PC Magazine: ‘Android tablet apps suck’; Apple’s new iPad named Editors’ Choice

“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.]

Related article:
PC Magazine reviews new Apple iPad: ‘The finest large-screen tablet; a truly gorgeous screen; Editor’s Choice’ – March 17, 2012


  1. Wow. Remember when people bought Windows systems because there weren’t as many apps for the Mac? Love that the reason to get an iPad is that this is where all the good apps are 😉

  2. I think the major shift here is that people are finally realizing what we old timers knew all along. Back in the old days Mac Applications were much more user friendly and pleasing to look at. Mac Apps were also consistent, intuitive and uncluttered. It took decades but finally people are realizing cheap apps on cheap platform equals apps that SUCK! Steve/Apple was again ahead of its time. People/users/tech reviewers are finally catching up realize this.

  3. Seeing as there is no realistic market for Android tablets, of any size (Yes, I include the Kindle Fire!), beyond being eReaders: Obviously developers don’t care about the Android tablet app market. Thus, Android tablet apps suck bad.

    If there was realistic competition against the iPad in the market, this would change, obviously! But there isn’t.

    Apple requires competition! So cut the imitative ripoff hobble-ware crap and get to work. Someone! Please!

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