Android Tablets vs. iPad – this may well become the big tech debate of 2011. I will break down the differences for you and tell you what side I am on! There are several key differences between the two devices –
Obviously, one of the largest differences between ipad trade in value the two systems is the operating system. Android tablets are running on some version of the Android OS from Google, while Apple’s iPad is running on Apple’s iOS. Both are the same basic OS that runs on the companies’ respective smart phones.
To me, this is just a matter of preference. These days, many developers prefer Android over iOS, as it is much easier to get a new app into Android’s app market. However, every Android tablet (and phone) may run on a different version of the software, which can make it a bit unsettling for users, as some apps may work only on a newer version of Android, which every tablet may not get.
The companies that develop the tablets decide when to push an update of the Android software to each type of device, so one type might get an update, while others may wait for months, or never get an update at all.
As far as I am concerned, there is no clear winner in this arena. If you get a chance, try each one and see which operating system you like best. Personally, I am a bigger fan of Android.
Having a big screen can be a plus or a minus depending on what you plan to use it for, and especially on how you plan to carry a tablet around. For example, I purchased the Samsung Galaxy Tab, considered one of the best Android tablets currently on the market, and a big selling point for me ws the screen was actually much smaller than the iPad.
The iPad screen is over 10 inches, making almost as big as some small laptops. That can be great if you plan to carry it in a backpack all the time and want to watch videos on it, but it does make it harder to carry around. For me, the Galaxy Tab made more sense because I don’t carry a backpack and like to bring it to meetings.
So, again, no clear winner here. You may want to decide first whether you want a wireless device that is portable or if you want the biggest screen possible. One caveat here, however – soon there will likely be tablets running Android on the market that have screens the size of the iPad