#1 By: Chris Hoffman, October 30th, 2013 06:41
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/174631/htg-explains-just-how-bad-are-android-tablet-apps/
Apple loves to criticize the state of Android tablet apps when pushing its own iPad tablets. But just how bad is the Android tablet app situation? Should you avoid Android tablets like the Nexus 7 because of the apps?
#2 By: Naman Sood, October 30th, 2013 07:50
...the iPad Mini reportedly struggles to run Apple’s latest iOS 7.
Er, no. It doesn't. My sister's first-gen non-Retina iPad Mini runs perfectly fine. It's actually smoother with iOS 7.
#3 By: Magnus, October 30th, 2013 08:48
It almost seems like the person that wrote this is an Apple Fanboy. The nexus 10 is 70 to 100 bucks cheaper thant the IPAD Air. As for the specs, they are the same for both tablets but you have more RAM in the Nexus, you have a equally good device in the Nexus for about 100 less bucks. As for the "Apps", the only advantage that Apple has is compatibility and complete integration with your other Apple devices. Google counters that with total integration between Gmail, Drive, Chrome, and having a system that is actually open to all and can connect to any computer or OS that you want. You'll find almost all the popular apps in both OS's and the integration for tablets is mostly perfect and in any case not Android's problem since they give you the tools when you dev to make your app available for any screen size, you just need to program it to that end. Oh and chrome > Saphari, Google maps > The pale excuse for Apple maps. As for the OS, Android 4.3 and iOS7 are pretty much the same. The only difference is you can mod Android 4.3 and iOS7 is "as is". Then end of the article is not logical to me. Why would you spend more money for a Brand when you can have an equally good product for less money?
#4 By: Adrian Martin, October 30th, 2013 09:36
Why post this when there is new N10 on the way?
#5 By: QwertyJuan, October 30th, 2013 10:17
Amazing how your Mini doesn't, when everything I've installed it on does... and does quite badly. Typical Apple user.
#6 By: joe, October 30th, 2013 10:45
the great thing about android and especially a nexus device is i can whatever i want to with it...much easier to root and install a custom rom compared to crapple...
#7 By: Mike, October 30th, 2013 11:52
I used to think that if I bought a tablet I'd go for an IPad but after working on a few... I'll have a note please. As for phones, i'll never switch from android especially thanks to cyanogenmod
#8 By: Naman Sood, October 30th, 2013 13:02
Once again, I am not an Apple fanboy! I use an Android tablet and phone, and essentially love Android. I was just pointing out that any Mini I've ever seen (only one) never lags.
#9 By: Kris Dekeyser, October 30th, 2013 13:11
I'm soooo tired of Apple vs Google discussions. I'm an Android user and a happy one, but I dislike the fanatic posts and replies I see on many forums. Let's face it: the iPad and Android tablet just live in different eco-systems and that's fine. It's how you should look at them.
I see some collegues using a MacBook and an iPhone and surely an iPad makes perfectly sense for them. They are very happy with it and I'm glad they are. Myself, I'm using a Linux PC and Android phone and therefore an Android tablet makes most sense to me. That's it. I have no need to go and compare the little differences between an iPad and Android tablet. Neither do I start giggling if I see a negative report on the iPad.
Typically the iPad users like the ease of use and consistent interface of the iPad and Android tablet users like the fact that they can customize their tables to a large extend (oh, yes and the price of course). Having dealt with a lot of end-users in supporting their ICT, I can mostly divide them into one of these camps. People do change, yes. And many will switch sides, but that does not make one side superior to the other.
On-topic: I do not own a Nexus 7 (yet), but I do have a multiple 7 and 10 inch tablets and I do agree that older apps (phone apps) do scale nicer on the 7 inch thatn 10 inch tablets. I've never experienced this as a real issue, however. They are workable and most apps will get updated with a nicer tablet interface sometime soon. And I tend to stay away from apps with a stale development cycle anyway.
#10 By: Grant Johnson, October 30th, 2013 15:01
I have an android phone, 7 inch tablet, and 10 inch tablet. By not mixing iPad and Android, I don't have to buy my apps twice. I prefer the Android over the iPhone for compatibility and capability reasons. I can use it with my desktop easily, install any application I want (side load easily if not officially approved), and never have to use iTunes. It just shows up as an external drive and I copy files to it. That is much easier.
#11 By: Gigi D'autriche, October 30th, 2013 15:25
I'm not the biggest Android Fanbro out there, but I will say this. I've thought about buying an iPhone or iPad so many times, but there's one thing I always find to be a dealbreaker. Sure, I think the devices look great. Sure, accessories for iPhones and iPads are everywhere and more universal (how often can you buy a dock for one Android phone that will be physically compatible with a few others?). Sure, iOS is a great UI experience and the hardware Apple throws into their products is always good. But I (and I'm sure a lot of people who know what they want) always end up choosing Android because of it's openness. While I love my BlackBerry Playbook, there's no way you're transferring files onto it without the BlackBerry Manager program running on your computer. Sure, you can do it over WLAN, but that takes forever. Why do I mention this? I think I'd have the same problems with iDevices. I don't want to have to install iTunes to load files onto my device. I just want to plug it in, drag and drop in explorer, and off I go. Or sync files through Google Drive and DropBox. I'm too used to the practicality of having such an open platform when it comes to sharing files between devices, be it transferring photos to my desktop or maybe a few documents onto my tablet to look at on the go. Maybe Apple has these capabilities, I don't know. But I'm not willing to pay for something that'll lock me into it's ecosystem, never to break free.
In summary, sure Apple makes great stuff, but I'd rather stick with an open ecosystem that works for me. And I'm sure a lot of other people feel the same way.
#12 By: freeman, October 30th, 2013 22:24
Do not always follow the mainstream when criticizing or speaking highly of things. Experience it before any words.
#13 By: Naman Sood, October 31st, 2013 07:32
I do feel the same way. For my Nexus 7 or Xperia E, just plug it in and use it as a flash drive. iOS doesn't like mere mortals like us interfering with its file system, so I need iTunes for that.
Also agree with @kadeeke, in that Google vs. Apple is idiotic, you use what's comfortable for you.
#14 By: Roger_Bertrand, October 31st, 2013 19:24
Look APPLE may criticize all the way what it wants to, but at the end of the day ANDROID tablets are a lot more affordable tan APPLE's and they can do almost everything an APPLE Tablet would do. The only thing I have noticed is that syncing with APPLE is easier. But once you start to use ANDROID there are so many apps to make it sync to whatever you like ... there is no limit: I access my home LAN from my Tablet, all of the PCs in my house, I have the Calendar syncing with MS OUTLOKK, WINDOW LIVE, OUTLOO.COM, GOOGLE everything is in sync and GOOGLE CALENDAR sends me my advice to my EMAIL and my pone via SMS. Can't get better, even MS OUTLOOK, which I paid for, is not that easy to use and doesn't do the same, to the point where I am considering using GOOGLE Calendar as DEFAULT and relinquish OUTLOOK's to just receiving the SYNC. At the end of the day ANDROID is the Tablet for the masses, and APPLE appears to be for the fat wallets and those preoccupied with their image.
PS: I will not ever pay again for something like MS OUTLOOK that is so complicated to get it to work in sync with other, when I can use GOOGLE CALENDAR and ANDROID CALENDAR APPS, and I don't think I would pay the upscale dollars for an APPLE CADILLAC. I am happy with my CHEVROLET.
#15 By: Naman Sood, November 1st, 2013 03:06
You don't need to capitalize everything, you know.
#16 By: Roger_Bertrand, November 1st, 2013 03:52
More than 80 % is not capitalized, so don't generalize (it's plain simple arithmetic). Only Software or SYSTEMS names are capitalized to highlight them.
#17 By: Naman Sood, November 1st, 2013 07:29
I wasn't planning on getting literal. But yes, sorry for that one. Have some cake.
On topic: You know, the 3D games, the part of Android tablet apps I usually download and use, work amazingly on my Nexus 7, and presumably they would work nicely on a Nexus 10 as well.
#18 By: James Ring, November 1st, 2013 14:19
It's a shame that the paper size standard wasn't proportioned to the "square root of 2" so as to accommodate a truly half size fold. Like wise, couldn't the tablet's proportions have been standardized in this way to effectively handle portrait and landscape orientations with little format change? Then, regardless of size (5', 7", 10") the app would fit.