So i won't be selling my iPad afterall

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Tzuten, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Tzuten macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    I bought the nexus 7 last week and have been enjoying all the things you can do on Android. Today I was going to load up some of my favorite game apps when it became quickly clear that Android is a wasteland for gaming. Either the majority of the games are not available for Android or worse not yet compatible with the Nexus (that irks me)

    With the immense fragmentation, piracy, and a much lower rate of app purchases I can see why developers don't give Android priority despite the larger market share.

    I was going to sell my iPad 3 but I guess it will remain in my stable of devices despite me wanting to get rid of some. So if anyone is thinking of making the jump and like gaming on a mobile device, iOS is superior in that dept still.
  2. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    App wise, I've definitely been gaming a lot less on my N7 versus when I had the iPad 3. But Emulator/ROM wise, been gaming a ton more. Replaying classic SNES and PSone era RPGs - it's a wonderful thing.

    Also, been reading a lot more on my N7.

    I can understand people sticking w/ iOS tablets for app gaming purposes.
  3. Tzuten thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    Sounds like we are similar in our usage patterns. For web browsing and reading it's my go to device now. I'm also taking it most places I go and tether my iPhone to it. I never took the iPad anywhere.

    As far as Roms yeah I've been having fun with those and playing old school sierra and lucasarts games via scummvm.
  4. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    I find 8bit and 16 bit gaming to be a little unsatisfying.

    Thankfully iOS 7 is getting controller support. That plus powerful gpu's should lead to more dreamcast and PS2 class games.

    I played Sonic and Castlevania enough times when they were big when I was a kid. I do like some of the Japan only PC Engine games though
  5. JackieInCo macrumors 601

    Jul 18, 2013
    Apps are the number one reason why I bought an iPad four months after buying a Nexus 7. I could never get rid of my iPad now.
  6. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    music apps are the reason I kept my iPad 2 for so long. And they are the reason I plan to buy the next iPad.

    I do use my N7 to read a lot though.
  7. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020


    Jul 23, 2010
    I dunno, somewhere in West Texas
    Yep, android still isn't there yet and when you add exclusivity like tegra devices it further fragments the experience. All the games I bought when I had my One X+ are now useless to me.
  8. The Game 161 macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    games seem fine to me on android for the games I play so no issues for me.
  9. srkmish macrumors regular


    Feb 10, 2013
    Games and music apps are much in plenty on ios and better than android for sure.

    If you are the kind of person who loves playing budget indie games like Mikey Shorts and looks forward to the best in touch gaming , ios is a clear winner.
  10. Tzuten thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    I'm becoming more of a mobile gamer nowadays because my time at home is limited. I really wanted to ditch of of my tablets. Android is a lot of fun to use and has the functionality I yearn for in my iPad however the the quantity and quality of the apps on the iPad is leaps and bounds ahead.
  11. superstarmc macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2011
    I bought one for my daughter and its a great device but I just can't go smaller than the ipad mini screen size. I do love the speed of the nexus though, I was impressed.
  12. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    I use emulators to play Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country, Metal Slug, Simpson's games, etc.

    Emulators are way more fun than games for iOS or Android.

    Game Boy and Game Gear are my favorites.
  13. asthamapheo macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2013
    that's because there are still not enough apps which are truly made for tablets, ipad is still the best tablet for gaming, but in almost every other category android tablets are better than the ipad
  14. MindsEye macrumors regular

    May 3, 2010
    More so than any other category of apps, gaming is the biggest area where iOS holds an significant advantage over Android. Don't get me wrong, Android has a huge library of games and your pretty much spoiled for choice but the situation is comparative to say PS2 and the original xbox or PS1 and the N64. By that i mean while the library is respectable, there is a noticeable number of big/popular titles missing from it. Another issue being that you often have to wait quite a while for an Android release of a game.

    One of the reasons why i eventually decided against the nexus 7 as my next tablet purchase.
  15. The Game 161 macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    To be honest i'm not a huge gamer..i like playing temple run 2, subway, iron man for example and they look great on my S4.
  16. Eddie Bombay macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2011
    IPad all the way for tablet, Android all the way for a phone.
  17. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    You are keeping your iPad 3 for gaming?


    If I gamed on mine I'd be looking to get rid of it. Which I am but I'm waiting for the next iPad.
  18. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2013
    Yup, I agree. I figured this out last year when I bought the first gen N7. Now I'm just waiting to buy the 5th gen iPad. That is one of the many reasons why I'm not switching to Android any time soon, if at all.
  19. Tzuten thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    Interesting. I was not aware of the iPad 3s limitations. But it makes complete sense being that the older chip is running a higher res. I'll probably ditch the 3, buy a 5, and when my contact is up get an android phone. In finding integration between the two ecosystems to be less of a issue than I thought it would originally be. The 3 is also LTE which I never use on it anymore.

    As far as the 7 I'll probably hang on to it as I'm finding myself taking it everywhere.

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