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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Used to have a Transformer ...
by WorknMan on Wed 28th Mar 2012 03:54 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

I used to have a Transformer (TF-101), but now I have an iPad, since I love playing with the soft synths/MIDI apps that are not represented well on Android. And when I heard they ported Lemur to iPad, that was all I needed to hear ;)

Having said that, I really miss a lot of stuff about the TF - having a physical keyboard that extended the battery life, a standard HDMI/USB/SD card slot, being able to watch movies in the proper aspect ratio, emulators out the wazoo, full integration with the Google universe, and an OS that was light years ahead in customization abilities. Sure, there's some 'specialty' apps missing like the music stuff, but I didn't find myself lacking for any of the basics.

Fortunately though, it's not all bad news... after I jailbroke the iPad, I found out there are apps in Cydia that brought back a lot of the functionality I was missing in Android. It's still a far cry from Android though ;)

Edited 2012-03-28 03:56 UTC

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Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

I moved in the reverse direction: I had an iPad 1, I was taken in by the Apple marketing, and the absence of comparable Android devices at the time (the closest thing was the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, with its 7 inch screen and Android 2.1). I sold my iPad to a friend and put the proceeds towards the TF-101 the minute it was released, and I have to say I'd never look back. I find, for my uses, the Android market has never failed me. The visual quality of the apps isn't there, sometimes, but the functional quality outstrips the iTunes store by miles. Asus has, somehow, made a loyal customer out of me, with this, and a loyal customer is something I don't like to be (because loyal customer is one step away from "fanboy").

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abdavidson Member since:
2005-07-06

iPad (1) owner here. I really like iOS and very much dislike Android which totally pains me because I absolutely love the Transformer Prime as a piece of hardware. I'm not talking processor or storage or memory: I think if you start to think that way then you're lost.

No, this is because I think it's a beautifully designed piece of kit in a great form factor. Right now, it looks to me to be the nicest most flexible bit of mobile computing hardware out there.

In principle the PadPhone looks even better. Having one (flexible) device for mobile computing and mobile communication would be excellent.

This will sound like a 'fanboi' but since I am a fan of the Apple mobile (i)OS, if Apple were to copy the form factor I'd be seriously considering buying it.

I like the form and design so much I'm tempted to buy it even whilst I really dislike Android. That's how good I think it is.

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