iOS vs Android: Educational and reference apps for adults

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ozaz, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. ozaz macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2011
    I occasionally consider switching from iPad due to features I would really like that are available on Android and Windows (specifically, multiuser support, active digitisers, sd card support). Both platforms would meet my basic app needs (social media, music apps, movie apps, etc) and have the benefit of lower cost.

    But one thing that I feel I might really miss if I left iPad is the quality of educational/reference apps that are relevant to adults (e.g. iTunes U, Khan Academy, Essential Anatomy 2, Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe, The Elements)

    Given that I highly value these type of apps, I'm pretty sure Windows tablets should be disregarded at the moment.

    But what about Android? How good is Android with respect to these type of apps?
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Others might have specific examples of where Android is as good as or better in those areas, but I think that iOS pretty much dominates the educational/reference category.

    I love my Nexii, Nooks, and Kindle, but if I need reference material, I choose the iPad (not the iPhone, which I feel has too small a screen to use reference material well, but absolutely any of the iPads).

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