Hardware, shmardware — it’s all about the apps. Whereas Apple certainly engineers and manufactures beautiful hardware, the most important reasons to buy the iPad are actually peripheral to device itself. Although there is no shortage of quality Android tablets available, according to at least one survey, the number of optimized apps truly worth your time numbers just 12, a mere dozen compared the hundreds if not thousands available to iPad owners.
For its part, PCWorld has awarded the new iPad an Editor’s Choice Award. However, they weren’t satisfied with (re)crowning the iPad king. They took a long, hard look at the Android competition and the verdict is damning.
“I was wrong to say about Android tablets, ‘competing tablets don’t have apps.’ Rather, competing tablets have apps that usually suck,” writes Sascha Segan. “Not all of them suck. CNN’s Android tablet app is gorgeous. But most of them do.”
And, PCMag’s iPad vs Android tablet app comparison isn’t some fanbois “because it sucks” slap down. Segan describes, often with great frustration, the Android tablet app experience.
“There’s a slice of geeks who won’t care, generally tech types who want to experiment and aren’t afraid of some trial and error,” writes Segan. “But for the mainstream consumer, hunting down and puzzling out Android tablet apps is just too complex and frustrating.”
That said, PCMag had little difficulty putting together a Top 100 best iPad list (See also: Top 20 best Retina display ready iPad apps), yet struggled to cobbled together a “12 Great Android Tablet Apps.”
Love or hate Apple, for the time being, the iPad is the only tablet worth considering. But, don’t take my word for it, let Paul Thurrott and PCMag convince you…
What’s your take?