Any of you Android users tempted by the new iPad Air?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Misskitty, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. Misskitty macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    Just curious thats all. I love the Sammy 10.1 Note 2014 but find it purely as a desk/lap device and not a handheld like 8" tabs. Still think 8" is the sweet spot for tabs, and this is coming from someone who has used them all.
  2. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    I'm an Android smartphone user and I'd never touch Android on a tablet. It is a dreadful experience. iOS is perfect for tablets.

    I'll pick up the next iPad, especially if they add TouchID to it.

    Couple of my buddies just picked up the new N7s. Chrome on it is terrible. Complete lag fest
    Even Safari on my outdated iPad runs smoother and quicker.
  3. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Well, today I just bought the Nexus 7 again (this is my fifth try and it seems a keeper) and I just love this tablet.

    So fast. I don't see lag on Chrome. It's actually the best device I've tried for Chrome. Web browsing is a pleasure, and I had an iPad so I know of its fluidity and all, but this is much much better. For starters there's absolutely no checkerboards thanks to the 2GB RAM I guess. I tried the iPad Air today on the store and it only loaded 50% of the web pictures every time, until you scroll downwards and then they appear slowly.

    Anyway, having such a good tablet like the Nexus 7 for pictures just 235€ for the 32GB model it doesn't make too much sense for me to spend almost the double to get the 32GB iPad Air.
  4. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    If the iPad Air was 32GB I may have considered it. But when I saw 16GB still I just shook my head and laughed. I really thought Apple would increase it to 32. But I was wrong. Apple's just got lazy and arrogant if you ask me. Android is a fine OS. I know you'll hear the opposite here, but that's just ignorance. Much like PC users saying Macs suck "cuz they suck" , "Macs have no software"... see the connection? :rolleyes:

    Odd. I did the same at Best Buy and everything loaded fine...not saying you're lying, just sharing my experience. :) Maybe the connection was bad?
  5. alex2792 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2009
    Hell NO! I don't care how nice the hardware is when the OS is trash. After using Android and Windows 8 I would never go back to a tablet that won't allow me to do basic things like managing files or browse flash enabled sites without resorting to a crappy cloud browser.
  6. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    I have an iPad Air. Just prefer iOS tablets over android. However, I picked up a Nexus 7 last week and really liking it. Keeping both.
  7. Misskitty thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    Android on tabs is fine from my experience. Most people want ios cause they just assume flashy hooked on phonics sized icons means its better. Like another poster said earlier, ios feels like a childs OS.
  8. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    Don't stoop to the level of slamming another OS just because another poster does. It's not worth it. If they want to think iOS is the end all and be all of everything, let 'em. Who cares? :)


    Same boat as me. I have and like both. Getting tempted by the Venue 8 too. Gonna give Windows another year though and wait for the 8.1 release before picking one up. :)
  9. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Maybe your websites aren't as full of pictures as the ones I tried:

    They are very picture heavy.
  10. Ericcc macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2012
    I bought an Air because I wanted the lightest possible 10" tablet, and its synergy with my gf's purchased academic IOS apps and textbooks. It's serving pretty well as a textbook replacement, pdf annotater, and an always-on entertainment device.

    My main (and pretty much only) gripe is not actually the lack of a file system. It's the low RAM. Safari tabs are reloading way too often, which is ruining the web browsing experience for me. It still has 1G of RAM, keeping 2-3 tabs in memory shouldn't be that demanding.
  11. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    This sounds like you have not used a recent android tablet. I can agree with this statement if it was late 2012 or even early 2013. The current n7 provides a phenomenal tablet experience. I have an n7 and my GF has the ipad air. The only time I grab for the Air over the n7 is if I plan on using Airplay or Amazon Instant.

    As others have mentioned, you still do get a checkerboard often on ipads.
  12. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    I have a Note 3 and have the Air. In fact I LOVE the Air and think It's the best full sized tablet there is (smaller tablet being the Nexus 7).
  13. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    Had an iPad for 2 years.

    It's funny - I barely use it apart from on holiday.

    Having an MBP and a smartphone basically renders it pointless in my life, and I'm one of those people that told everyone how awesome the iPad was on release.

    That's just my personal usage patterns, though.
  14. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    Yes, I bought an Air and I love it.

    However, I can't wait for the jailbreak. I also hope safari tab refresh syndrome is solved with ios 7.1.
  15. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Just dont keep more than 2 tabs open in Chrome. Then, it surely wont lag.
  16. cpuguy18 macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2011
  17. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    It is, for the mostpart - see my report at


    It is demanding - see my dedicated posts.

    Luckily, 7.1b2 seems to have vastly improved the situation.
  18. Aika macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2006
    Too expensive for me at £480 for the 32GB model.
  19. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
  20. SeanR1 macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2009
  21. ab2c4 macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2013
    I like both ios and android. I wanted to buy a new tablet this fall and it was between the retina mini, ipad air and the Lg G Pad 8.3.

    I didn't want to spend $400 for the new mini. I really liked what I read about the Air and the Lg tablet. In the end the Air came out sooner and I bought it. It really is a great tablet. However, if I were buying today, and now that the Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3 came out unexpectedly, I would get the LG Google Edition hands down.
  22. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Forgot to add one more thing.

    While trying the iPad Air on the store Safari crashed with five tabs when going back to the home screen with the multitasking gesture. The springboard immediately crashed and rebooted.
  23. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010

    apple are still restrictive and you can't add things into them as easy as android.

    my main tablet use is purely internet,watching tv shows and films and youtube...don't play games.

    got a note 8.0 and love it to bits..use it as my main tablet. got an ipad 2 but i only used that for youtube videos and now i have chromecast i have no use for the ipad.
  24. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
    Santa Fe, TX
    I have an iPad 4 and a Surface Pro provided by my employer and a Nexus 10 purchased by myself. Not a huge fan of Mobile OS and typically use my Surface Pro if I want to use a tablet or play my PC games in a more mobile style.

    That said, If I did like mobile OS Tablets I don't think thinner and lighter would be enough to make me shell out $499 for what amounts to be the same thing as before to me.

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