Android 3.0 Tablet – Does iPad Have Competition?
Android 3.0 Tablet – The First Android Meant For Tablet PCs
Android 3.0 tablet is the first Android platform designed for tablet PCs. This seems to be lining up as a direct competitor for Apple’s iPad 2. It is a “Clash of the Titans” as Google’s platform the Android 3.0 tablet takes on Apple’s ever popular iPad.
The Motorola Xoom
Android 3.0 tablet is an open source system, meaning that independent developers can come up with apps and manufacturers can use the system much as IBM’s PC platform has been used for decades. This allows more freedom in development but it also means that the Android Platform is still in the developmental stages and might possibly have some bugs to workout. Right now this factor gives Apple an edge but will Apple be able to keep this edge as the Android gains maturity?
Even Without The Bugs Worked Out Some Still Prefer Motorola Xoom
Many prefer the Motorola Xoom to the iPad already, and all the bugs have not been worked out yet. Does this mean trouble for Apple? For years Macs were the thought of as being superior to PCs by many users. They almost had a cult
|MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet (10.1-Inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi)
following. Yet PCs maintained an edge because most software was being developed for IBM clones because it was open sourced. Will this happen again?
The Android 3.0 Tablet platform is the first Android platform that is intended for tablets which was the weakness of the Android 2.2 tablet platform – it was intended for mobile phones not tablet PCs. It is too early to tell how the battle will turn out but there is no doubt that the two giants will stir up some dust along the way.
Lets compare features and see whether Apple has any need to fear.
Screen Size & Resolution
If you are the kind of person who wants a bigger screen for clearer pictures and text, then the Android is definitely the one for you. In terms of screen measurement, the iPad only measures 9.7 inches while the Android 3.0 Tablet is 10.1. Because of its larger screen, it is easier to see widgets, short cuts and the difference in the resolution is more visible as the Android Tablet 3.0 has a higher resolution than the iPad. It has 1280 x 800p resolution while the iPad only has 1024 x 768p resolution.
Aside from the difference in the screen size and resolution, however, there are more things that people love about the new Android 3.0 Tablet. To begin with, its widgets are so easy to use and it allows you to do things with it that were not possible in the past. Now, you can view and scroll through your inbox, look through your appointments as well as flip through the latest news and gossip. So what is new? The main difference is that you can now do all those without having to open anything. All that you need are widgets to do those things and more.
The main complaint about the iPad is that when there is a notification, it will really disturb the user. Sometimes, it even causes the system to hang. That is not the case with the Android. When you have a notification, it will just subtly appear at the bottom of your screen and an interactive icon is there when you are ready to check it out. It will alert you but not in an intrusive manner.
Another cool thing about the Android 3.0 is its voice command feature. It is equipped with a voice to text technology so anything that you have to type, you can just say it and the gadget will do the typing for you. You even use voice commands to conduct searches and even taking down notes by utilizing Google’s Voice Actions system.
Have you ever been told that a certain gadget can multitask only to find out that what it is really capable of is to just switch tasks while doing only limited processing in the background? Android 3.0 Tablet knows what multitasking really means and so for busy people who do not want to waste time, this gadget is just perfect. See the Motorola Xoom Review.
Now these features may not sway a die-hard Apple fan and the iPad is not without strengths to get a good objective view you should look over the user reviews at sites such as Amazon. The users are sometimes biased because they are fans of a particular product but you will find nowhere else where you can find the flaws of a product discussed objectively.