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Apple iPad vs Android Tablets

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Now that the Apple iPad is rising in sales and popularity everyday, other manufacturers want a slice of that proverbial pie, so to speak. And topping the list of iPad killer-wannabes are Google’s Android Tablet, a project that is on its way to seeing store shelves in the near future and other tablet computers using Google’s open-source Android platform.

So how do these Android tablet computers stack up against the Apple iPad? Let’s go through the pros and cons of the current apple of Steve Jobs’ eye (pardon the pun), and match the iPad up against those who wish to dethrone it.

The Pros of the Apple iPad

A stunning graphics interface, crisp video and clear visuals are all part of the iPad’s package. Add to that smooth interaction between yourself and the iPad, superb touch screen sensitivity, Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G connectivity, an amazing 10-hour battery life and the simple and easy-to-use OS platform that almost everyone has come to love. A plethora of exciting games and hundreds of different applications add to the coolness factor and beauty of the Apple iPad. All the apps (and more!) that made the iPhone popular now have their iPad counterparts, guaranteeing users hours and hours of multimedia bliss and entertainment.

The Cons of the Apple iPad

It’s been said before and we’ll say it again: the lack of a camera and USB ports have turned off some potential buyers of the Apple iPad. Multitasking, which Mac lovers have enjoyed and loved in iMacs and Macbooks, is nonexistent in the iPad as well. There is, to date, no way to use two or more applications at the same time. It also does not support Flash with Safari (its web browser), as of the moment, making YouTube, Hulu and CBS fans very disappointed.

The Pros of Android Tablets

The main attraction of these rival tablet computers is the fact that the Android operating system is open-source. This means that coding for programs, applications and the like is available for people to use and improve on. Consequently, programmers will have a field day creating different applications, resulting in probably even more games and apps in the future for Android Tablets. Most of these tablets are also cheaper than the iPad. The Enso zenPad, for instance, is a steal at only $155. This nifty tablet features 8G (expandable to 32G) of storage, as well as WiFi connectivity. You can get GPS and 3G for an additional $25 and $35, respectively. Another Android tablet worth looking at is the Dell Streak (previously known as the Mini 5), which is slated to come out in September. Another advantage of these tablets is that some of them feature cameras and Flash support, which the iPad does not have.

The cons of Android Tablets

Because of certain restrictions of the Android OS, tablets using this platform can only have a screen size of 7 inches at the most. This means that the iPad will still be much larger than any Android Tablet out in the market, even in the future, unless Google lifts or changes these restrictions. Also, Android Tablets haven’t surpassed the iPad when it comes to battery life. This alone is a huge factor to consider.

So, who emerges victorious in the battle between the Androids and Apple? That fact still remains to be seen, as there are still a lot of Android Tablets that have yet to be released this year. And while we’re all waiting for those release dates to come, the Apple iPad still owns the crown as the best tablet computer thus far.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Should You Buy an Apple iPad or a Netbook?

Friday, May 21st, 2010

It was surprising news that the Apple iPad, soon after its launch, was already affecting Netbook sales all over the world. This, of course, came unprecedentedly to Netbook laptop manufacturers, who were confident that Steve Jobs’ latest creation would cater to an entirely different market. And now that the iPad has killed the Netbook, everyone is scrambling to come up with something that would, in turn, prove to be a worthy rival of the Apple iPad.

But some techies will tell you not to dismiss the powers of the Netbook laptop this easily. This Windows laptop, after all, still has a few tricks up its sleeves. We’ve gathered all the information you’ll need to know if you’re trying to decide whether to jump in the bandwagon and get the Apple iPad or stay with the tried and tested Netbook. Read on to find out more about this interesting battle.

The Pros of the Apple iPad

True to its mother company (Apple), the iPad boasts of clean, beautiful lines and a sleek body that certainly adds cool points to your personality if you carry one around. It is thinner and lighter than most Netbooks, weighing a mere 1.5 pounds. Another Apple trademark is the ease of use and seamless interface of its products, and the iPad ranks high on those features. Use your finger to open apps, browse the Internet and even zoom in on photos. Browsing is painless and a joy to do, with Safari’s many features and the iPad’s 1024 x 768 resolution screen. Applications and games are affordable and can provide you with hours of entertainment, be it movies and music videos or RTS games and eBooks. Its 10-hour battery life also ensures that you will always be entertained, even during a very long flight.

The Cons of the Apple iPad

Since the Apple iPad is a tablet computer, you’d have a difficult time using it as you would a laptop. Typing documents on the fly can be frustrating, since you’d have to balance the iPad on your lap and make do with trying to get a sentence straight by tapping on its screen. You can buy a keyboard dock but that will cost you an extra $69. Its lack of Flash support will also be a disappointment if you like catching up on your favorite TV shows on the Hulu or ABC sites. Oh, and did we mention that the iPad doesn’t have USB ports nor cameras?

The Pros of Netbooks

Prior to introducing the iPad to the world, Steve Jobs made a bold comment, saying that Netbooks “aren’t good at anything.” Well, for once, Steve Jobs is dead wrong. With web cameras, Flash support and USB ports, Netbooks win the round when it comes to versatility and function. Some Netbook laptops even have built-in memory card readers and even a VGA port to connect to external displays.  A Netbook laptop is also easier to type on and can support different types of Internet browsers. Most Netbooks are also cheaper than the Apple iPad.

The Cons of Netbooks

The Apple iPad runs away with the multimedia and entertainment prize, of course. With more than a hundred applications and games available for the iPad, the Netbook laptop is having a hard time competing in this field. Netbooks also have shorter battery lives than the iPad, although some Netbooks have come close, with batteries that lasted 8 hours.

It seems like a close fight, but in reality, these two devices are built for two different sets of needs. Choose the Apple iPad if you’re buying a laptop or device solely for the entertainment and flash value. Otherwise, stick to the Netbook laptop if you want a productive laptop that won’t break your budget for your daily computing needs.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

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