I know, I know…as soon as you saw that title, you thought that whoever wrote this is either working for Android or has never used an iPad. You are wrong on both accounts. I actually have the distinction of purchasing the last iPad sold in Northwest Indiana when they first came out in 2010, before the shortage and waiting lists. I also bought an iPad 2 in 2011, hearing all sorts of wonderful things about the lighter weight and improved screen. I played games on them, watched movies on them, read books, and did hours and hours of work using the wireless keyboards. Anything you can do with an iPad, I did. And you know what? I still like Android better.
My Android Tablet
Right now, I have an Acer Iconia A500. It’s heavier than an iPad 2, but about the same weight as the original iPad. The battery lasts just about as long, the screen looks just about as good as the iPad and it has the same amount of memory as the iPad (although my tablet has an expandable memory slot and I have doubled the available memory with a microSD card, something Apple has NEVER done). But at $150 cheaper, it’s a steal. I bought it when Best Buy was running a special, so I bought it at $499 and got an extra $100 gift card. Very nice. But all those are small potatoes when compared to the real advantages of an Android tablet.
What Sets it Apart
iTunes is intuitive software, but I hate being chained to it and when you have an Apple device, that’s exactly what happens. You are chained to it. You cannot upload movies, music, or apps without first passing through the scrutinizing gates of iTunes. Apps are a real pain in the butt, because you only have one source for getting them. Android, on the other hand, has multiple sources for apps, which can be installed directly on the system’s memory. That means you can get the files from anywhere, over the Internet, over different websites, even in an email from a friend (although you should not share proprietary software…because that is illegal and naughty).
You can also customize your Android tablet completely, unlike the iPad. You can get it to emulate Windows 7, Ubuntu or, God forbid, even an iPad’s layout, so the tablet looks and works exactly like you want it to. System memory is easy to set up and find, and looking through it is no harder than looking through your different folders on your PC. Again, you aren’t forced to follow the steps that iTunes and Apple make you follow, but create what works best for you.
Ultimately, the preference for an Android tablet comes down to the user. For those that want to look stylish and sleek and are doing nothing more than communicate, surf and play games, then maybe an iPad is for you. But for those of us that actually USE our tablets to their full potential, then an Android tablet is the only way you’ll realize that.