Linked by Adam S on Fri 5th Jun 2015 15:26 UTC
Android In June of last year, I finally decided to commit to an Android device. I had carried every flagship iPhone up through that point from the original iPhone to the 5S. To the world around me, I heaped the praise into a life transforming device, but in my tech circles, and on my blog, I frequently posted about my frustration, mostly with shackles and intentional limitations imposed. So last year, why I decided to make the jump to Android. I outlined 10 reasons why I was finally ready to make the jump to Android’s 4.4 release, KitKat. A year has passed. It's time to revisit my original assertions and complaints with some follow up and see where I stand one year later.
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Comment by smashIt
by smashIt on Sat 6th Jun 2015 21:27 UTC
smashIt
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2005-07-06

my conclusion after 6 month with an android tablet:
even though android is less limited than ios, it's still way to limited for my taste
if it dies, i will probably go for a surface with typecover and a real OS

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RE: Comment by smashIt
by calden on Sun 7th Jun 2015 19:44 in reply to "Comment by smashIt"
calden Member since:
2012-02-02

my conclusion after 6 month with an android tablet:
even though android is less limited than ios, it's still way to limited for my taste
if it dies, i will probably go for a surface with typecover and a real OS


What exactly is it that you need to do, "on a tablet". As I think that is the issue here, you expect the tablet to operate like a normal laptop with Windows or OSX. It's not, it's meant to consume media, read ebooks and other materials, email, web surfing, light gaming, maybe edit a office document. I think your putting to much responsibilities on a device that wasn't meant for the tasks that you had in mind. Now that doesn't mean you can't use it for more powerful tasks. I use Codenvy, a cloud based IDE, it's fantastic and runs fairly well on my Nexus 9. I now use my Nexus 9 for almost all of my Office tasks as I use MS Office for Android. There are great tools on a tablet you just need to find them.

What kind of tablet do you have as this is important? If your using something like a Tab 4 from Samsung than yes, it's completely useless as Samsung's entire low to mid range is absolutely complete garbage. However if you grab a good Android tablet like the, Nexus 9, Sony Z2/Z3/Z4, Samsung's Tab S 8.4 or 10.1 (make sure to install Cynogenmod 12 though, TouchWiz is horribly laggy, never gets updated and is full of unnecessary bloatware that no one ever uses), Dell Venue 8 7000 and one of personal favorites the Nvidia Shield Tablet as it's extremely powerful, has a HDMI port, opened platform and is cheap with a starting price of 350, 420 if you want LTE.

The Surface Pro 3 is also a great option but is also a grand, without the keyboard or docking station. I have the i7, 8GB, 512GB version, bought it the first day it was released, great system but I prefer my new Lenovo Lavie Z 360 a lot more. It's as thin, weighs about the same and can turn into a tablet by just flipping it around. You get best of both worlds and since it's so thin it feels like a tablet unlike many of the other convertibles. There are lots of options out there but just know what you want to do before buy anything.

Could you list your current needs and the Android tablet your using?

Edited 2015-06-07 19:48 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by smashIt on Sun 7th Jun 2015 21:00 in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

What exactly is it that you need to do, "on a tablet". As I think that is the issue here, you expect the tablet to operate like a normal laptop with Windows or OSX. It's not, it's meant to consume media, read ebooks and other materials, email, web surfing, light gaming, maybe edit a office document. I think your putting to much responsibilities on a device that wasn't meant for the tasks that you had in mind.


thats exactly what i want to use it for
but the reality is:
- browsers are crap
- mail-clients are crap
- mediaplayers are crap
- office-tools are crap
- filebrowsers are crap
- the whole thing is dog-slow (which i blame on java ;) )


and for the killig-blow riddle me this:
what went wrong when you have a device that was specifically made for touch-input, with an os that was specifically made for touch-input, that connecting a bluetooth-mouse is a vast usability-improvement?

Edited 2015-06-07 21:08 UTC

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