Mobile OSs Best combination of phone and tablet to get the best of iOS and Android ecosystems?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by saintforlife, Jul 12, 2012.


What is the best combination of iOS/Android phones and tablets?

  1. iPhone + Galaxy Nexus 7 tablet

    23 vote(s)
  2. Android phone + iPad

    77 vote(s)
  1. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2011
    Would you rather have an iPhone and the Galaxy Nexus 7 tablet or an Android phone and an iPad, if you didn't want to be married to one ecosystem and wanted the best of Apple and Google worlds?
  2. macrumors 603


    May 21, 2012

    iPhone 4S + iPad3.

    If iOS is not an option, MSFT Surface + Nokia Windows Phone 8
  3. macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2009
    If you want access to both ecosystems, I'd go android phone + iPad. The iPad brings a pretty good experience for users, and there are plenty of apps that are tailored to the iPad. Android tablets are decent, but there is not a lot of 3rd party support for Android tablets.

    If I were you, I'd buy into just one system. With that you'll get data syncing between the 2 devices (plus other benefits of being in the same ecosystem).
  4. macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2012
    I went Galaxy Nexus + iPad for a long time and it worked well.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2008
    My thoughts exactly

  6. macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    This is the combo I have and I'm very happy with it.
  7. macrumors regular


    Apr 17, 2012
    Because if it's running Android, it's **** right?
  8. macrumors G3


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    People are choosing the Microsoft Surface without ever having had a chance to try it? Yes, the logic is strong with those choices...
  9. macrumors 604


    Jan 8, 2012
    I like using an iPhone + Android tablet. I also have an Android phone and ipad2 but rarely use them.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    I living my new Nexus with jelly bean, but I am very close to getting an iPad 3. I think iOS just wins hands down in the tablet world.
  11. macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    Easily Android phone and iPad tablet.

    I'm not convinced Android is viable on the tablet.

    For my smartphone that I carry with me and do everything important with (Mail, Text, Calls), I demand more from it so Android is the clear choice.

    My tablet experience is more casual. Games, browsing, media, so I don't need it to do everything.
  12. macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    I'd say Galaxy Nexus w/ Jelly Bean and iPad 3.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2012
    Galaxy Nexus or Samsung Galaxy S III with the new iPad.

    Android tablet experience is lacking and the 7" form factor isn't differentiated from a phone UI significantly to matter.
  14. macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    I agree 100%. My tablet use is mainly gaming and iOS is far superior in that category.
  15. macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2010
    New Orleans
    android phone + ipad is your best bet. I've never had an android tablet I actually liked in comparison to the iPad. There are plenty of android phones that are as good as (some even better since the iPhone hasn't had its update yet) the iPhone. Good luck!
  16. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    Galaxy Nexus and iPad should suffice.

    If you get into Android at all you can always invest the little in the 8GB Nexus 7 in future.
  17. macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2012
    Searcy, AR
    I agree. I understand someone would be tempted by all those high powered droids for a phone, but really, no pad even comes close to the iPad 3.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2010
    I have an iphone 4 and an android tablet. Love it, and am debating on switching to android phone and ipad.

    But the more I think about it, maybe I should stick with the iphone/droid tablet. I love messing with the android but wouldnt want to mess with my personal phone, its like having a PC for work or a dedicated workstation. You dont want any junk or even internet on your work pc, you rely on it too much to mess around. I think if I got an Android phone, I might mess something up.

    I do think Android 4.1 blows away iOS 6 easily.
  19. macrumors 604


    Jan 8, 2012
    That's debatable depending on your uses. I preferred an android tablet up until the new iPad for various reasons (better screen, more storage, LTE, USB hosting, better cameras, has a flash for camera, stereo speakers albeit on the back, etc). I'm am debating selling my iPad 2 for a new iPad but I'm going to wait a bit longer. I wish the nexus 7 had cell support.
  20. macrumors G3


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I do too, but at THAT PRICE I am not too torn about it. This thing is cheap enough to put a tablet into virtually everyone's hands, and I think that is Google's ultimate goal; get more people picking up Android tablets thus upping market share and making development on the platform more profitable.
  21. macrumors member


    Jun 16, 2013
    Best combination for me: Nexus 5 & iPad Air

    - Fastest SoC in their class
    - Nice build quality
    - Big and beautiful Display
    - Fast Updates
    - iOS has still more exclusive and higher quality tablet apps (Infinity Blade 3, Walking Dead,...)
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2013
    Strong bump.. But same for me, if the iPad Air was cheaper. :p
  23. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    For me I've had almost all combinations but I settled on

    Android Phone + iPad (Retina Mini)
  24. macrumors 68010

    Feb 28, 2011
    I think the best is iPhone and small highly portable android tablet aka nexus 7.

    Reason is the large android phones are a bad compromise between a tablet and a smartphone IMO, as I would rather take a highly ergonomic and easy to handle smartphone for efficient day to day tasks. For quick consumption needs, a nexus 7 is not only highly portable, but also provides more screen area for better experience.
  25. macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I would go with Android phone and an iPad. Apps are much better on an iPad than Android tablet.

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