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myhoneyhoney
12-07-2011, 05:06 AM
Yup, I'm looking for a tablet. I've scoured cnet and several store's reviews and I STILL can't decide! I've fondled them at Best Buy too and don't notice the "smoothness" that ipads are supposed to have over androids tablets. The tablets comparable in price is just as smooth to me. Here's my history, I have a droid Incredible and ♥ it. All my computers have been pc's. I have NEVER owned an apple but am open to owning something apple IF it's worth it.
So.... what can an android do that ipad 2 CAN'T and vice versa?

This will be used mainly for fun internet use since we have 2 laptops at home already. I'd like smooth netflix viewing and my boys like to play those facebook games with their friends. Another important thing is that I'm thinking of buying one of those keyboard docks so in a pinch it can be used as another "computer" to type up homework. Since I've seen these keyboards in stores does that mean I can use these to type up a document and then wirelessly send it to my printer or is the keyboard for posting on facebook/forums?

Any help would be appreciated!

Any advice would be appreciated!

AxelAnnie
12-07-2011, 05:52 AM
I have a galaxy 10.1 and I love it. The screens are customizable,allowithtng me to have my apps where I want them.
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Being Google based it is familiar and full featured. There is a tray at the bottom that you can expand and see at a glance what is open and what you were working on. google Muc...awesome-it gathered together not only the music I had collected in four different places...like magic, it has gazillions of frde songs.

Also, I think the Galaxy ta is half the price. And with amoled screen the pictures are brilliant.
Since I know I have spent no time "learning the thing" we can say it is intuitive an ready t use. And 4G.......lihgtening fast

Lara
12-07-2011, 11:08 PM
The most common complaint I read about Android tablets is that there aren't nearly as many "tablet optimized" apps as for the iPad - and those that do come arrive later.

If that's not a priority and you've no investment/desire in the Apple ecosystem, then the Galaxy 10.1 or the just released Asus Eee Transformer Prime seem to be the best alternatives at the moment for full Android tablets. Since you're already looking into keyboard docks I'd especially check the Transformer - here's a couple of reviews. :)
http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/01/asus-eee-pad-transformer-prime-review/
http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/1/2601558/asus-eee-pad-transformer-prime-review

Ziggy
12-08-2011, 01:43 AM
iPad is a waste of money.

Unless you want it for the design/status symbol reasons or because you simply like how it looks, don't bother.

You can get a much better product for your money with Android models.

myhoneyhoney
12-08-2011, 01:49 AM
Thanks for the input, guys! In the meantime I've been browsing around iTunes... it's ok, nothing that's "WOW!!!" to me. For the price I'm now leaning towards the Galaxy Tab or the new Asus Transformer. I am curious about apples since some people are so adamant about them. Maybe I'll get the cheapest ipod touch so I can get the apple feel without plunking down a ton of $$. I'm sure my kids will get a lot out of an ipod touch also.

AxelAnnie
12-08-2011, 02:04 AM
I have the Galaxy Tab..........and it is great. I think the iPad is sort of a religion. My husband has the iPad........and I can do some things the iPad won't---and my 4Glte is so fast............but my hubby still insists his is better. I stopped talking to him about it.

Prancer
12-08-2011, 02:11 AM
Instead of asking which works better, try to figure out which one would work better for you.

I like playing with the iPad, but I wouldn't buy one. It doesn't have a USB port, which is a dealkiller for me. It wouldn't be for everyone.

However, if I had an iPhone or a Mac computer, I would would consider getting an iPad over an Android; I like for my devices to get along. Since I have an Android phone and a PC with all kinds of Android crap on it, I'd be more likely to get an Android tablet for that reason.

algonquin
12-08-2011, 02:47 AM
iPad is a waste of money.

Unless you want it for the design/status symbol reasons or because you simply like how it looks, don't bother.

You can get a much better product for your money with Android models.The iPad has been worth every cent to my family and all the families of special needs children that I know. It is is still leading the way for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) like Proloquo2Go (http://www.proloquo2go.com/About/article/ipad).

Toddler with apraxia Asking for Cheese and Cracker using Ipad with Proloquo2Go and ASL
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp2ROyyyqjo&feature=related)

My son is apraxic and the iPad is his voice and that, my friend, is not a waste of money.

KatieC
12-08-2011, 03:16 AM
I have a Mac desktop and the middle iPad. I like both. I spent the weekend trying to do something on a Windows computer and had to dredge up memories of how to fix everything that went wrong. (Sound disappeared, had to use system restore, load a program seven times, reboot twice.) It reminded me of why I like my Mac. I got the iPad because I figured I might as well get something that went with the computer and I like the part about it backing itself up.

victoriajh
12-08-2011, 04:09 AM
The iPad has been worth every cent to my family and all the families of special needs children that I know. It is is still leading the way for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) like Proloquo2Go (http://www.proloquo2go.com/About/article/ipad).

Toddler with apraxia Asking for Cheese and Cracker using Ipad with Proloquo2Go and ASL
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp2ROyyyqjo&feature=related)

My son is apraxic and the iPad is his voice and that, my friend, is not a waste of money.

I use iPads for work as well, I continue to be AMAZED at the voice it gives children who do not speak. Truly amazing. I try to only use free apps so that the families I work with don't have to spend a tone of money. Have you tried visual cue lite? That is my all time favorite app for work, I alsoliek click n talk.
Super!!!

Ziggy
12-08-2011, 04:47 AM
The iPad has been worth every cent to my family and all the families of special needs children that I know. It is is still leading the way for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) like Proloquo2Go (http://www.proloquo2go.com/About/article/ipad).

Toddler with apraxia Asking for Cheese and Cracker using Ipad with Proloquo2Go and ASL
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp2ROyyyqjo&feature=related)

My son is apraxic and the iPad is his voice and that, my friend, is not a waste of money.

Yes, but the OP did not say she is looking for a device for augmentative and alternative communication.

iPad vs. Stone (http://9gag.com/gag/17614) :P

myhoneyhoney
12-08-2011, 05:30 AM
Whatever tablet I buy will be mainly used for internet surfing, reading books, viewing vids like Netflix, and of course the games/apps that my kids like to play with. I would really like to be able to use it as another "computer" for the kids to be able to type in simple homework essays, just text and no pictures essays.

Now I need to research which platform had better programs or apps for typing/printing these book reports/essays 6th and 7th graders do.

edited to add that I don't own a single apple product, not even any of their simple ipods. I know.... living under a rock, lol. I could care less about the apple name. I want something that will be a good match for my uses and something easy to use. All four kids (ages 12,11,8,6) do play around on my droid incredible so they're fine with android. Is the apple system really that much easier to navigate/use?

algonquin
12-08-2011, 02:22 PM
Yes, but the OP did not say she is looking for a device for augmentative and alternative communication.

iPad vs. Stone (http://9gag.com/gag/17614) :PTrue, but I felt the need to respond to the blanket statement that you made. ;)

algonquin
12-08-2011, 02:27 PM
Have you tried visual cue lite? I will take a look for it later today. Thank you. I stumbled across this app, My First AAC (http://www.injini.net/?page_id=20) which is much more intutitive than Proloquo2Go.

Buzz
12-08-2011, 02:57 PM
My computer is on it's last leg and I rrrrreally want an iPad so it will be my next computering purchase. I do not do much with computers except surf and play games anyway so the iPad should do me great.