As an owner at a software company, I always get asked (especially during gift giving season) is what tablet device is the "best." My answer is simple. Whatever device you use daily for your phone, music, etc., should help you determine which tablet is best for you. If you use an Android phone of any kind, then get an Android tablet. If you have an iPhone, get an iPad.
Rarely should you move into a cross platform technology scenario. For the most part, the hardware features between different tablets are becoming hard to distinguish. Plus, most mobile apps function across different devices and platforms.
As Chief Information Officer of CQL, I'm always investigating devices my team uses to develop apps and other server and infrastructure technologies. I own a Xoom, Galaxy and iPad2 myself. While there are things I like about each one, not one of them overwhelms the others.
I used to be pro-Microsoft but I'm disappointed with their tablet showing. I thought they would be a big player and compete with the iPad.
However, when the first iPad hit the streets, Microsoft seemed to pull back on their model, and to this date they are still not even in the conversation. Maybe they'll shock me and come out with something we weren’t even looking for, but I won’t hold my breath.
So instead, I’ve been playing around in the Android camp lately. I have both an Android phone and seem to most often use my Android tablet. Primarily because I believe Apple made a mistake with launching ATT only. As a Verizon customer the logical choice two years ago was an Android phone. When the Galaxy came out it was a natural choice.
From the Galaxy, I adopted the Xoom and now I'm trying out the Xyboard, which is captivating. However, I hear there is a killer new iPad coming out in the next month or two that I'm eager to get my hands on.
What do all these tablets do for you? Well, I love reading on mine. In fact, I’ve read more books in 2011 than I have in the last 5 years! Using a tablet made it easier to read and only have to carry one, multipurpose device.
After I finish answering emails and checking various apps, I can launch right into a new book. It was easier reading about the life of Steve Jobs on my tablet than it would have been lugging around that book.
Recently, I’m loving a magazine app that lets me read my favorite magazines quickly and easily. I don’t have to worry about them in the mail and when I’m done, I don’t feel guilty about wasting all that paper. Oh, and the subscription prices are cheaper.
This is where picking and sticking with your platform of choice matters. If you buy an app in either the Apple or Android markets, you can transfer it among different devices on that platform, but you cannot transfer it cross platform. If you cross platforms, you most likely will have to buy it multiple times.
So, there you have it. Don’t stress over the platform choice for your tablet purchase, but make sure you read reviews to make sure the things that are important to you are a featured offering in that specific device.