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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Subjective
by Lorin on Wed 28th Mar 2012 00:11 UTC
Lorin
Member since:
2010-04-06

That determination is subjective at best, in the real world things are very different, When looking at my Android pad, the iPad users I work with find that they would like to exchange the product, the iPad's have all kinds of resets which of course you only know about when the Apple pops up on the screen. The home button decides on it's own whether or not it wants to work on any given day, and come on, who can tolerate that playschool interface.

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RE: Subjective
by JAlexoid on Wed 28th Mar 2012 00:20 in reply to "Subjective"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Sorry but when Galaxy Tab 10.1 costs 100USD/EUR more than iPad2 I just can't rationalize the Galaxy Tab price under any circumstance.

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RE[2]: Subjective
by devnet on Wed 28th Mar 2012 00:40 in reply to "RE: Subjective"
devnet Member since:
2007-01-16

That's just one single tablet man. Quit generalizing. My Asus EeePad Transformer cost less than an iPad 2 and I enjoy it much more than I would an iPad 2 as well...I have to use one at work to stay 'familiar' with them since our users are bringing them in...but I like my transformer much more.

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RE[2]: Subjective
by aorth on Wed 28th Mar 2012 11:35 in reply to "RE: Subjective"
aorth Member since:
2011-10-26

Sorry but when Galaxy Tab 10.1 costs 100USD/EUR more than iPad2 I just can't rationalize the Galaxy Tab price under any circumstance.


It's true, sadly.

I use a Galaxy Tab 7 Plus because Android is more fun for me as a tinkerer, but the apps do suck compared to their iOS counterparts. Sure, full-screen OpenGL games are fine... but email, news reading, twitter, etc are all terrible on Android tablets (tablet runs Honeycomb, so I'm not sure about Ice Cream Sandwich on the same hardware).

I'm not an application developer, so I don't know if this is because of lack of creativity/skill on the part of 3rd-party Android devs, or because Android APIs are poor...

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RE[2]: Subjective
by karunko on Wed 28th Mar 2012 14:59 in reply to "RE: Subjective"
karunko Member since:
2008-10-28

Sorry but when Galaxy Tab 10.1 costs 100USD/EUR more than iPad2 I just can't rationalize the Galaxy Tab price under any circumstance.

Close, but no cigar. Current prices here are as follows:

iPad 2, 16 GB, Wi-Fi only: 399,00 EUR
Galaxy Tab 10.1N, 16 GB, Wi-Fi only: 419,00 EUR

You may like the iPad better, and it's slightly cheaper, but let's check the Wi-Fi + 3G combination:

iPad 2, 16 GB, Wi-Fi + 3G: 519,00 EUR
Galaxy Tab 10.1N, 16 GB, Wi-Fi + 3G: 469,00 EUR

But, in all fairness, 16 GB is nearly not enough and, since you can't get a bigger iPad 2 for that price, the comparison is a little unfair. Let's try something more fair:

New iPad, 64 GB, Wi-Fi + 4G (where available): 799,00 EUR
Galaxy Tab 10.1N, 64 GB, Wi-Fi + 3G: 589,00 EUR

Also, there's no technical reason for the 64 GB version to cost 100,00 EUR more than the 32 GB version which, in turn, is 100,00 more than the 16 GB variant -- but that's Apple for you, I suppose. ;-)

That said, there are plenty of reasons for the iPad being the more attractive option (software for instance), but for sure being cheaper than the competition is not one of them.


RT.

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Porsche v. minivan
by tomz on Wed 28th Mar 2012 00:55 in reply to "Subjective"
tomz Member since:
2010-05-06

I have a Toshiba Thrive. I can swap batteries, but rarely need to since it charges in an hour, nor do I need the bag of adapters since it has full size SDXC, USB (exFAT! -1G hard drive, keyboard, game, mice, serial, ethernet), and HDMI. It has a real GPS. I have multiple players including one that downloads youtube as offline video or audio. I keep finding new and useful apps. I have several keyboards - Hackers is most pc like.

I have a 4th gen iPod touch, and keep finding sites or media that just won't play. Nor can I play audiobooks and podcasts at varying faster speeds. Then there's the horror of having to use iTunes - somewhat fixed. Passwords are a nightmare to enter. Perhaps the iPad3 is better, but it won't charge when it is heavily used, and when idle takes hours, or at best 2 minutes ofnuse for 1 hour charge-while-idle. If you want a real GPS, it is $100 for a bluetooth one that has Steve's magic dust. More for usb, hdmi, and sdhc. I don't think it does sdxc, or move an mp3 song into iTunes. Maybe it has a gold-plated hammer apps, but the toolbox lacks anything with cutting edges. I have screws and bolts as well as nails and have android apps for all. Jailbreaking iOS makes it barely tolerable.

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RE: Porsche v. minivan
by gan17 on Wed 28th Mar 2012 01:44 in reply to "Porsche v. minivan"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

who can tolerate that playschool interface

My mom, for starters. She's not in playschool, but she knows absolutely zilch about computing and still struggles with her laptop (which is a Macbook, btw) after all these years. The iPad2 I got her is the first computing device she's ever been comfortable with.

As for myself, well, I don't know. My smartphone does a pretty good job when I'm on the go, and it's got a big enough screen (Galaxy Nexus) for browsing and whatnot. The new iPad is tempting, but they're still novelty products for someone like myself at this moment in time.

I would say that Android isn't as good a platform as iOS for media creation, especially on the audio side. You won't find many (any?) pro-level studio/mixing apps for Android. Google is aware of the audio latency issues, but I have no idea if/when they plan to fix it.

Edit:
Sorry tomz, this reply was meant for Lorin.

Edited 2012-03-28 01:57 UTC

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RE: Subjective
by chiwaw on Wed 28th Mar 2012 01:00 in reply to "Subjective"
chiwaw Member since:
2006-02-05

When looking at my Android pad, the iPad users I work with find that they would like to exchange the product,


Never witnessed that on my side. On the contrary, most of my colleagues and friends who decided to opt for any of the Android tablets ended up, a few months later, selling them back and going for the iPad. From my surrounding, Android tablets doesn't seems to catch on at all.


the iPad's have all kinds of resets which of course you only know about when the Apple pops up on the screen.


What is that? Never seen any case like that, and I've been using (and dev'd for) multiple since 2007. I think I've seen a totally of 3 fatal OS crash in this half decade. I seriously doubt that you are witnessing constant ones, unless on a very old device or even more likely a badly jailbroken one.


The home button decides on it's own whether or not it wants to work on any given day,


Oh come on now, are you making stuff up? ;)


who can tolerate that playschool interface.


This is clearly a matter of taste. Many loves it, many don't. Considering the huge success of the iOS family of device, I'd say a LOT of people loves its interface.

;)

Edited 2012-03-28 01:01 UTC

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RE: Subjective
by leos on Thu 29th Mar 2012 02:38 in reply to "Subjective"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

That determination is subjective at best, in the real world things are very different,


Actually that determination is anything but subjective. The author presented actual evidence and descriptions of popular apps that were far inferior on Android tablets.

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