Apple Vs. Android Vs. Microsoft:
How to Decide
iPad or Tablet? iPhone or 'the other ones'?
- They each have their own operating systems (or OS) that they develop for certain devices (computers, phones and tablets). You will see the acromyms like OS, iOS, OSx
- These devices run applications (or *Apps/Widgets) with which you create stuff (data i.e photos, docs, calendar entries, emails etc).
Data Is Stuff You Create
- This data can be uploaded to a space, or created directly from a space, on the web (Cloud technology).
- You can buy stuff (music, movies, apps etc) and download it using programs such as iTunes or Websites such as Amazon.
Who Does and Says What with Whom?
|Company||Operating System||Device examples||Software Terms||Cloud||Affiliates or Associations|
|OSx or iOS Mac||Ph: iPhone|
|Ph: Google Phone|
Acer and others
Coming soon… Windows 8
|Ph: Windows 7Phone|
The Way of the Future
Least Likely: Apple
In Between: Microsoft
Stuff to Consider and Helpful Hints
Do you own a Mac or a Windows PC?
2. Do you us Gmail or Google Apps a lot?
3. What brand of phone do you own right now?
5. What would you be using your tablet/pad for?
- Browse the internet
- Basic Email – no attachments, or organisation
- If you want it to be just like a traditional PC, then a 'Windows 7 slate' may be best.
- Media watching and gaming is probably best served by Apple's iOS.
- If you want a more open platform with better multitasking, then Andriod might be the best choice.
6. Tablet Storage Space
Pros and Cons
- the iPad 2 is a much thinner device than its prototype so its size and shape is great for travelling and working out of the office
- 2x Cameras – still and video for conferencing with 'Facetime' (like 'Skype'). Not meant for high quality photography the still camera is a new feature
- Apps including iMovie (movie editing) and Garage Band (music composition)
- Great Battery Life (but you can't remove it)
- Some have 3G (can use a 3G dongle or modem) and others only have WiFi (wireless detection)
- Apple has a stranglehold on the stuff you are allowed to use and how you use it - the company rigidly controls which third party apps are released to the public through the 'App Store'. By rejecting apps that do not meet its guidelines or policies, Apple has full control over what you download to your Mac PC, iPhone and iPad. Apple's systems are cohesive and consistent but their restrictions limit your experience through a lack of openness and flexibility; personally, I don't like being controlled.
- More significantly, Apple's policies ensure that it participates in all financial transactions taking place on the iPhone and iPad. This explains why Apple locks down the platform (operating system's stuff including yours). e.g. you can't transfer music or apps that you have purchased to any other device that is not an 'isomething' with iTunes installed. This means you have to 'jailbreak' your devices to access the use of anything they don't want you to.
- Screen: The iPad screen resolution isn't necessarily bad, but you won't be able to watch content as high quality as you could on another tablet.
- No extra features
- No USB,
- no SD card reader
- no removable battery – rivals such as Samsung and Motorola are delivering in the features department.
- Can't upgrade the storage space
No Flash: some websites and games won't work
PS: Yes - Apple is prone to viruses!
- An open ecosystem unrestricted by Apple's control
- True multitasking; notifications and background events simply happen
- Excellent Google applications that mimic their desktop counterparts
- A superior browser, which includes Flash and tabbed browsing
Some Android Alternatives to iPad
- Chromebook: In the next few weeks, Google Australia will release the Google Chromebook, a stateless device which enables instant on web computing with no software to manage, no backup required, with a form factor similar to a notebook and a price point expected to be less than a new mobile phone. You can buy at least two Chromebooks for the price of one iPad.
- Motorola Xoom, which has important hardware features that improve on the iPad. I especially like the high-resolution screen, better quality speakers, and ability to expand storage with a micro SD card.
- Sony Tablet runs Google's operating system Android 3.1 Honeycomb. They feature touchscreens, two cameras (a rear-facing 5 MP, a front-facing 0.3 MP), infrared sensor, Wi-Fi. They support PlayStation Suite, DLNA, and are 3G/4G compatible. They will retail for US$499-599
- Galaxy Tab: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 proves that it's not only Apple that can produce truly lovely hardware. This tablet is lighter and thinner than the iPad 2, at 8.6mm thick and 565g. These trimmed-down figures, 15g lighter, 0.2mm thinner, are too slight to notice in real life usage, but competing with an iPad 2 on these fronts is something no Android tablet has managed previously.