Android Tablet vs iPad Comparison: Which is Best?

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…

iPad

Android Tablet vs iPad Comparison iPad
Good Points

  • 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.

Bad Points

  • 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.

Android

Android Tablet vs iPad Comparison Android Android
Good Points

  • 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.

Bad Points

  • 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.

P.S. You may also be interested in Microsoft Surface Tablet vs iPad: Which Pro is Best?

15 Comments

  1. Omer

    Hello.
    This article draws a basic picture of the world of mobile pc’s operating systems. Android gives you the flexibility, both cost and system point of view which makes it more volatile, whereas ios/ipad gives you a more stable system and more qualified products.
    Which is the best is up to you.
    Thanks for this clear and nice article.

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    1. admin (Post author)

      Thank you for your comment, Omer. I’m glad you found it helpful.

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  2. christinamk

    Great comparison here! Very helpful for deciding between an Andriod or Apple tablet. I didn’t know that with Apple products you can easily share documents between them. Do you have to pay a fee to do this? Or do you get free cloud storage for this? I may switch to a MacBook because I like to edit videos and I think Final Cut Pro has some better features than Adobe Premeire Pro

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    1. admin (Post author)

      Each Apple customer gets 5GB of free iCloud storage, but they have to pay if they want more than that.

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  3. lifebeginswithyourhealth

    Your article comparing ipad to tablets has been very beneficial for me, I have been a desktop computer user all my computer life. Until reading your article I did not even know what a ipod and tablet was capable of doing for me, I learned so much and know this article will help many others like me.

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    1. admin (Post author)

      Thank you. I’m glad you found it helpful.

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  4. Caito Junqueira

    Hello, Marcus,
    Wow, that is an issue, I have been asking myself lately.
    I need to buy a tablet and keep wondering if the Android lower price will pay off.
    The general idea that the IPad has more applications available and the higher price is what has kept me from deciding.
    And it seems I was a bit misguided about the application issue.
    Are there any good photo and painting programs for the Android?
    Cheers!

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    1. admin (Post author)

      Actually, it seems that Android has more apps available, but they are less regulated than the iPad apps. You can actually get Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop Express for Android, so either of those would be my recommendation for photo editing on an Android tablet.

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  5. John Rico

    Nice comparison between android tablet and ipad. For me I will pick android tablet because I don’t have enough budget for buying expensive tablets like ipad. I think for me Ipad is overrated and you’re just buying the name of the company and not the features and specs of the ipad. Any suggestions of android tablets like less than $300 or any budget friendly?

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    1. admin (Post author)

      Yes, with Apple products a lot of it is about paying for the brand. Of course, they are innovators who tend to be the first to do a particular thing really well. But soon afterwards other companies come out with similar products that are far better value for money. If you’re looking for a good quality tablet for under $300 that compares well with the iPad, my mother has a Samsung Galaxy which is very good.

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  6. Dejan

    Hey there!

    I’ve read the article and you’re putting out valid points. I think it all comes down to whether you’re a iOS or an Android user. Some people have been using iOS from the start and the other way around. I personally have been on android phones the whole time because they were a lot cheaper. Then I recently upgraded to iPhone 6s.
    I just find it great that the performance doesn’t detoriate over time with iOS, which is why I would recommend the iPad any day, if you have the money. If you’re on low budget go for the android.
    Thanks for the article.

    Dejan

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    1. admin (Post author)

      Yes, that’s it really. If money is tight, Android seems to be the way to go.

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  7. Hannah

    Hi there. Great job on this comparison of the Android and iPad tablet. Although the iPad is a lot smoother to use, I prefer the Android just because I am more familiar with it as an operating system. I have used many Android devices but only ever owned one apple device personally.

    Excellent post though. Keep up the good work.

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    1. admin (Post author)

      Thanks Hannah. I’m glad you liked it.

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  8. Daniel

    I’m not so sure Apple still leads the way since Steve Jobs passed. Numbers wise they probably do, but I think they are slowly forgetting about some of the principles he believed in. I surely won’t get the new IPhone since they make you pay for the wireless headphones. I think an iPad is still worth buying though. The Android has some strong points too though. That being said I think the IPad still has a slight advantage.

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