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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OMRebel
Member since:
2005-11-14

As for being hard to find: that was never even the claim.


From the article:

"The First Problem: Finding Android Tablet Apps"

Not only was that obviously claimed, it was the very first claim in big bold letters.

One thing that CONSTANTLY causes issues for people is the fact that there's thousands of applications on Android Market that do all kinds of malicious/nefarious things behind peoples' backs, and there's also thousands of applications that claim to do this or that, but you must pay for the application, and then the user finds out that the application was actually fake.


For the first claim, Android identifies all access that an app has to the phone. If you download a game and it wants access to the contacts, then don't install it. You are forewarned immediately of the entire access an app has. Granted, it's been years since I owned an iPhone - but is that information identified when installing an app on an iPhone?

Secondly - I'm pretty certain that the Apple App Store has garbage apps in it as well that cost money. Fortunately, people with common sense read reviews on items before purchasing them. That goes with both Android and iOS users alike.

The extremely shoddy quality of Android Market is one of the reasons why I personally advice general populace to avoid Android. It's great for geeks and people who know what to look for and how to spot something that has one or more warning signs of a fake, but for Joe Blow it is essentially the same as paying someone to cause you trouble.


Sure, Android doesn't have nearly the number of fart apps that Apple has, but can you identify apps that you believe are worse on Android than on Apple products? Specific examples that you have seen - not just biased hearsay.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

For the first claim, Android identifies all access that an app has to the phone. If you download a game and it wants access to the contacts, then don't install it. You are forewarned immediately of the entire access an app has.


One of the issues is that both the benign and the more serious ones are all grouped together, their meanings aren't explained anywhere, they are presented poorly, and the system doesn't even try to warn users if e.g. a wallpaper asks for permission to send SMS-messages and alter carrier-settings. Of course Joe Blow then just goes ahead and clicks on "Install" when there's nothing to tell him not to.

Granted, it's been years since I owned an iPhone - but is that information identified when installing an app on an iPhone?


I don't know, I have never used an iPhone.

Fortunately, people with common sense read reviews on items before purchasing them. That goes with both Android and iOS users alike.


Atleast on Android Market the thing is way too easy to game, and it's not possible to comment on something without first installing/buying it, meaning that I can't for example warn people against buying a crap app that has very strong smell of malware in it unless I actually buy it myself, first.

That basically means that only gullible people leave comments on those and don't notice the things the app does behind their backs and thus the app still gets positive comments.

but can you identify apps that you believe are worse on Android than on Apple products? Specific examples that you have seen - not just biased hearsay.


I have seen plenty of comparisons, and I've seen plenty of quality applications and games that aren't available at all on Android, but I can't remember the names anymore. As I said, I haven't ever used an iPhone so I haven't bothered to memorize the names. I will come back and post some examples though if I can remember them, ok?

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OMRebel Member since:
2005-11-14

Cool, I am curious as to the difference in the quality of apps. The ones I used on my iPhone (when I had it) and the ones on my Android phone (Galaxy S II) are:
1. Netflix - quality seems to be the same.
2. Kindle - quality seems to be the same.
3. Yelp - quality seems to be the same.
4. Facebook - Facebook sucks on both. ;)
5. Pandora - quality seems to be the same.
6. Google+ - a coworker has Google+ on his iPhone, and comparing the two, we didn't notice any difference in quality.
7. Google Maps - better on Android due to the voice guided, turn by turn directions (although, may be unfair to compare since that part is really "Navigation" on the Android devices).
8. Urbanspoon - quality seems to be the same.
9. Amazon - quality seems to be the same.
10. eBay - quality seems to be the same.
11. Dropbox - quality seems to be the same if memory serves.

Those are really the only apps that I used on both. I'm not a gamer, so I can't really comment on that. Did enjoy playing Great Little War Game on my Galaxy Tab 10.1, and it looks the same as my friend's iPhone.

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