How to choose the right tablet for you – Apple Ipad vs Android Tablets

How to choose the right tablet for you – Apple Ipad vs Android Tablets

How to choose the right tablet for you when you are looking for a new tablet or perhaps your first tablet the many, many options available can be mined blowing. Should you go for an Apple Ipad or an Android tablet, below we have laid out some of the positives and negatives of both machines in the hopes you can make a better decision.

Both versions have many strengths and weaknesses so really it comes down to your personal preferences on performance, design and price.

So let’s dive straight in and get the right tablet for you!

Apple iPad: Positives

The Apple iPad environment is a massive strength for the iPad. This includes the App Store, which has over a million applications or apps (as we all know them), many of which were designed with the iPad’s larger display in mind. This Apple environment also includes many accessories, which go beyond just ipad cases, wireless keyboards and external speakers. You can do everything from hook your guitar into an iPad to converting your iPad into a miniature coin-operated arcade game (minus the need for coins).

Moreover the iPad also tends to be a more stable and easier to use platform (IOS) than Android tablets. Apple approves each app individually, ensuring that it (mostly) does what it claims. Because Apple and app developers only need to support a limited number of devices, it is easier to stamp out bugs. And whilst Android has made great strides in becoming easier to use, Apple’s device tends to be simpler and less overwhelming.

Furthermore the iPad is also a market leader, with each iPad release continually pushing the industry forward with one of the fastest tablets on the market. In fact, the iPad Pro exceeds the performance of many of today’s laptops.

Apple iPad: Negatives

The trade-off in being more stable and easier to use is having less customisation and ability to expand. While it is great that each app is checked by Apple before being released into the app store and iPad users can be rest assured in knowing that it is far more difficult for malware and viruses to infect their device.

The iPad disappointingly also lacks the ability to expand its storage through micro SD cards. There are other options, such as Dropbox, and you can use some external drives with the iPad, but the lack of support for micro SD and Flash drives is a definite negative.

iPad: Should I Buy an Apple Ipad ?

The iPad is a great tablet for those who want to take the experience beyond just media consumption. While the iPad is great for watching movies, listening to music and reading books, it can also be used to make movies, create music and write books. Apple’s suite of office applications and apps like iMovie and Garage Band make much of this possible, and a growing number of third-party apps are providing more substance to the app store.

The iPad is also the perfect tablet for those who are a little intimidated by technology. Apple has decided to go with a more simple design, which may mean less customisation, but it also means easier to use. This means you can get to the fun of owning a tablet with less time spent learning how to use it.

The iPad also shines the area of gaming, especially those who want to take the experience beyond just Angry Birds and Cut the Rope. Apple has challenged the entire portable gaming market with some of the cool games available on the iPad.

Lastly, the iPad makes a great companion to those who already own Apple products. Ipad users will enjoy iCloud Photo Library, which lets you share photos between devices, and Apple TV owners will love the ability to wirelessly  send the iPad’s display to their big-screen TV.

Android Tablet: Positives

The biggest strength of Android is the vast array of devices from which to choose and the amount you can customise your tablet. And there are some great premium Android tablets from makers like Samsung. Android has also matured quite a bit over the last few years, supporting some features like widgets (small apps that run on your home screen so you don’t have to open them) that Apple has avoided.

Android’s Google Play marketplace has also come a long way in the past few years. While the lack of supervision means more of those apps will be throwaways without much use, the boost in numbers does provide a lot more variety than Android experienced when the tablet wars began.

Android Tablet: Negatives

The lack of supervision over Google Play is one of the big downsides to Android. You might know exactly what you are getting when you download name-brand apps like Netflix or Hulu Plus, but when you see some unknown apps, you don’t quite know what you are going to get.  Amazon fixes this by providing their very own App Store for the Kindle Fire tablets, but that means the Kindle Fire has a more limited app selection.

Piracy has also done considerably damage to the Android platform. Whilst it is possible to pirate apps for the iPad, it’s much easier on Android. The greater amount of piracy has led to some app developers to stick with the iPad rather than risk the money it would take to create an Android version of their apps. This is especially an issue for top tier games, which can take a lot more time and resources to build.

The vast variety of devices can be a good point when shopping for what you want; however it has its downside in support. Android operating system updates are not always compatible with all devices, and it can be difficult for app developers to run out bugs on all supported devices. This can lead to stability problems in some apps.

 

Android: Should I Buy an Android Tablet ?

If you’re looking to buy an Android tablet, you’re probably in one of two main categories:

  1. Those who want to use the device for watching movies, reading books, listening to music and playing casual games and
  2. Those who want to customize their experience or love to tweak their device to get the most out of it.

Android tablets will appeal to those who want to consume entertainment because the initial price tag can be significantly cheaper. This means more money for the good stuff, and the cheaper 7-inch tablets like the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are more than capable of running Netflix, Hulu Plus, playing music and reading books.

Android also provides a more customisable experience. So if the first thing you do when you get a new smartphone or gadget is to hit the settings to get it just right, you might be the perfect Android user. Home screen widgets might intimidate some people, but they can be both useful and pretty cool.

And just as the iPad can interact with other Apple devices, Android tablets can be a great companion to those who already own an Android smartphone.

Conclusion: Should you buy an Apple Ipad or Android Tablet ?

So in conclusion on How to choose the right tablet for you both devices have their good and bad points and at the end of the day it does boil down to your personal preferences on performance, design and price.

John Hughes

John Hughes - Best 4 Tech Stuff Researcher / Administrator - An avid collector of all stuff tech for over 40 years, from his first home computer (Sinclair ZX Spectrum16k) to the latest iPhone.

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