As Google’s Android platform rises in popularity and challenges the iPad’s market share, it can be confusing for the consumer who simply wants a good, quality tablet without the hassle. In order to determine which tablet is right for you, we’ll go over the strengths and weaknesses of both platforms.
1 iPad: Strengths
The iPhone/iPad ecosystem is a huge strength for the iPad. This includes the App Store, which has over a million apps, many of which are designed with the iPad’s larger display in mind. The iPad also tends to be more stable and easier to use than Android tablets. Apple approves each app individually, ensuring that it (mostly) does what it claims it will do and the worst of the bugs are eliminated.
2 iPad: Weaknesses
While it is great that each app is checked by Apple before being released into the app store, and iPad users can rest a little easier knowing that it is harder for malware to get onto their device, this approval process does lock out some apps that would be useful.
The iPad also lacks the ability to expand its storage through microSD cards. There are other options, such as Dropbox, and you can use some external drives with the iPad, but the lack of support for microSD and Flash drives is a definite negative.
3 Android: Strengths
The biggest strength of the Android is the vast array of devices from which to choose and the amount you can customize your tablet once you make your purchase. And there are some great premier Android tablets to go along with hundreds of other lesser-known name brands. Android has also matured quite a bit over the last few years, supporting some features like widgets (small apps that run on your home screen so you don’t have to open them) that Apple has stayed away from.
Android’s Google Play marketplace has also come a long way in the past few years. While the lack of supervision means more of those apps will be throwaways without much use, the boost in numbers does provide a lot more variety than Android experienced when the tablet wars began.
4 Android: Weaknesses
The variety of devices can be a good point when shopping for what you want, it has its downside in support. Android operating system updates are not always compatible with all devices, and it can be difficult for app developers to stamp out bugs on all supported devices. This can lead to stability problems in some apps.