Why iPad Over Another Tablet?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by eljanitor, May 12, 2011.

  1. eljanitor macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2011
    I've seen the iPad and at times I consider buying one. There seems to be a few reasons that I would. However I know that there are a few other tablets out there, like the Motorola Xoom, and the Samsung Galaxy.

    So what are some reasons that you prefer the iPad / iPad 2 over the others? Or do you?
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Yours is a question that has been asked many times before.

    Everyone has a preference and buys the product that best fits their needs/wants.
  3. Torin macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2011
  4. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    The most common answer is app availability. The android selection just isn't there yet, and from what I've heard the average quality level is way lower bc they're not as stringent as apple in what gets through. And apps are really what makes a tablet something you use constantly versus something you forget about after the initial excitement wears off.
  5. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    This subject has been hashed and rehashed many times, I'm just saying, but if you want to know.

    Although "The Market" for Android is slowly catching up, it can't compete with "The App Store". Bottom line for me is software support and the simple fact that I am heavily invested in Apps for the iPad. Repurchasing the same App for an Android tablet? Uh uh, not going to happen.
  6. Mac.World macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2011
    In front of uranus
    Only two non-iPad tablets you should even consider and neither one is available yet. Samsung 10.1 or HP's upcoming tablet. Do some searches on reviews of the Xoom, Playbook, Streak, etc... and you'll see why you want to avoid those tablets.
  7. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2007
    Savannah, GA
  8. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Prefer iPad because of the consistency of the iUniverse. ITunes, App Store etc.
    Exchange of programs between iPhone, iPod and iPad. Also MobileMe counts in here.

    And there are sweet little details like the magnet smart cover
  9. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I have an iPad and a Playbook. I got the Playbook for free and I develop for the iPad.

    The main reason I would go with iPad is the App Store. Not because it has 300,000 apps but because it actually has useful applications.

    The Playbook has around 3,000 apps right now and unfortunately nearly all of them are pretty terrible. Which is a bit sad because the OS itself is really nice, at least for version 1. It still has a bunch of annoying quirks (For example: You can't disable the screen timeout. The longest you can set it to is 5 minutes, even while plugged in!) which will hopefully be worked out in the next few months.

    As far as Android tablets, the 10.1 and 8.9 Galaxy Tab's look interesting but we will see once the reviews come out.
  10. Meanee macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2011
    Well, Playbook should be able to run Android apps, so that's a plus. And remember, first apps on iPhone were fart apps. Every new OS needs to spread it's wings.
  11. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    That's not what I remember. As I recall, fart apps didn't start appearing until a month or two after the app store opened. The very first bunch of apps that hit the app store were pretty solid. What I do remember in terms of "that's not really an app" problem is that the app store was quickly overrun by ebooks apps, and everyone breathed a sigh of relief when Apple created a "Books" category in the app store.
  12. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    Stability, development community, Ecosystem, and the fact that the entire world supports iOS.
  13. 4DThinker, May 12, 2011
    Last edited: May 15, 2011

    4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    One thing I like about the iPad is it's screen ratio. With the exception of wide screen movies the benefit of it's wider screen is you can still see much of the screen when the onscreen keyboard is in use.

    As for apps, there are only a few available for iOS tablets that Android doesn't have, and Android has a few iOS doesn't.
  14. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    I like the ipad 2 a lot. But I use it mostly for web browsing and listening to music, something that the Android tablets could easily do. Since I already have an iPhone, having an ipad doesn't really bring much new. So in hindsight, I would rather go for a platform which is different from iOS since I already have an iOS device.

    On the other hand, if you already have an Android phone, an iPad might be a cool thing to have as you get to use two different sets of apps.
  15. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
  16. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    If by "only a few" you mean about 65,000 then yes, "iOS tablets" have a few more. :)
  17. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
  18. hoanganh macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2011
    tried android tablet (xoom and the LG one). however, found they are not what i want. for the honeycomb os, it has the dock at the bottom of the screen that u cannot make program run over it => no full screen program; no hard button (except the ON/OFF) => dont know what to do when it freezes; many apps (and rapidly increase in quantity) but the quality of apps is poor and many apps do not work on all devices; and the biggest prob: it's lagging, doesnt have the "smooth" feeling, like the iOS!

    after all, hardware is not the only matter! the interaction between hard and software is even more important for me! => ipad is my choice!
  19. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Try them all and buy the one that meets your needs ie. one you like the looks of, feels the fastest to you, and has the software you want.

    Its not hard.
  20. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    Also, most of the Apps from "The Market" are no optimized for tablet use, which further limits your choices for apps.
  21. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Congratulations. I wasn't going to post in this thread but your ignorance has convinced me! :D

    The first apps on the iPhone were far from fart apps. Don't make stuff up to help your argument. First of all there were over 500 iPhone apps on launch day (and over 2,000 iPad optimized apps on iPad launch day). I would be shocked if the number of Android tablet optimized apps topped either one of those numbers, and we are 3 months removed from its launch.

    And regarding those fart apps, they actually didn't gain steam until much after the launch. In fact it wasn't until about christmas that the fart apps started popping up (6 months later). So please use you brain before you use your mouth (or fingers)
  22. kevinof macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2008
    I have a Transformer running honeycomb and I get full screen apps, so I don't know what you're talking about here. Also any honeycomb tablet is going to be able to run all apps for previous versions (of android) so your comment about apps not working on all devices doesn't mean anything in reality.

  23. Axiem macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2011
    There are tablets on the market other than the iPad?

    I mean, I've looked around Best Buy, and I sure can't find any. Just some plastic-and-metal things that are nothing more than expensive non-working toys.
  24. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    +1. The customizing flexibility offered by Android is certainly an appeal for many but the simplicity with which the iPad slides into our almost exclusively Apple household was the greatest appeal. My wife is, lets just say '"technically challenged" so having a multiple OS household would only make life more difficult. We can share apps across multiple devices and now that my wife is more familiar with iOS after using an iPhone for a couple years, she has little difficulty pickup up her or my iPad and getting done whatever she needs.

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