So you’re new to tablets, Apple or Android, which one to get?
We all want the best our money can buy, but how do you know which is the best for you? I hope I can help you with your choice, whether it’s Apple or Android.
Let’s start with what a tablet offers, as opposed to a laptop for example. If you need a work computer, focused on productivity, then I may steer you towards a laptop above a tablet. If however, you’re not completely focused on productivity, but would like to use it for play as well as work, then we’re heading into tablet territory.
A tablet does the following especially well, it keeps you connected to social media, emails, chats with friends, photos, music, movies, reading books, news and articles. It’s not to say a laptop can’t do these things, it’s just that with apps like Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Flipboard, Email, Netflix, Kindle, your tablet is geared to make these an especially great user experience.
Tablets are light and easy to carry around, they’re fast and typically start up in a few seconds, ready to go.
I’m sure you’re getting the idea that a tablet is more of a toy than something you’re going to use for work, but it can be used for light work, creating documents, printing, etc. are all possible with tablets, their on-screen keyboards are pretty good with predictive text learning from you and adapting the more you type.
Apple or Android
Down to business, which operating system is the best for you, does it even matter? Apple’s operating system, (what you see when you use your device for the first time) is called IOS. The latest version is IOS 7. Google’s operating system is called Android, the current version KitKat V4.4 (today, mid 2015, we’re at Lollipop, v5.0 already).
Both operating systems are great, one could delve into the finer details, but they both offer a fast, responsive user experience. IOS is somewhat more restricted than Android, but we’ll get into that a little later, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker for everyone.
If you’ve had an Apple product before, an iPhone or iPod, you would already be familiar with what Apple has to offer.
Let’s be honest, Apple make beautiful, high quality products, they’re stylish, sleek and guarantee you a great user experience, but this comes at a price, as do all high-end items. An iPad is a great tablet, you’ll not be sorry if you get one, but they’re pricey. If price is not a big concern for you and you want a tablet that’s easy to work on, then an iPad is a good option.
An iPad Air, was the flagship of 2014. The latest iPad, the Air 2 is so much better than the first Air, but of course it costs more. You can grab the iPad air 2 for around $440, click below for more info:
The Apple iPad Mini 2 costs around £220 or $300 at Amazon:
If however, you don’t have as large a budget to work with, or you have a computer and like the freedom a computer offers, then you may fall into the Android category. Let me explain why. The Android system works seamlessly with a computer, copying files to and from an android device is as easy as dragging and dropping, something you’d no doubt be used to if you’re familiar with computers. An iPad is a bit more locked down, you’re limited in what you can copy to and from the device, and you’ll be using iTunes for just about everything when your computer and tablet are involved. Customization of your tablet, your home screen, the use of widgets, customizable apps you can add to your screen that can show you the latest weather, a slide show of your photos, for example, are all very easy on an Android device.
Moving on from that, Android tablets, and by Android I mean, tablet makers that use the Android operating system, offer similar specifications for a better prices.
The best Android Tablets for 2013 include:
- Google Nexus 7 (My favourite Tablet of 2013)
- Google Nexus 10 ( 10 inches vs 7 inches of the Nexus 7)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (Comes with S Pen which can be stored in the tablet)
- LG G Pad 8.3
- Sony Xperia Tablet Z
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
- Asus Transformer Pad (comes with a keyboard dock)
If you don’t mind waiting a bit, you could wait for the Samsung Galaxy NotePro, geared more towards business, (comes in different sizes, 8.4, 10.1 and 12 inches) to be released later this year. You can expect the tablets in the list above to have better specifications in the 2014 versions, which of course, drives the price of the earlier versions down. Something to consider for the budget conscious. If you’re interested in the NotePro, head over to TrustedReviews.com for their review.
Let’s look at pricing and choose our top contenders.
I would say the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note are the top contenders, The Nexus 7 being a smaller tablet (7 inches), compared to the Galaxy Note 10.1 (10 inches), a bit larger. The Note has what is called, the S Pen and perhaps offers more functionality, allowing you to scribble or write notes on your tablet. If you’d like to read a full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, head over to Stuff.tv for more info.
If you shop around a bit, you can get the Note for a decent price, and more importantly, more affordable than the Air. You can click below for more info at Amazon, or head over to Samsung’s Note 10.1 website.
Below is the Samsung Note PRO. Check out it’s features below.
- Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS, 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor
- 32 GB Flash Memory, 3 GB RAM
- 12.2-inch 2560×1600 WQXGA Display
- Features Hancom Office, Multi Window (up to 4), Magazine UX, Remote PC, Sidesync
If you still don’t feel that a tablet ticks all the boxes, ASUS are releasing a tablet/laptop combination that runs windows and android, it’s a 4-in-1 machine that will no doubt tick all the boxes. Have a look at this post: ASUS Transformer Book Duet TD300 for more information. I for one am waiting in anticipation for its release.
If I had to pick a tablet, and I aimed to use it for more play than work, I’d probably take a good look at the Nexus 7 (the latest Nexus is the Nexus 9), it’s a great little tablet. If I needed something a little bigger, something I’d be writing or typing on a bit more, I may consider the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with its handy S Pen.
Check out the Nexus 9 below. This thing is amazing!
If the lines are really blurred on what you think you’ll use the tablet for, but you know you’ll be typing quite a bit, I would probably start considering the ASUS transformer Book Duet, which has a keyboard and a screen, after all, it’s a laptop and a tablet. The Samsung Galaxy NotePro is also a good option, but you’ll have to wait for their release and pricing information.
I hope I’ve given you a better understanding of what a tablet can offer, and a high level overview on the differences between Apple and Google’s Android operating systems. I’m aware that it’s not always easy to know the full extent that you’ll be using your tablet before you get it, but at least you know what you can afford, and what options are available to you. If you have any comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know below.