using retained graphics model while Android still relies on an ancient immediate graphics model.

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