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Apple iPad vs. Android – Which Tablet Should You Buy?

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Of late, the popularity of Android market on Google’s platform has been rising and the Apple’s iPad market is facing challenges.

Therefore, it is a bit confusing for the customers to make the selection of a tablet between Android and iOS that caters to their requirements. Customers require good quality tablets that fulfil their requirements within their budget. However, it is now difficult to suggest any one tablet without checking the back label on it. Therefore, consumers always have a question in their mind which tablet should they buy — iPad or Android tablet?

The debate between iPad and Android tablet will never end; however, there exists a solution by considering the requirements of the users. Before buying a tablet, a user must consider what he or she actually requires in a tablet.

In order to make the selection of the tablet easy, here we have come up with the strengths and weaknesses of both tablet platforms— iOS and Android.

iPad

Strength: In the Apple’s app store, there are more than 800,000 apps, among which 300,000 apps have been specifically designed for iPads. These apps include wireless keyboards, tablet cases, external speakers and many more. In short, you can do anything in your tablet— from hooking your guitar into the iPad to playing miniature arcade games.

iPad, when compared to the Android tablets, is more stable as well, as it provides ease of usage. Each app is approved individually after thorough testing to ensure that it delivers the same as it claims to be. As Apple’s developers offer support for only a limited number of apps, it is easy to eradicate bugs in the device and thereby operating the device is simple and less of a hassle.

Weakness: The Apple’s iPad offers less customization options to the users. While it sounds great, Apple’s developers check each and every app individually, before releasing it into the app store, the approved app may lock out some of the apps that may seem useful. This is a major issue with Apple’s iPad. The device also lacks the option to expand its storage and therefore, to store more stuffs in your device, you need to add Dropbox which you can use as an external hardware device.

The price of iPad is much higher than an Android tablet. When iPad was launched first in the market, the price was the main selling point. However, now the situation has changed. Today, the customers are not eager to buy a 499 dollar touch based tablet as they are getting a seven inch current generation Android tablet at just 199 dollars, which is considerably cheaper that iPad and iPad mini.

Android 

Strengths: One of the biggest strengths of an Android tablet is its customization. You will get thousands of options to customize the device according to your requirements. From Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy to Kindle Fire, the users will get thousands of Android tablets to cater to their requirements. The Android tablets have improved a lot over the years and now it is giving a tough competition to Apple iPads and iPhones. The app store of an Android device has also been improved, featuring 800,000 apps like that of Apple’s app store. Moreover, lack of supervision means more apps will be released in the app store and the users can avail more features in their tabs.

Weakness: The lack of supervision of Google app store is the major drawback of the Android devices. You will not get much idea while downloading some apps like Netflix or Hulu as less specification is provided about these applications.

Piracy is another issue that has done damage to the Android platform. This greater amount piracy has led many app users to stick to the iPads rather than taking the risk of buying tablets running on the Android OS. These types of issues mainly arise in the case of top tier services such as games that take much time and resources to load.