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Choosing Between an Apple iPad or a Google Android Tablet

Updated on December 31, 2012

There were many considerations for me when I was trying to decide on buying an Android tablet or an Apple iPad. When the iPad first came out and while it is a very good design. As much as I wanted to have one, I couldn't bear the thought of paying so much money for one. I researched and found that many of the Android tablets have similar functionality as the iPad such as capacitive multi-touch screens that were similar to an iPad. When comparing the main features and contemplating the multiple reasons I came to the conclusion on why I didn't choose an Apple iPad.

First Decision - Price

The price of the iPad starting at $499 and upwards is so high that for a bit more money I could have purchased a full featured Windows laptop. While the flexibility of havng a tablet is great and the ability to run certain apps is good. I felt the price was too high when considering getting these capabilities. While most of the same size Android tablets would cost close to the same amount as an iPad, I found there were many other choices of smaller screen Android tablets that were less costly and fairly capable.

Second Decision - Size

While the size of the screen on the iPad is good but again not quite the same size as a laptop if I were to purchase one besides the first reason to not buy an iPad. The iPad's screen size is a bit too large and would require two hands for a majoity of the time when using it. So again the option of Android tablets with a smaller screen option became more appealing.

Third Decision - Features

The features I was interested in are to have expandability and more standard interfaces. Apple as a company, likes to have a fixed amount of memory per device and you pay for more storage at the time you first buy a device and if you needed more then you would have to replace it with an higher-end version of the device. While most Android tablets have a expandable slot for adding flash memory which can help to expand the amount of memory in the device. Surprisingly, I was seriously considering the latest Google Android tablet, the Nexus 7, but it didn't have the slot for expanding the amount of memory so I took this device out of my list of considerations. Secondly, standard interfaces such as a microUSB port which can help to connect for power or to a computer for transferring files back and forth. Also the same interface could be used to possibly connect to a keyboard, mouse, or other USB capable peripherals.


After purchasing my first Android tablet, I've bought two other Android tablets afterwards as I found certain limitations when purchasing the earlier ones as they have older versions of the Android OS. The first Android tablet I got had Android OS 2.x, its codename Froyo, the second tablet had Andoid OS 3.x aka Honeycomb and the third and latest tablet I purchased uses Android OS 4.0 which is also called Ice Cream Sandwich.

The final and best reason I decided on an Android tablet was because with Android there were choices and options for me to get the one I wanted at the price I was willing to pay.


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      Ann Leung 4 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you tillsontitan for everything! I am glad that you enjoy your new iPad.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I have never been an Apple person but for Christmas I received an iPad. I am aware of it's limitations and cost but I have to say I love it! One of the biggest benefits for me is FaceTime as two of my children have FaceTime and I am now able to communicate using it.

      What I found interesting in your review was your comment that you have to replace iPad to upgrade and yet that is what you have done with the Android.

      As I said before, different people choose different products, however, this was informative and I'm sure will be helpful to those who haven't made the decision yet.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.