So you’re trying to decide on whether or not to buy a tablet computer. Even more confusing, perhaps, is trying to determine whether or not you should be buying one running the iOS or Android. At first pass, we might be inclined to say that the iPad has had the most press and arguably more time on the tablet platform to work out any usability issues.
Truth be told, there are a number of considerations to take into account when choosing a tablet platform and there is no one that is really better than the other. The fact is, each has its own benefits over the others. Everything depends on what you’re actually looking to gain from the experience.
While the iPad is finding its way into the hands of those working for big companies across the nation, the Android Tablets are still working on gaining ground with consumers first. This can translate into a big of a problem, as well as an opportunity.
See, while it may be less used in tablet form than iOS, it’s had plenty of time to rank on top in phone form. So this means that the application marketplace has options that will meet the needs of most people. Not only that, but the fact that Android Tablets are coming out faster than bad rap videos indicates that the market for buying one is going to be competitive.
If you’re someone who feels that price matters, then going with an Android Tablet might make a lot of sense. But if you’re a tablet purchaser looking to ensure you have the best chance at finding the application you’re looking for, it might be best to make sure you check out both platforms carefully to see if the software you’re looking for is, indeed, available.
Last, there is the little matter of the user interface. With iOS, you get one choice. With an Android Tablet, there may be various skins with which each tablet is released, depending on which product you end up with. So at the end of the day, Android is likely going to provide you with the most choices, best pricing (shopping around), and of course plenty of great software.
If you’re looking to tablet maturity however, plus lots of accessories like a keyboard, plus all of the other after-market stuff available, then the iPad might be the best option under this set of circumstances.