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future_computer 02-18-2013 10:52 AM

apple or android tablet?
 
I want to buy a tablet, I need more apps, free of charge, apple iPad look like more popular, is it better than android?

acid_kewpie 02-18-2013 10:54 AM

there is no "better", on a Linux forum, surely you know that already? I like my Nexus 7. It's ace. Other people prefer paying twice as much for an equivalent iPad.

future_computer 02-18-2013 12:24 PM

I need GPS, sending sms.
ipad is more expensive, memory can't be expanded by microSD.
But its screen resolution is better.

SalmonEater 02-18-2013 12:36 PM

High-end Samsung or Asus Android, definitely!

Dman58 02-18-2013 01:16 PM

It all comes down to personal preference because all these tablets do the same thing at the end of the day. I am geared toward the Android tablets because of the memory card expandability, linux background, and variety of free software. Ipads are cool too don't get me wrong, recently I gave one as a xmas present to my mother in law and she loves it, but they are a little too much proprietary for my liking.

The uses you want are pretty standard and can be accomplished by the majority if not all of the tablet market.

I am probably going to by the Samsung Galaxy Note or the Transformer, at the same time it's very early in the year and a ton of new products will be released so it may be in any ones best interest to wait.

Happy Shopping

sundialsvcs 02-18-2013 07:32 PM

Just figure that you're going to spend "a few hundred (US) dollars" on a piece of equipment that will have no more than two years' useful service-life before it is declared "utterly obsolete" and relegated to the same digital dung-heap now occupied by the last three phones you bought. With that principle firmly in mind, buy the piece of equipment that, all things considered, will serve your present need most-completely, today. In 720 day's time, figure that you won't even be able to give the thing away in a donations-box.

If you buy an Android device, you can be pretty sure that the device will still be able to do what it's doing now, which is a lot more than you can say for Apple gear. I bought two iPhones before finally seeing the light, whereas my wife is still happily using an Android phone she'd bought a year earlier. Not only do both of the (non-replaceable) iPhone batteries no longer hold a charge, but you can't get software for them even if you tried.

I'm writing this quite happily on my battle-axe MacBook Pro (one of a long line of such devices), so please don't imagine that I am "Apple bashing," nor saying that what sort of equipment you ought to select. I'm just saying that you should not expect any investment in pad-technology today to have more than a two-year service life.

"Popularity," by the way, is entirely manufactured and therefore quite worthless as a basis of comparison. You are not a Lemming.

273 02-18-2013 07:49 PM

I've a first generation iPad that's still working. I use it now and again, but tend to prefer my netbook due to it having a real keyboard.
From what I can gather the "apps" tend to cost more for Apple, though I've mainly been looking at SSH, VLC, VNC remote controls and MPD remote controls -- other apps may be the same. I have found free ones for iOS, by the way, but they're adware and crippled compared to the Android ones. There seem to be some other cool Android apps that never make it to iOS also.
I also struggle to use an iPad without iTunes as there's no other sensible way to get files on and off it. Having to email yourself is a bit pathetic for such expensive kit.
The above means the iPad only gets used for reading on the toilet, reading Twitter (for which linux has no decent "apps" I can find) and playing a silly game. In the few weeks I owned a rubbish old Sony/Erikson Android phone I could already find more use for it than the flash iPad.

future_computer 02-18-2013 09:50 PM

128GB, 3G ipad cost 950 USD in malaysia, pretty expensive.
While a Samsung Galaxy note tablet with 32GB and 3G, cost 700 USD here.

future_computer 02-18-2013 09:53 PM

ipad 4 has mush better sreen resolution :D

future_computer 02-20-2013 08:00 AM

I bought Acer iconia 701, 32GB, can expand memory, can SMS but cannot call.
Full HD screen.
Android Jellybean.

FredGSanford 02-20-2013 11:48 PM

I have the Samsung GT2 7.0 with 8gb and can expand up to 32gb sdcard. It came with ICS but has been updated to Jelly Bean since January. The display is not as good as the N7 but it has been serving my purpose since August quite well.

the_gripmaster 02-21-2013 01:27 AM

I would recommend a Nexus 7. Not only you get the latest android updates from Google, you also get a great product for the price. I have a Nexus 10 but it seems Nexus 7 is not only small enough to carry around and hold it with one hand but also serves most other purposes.

poipoi 02-21-2013 09:51 AM

Android tablet, specifically Nexus 7 3G, but you will have to use skype as there isn't a messaging app to my knowledge.

the_gripmaster 02-21-2013 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by future_computer (Post 4894777)
ipad 4 has mush better sreen resolution :D

Nexus 10 has even better screen resolution. Nexus 10 got 300 ppi while ipad 4 has got 264 ppi.

future_computer 02-22-2013 12:13 AM

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Originally Posted by the_gripmaster (Post 4897142)
Nexus 10 has even better screen resolution. Nexus 10 got 300 ppi while ipad 4 has got 264 ppi.

But Nexus 10 has no 3G/cellular ability.
Only wifi. It also cannot expand memory.

acid_kewpie 02-22-2013 04:35 AM

3g on a tablet is a bad thing IMO. tether through your phone for a single plan if need be.

codergeek 02-23-2013 02:20 AM

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Originally Posted by future_computer (Post 4894429)
I want to buy a tablet, I need more apps, free of charge, apple iPad look like more popular, is it better than android?

Just because something is popular doesn't guarantee a person will like it.

You should make a list of the pros and cons of both products. Then circle or underline the main feature(s) that is of most interest to you. Also, youtube has many consumer reviews of these products.

Second, if you have deep pockets buy both :)

future_computer 02-23-2013 02:34 AM

so far my Acer A701 is good, I still can make contact by sms.

future_computer 02-24-2013 09:33 AM

I am very happy with my Acer Iconia A701

sundialsvcs 02-25-2013 12:55 PM

Personally, I use my Kindle Fire for just about everything these days, including of course "entertaining reading." It's a very powerful Android-powered device that cost me about 1/3 of what an iPad would have. I have no need of a camera in it; nor a GPS; nor a phone.

However, when making your decision you should matter-of-factly write down what's important to you, and why. For example, particular "killer apps" that you want to run, ease-of-use with a Mac that you already own, and so on. These are purely personal factors, as is the purchase itself.

When purchasing ... poke around the Apple site until you find the "refurbished equipment" page. Most of the stuff you find there actually has never been sold to anyone: it's the stuff that people used in the various stores. The equipment has been taken back by Apple, cleaned up if needed, then sold at a substantially reduced price, "by Apple," with full factory warranty. It'll be "last year's model" or in some cases "earlier this year," but who-the-heck cares.

You can fully expect, in all cases, to receive an extremely powerful machine, backed by a suitable warranty, that ought to last you for many years. Whether it's Android based or iOS based (or even :eek: based?) is entirely up to you. Make the decision based on decision-points, not marketing.

MaryRowley 03-07-2013 06:35 AM

Iphone or Samsung, they both have good features. But it depends on your money.

annasui 03-14-2013 04:13 AM

how about samsung GALAXY Note 10.1? I wanna buy tablet too,and wanna choose one from samsung and ipad

acid_kewpie 03-14-2013 05:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by annasui (Post 4911263)
how about samsung GALAXY Note 10.1? I wanna buy tablet too,and wanna choose one from samsung and ipad

The note (vs the tab) looks like a really good bit of kit. Nice high end one. Can't imagine you'd be dissapointed

dbrazeau 03-21-2013 03:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sundialsvcs (Post 4894715)
Just figure that you're going to spend "a few hundred (US) dollars" on a piece of equipment that will have no more than two years' useful service-life before it is declared "utterly obsolete" and relegated to the same digital dung-heap now occupied by the last three phones you bought. With that principle firmly in mind, buy the piece of equipment that, all things considered, will serve your present need most-completely, today. In 720 day's time, figure that you won't even be able to give the thing away in a donations-box.

I think that is a little extreme. I just sold my 2 year old myTouch 4G for a little over $100 on ebay. I would expect you get the same for a 2 year old tablet (maybe a little less), but to say it will be worthless is a little overboard.

dbrazeau 03-21-2013 03:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by future_computer (Post 4897196)
But Nexus 10 has no 3G/cellular ability.
Only wifi. It also cannot expand memory.

Not sure why everyone needs 3G on their tablet. I just tether it to my phone which has fake 4G(T-mobile), and I always have my phone on me.

pattypccruz 03-25-2013 02:59 AM

I vote for Apple tablets. Base on my experience Apple tablet is the most reliable and easy to use. I am not saying that Android doesn't have good quality, actually they also have great features but with regards to the speed and has a user friendly features, Apple is # 1 for me.

DinoFly 03-25-2013 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by pattypccruz (Post 4918145)
I vote for Apple tablets. Base on my experience Apple tablet is the most reliable and easy to use. I am not saying that Android doesn't have good quality, actually they also have great features but with regards to the speed and has a user friendly features, Apple is # 1 for me.

The comparison is not right depends what you take as Android if Andorid is on Galaxy Note than I would chose Note because of the price, sure Android O.S. is not as reliable as Apple IOS but in compare of the price I would chose Galaxy Note, since reliability is not so important in tabled case. IMO.

Regarding to the friendly features it is all based on personal experience, I have difficulties in operating with Iphone, compared to the S3 I own.

pattypccruz 03-29-2013 02:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DinoFly (Post 4918310)
The comparison is not right depends what you take as Android if Andorid is on Galaxy Note than I would chose Note because of the price, sure Android O.S. is not as reliable as Apple IOS but in compare of the price I would chose Galaxy Note, since reliability is not so important in tabled case. IMO.

Regarding to the friendly features it is all based on personal experience, I have difficulties in operating with Iphone, compared to the S3 I own.

Well, It's just my own opinion but you have a point. Maybe it will depend on what users really need in a tablet. :)

bitonw 03-30-2013 05:56 PM

the whole story about android / ios is difficult as both do more or less the same. one difference is that you don't need a computer/itunes with an android. handy as you have more freedom. on the other hand the whole google apps is getting out of hand with more and more hacked software in their play store. another 'problem' with google is they keep changing their software faster then the weather changes, change control is a non existing thing. nice for the freaks but a disaster for the 'normal' users. so my advise is for stable / normal users probably apple and for the techno freaks android with all the freedom but open source...


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