iThing vs. the Robot
March 14, 2011 4:08 PM Subscribe
I greatly desire a tablet, but am kind of over Apple. Are the Android tablets any good?
posted by bibliogrrl to Computers & Internet (32 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I've spent the last hour going through the archives, and don't see an answer to my questions. So...
I've had an iPhone for 2 years. I've been very happy with it, but now Apple is making me mad. They declined an app that would have been very handy for me (the Sony E-reader), and the fallout from it has brought into question whether the Kindle application and other similar apps will still be around (it's an in app purchasing question, from what I understand).
The tight hold Apple has on the market is getting to be wearying. I am beginning to think when my contract is up I will switch to an Android phone (among other things, I miss keyboards). I use Google products for most things, I won't lose a lot of productivity if I switch.
This brings me to my question - I wanted an iPad, but all the things that are annoying me about the iPhone would still be in play. I have been thinking more about getting an Android tablet. The problem is that I have NO IDEA where to start looking. I know that there are a huge number of non-Apple tablets coming out, but I've also heard that a lot of them are terrible.
TLDR: where should I start looking for info on Android tablets? Is getting a droid tablet worth it, or should I just suck it up and pledge fealty to Apple already?
Is the Android app market terrible? I realize that it is slightly sketchier than the iThing app market, because it lacks the iron control of Apple.
I will be using the tablet for screwing around on the internet, reading ebooks, and so I don't have to drag my laptop around when I travel. Thanks in advance for any n00b questions you can help with.