A recurring theme in many science fiction stories is the ruler who controls natural sustenance (like light) from the people of the planet. While planet Earth is far from facing this situation, there are rumbles in the marketplace as Androids confront the ominous iron hand that Apple yields over the Tablet market.
The Apple iPad 2 sold over a million this past weekend, virtually assuring its dominance over Android, at least for now. At over $500 each, you really should consider whether this tablet meets your prescription plan.
The core of every tablet is the power of the APP. The APP was introduced in Smartphones over the past couple years. It’s like having software or channels that you can easily access with a light touch of your finger. Apple confines you to using their iTunes as a resource for APPS but offer a lot of APPS. Android is not confining. You can use one or many resources for APPS on an Android tablet. With about 100,000 of these Android compatible APPS available, we’re sure there are many you’ll enjoy using.
Instead of shelling out over $500 for an iPad, Androids begin at around $130. While battery life and screen technologies vary, virtually all tablets do the same thing. They let you download APPS and use them.
APPS let you download and read books from varied sources. There are APPS for streaming music, videos, and movies. There are APPS for all sorts of reference material, shopping, games, finance, news, and things that suit your lifestyle. Among popular Android APP sites are AppsLib and MobiHand that offer many APPS for free or at very reasonable costs for virtually all Android units.
All Android tablets are WiFi allowing access to the Internet where WiFi is available.
True, the iPad is extremely simple to use and that simplicity is very structured through dependence on Apple and its iTunes. Android offers diversity at a marginal compromise. Android tablets have screen sizes from 5” to over 10” in size. Virtually all Androids allow memory expansion using SD or microSD cards (something the iPad lacks). Some are thinner, lighter, and offer several accessory options that Apple has yet to offer. All this diversity reflects the open marketplace that embodies the Android philosophy.
Despairing about the disparities among APPS and simplicity follows a slim gray line.
Essentially all Tablets offer large menus of APPS and all may have a few side effects, pro and con. For now, Android may seem like that “upstart” that’s going against Apple. Yet, at Android’s backbone is Google, the leading search powerhouse of the Internet around the world. Both systems have very strong roots and influences.
Make your choices. Spend over $500 for an iPad and enjoy simplicity from one ruling master. Spend around $200 for an Android tablet that has a more open and diverse approach to choice and living. You’ll find comfort in each.
While you can anticipate Apple to sell several million iPad 2 models in 2011, you may also see Androids selling by the millions as well. When it comes to choosing freedom at lower costs, Android’s popularity may just topple Apple’s monarchy by the end of 2013.