As many of you, dear readers, I also started to test the tablet field with an Android tablet. Why? Maybe because I was not sure if it would be my thing so I didn’t want to spend $500 or more on it. Or perhaps because at the time, I felt that with so many different Android tablets available I had a better chance of finding one that was going to completely suit my needs. I liked the different styles, colors, sizes, and brands. Having a broader range of options made me feel like I was in control. Plus, I was going to save some dough. Sounds great right? I thought so too. So I followed my gut and got an amazing Android tablet.
It was good. In fact, it was great. To this day I still think that I made the right decision. I didn’t spend much and I got to learn more about the tablet world and all these great devices have to offer. I was instantly hooked and my next two or three tablets were also sporting the Android OS. As I found more uses for my tablet and it slowly started to replace my PC I just looked for higher specs and bigger size. Honestly, I didn’t even consider anything else. Android was my thing.
Time passed by, and I changed my PC for a MacBook for educational reasons (yeah right!). I tried an iPhone and it became my main phone for years afterwards. I sure was an Android fan boy but I won’t lie, I instantly liked the Apple environment. And by having the same brand phone and computer I closed the compatibility gap completely. Synchronization was just effortless and extremely efficient. I was saving time, I was happy.
Not my tablet though. As my main media and productivity device, it was just too hard to make the change. My life was in there. Everything was organized; I used Android apps that were essentially a need for me now. I couldn’t imagine life without them. Using my Android tablet was a habit. I upgraded from small to big, then from big to small. From a black tablet to shiny colored one, and then back again. I liked change, customizability. I didn’t like the same for too long and Android was (and still is) great in this. I just kept thinking, “What will I do without my widgets?”
Eventually I had one tablet die on me. Coincidentally, just around a time I had a little money saved. I knew I could switch but I was too skeptical. I went to the local shopping mall just to check it out. But, as anyone who has been in an Apple retail store knows, it is not easy to walk out empty-handed with all the temptation and the buy-me-now-it’s-so-easy atmosphere inside the store.
I did it. I bought it. What did I get myself into?
I had a rough time at the beginning. Even though I loaded it with apps at first I felt it was too limited to be a replacement to my computer, as my previous tablet frequently was.
But now, more than a year later, I’ve grown to love it. In fact, I never went back and for the time being, I don’t plan to. You must know, though, that the reasons behind this decision far differ from the ones that made me fall in love with Android. They are just two different worlds. I sure miss all the customizability, colors, shapes, and sizes.
Ultimately, they’ll both do the same basic functions the average user needs. But I feel more organized. Everything is in place all the time. After you get used to it, you can get from one function to another in half the time (so to say), as the OS is much, much simpler and user friendly. Because of the steeper price, I don’t get to upgrade as often now. Which I thought was going to be the worst part. But as you might know, Apple tablets differ little from each other for the average user. So I don’t mind it that much. Maybe I’ve changed and I’m looking for different things now, which I feel iOS gives me.
One thing I would like to note though is that you shouldn’t think of connectivity as a deal breaker. I mean, forget the brand or OS of your PC or phone. Your tablet is your own little world. It should be about you and not about what other products you own.
It really, REALLY heavily depends on your personal needs. As an optimal way of finding what is right for you I suggest you test each OS for a year. Then decide what path you’ll take. It sounds like a lot of time. But believe me, tablets are here to stay. You might as well be using the right one for you.
If you don’t know where to start, answer these few questions honestly. The one with the more points, well, you know.
So, let us know, what is your thing?