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iPad vs Android Tablets: Three Reasons to go Android

Posted By Sam Waites on February 24th, 2012

Android or iPad? That is the big question since Android tablets followed the launch of the iPad in 2010. But what makes consumers choose an Android over iPad even though the latter holds major market share? Apple has become a style statement and the standard bearer for ease of use, while for others it is more brand loyalty that hinders them from switching to other products. Yet, like all machines the iPad is not perfect and is lacking on some points when compared to Android devices.

Here are three reasons to go for an Android tablet vs the Apple alternative.

The Number of Choices and Features

The Android powered tablets are manufactured by a number of companies like Samsung, HP, Dell, Motorola and Asus, which ensures that there are many alternatives to the iPad.

iPads are available in a 9.7″ and 7.87″ size; on the other hand Android tablets are available in various sizes: a 7” tall Samsung and Amazon Kindle, a 9” tall LG and a 10” tall Motorola Xoom is just a small sample of the many choices that are available on the Android side.

Of course, there are 5” tablets as well, though some argue these aren’t really tablets, but rather should be placed in a category called phablets. In any case, just look at the number and variety of options that are available.

The iPad avoids multi-tasking for the purpose of saving battery life and improving performance. It is something that was finally offered by the second edition. But you will find Android tablets powered by dual-core processors that make multitasking snappy.

One thing that made some early adopters hate the original iPad was that it had no camera, which is a feature of most Android tablets – Apple only added on the second generation of the iPad. Still the quality of the camera has been kept to a minimum to ensure better overall performance of the iPad, while almost all Android tablets have front and back cameras, some of which have high-end specs.

Flash Support

If you spend a lot of time on the laptop watching video online and plan to do the same on your tablet computer then you better opt for an Android tablet especially if you access lots of Flash enabled websites. iPad does not support flash content, which is the main reason why you cannot watch all the videos or view many websites using this tablet. On the hand Androids, supports flash content, which means that you have the freedom to browse the World Wide Web with no restriction against Flash-based websites or videos. And if you have a high-speed Internet connection, choosing from any of the broadband only deals browsing the Internet becomes so easy.

Data Transfer and Storage

The only way to transfer data to the iPad is using a data cable connected to a computer and syncing it with the help of iTunes. Plus there is no memory card slot to support external storage, a feature that Apple has left off on purpose. While all Android tablets have memory card slots so that applications and videos, images, etc. can be stored on the external memory, not filling up internal memory. Plus, many Android tablets also have USB ports to enable transferring of data and files, which is a feature that both iPads do not offer.

A Reason to keep using an iPad

Even though iPad lovers may have thousands of reasons to prefer it over Android tablets they can not refute the advantages that Android has over iPad. One reason that can still keep you hooked on an iPad is the fact that Apple’s apps store has more applications than the Android Market.

Even though in the past year Android Market has increased drastically in size with the famous iPad apps also available on Android tablets. Still, the iTune holds more apps and is a very attractive feature that iPads have to offer.

Conclusion

The fact that the iPad is the market leader with only 2 editions competing against a host of Android tablets is an exceptional feat. However, iPad’s market share is already being eroding and expected to decrease even faster in the future if Apple doesn’t step up their game and offer something that Android tablets have not already brought in the market.

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Amazon Android Tablet: A iPad Killer?

Posted By Alia Haley on December 23rd, 2011

Every time a new tablet is launched you hear stories about it being an iPad killer. Perhaps, it is the ubiquitous position of the gadget itself that makes people compare every new product with it and wonder whether it can be knocked from its “numero uno” position. But this time it looks like competition will be fiercer as Apple has to compete with a more established competitor, Amazon.

Features and Specifications

Amazon recently launched its 7-inch, multi-touch, Android tablet, called as Kindle Fire. The Amazon Kindle tablet comes with a starting price of $199, which should be luring to the majority of potential tablet customers. The question that may be lurking in your mind is, “what makes the Kindle Fire a tablet killer?”

Apple has developed an ecosystem in last few years, which has helped it in becoming the market leader. Factors that have helped iPad in becoming a success is the control over the software, intuitive user-interface and rich multimedia content for users in the form of audio, video and apps. Kindle Fire to some extent, offers similar advantages, but at a lower price.
Amazon itself has developed a content ecosystem over the years that offer thousands of e-books, apps, audio, video and more. In addition, Amazon has drawn on its retail experience and so should be able to make profits from the low-cost tablet in the long run.

Amazon has developed its own Appstore that will host a number of social networking, business and entertainment-based apps. The gadget currently is based on Android 2.3, Gingerbread and offers hardware that is comparable to iPad 2, in many respects. It offers a 1Ghz dual core processor with a 512 MB RAM, which promises performance comparable to the iPad. The Amazon Kindle tablet has the resolution of 1024 X 600 pixel with pixel-density of 169 pixels per inch, which in-turn is higher than the iPad. Besides these specs, it offers extra-wide viewing angle and a vibrant display with 16-million colors. Its multi-touch display is highly responsive and offers fast web browsing.

Unique to the Amazon Kindle

Amazon has compensated for the Kindle Fire’s low internal memory of 8 GB, with unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content and 5 GB free storage for non-Amazon content. Other impressive features include Whispersync synchronization, which delivers e-books, music, videos and more directly to your tab. It also has support for Adobe Flash and Amazon Prime that offers unlimited streaming of movies, shows and free unlimited two-day shipping of products from Amazon for just $79/year.

However, Amazon also trimmed some quintessential features from its tablet to make it economical and this may not impress feature-oriented consumers. The tablet doesn’t come with 3G or a camera, which means no video chatting. While most manufacturers are moving to 10-inch tablets, Amazon has decided to stick with 7-inch tablet; however, it is expected to launch a 10-inch tablet with additional features in the first quarter of 2012.

According to the market research, Kindle Fire is destined to become the second most popular tablet after iPad. Amazon enjoys the advantage of offering an already set-up content rich ecosystem to its consumers, which is comparable to what the iPad has to offer. As this comes at a much lower price than the iPad, the price conscious consumer might switch to Kindle Fire in the long run, if the tablet meets most of their basic needs. However, it is only the sales figures of Kindle Fire that will tell us, whether it turned out as a success or not.

Top 5 Most Exciting Android Rumors

Posted By Steven Farrell on June 21st, 2011

Google’s long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich is arriving this fall, finally merging the functions of FroYo and Honeycomb. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Android’s wacky naming scheme, this means the tablet and smartphone versions of the OS are merging, creating a single app database that should rival Apple’s. As with any major release, there are plenty of rumors surrounding Android’s future.

Android Messenger to Challenge iMessenger and BBM

Blackberry Messenger has long been the standard for instant messaging on phones, and Apple hopes to duplicate this success with their announcement of iMessenger for iOS 5. Not wanting to be left behind, Google is rumored to be working on a similar app. Platform fighting aside, this means most buyers could drop their text messaging plans when they get new Android devices.

Android moves to OMAP

While early development on Android 4.0 centered around nVidia’s Tegra 2 and rumors of the quad-core Kal El making an appearance in tablets, Google may shift the platform to Texas Instruments’ OMAP processors. Phones coming out this summer with the Tegra processor will look dated once Ice Cream Sandwich devices hit stores.

Microsoft Squeezing Droid Manufacturers with Patent Fees

Last year, Microsoft struck licensing deals with Android device manufacturers because the software giant claims that the OS infringes on a wide range of patents. There are new rumors that there may be some correlation between the patent fees firms pay to Microsoft and their production of Windows Mobile-based phones: In effect, Microsoft may be using these claims to leverage market share. If this is true, the software will certainly put more pressure on manufacturers as Windows Mobile 8 is prepared for release.

The Next Nexus

Google’s next phone is highly anticipated, since it will point the way for future Android-based smartphones. This new Nexus phone will probably be the first device to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Physical menu buttons will be dropped to allow for a larger 720p screen, while video processing will be improved to provide full 1080p video capture and playback. The Nexus will use a dual-core processor running between 1.2 and 1.5Ghz. Memory is expected to be 1GB.

It’s a Phone! It’s a Tablet! It’s the Padphone!

The first tablet available with Ice Cream Sandwich will probably be Asus’ Padphone. It takes the OS merging to a physical level, using a smartphone that can work by itself or plug into a tablet dock for expanded functionality, much like the Motorola Atrix phone/netbook concept. The tablet has a built-in battery that can recharge the phone while in use and adds WiFi for local data transfer. Users will also be able to seamlessly move between the displays while only requiring a single 3G subscription.

The Best Android Tablets with GPS

Posted By Steve McFarlane on March 11th, 2011

The market is flooded with GPS navigation devices including in-car navigation units from Garmin and software solutions for Blackberry, Android and the iOS platform.  While consumers love their gadgets, the novelty of having the latest and greatest device often wears off pretty quickly leaving consumers wanting a solution that integrates the features they want the most into one device.

Multi-function devices reduce the number gadgets that consumers have to carry around. For example, a GPS-enabled Tablet eliminates the need for an in-car navigation device and a separate Tablet, provided that the size of the device is right. Here are some Android Tablets with GPS already integrated. (more…)