Which is better, the iPad or an Android tablet? Well, there’s not really a simple answer to that because both types of tablet have their good and bad points. Some people will be more suited to an iPad whereas other people will be more suited to an Android tablet. So, let’s take a look at the good and bad points of both…
- Synchronization & Compatibility – one major thing that the iPad has going for it is that it all links in with all of Apple’s other products and services. If you have a MacBook and an iPhone, you can sync them up and easily share documents across them all.
- Stable and Easy to Use – a big reason for this is that Apple has a much tighter control over app development than Android. They approve all apps that get released onto the iOS platform. This means they can iron out many more of the bugs and make sure the apps are thoroughly compatible with the system. Then, because there are fewer apps and they are less likely to have problems, it makes the user experience much easier.
- Apple Lead the Market – whatever is developing in the area of computers, tablets, and smartphones, Apple are leading the way. They do this not by inventing totally new products, but by coming out with better ways to produce existing products. For example, smartphones already existed, but then Apple brought out the iPhone which did away with the keyboard in exchange for more screen space and an on-screen keyboard.
- More Expensive – I think people just seem to accept that Apple’s products are more expensive than most of the alternatives. However, people who are on a tight budget might not be able to afford to buy the latest iPad.
- No SD Card Slot – one of the great things that most Android tablets have going for them is the ability to go beyond the limits of the internal storage by adding an SD memory card. Perhaps the thinking behind this is that they want users to store most of their documents in the cloud.
- Less Customization – because Apple has a much tighter control over the development of their operating system and the apps that run on it, there is not the same scope for expansion or customization as there is with an Android tablet. However, the upside of this is that users will feel more reassured that they are far less likely to have errors or even malware.
Should You Get an iPad
If you want your tablet to be more than just a way to watch videos and go on social media, the iPad is also great to use as a creative tool. You can use it to make music using apps like Garage Band, create movies with the iMovie app, and even write your own books.
iPads are also good if you feel you are not very good with technology since they are designed to be newbie friendly and easy to use. But also, those who are seriously into gaming will love the iPad.
Also, if you already own an Apple product, it makes sense to stick with that brand because you will be able to share documents between your devices.
- Lower Price – if you have a limited budget and know you can’t afford to splash out on an iPad, you don’t need to miss out on owning a great tablet. For example, for about half the price of the latest iPad, my mother bought a really high-quality Android tablet that does everything she wants and performs well.
- Google Play Marketplace – because it is not controlled or supervised as strictly, there is a much wider variety of apps available for you to try.
- Choice of Many Different Tablets – if you are looking into buying an Android tablet, there are many different companies that make them. This means you have many different models to choose from, all with their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.
- Apps Vary in Quality – although we listed the lack of supervision of the Google Play Marketplace as a positive above, there is a downside to this. Because it is much easier to get an app released into the Google Play Marketplace, not all of the apps are of the best quality.
- Piracy – yes, although it is possible to pirate iPad apps, Android makes it far easier. The knock-on effect of this is that some of the better app developers have decided to just stay with iOS instead.
- Less Stable – because there are so many different Android tablets, each new version of the Android operating system may not be compatible with all tablets. This can lead to stability problems with some apps.
Should You Get an Android Tablet?
Android tablets are a great, low-cost way to enjoy watching videos, playing games, engaging with social media, and generally browsing the web. Also, those who like to dig into the settings and customize their device will have more options to play with on an Android tablet.
So there you go, that’s an overview comparison of Android tablets versus iPads. I hope you found this helpful, but if you have any comments or questions, please post the to the comments section below and I will reply as soon as I can.
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