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The Battle of the Tech Giants Continues: What’s Better, iPad or Tablet?

Which Device Better Suits Your Needs?

Ever since Apple came back from the brink of bankruptcy, they have dominated the mobile world with their sleek and powerful devices. The rest of the mobile world has since caught on, and there is a fierce competition between Apple fans and the rest.

The thing is, there is a place for both schools of followers. But what about the mighty iPad? Does it have an equal that can deliver the same performance? What are the main differences between Android tablets and iPads? And lastly, which one is better suited for your needs? We’ve done some digging so you don’t have to.

iPad Pros

The main thing that sets iPads apart from any other tablet is that they run Apple’s iOS. Apple software developers don’t have to worry about the hassles of compatibility and excessive bugs in the system. They only need to develop their software for a limited number of devices. Therefore, the software is very stable.

The next major benefit that an iPad has over other devices is its seamless integration and synchronization between other Apple products. Seeing that the software developers only have to cater for one type of architecture in all their devices, they communicate with each other a lot easier than other tablets do. All the visual interfaces look alike, so the user won’t find it difficult to navigate and link various devices.

No one wants a glitched device, or one that lags when put under some stress. In this area, Apple has outperformed its competitors time and time again. Without fail, the iPad continues to push the envelope with every release, so much so that modern iPads outperform some desktop computers.

Tablet Pros

Android tablets are devices for the people. There is such a vast array that you can choose from, it’s almost overwhelming. Apart from the diversity in device choice, you can further customize your tablet in many different ways without having to jailbreak your device. It doesn’t matter what pay grade you are on, you will be able to find a quality device to suit your pocket.

The diversity in functionality that Android provides is one of its key strengths. Over the last couple of years, they have developed quite a bit and included the use of widgets on their devices, a feature Apple still hasn’t introduced. The Google Play Store offers thousands of apps that the user can choose from, with a number of them being free as well.

Android tablets don’t just have to rely on one app store to fulfill the needs of their audience. Android supports multiple app stores, such as the Amazon and Samsung stores. To a degree, these stores protect the user from useless apps, seeing that they are screened and tested before it gets published on their sites.

Whereas Apple devices love to sync and interact with one another, Android apps love to work together. The reason for this is because the apps are built to communicate with other apps. They find it easy to assign new default tasks to certain apps and integrate functionality with one another.

iPad Cons

iPads might be the smoothest devices around, but they sure aren’t the most customizable. With great fluency comes a great lack of control for the end user. The tradeoff that Apple has to live with to maintain the stability and easy user experience is sacrificing customizability and expansion.

iPad users might feel a bit more at ease when it comes to malware and unwanted apps on their devices seeing as each app is screened before release. However, the process is so rigid that many great apps don’t make it onto the market due to technicalities.

With Apple being so exclusive and posh, it also comes with a hefty price tag. For many, Apple is just a status symbol and they will pay top dollar to get the newest device, but not everyone can afford this exclusivity. The paid apps in the store are also not always worth the money, especially since they can’t be tested beforehand.

Android Cons

For anyone who has worked on both an iPad and an Android device, they would have noticed a lack of performance on the Android device. In some way, Android’s diversity is also its major drawback.

Software developers constantly have to figure out ways to get rid of glitches, because they can’t just write their software for a single device. They have to cater for such a vast array of different devices, and ultimately the performance suffers.

The Android Play Store is free for anyone to develop and post an app, even if it is useless, or even worse, malicious. These users constantly have to sift through thousands of apps to eventually arrive at one they want or need.

So, What to Choose?

In the end, you can’t go wrong with either Apple or Android. Nowadays, the competition is so fierce that both have to up their game to stay in it. This is good news for users because major companies will keep trying to push the envelope.

You merely have to choose if you want choice or stability, a hefty price tag or something that fits your budget, and finally, if you want to be able to try before you buy.

If you can answer all these questions, you will be able to make an informed decision, and be on your way to buy your tablet or iPad of choice.