Input Requested: Are Android Tablets As Good As The iPad?


UPDATE: As a result of the great feedback that many provided to me, I bought an ASUS Transformer tablet and I have never looked back. Great price (about 1/2 the cost of a new iPad), stunning graphics and a blazing Tegra2 processor have made me fall in love with my tablet all over again. More details to come with a post specifically on the Transformer.

Cheers!

–Sean


Are Android tablets better than Apple iPads? What makes them better? Who will be the winner in the tablet wars?

This fantastic graphic is courtesy of The Daily Mobile Forum

It’s rolling around to that time again. You know…Black Friday. And with Black Friday, comes Cyber-Monday, the consumer spending free-for-all that allows us techno-geeks to let our credit cards do the talking. This year, my wife has made it clear that she is very interested in having her very own tablet, which places me in a bit of a predicament.

You see, I’m an “Android guy”. I love the openness that Android represents and I’m not a fan of the closedness (is that a word) that Apple represents. So, I should just buy an Android tablet, right? Wrong! I purchased an Android-based tabled a while back and it was crap. Granted, I literally bought it from China and had it shipped to the US since there weren’t any Android tablets on the market here at that time. Also, it was running Android 1.5, which was designed for phones, not tablets.

And then there was the shoddy quality. So basically, it was a bad experience that drove me to buy an iPad, which I have LOVED until the recent iOS 5 iPad update crashes which basically turned it into a digital brick. And then there was the terrible “customer service” provided to me by Apple on their online forums. Talk about souring me on the Apple experience…

So…I’m looking to you, my readers, to share with me why you love your Android tablet. Win me over, help me love Android tablets again. Let me know which model you have and why you feel it excels over the iPad. I already have visions of micro SD slots, dual processors, and the open Android market on my mind, but what else really makes the Android experience worth it??

Apple iPad and iPad 2 users, don’t be shy! Chime in with your experiences, as well. I am already a big fan of the iPad (iOS 5 aside) and it will be a tough fight to get me to give up the styling, beauty, and stability of my iPad.

So which is it? iPad or Android? And if Android…which tablet?

Thanks, in advance, for sharing and helping me through this crisis 🙂

–Sean

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