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#1 +TruckWEB


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 23:34

I've been asked this question allot and I wanted to get more opinions form you all.  For a tablet, what would be the best right now, Android or iOS ?


1- The targeted device would be : Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1" -VS- iPad Air

2- Money is not a problem in this dilemma, so don't point to the lest costly device as a solution.


Most people asking me this question are using Windows PC, sometime with iTune, or not.  Some have iPhones, some have Android phones.  So it's hard to keep them in the same ecosystem.


I do own an iPad Air, so I know the +/- of using it.  I've been having "low memory" crash on mine with Safari or Chrome while visiting some heavy loaded site.  A problem that I don't have with the smaller Android Nexus 7.  I'm avoiding to suggest Surface 2 (RT) even if I own it too, the lack of quality and variety of apps is not helping.


So, Android or iOS ??





#2 Raa


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 23:44

I'd go with the Android. (Y)

Having used both, it gives the most flexibility I've found.

#3 Melfster


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 23:45

To be honest if you care about apps Android tablet apps are #### compared to iOS. If you don't care apps then get a galaxy.

Also the flaw you described should be fixed in 7.1 update.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 00:17

To be honest if you care about apps Android tablet apps are #### compared to iOS. If you don't care apps then get a galaxy.

Also the flaw you described should be fixed in 7.1 update.


I'm running the latest Beta of 7.1 and it's still there...  I have little hope that it's going to get fixed.  I'm thinking that 64bits iOS and only 1Gb of memory is the problem.


I've seen many A-B apps comparison between Android tablet apps and iOS apps and yes, iOS apps devs seem to better know how to use the space. 

#5 Mandosis


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 00:22

I find android tablets to be kind of a hassle. For tablets I just prefer iPads because of ease of use.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 00:25

To be honest if you care about apps Android tablet apps are #### compared to iOS. If you don't care apps then get a galaxy.

Also the flaw you described should be fixed in 7.1 update.


Correct most android apps blow chunks. A great example of that is the app "My Fitness Pal" for both Android and iOS. Compare the version on Android to the one on the iPad.


Android, because most tablet apps look just like the phone app only scaled for the bigger screen.




iOS iPad Version.



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 00:27

I'm going to toss in one more option - Surface Pro 2/Surface 2. If you just use your tablet for email and surfing the web, either is great. The Surface Pro 2 (while more expensive) has the major advantage of being a full fledged computer. These devices have pros/cons, but it's something to think about.


I have two trains of though on tablets - Nexus 7 on the cheap, or iPad Air (if you want an all around better experience and have more money). The Nexus 7 is great for the price, and it is very capable. Android's marketplace isn't that great for tablets, and that's where the iPads have major traction. If you're concerned about apps, don't even bother with a Surface (or any device with Windows Store)

#8 techbeck


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 00:42

Look at both devices and decide.  Do they have the apps you want?  Size?  Then look at what you want to do with the device.  Customize software, SD card option.  Lots to consider.


I like to customize things and make them my own and why I go the Android route.  I dont find the apps on the tablets to be a problem.  Never ran in to a problem and they work great even if they are upscaled from the phone version.  iOS does have more apps specifically designed for their tablets, but again, I dont find it a problem on Android.

#9 Joe User

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 00:42

My order is:


Windows (Not RT) for the most flexibility and usability. Dell Venue 8 or 11 Pro. The browser makes this the best platform by far. The ability to run all Windows programs is the icing on the cake. (example: Steam on a tablet)

Android - Best tablet for flexibility with lots of apps. Has a good choice of mobile browsers. Can be needlessly complex at times.

iPad - The Cadillac of tablets. You get what you pay for, you'll pay a lot and get a lot. By far the most polished and easy to use, sometimes to a fault.


All that being said, you need to choose the best for the person. 


My brother gets a Windows tablet. He wants Outlook and Excel along with Angry Birds.

My friend gets an Android tablet. He's Cheap.

Mom gets an iPad. It's Mom and I'm Tech Support.

#10 Astra.Xtreme


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:09

As somebody that has an iPad and Nexus 7,  Android has better value, but iOS is better quality.

For under $200, the Nexus 7 is an amazing deal, but I just can't get passed how much of a steamy pile of inconsistent crap that is Android.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:44

Get a Surface, fun, fast, the apps on Windows 8 are A LOT better than ios/Android. Plus, I will through this in, it is very practical.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:46

iOS, hands down for tablets.


Tablets: iOS

Phones: Android


This might not make sense at the surface but I've had extensive experience in both of both and I wouldn't even hesitate.

#13 firey



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:00

I'd go with Android.  Root it and in most cases you can flash custom roms.  Every kind of app you want/need is available for Android.  No lock-ins (iOS) and no Windows 8 (surface).

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:05

iOS is for ..... you know

#15 rfirth


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:08

Hard to beat the Dell Venue 8 Pro with full Windows 8.1 for only $229.



Pair that with an external monitor, mouse, and keyboard when you want to do real work. Saves you from needing to buy a desktop/laptop, comes with a free copy of Office, which separately would cost almost as much as the entire package.


Install Linux or Android-x86 on it if you like. You could probably quad boot Windows 8.1, Ubuntu, Android, and OS X on it.