“I just gave the new iPad an Editors’ Choice award for large tablets, but frankly it was a foregone conclusion,” Sascha Segan reports for PC Magazine. “”The iPad doesn’t get the award because of its hardware, lovely as the hardware is. It gets the award because its apps are generally better than the apps available for Android tablets.
“Comparing app availability is difficult. You can’t just compare the number of apps available, especially when Google won’t give a number for Android tablet apps,” Segan reports. “Finding tablet-oriented apps for Android is a hunt, a chore, and a grind… Still, though, I wanted to collect a list of popular brands and see how they compared on the Transformer Prime versus the iPad.”
Segan reports, “The problem is that the Android apps are often formatted for phones. They’ll work on tablets – barely – but they’ll be ugly, with less functionality than their iPad counterparts. Items that could be pop-down menus or swipeable content require screen reloads. Little information is displayed per page, for instance, on the eBay app. Graphics sometimes appear low-resolution, distorted (as on the CBS Sports Football app), or are overlapped by ads. The number of clicks to do things increases dramatically. I was wrong to say about Android tablets, ‘competing tablets don’t have apps [vs. iPad].'” Rather, competing tablets have apps that usually suck.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brad G.” for the heads up.]
PC Magazine reviews new Apple iPad: ‘The finest large-screen tablet; a truly gorgeous screen; Editor’s Choice’ – March 17, 2012