Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Dec 2014 13:30 UTC
Android

Android Police, one of the two best Android-related news websites (together with AndroidCentral) put together a holiday gift guide. Which tablet do they recommend?

iPad Air 2 ($499-expensive). Yes, I am breaking the gift guide by putting this here. Why? Because as you'll notice, none of us recommended the Nexus 9 (edit: Cameron recommended it, but don't listen to him), because it's not exactly great. In fact, I'd argue no Android tablet is. The Shield Tablet is a lot of bang for your buck, but the screen kind of sucks and the battery life isn't spectacular (standby is bad in particular) and it's heavy, thick, and kinda ugly.

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The Air 2 is reliable, predictable, and very fast. iOS still has some tablet experience apps lacking Android equivalents, too, and while Android tablets do have some advantages (like a better Gmail app BY FAR), the iPad remains a no-brainer for me. If it's my money being spent on a tablet, I'm going to buy the one I know is going to live up to a standard of quality - the iPad has been the gold standard in tablets since it was unveiled, and that hasn't changed. I don't see it changing any time soon, either.

And he's totally right, of course. Assuming you don't yet have a preference for Android and you're out looking for the best tablet, the iPad is the only real option. Better applications, better experience, better build quality, better performance, better battery life - the list is endless. Google's still got so much work to do on tablets.

There are decent Android tablets, but there are no great ones.

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RE: Nexus 7
by chandler on Tue 9th Dec 2014 23:04 UTC in reply to "Nexus 7"
chandler
Member since:
2006-08-29

I still don't understand why Google killed the Nexus 7 in favor of the more expensive, less portable Nexus 9. Samsung was already making large Android tablets that nobody was buying. There are a lot of smaller Android tablets, but none as good as the Nexus 7.

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RE[2]: Nexus 7
by darknexus on Wed 10th Dec 2014 00:03 in reply to "RE: Nexus 7"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I still don't understand why Google killed the Nexus 7 in favor of the more expensive, less portable Nexus 9. Samsung was already making large Android tablets that nobody was buying. There are a lot of smaller Android tablets, but none as good as the Nexus 7.

Wasn't very durable though. I loved mine right up until the screen failed for no reason. I knew five people this happened to in my circle of friends alone with the 2013 Nexus 7, and if you google you will find this is quite common. Google was no help as they said I needed to call Asus, and Asus were no help as they wanted $168 plus shipping just to replace the screen on it. I hadn't even had it for a year, and the others I know had had the device for less than a year as well. So while it was a nice experience while it lasted, it didn't last nearly long enough and I won't be getting anything Nexus that's made by Asus in future. For now Samsung seems to be doing okay, though I hate their horrible slowness when it comes to updates.

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RE[3]: Nexus 7
by jgfenix on Wed 10th Dec 2014 11:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Nexus 7"
jgfenix Member since:
2006-05-25

Mine had no problems and it fell to the ground several times.

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