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I want to ask everyone a question - well, everyone who owns an Android tablet, that is - how often do you instinctively reach for it, as opposed to your phone or laptop? I don't care what the reason is, I'm just genuinely curious how much of a "tweener" role your Android tablet has taken in your life. And after you read this editorial, share that story with me in the comments, because I'd really like to have a discussion with people on this.

I own a Transformer Prime. Know how often I use it? Once, maybe twice a week for a few minutes. At most - and mostly because I feel obligated to "stay in touch" with it. The only time I reach for it more than that is when I'm reviewing a game, or my laptop battery is dead and I'm too lazy to get the charger out. And when that's the case, I usually just end up using my phone instead, because it's already in my pocket. Actually, last week, for the first time in ages I pulled out my Prime and played a movie on it while I was lying in bed suffering from a bout of warm-weather insomnia. I haven't appreciated my tablet like that in a long while.

In fact, the last time before that was when I was on the 10 hour airplane ride to MWC and desperately needed some TV to watch, because I knew my laptop was too bulky for the economy seat tray. That was 3 months ago.

The Device Without A Home

Android tablets are a lot like vegetable cleavers. Stay with me here. They're a tool built for a particular set of tasks - if your tablet is the cleaver, your modern Android smartphone is the 6-inch chef's knife, and your laptop is the professional Cuisinart food processor with juicer and meat-grinding attachments.

Your phone is the most versatile of the three, largely because it's the most readily portable. The tablet can do much of what the phone can, some of it more efficiently, but it's also just not very good at a lot of things your laptop is - especially anything related to productivity. Your full-on laptop is the food processor because it's a pain in the ass to lug around everywhere, and you need to stay relatively close to reliable power in order to use it.

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But the thing is, only Android tablets are really vegetable cleavers. And they're in an environment where everyone has $600 chef's knives that make them nearly redundant. They're this in-between tool that serves a narrow number of purposes that are even further narrowed by the existence of another, more generalist tool, and it's very debatable if they're even better at those specific tasks they're designed for (or worth dragging out) in the first place. More on that in a moment.

The iPad is like a bigger, sharper chef's knife. It does almost everything the iPhone will (imagine the iPhone as a smaller knife) - except better. Now, this isn't a perfectly analogy, so let's not rely too heavily on it. In fact, screw it, let me just say what I mean: Android tablets offer almost no compelling reason for their existence when growing numbers of people have modern, 4.5"+ display Android smartphones.

The sad truth is, everything I would do on a tablet, I just do on my phone (or laptop) instead. I always remember to charge my phone, I always know where it is (very close by), and with a 4.7" 720p display and Android 4.0, it makes my tablet look like little more than some wonky form factor experiment that exists for sheer novelty value (much as people thought the iPad did when it came out).

Morning email? Phone. If I have to type out something longer than 4-5 sentences? Laptop, because the tablet's not going to offer me any advantage typing in my bed. Feeds? Phone. Chat? Phone. Reddit? Phone. And there's a reason for that: the phone is smaller, lighter, and easier to hold than a tablet, and the tablet doesn't really offer me any efficiency advantages in any of these daily tasks. If I had a 3.5" iPhone, I might reconsider, but I still doubt my Android tablet would get much use. I'd just start using my laptop more.

The Secret (Apple)sauce

So if the iPad is just a big iPhone, and an Android tablet is just a big Android phone, why aren't Android tablets flying off the shelves like iPads? Let's take ad hominem attacks about "fanboyism" and "branding" off the table here. They're tired, stupid, and unproductive arguments lobbed like burning sacks of metaphorical dog shit across the lawns of tech blogs all over the web. And saying it's "because of the apps," while partially true, is not the sole factor here by any stretch of the imagination.

The iPad is successful because it fills a real niche among its target audience. Most iPad owners are, by no small coincidence, iPhone owners as well. And they were probably iPod owners before that. Apple took advantage of this intelligently. Apple already had a strong presence in the content market with iTunes by 2005, and the ever-growing popularity of movies and TV episodes purchased through iTunes made the iPad a "duh" decision in 2010. Apps were a key part of the formula, but Apple knew it had a large group of customers out there yearning for a device that let them watch their iTunes content on a larger display without having to lug around a laptop.

Android's non-app content ecosystem has basically no established footing. Google was so late to the content game that Amazon MP3 came preloaded on many Android devices (including the Nexus One) until early 2011. Google Movies remains a rental-only service. There are no television shows. And while movies and music will play across your Android devices, PCs, and Mac computers, services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and of course iTunes, have already firmly seated themselves as the go-to digital content choices of millions of people.

This is but the beginning of Google's content sins. The Google Music app is ugly, barren of any useful features, and the reliability of streaming leaves something to be desired. But one of the worst offenses? The fact that Google Play's content stores for Music and Movies are so horribly useless for browsing and discovering content when compared to iTunes. It's almost shameful:

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Hell, you can pre-order movies on iTunes. I wouldn't even expect this feature on Google Movies in the next year, let alone a comparable selection of titles. That's the critical strike one for Android tablets: a lousy dedicated media service and experience. This is what tablets are meant to be: mediums for content delivery. And let's not even go over the ugly, disorganized tiled mess that is the on-device Play Store.

But what about apps? This is far and away the most common substantive argument levied against Android tablets: the tablet-friendly app selection sucks. And make no mistake, it does. Compared to the iPad, Android tablets have an absolutely pathetic selection of well-made apps to choose from that aren't made by Google. Hell, even some of the ones made by Google aren't very good (again, Play Store).

Why haven't developers flocked to Android tablets for more revenue? For one, adoption has been poor (see: any Android version distribution chart). There's also the fact that Google basically closed off an entire fork of Android for 6 months with Honeycomb by denying open access to the source code, and that didn't do wonders for developers' confidence in an Android tablet platform. And only in the last 6 months have Android tablets really started hitting their stride in terms of hardware.

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But we've actually seen a decrease in the number of apps coming out with specifically tablet-optimized UIs, with most developers lazily (though, as you'll see, justifiably) relying on the upscaling feature introduced in Android 3.2. All the while, Apple can now proudly say that over 225,000 apps on iTunes are specifically designed for the iPad. Google, on the other hand, doesn't release numbers for specifically tablet-friendly apps. Interesting, considering how otherwise open Google is about Android figures.

You may counter that Google doesn't want to encourage tablet-specific apps, but rather for developers to use API tools to make their apps scale well to devices of any size. You know and I know that the fact of the matter is that a phone app is always going to look like a phone app on a tablet - many applications require extensive visual reworking in order to maximize and make efficient use of the large display real estate available on a 10.1" slate. It's rarely a simple matter of "rearranging" things. Frankly, I don't care how developers do it - but there's no doubt they need to. I know a crappy, upscaled phone app when I see one, and it definitely doesn't make me want to use my tablet when I can get the same interface with a better experience using that app on my phone instead.

A final thorn in the side of Android tablet app growth is something of a sore subject for developers: money. Android users just don't like paying for apps - it's a sad truth. Android developers typically rely on ads for income as opposed to actual purchases, while the reverse is true on iOS. Ad revenue relies more on a wide install base and continued use than a paid app, as well. iOS developers release a second version of their app when it's made iPad-compatible, resulting in something of a double-dip - all regardless of how often people actually use the app once they've purchased it. It's easy to see the incentive compared to the situation on Android, where dozens of hours of effort to make a tablet-optimized app may culminate in little to no return for an ad-supported version, and probably even less for a paid one.

Apps are a big "strike two" for Android tablets, but one more major flaw remains.

The Sleeping Giant Is Awake

Yesterday, Microsoft finally announced its very own tablet, Microsoft Surface. Let me be frank: it looks awesome. While big questions remain about pricing, availability, and the RT version's app ecosystem, the hardware is absolutely breathtaking (the Type Cover keyboard / cover combo is brilliant).

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My colleague Aaron Gingrich opined on the very real threat Microsoft poses to Android, and the tablet market is without a doubt the OS's most vulnerable point. The interesting thing is that Microsoft is taking a dual approach to the tablet space, by offering two very different versions of the Surface.

The first is meant to the target the iPad and Android tabs - an ARM-powered Windows 8 RT tablet packing 32GB of storage, a high-resolution ClearType display, and a magnesium chassis (with kickstand) that might even have raised Steve Jobs' eyebrow. It's certainly better-looking than any Android tablet I've seen, and the description of the materials has me drooling. And say what you will about Metro UI, it's the sort of interface a tablet is meant to have, and is clearly designed with touch in mind.

The other device, the Surface Pro, is packing an x86 Intel i5 and full-on Windows 8 Pro. Suddenly, a real professional tablet has emerged. With Microsoft Office. The idea of a "pro" tablet has been maligned since the iPad started making its way onto enterprise IT purchase orders, but that doesn't mean there isn't room (or desire) for a full-on Windows tablet experience in the workplace. Especially one with dual digitizers and a 600DPI stylus. Microsoft isn't messing around here - it wants to show everyone that a pro tablet can be made without sacrificing ludicrous levels of practicality. After all, the Surface Pro is a mere 14mm thick, and weighs under 2lbs.

Productivity is an area where Android is basically defenseless. Admittedly, the iPad isn't doing much better. While Google has now purchased QuickOffice, even their app wasn't that good. It's a usable productivity solution for Android, but by no means is it anything close to ideal. Productivity is something Microsoft knows very well, and you can bet it's going to leverage that advantage in both the Pro and standard Surface through marketing until it's blue in the face.

Many of us are familiar with the Microsoft of our childhoods (or 20's, whatever), and that's a Microsoft we basically learned to hate. A company that threw its arbitrary standards onto us with all the grace and concern of a Subway sandwich-assembler. Microsoft has done much to earn the ire of the tech-literate in the last 20 years. But in the last 10, it has done a lot to gain the trust of ordinary consumers.

Xbox has been a roaring success, and while missteps like the Zune and Windows Vista were black marks on what has generally been a good decade for the big MS, overall, Microsoft has made a massive turnaround in terms of public image. It's just not as cool to hate Microsoft as it was 10 years ago (though I'm sure that won't stop many people from doing so to their graves).

But Surface is undoubtedly the new Microsoft. It's the Microsoft that made Xbox360. The Microsoft that has invaded tens of millions of living rooms with little to no resistance. This tablet wants to be your friend - to play nice with your PC's media library, your Xbox and TV (SmartGlass anyone?), and your smartphone. Microsoft wants you to see the functionality and simplicity of tight software integration.

Google, once again, doesn't bring much to the table here. Google has no wildly popular game console. It has no vast army of personal computers running its proprietary OS (sorry, the Chrome browser is not analogous to an operating system, and Chrome OS is little more than a science experiment at this point). There's no amazing Google productivity suite (Google Docs is mediocre at best) that can compete with a titan like Microsoft Office. And Google doesn't have a tablet with its name slapped on it (yet).

Conclusion

Google's third strike, made worse by Microsoft's sudden entrance into the tablet market as both an OEM and software maker, paints the last strokes of a picture that doesn't look good for Android tablets. And even if we do see a $200 Nexus tablet announced at I/O next week, without a bevy of service and content partners or some truly radical changes to tablets in Jelly Bean, I just can't see Google turning things around this year for Android tabs. Sure, shipments will go up, and more tablets will be sold, but as I hope I've illustrated adequately here, a cheap tablet isn't the answer to Google's problems. It might help, but it's only a temporary solution. The real issues are much more fundamental.

Android tablets have serious underlying problems with content, apps,and productivity, not to mention increasingly large phones marginalizing their already debatable utility. Competition from Microsoft and Apple is only going to get tougher, while OEM partners producing Android tablets are likely to start getting discouraged by slow growth. With Microsoft licensing Windows RT, it may only be a matter of time before we see a Transformer or Tab RT. HTC and LG have already called it quits on tablets for the time being.

Fixing Android tablets is not a simple matter of getting developers on board with a Nexus device. It's not just about signing more movie studios and record labels to the Play Store. And cheap tablets alone aren't going to save the day. Only Google can do that, and it's going to mean doing things that go beyond developing an operating system and putting it in the hands of manufacturers and developers. That strategy may have worked for phones, but as we're seeing, tablets are turning out to be a whole other ball game.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/tr33frog Jeff Packard

    Since I won the transformer prime from this site, I've used it every day.  I no longer reach for my laptop and almost never use my Samsung Galaxy 2 to do anything any more.  Now if I'm at my desk I will use my PC, but on the couch or in meetings at work I just take out my Transformer.

    • Tom-francis

      Tablet is a god send in meetings. I can use it to flick aound douments and take notes on the primes keyboard if need be. And the battery life blows my laptop out of the water.

    • New_Guy

      I agree. This article is more reactionary than anything. We don't have a price, we don't have a hands on. All we have is a promo and some nice specs.  Nice device, it really is. But I am not a fan at all of the Metro UI, on their phones or otherwise.

      But, I do have to admit that as far as promos go...the one MS put together is pretty bad ass =).

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      Same here, since I got the prime, I use my phone and laptop less.
      Only reach for laptop when I need to do A LOT of business stuff, or photo editing...heavy lifting tasks.

  • Peter Zürcher

    TL;DR

    I use my Tablet (Galaxy Tab 10.1 - P7500) every day for more than 4 hours.
    I read news in Reader HD (syncs with Google Reader)
    I surf the web on Google Chrome
    I listen to and watch podcasts on BeyondPod HD
    I listen to internet radio using Xiia Live
    I watch videos on youtube
    I play a handfull of games

    IMO Android Tablets work very well. At least as good as Apples product.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Let's see.

      As a reader, I can genuinely see the value of a tablet. It's lighter than a laptop, easier to read on than even a large smartphone, and displays text more gracefully. Then again, with a 4.3"+ phone with at least qHD resolution, the tablet does lose some of its appeal here.

      Google Chrome is basically awful on Android right now, I use it on my phone, but on my Prime, it's a laggy, slow piece of junk. I can't understand how you manage with it.

      Podcasts are far more convenient on a smartphone. Why use a tablet when I can carry around my phone in my pocket and listen while I walk / work? Same goes for internet radio.

      YouTube, yes, definitely another point for the tablet, but Google hasn't done much to leverage this, it seems. YouTube is Google's content ace-in-the-hole, but the YouTube app for tablets isn't really that great, sadly. It's actually easier to just use it in the browser. And yet again, the video experience on high-end phones just gets better all the time. I don't have any problem watching YouTube videos on my 720p-display phone.

      For gaming, once again I agree the tablet is the better tool (depending on the game, of course). But high quality Android tablet games are few and far between - the game ecosystem on the iPad is orders of magnitude larger.

      • Joseph Donofry

        The reason Chrome is slow on your Prime is the same reason (almost) every browser is slow on the Prime:  It has a terrible IO controller.  Any time your browser writes to the disk (any time it writes to the cache, which is literally on every page view), it's going to lag due to the IO controller.  This is entirely Asus' fault, not Google's.  There are some solutions to this, such as browser2ram and, perhaps, a custom kernel that uses a better IO Scheduler.

        This same issue exists with my TF300T, because it uses the same IO Controller as the Prime.  I've done a fair bit of research on it in the past few days because everything runs buttery smooth *except* the web browser.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Joseph, you're correct - the Prime (and many T3 tablets, apparently) have pretty bad write performance generally. But even on my phone, I feel like Chrome is still far from ready. Very valid point, though.

          • http://twitter.com/rorytmeadows Rorison Meadows

            Even considering the above, what is so necessary to browse that much on a tablet? News? Don't you have established sources for news in your RSS feed reader apps? They are still underutilized today and are fantastic when browsing a massive number of articles throughout the day. I check it to browse through 400+ articles of tech, local, and national news.

            If I wanted to browse Wikipedia or Google Maps, there are apps for those functions that just work better.

            There was a few articles released over the past year that state that tablets are most often used at home anyway. If you're trying to make a case for bringing your tablet around with you all day and the utilization be maximized no matter the location, well then you have a case. But then again, do you really NEED to bring your tablet or laptop with you anyway? Aren't most iPad users just bringing it around to show that they have one? Do you really need anything more than your phone to do anything when you're not at home, office, or hotel room? If you're working at every sitting chance you get, perhaps pull out your RSS reader and subscribe to Lifehacker just to get a different perspective on life and the balance of work and home.

            I utilize my Prime at least 2 hours a day doing the following:
            - Games that just look better and are easier to read/view
            - Mail
            - Facebook accounts
            - RSS Feeds
            - Wikipedia exploration
            - Google Earth/Maps exploration
            - Streaming SiriusXM
            - YouTube viewing
            - XDA forums
            - Other forum applications

            I still maintain what I said when the iPad arrived. A tablet is an unnecessary device. It is a dumbed down computer for some and a beefed up Nintendo DS for others. We accept that people are just too stupid or unmotivated to learn to operate more complicated machines making a market for the dumbed down computer. And we gave all the time in the world to Nintendo to make a portable gaming system that people actually wanted, making a market for the others.

            I have a nice desktop, a touchscreen Windows 7 laptop, and the Prime. The laptop sits under my couch and I no longer take it on trips. I am a Director of IT at a company of 600+ employees.

          • m

            i prefer dumbed down computers for many things. when i had a facebook account i hated the desktop version.

          • http://twitter.com/Appledystopia Appledystopia

            I agree... Right now, tablets and smart phones offer watered down computing. At least with smart phones, you can put one in your pocket (well, most of them). I regret buying my iPad 2, sort of... It does some cool things. GarageBand has a better user experience on an iPad than a Mac. The gaming experience is pretty amazing too. For example, Metalstorm Wingman (a free aviation dog fighting game) for the iPad can work with Apple TV in a cool way. When you turn on screen mirroring, the iPad becomes a controller, and the game play is on the TV. One flies the jet by tilting the iPad, and controls weapons by touching the buttons on the iPad's virtual cockpit. (There are videos of this on YouTube, I link to one from my site). That's hella cool.

            Apple is doing an amazing job at system integration -- creating an ecosystem of products that work together with synergies. When I can go to the gym and plug an Android device into a treadmill, I'll be interested. When I can buy a pro-audio interface that can dock an Android tablet, I'll be interested. I hope Google moves in that direction, and the Nexus line seems to indicate that. The next few years will be interesting... I really want to see this happen, because if Apple dominates this business, they will most likely rest on their laurels, much as Microsoft has done. Now their offerings are stale and unimpressive.

            The future is one without desktops and laptops. Processing power will increase. ISP/carrier bandwidth will increase. Flash drive capacity will increase. Apart from having a bigger display and a keyboard, there will be no need for the bulk of a computer. Even the bulk of a Macbook Air. For users, it will just be mobile devices and accessories.

            Of course, this means mobile operating systems and desktop operating systems will have to converge. We see this with OS X/iOS and Windows 8.

            I think within 5 years, desktops and notebooks will be obsolete. There will be servers and mobile devices, which will be dockable. That said, we're not in the Post-PC world just yet. That's hype...

      • ericl5112

        Really, chrome is awesome on my TF1.  Also, audio podcasts I use my phone, but there are video podcasts.  I would assume that's what he was talking about. 

        The youtube app on android tablets is, bar none, the best youtube experience I've ever had compared to desktop sites, iPad, android phone, iPhone.  Opinions vary, but I am in love with that app.  Resolution's only half the story as well.  I wouldn't want to watch video on a 4-5" screen if I can have bigger.

        Finally for games, iOS does have the better ecosystem.  I loved the iPad when I had it, and plan on getting a 3rd of 4th gen (when the come out) as a dev/personal device.  That said, if you pick an android tablet for other reasons, there are still quite a lot of good games on android tablets.

    • http://twitter.com/pascalbrax Pascal

      I have bought Xiia Live. On my phone, it's the best shoutcast player, ever. Worth every cent. But... It sucks on my tablet. It sucks monkey balls and it crashes randomly when I change the screen orientation "too many" times.

    • http://bradhicks.livejournal.com/ J. Brad Hicks

      Peter's pattern very nearly matches mine. I spend most of my day at a desk that has (from left to right) a Transformer TF101, an Alienware Aurora hooked up to a 35" display, and an Extensa 4420 laptop, all within convenient reach. I do most things on the main display in the middle. But if I'm multi-tasking, 19 times out of 20 it's the tablet, not the laptop, that I reach for. And when I'm away from my desk, yeah, 19 times out of 20 it's the phone that I reach for. But the laptop, being WAY heavier than the tablet, never, ever leaves my desk. The only reason it's not in the closet gathering dust is that maybe once a month I need two Windows devices open.

      It sounds like the original poster wants his tablet as primarily a TV, music, and movies device. I get most of my music via streaming services, entirely device agnostic. When I buy music in MP3 format, it tends to be from the artist's own website. The only TV show I watch regularly is available a couple of hours later, commercial free, on BeyondPod on my tablet, in an easier to watch and less annoying form than on either of my Windows devices. I don't watch a lot of movies; when I was watching more TV and movies, it was easier to watch Netflix on my tablet than on any other device in the house, because I could take it with me from room to room.

      Maybe you think iTunes is a big deal. Apple obviously does, or they wouldn't think they were screwing Google so hard by denying it to Android. Frankly, I hate iTunes so much, from its annoying sync metaphor to its awful device-locked DRM to its really annoying updater to its appalling vintage 1980s UI, I wish the whole service would die a fiery death. So that's probably the big difference between us.

      • http://twitter.com/Appledystopia Appledystopia

        iTunes ditched the DRM a few years ago.

        • John O’Connor

          But did they ditch drm on movies and tv ahows?

    • Darwin

      Heh, that's funny. You've obviously never used an iPad.

  • Bas

    Indeed, I like those Windows tablets...

  • Juhani

    There are some fairly easy things Google could do to make Android tablets more useful. The biggest issue I have is that there's no way to know which app in the Play Store support large screen user interfaces. My suggestion has been that Google would allow users and developers to curate the market. If developers could mark an app as "tablet ready" when they upload it and users would have an option to filter apps based on that the life would already be much better. Developers who put in the extra effort would get more visibility and users would find the tab apps more easily. I don't even think that there would be any abuse issues as devs marking their apps as tablet ready when they're not would get rated with tons of 1 star reviews.

    Google needs to make it easy to find good apps to make it worth writing good apps.

    • RedPandaAlex

      I find "staff picks for tablets" in the play store a good place to start. But it's kind of infuriating sometimes when even Google's apps aren't optimized for tablets (I'm looking at you Google+).

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        Agreed, even Google is getting lazy about tablet-readiness for its own services, and that's not encouraging anyone else.

        • Danny Holyoake

          I'm just assuming they're waiting until Google I/O to announce a tablet-UI for Google+.

      • Juhani

        If that were the case it would actually be a good first step but unfortunately these staff picks for tablets very often are apps that do not actually have tablet UI. Just last week I encountered one that is frankly embarrassing. I took some screenshots and posted them to G+ here:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102272971619910906878/posts/AUuLwDC6GbT
        (the post is private but I always add everyone who adds me to that circle)

      • Stephen LeMaitre

        The truth of the matter is that this is still a chicken-and-egg issue.

        Android does pretty well at scaling apps from phone size to 7" tablet size... largely due to the fact that most of the phones are getting pretty close to this range. It is far easier to scale and app decently from a 5" screen to a 7" one than it is to scale from a 5" to a 10".

        Since Android has done so well in the phone and 7" markets, this is where developers will focus.

        The release of the Nexus 10 is a big step forward, but will lead to the same questions for consumers... does the ecosystem support a great 10" tablet? The answer is still "No".

        There will be many people that will snag the Nexus 10 (and I will assume that Google will fight to keep the price surprisingly low) despite the lack of well developed, high-end, large screen tablet applications. Exactly how many people make this choice will determine how motivated developers are to create new apps for this market, and how well they will eventually succeed.

        • John O’Connor

          Google plus looks and works great on my GNote 10.1 and so do my other apps. Maybe I just have an easier time finding tablet optimized applications for my needs?

    • http://twitter.com/StephenMullen Stephen Mullen

       The Amazon AppStore does this

    • http://twitter.com/NickInLA Nick

      The reason that "there's no way to know which app in the Play Store support large screen user interfaces" is because they all do. This isn't an ipad where phone apps are either displayed in a tiny box or are enlarged and looked terribly pixellated, android apps will scale and still look nice and function properly on tablets. Android app devs are the ones who need to make a "tablet optimized" app, but they often don't because their apps already work on tablets, just not as good as they could.

      • Juhani

        I'm sorry but stretched list views on 10" screens aren't acceptable. The apps do work but usability sucks. Developers and designers must make their apps responsive ( I wrote about responsive design here http://www.androiduipatterns.com/2011/11/design-patterns-for-responsive-android.html ) to make them usable.

        The problem is exactly that the app that apps "work" on tablets. If they didn't the Google play could filter out the ones that don't. Now we have hundreds of thousands of apps that simply scale up without adapting causing the UI to be pretty much unusable. :(

      • Darwin

        Wrong on both counts and in facts is just the opposite. Lookst an iPhone app on a retina display iPad.

    • http://twitter.com/Appledystopia Appledystopia

      I think Google's current Nexus strategy is a good one. Three devices - 4, 7, and 10, based on screen size. Now they just need to start creating standards instead of fragmentation. When they can get accessories (for making music) and have a more standard way of interfacing with other systems (like AirPlay), they could very well pique my interest when I am up for a new device. So far their TV strategy leaves much to be desired, and the Q3 still hasn't hit the mark, in my opinion. Google really needs to come up with an ecosystem -- a way for all the products to interact with synergies. That's why I went with Apple. All their stuff works well together.

      Sure, Android devices can also do AirPlay (with the right app), but that underscores my point that Apple created a standard.

      Apple's standards (what some would consider "lack of choice") also enables developers to create games such as the Infinity Blade franchise. Epic games said they don't make it for Android because too many devices have memory-hogging software pre-loaded by their manufacturer. Again, the fragmentation has kept some amazing software, particularly games and media, off the platform. Google's working on it. The Nexus strategy is a good one... Although, the flip-flop from the notion of an Open Handset Alliance to "these Nexus devices are da bomb", seems to indicate a lack of technical leadership. If Chrome OS, for example, had the same integration and ecosystem that Mac OS X and iOS do, that would be a huge leap forward. I would be interested!

      To make it in technology, you have to dominate. You dominate by creating standards and demonstrating leadership. Microsoft did this for decades by making Windows a standard. Until the Mac could run MS Office and Windows, it was useless for me, or so I thought. Now I own a Mac and don't use Office or Windows on it at all. For me, as a Java EE developer and now a Rails developer, Macs are the better tool for both... In fact, I know someone who works at a smart phone manufacturer, on their Android variant, who uses a Mac for her development work. Nothing worse than trying to run a huge Eclipse project on a Windows machine. Our developers lost at least 40 hours of work per year on crashes and re-installing Windows and the tools. It may be fine for the average office worker, and essential for the .NET or Windows developer, but for many techies, Windows is just not worth the hassle.

  • triangle8

    I agree with your editorial.  The Surface should be a wake-up call to Google.  The ecosystem for android tablets is pretty weak and there are few compelling reasons to choose an android tablet other than price and form factor.  While low prices and different form factors are great for a niche play, they're probably not enough to generate the kind of volumes that will lead to the kind of robust ecosystem that everyone wants to see from android in the tablet space.  I hope they get their act together.  Who knows, maybe we'll see something new at I/O.  I really hope so.

    • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

      I also mostly agree with the editorial: I'm blown away by the Surface Tablets as Hardware products... But experience has told me to avoid 1 of Microsoft OS out of 2. It was better to skip ME for 2000, better to skip Vista for Seven, so I think I'll skip Windows 8 and wait for a Windows 9 that hopefully will re-unite Metro UI with the legacy Desktop compatibility. Maybe this Windows 8 distrust will give Android one more year to fix its Tablet strategy...

      • moelsen8

        hah i like this.

      • New_Guy

        You are a very smart consumer indeed =D.

        Your point is more true than most people will realize. I commented earlier that this article is purely reactionary. We don't have a hands on yet, not even a price point. So, I'm definitely in the "I'll wait" category right now.

  • Darren Ellis

    I have a Kindle Fire and I love it. I use it all the time. I love it. I have to have it when watching a movie or TV, so I can look up that actor that I know from "somewhere", but can't remember where. I read books and comics on it, play games, even occasionally watch TV shows and movies in bed, but mostly I surf the web. 

    I don't jump platforms very often. I no longer chase the bleeding edge. The best thing about my KF is the price. I got a refurb for $139. It would have been good for $199, but it is even better at $139. The only thing I really want is a USB port for external storage.I might check out MS's offerings at some point in the future. Especially if they offer a 10" or 12" version. But I won't be jumping any time soon. As long as my KF doesn't break, I will be sticking with it for a few years.

  • http://www.androidradar.de/ Leif

    Mine is used all day. In the morning for checking RSS Feeds (Reader HD), during the day while I'm working to stream music to my bluetooth speakers (creative d3x) from spotify, google music or tunein pro radio app, and in the evening I'm often using it for Google+ or a quick game or so. For me it's the perfecet home device for streaming music to bluetooth sound systems, as digital cooking book and such things. I also consume my YT subscriptions more via the tablet than the pc. 

    But, the Bluetooth Speaker was it which made me to use it so much more. A great soundoutput, which no stock tablet can deliver, is which makes it so much more enjoyable in daily usage. Since I use the creative d3x I regret I didn't bought one earlier.

  • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

    I use my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1" wifi (P7510) with Google Reader, play games occasionally, and browse the web somewhat. I'm really unimpressed with the performance of the nVidia Tegra 2 chipset though; it just runs like absolute crap. 

    I'm really hopeful that the Windows 8 RT tablet "Surface" will perform smoothly when launching applications, browsing the web, zooming in/out, and so on. Poor UI performance is the bane of end user experiences.

  • Paito Anderson

    I honest to goodness use my Galaxy Tab 10.1 more than 2-3 hours a day.

    Reading Email from work and Gmail.
    Reading blogs and news sites on Google Reader
    Playing various fun little games
    Watching my stocks...ok only a minute but I do it everyday using Wikinvest HD.

    I love how long the battery life is on it compared to my Nexus S and HP Elitebook

  • Kdb424

    I use my tablet for e-book reading. I bought a nook, and rooted/rom'd it to read books. It's better than both my computer and phone for that, comfortable to hold. I use it to read and study Japanese. The "Phone" apps don't bug me. They work just fine on the screen, and it's the best $200 I have ever spent for what I get. I won't buy a laptop, so it does work great on the go if my phone just won't cut it.

  • Android Telegraph

    Good editorial, nice read. Though I've never owned a tablet so I have no idea whether it's wrong or right. Phones are enough for me :P

    http://www.androidtelegraph.com

  • Josh C

    i own an OG transformer, and i use it pretty much every day, but then again my cell phone is a Nokia flip phone that used to be on cingular (remember them?). So my only portable media device is my tablet. its handy for news and music while relaxing somewhere other than at my computer.

  • Jaybles

    I use my Android Tablet (Galaxy Tab 7.7) All of the time at home when I just want to browse the web, I carry it with me during weekends to watch the football while I'm out and about.  Basically its like having a phone with a huge screen thats much easier to look at, or a laptop that's much easier to carry around with me. Sort of the point right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brianphamilton Brian Hamilton

    I own a computer repair business and work mostly from my laptop. When my G Slate was new I used it constantly for anything and everything. Little did I know when I bought it on launch day as an upgrade from the original Galaxy Tab (for full price mind you) that it would become the ugly step child of tablets. I still take it and my laptop when I go out of town but other than that, it sits on the night stand in my bedroom and it's primary function is being an alarm clock. I still reach for it when I am in bed to check Facebook or to play a quick game to wind down before going to sleep but I am sad to say it doesn't play the role in my every day life that it did when it was new. Add to the equation that there has been very little support or updates... I've become very jaded. I opted not to get the 10" Tab because I didn't want something as big as an iPad but I feel like I would use it more than I do my G Slate.

    • alun phillips

      Have you tried slatedroid? G-slate is still in active development over there.

  • guyfromtrinidad

    I love my Android tablet, right now its right next to me playing some music as I work. For what I use it for it works, I really think the major problem is people's expectation of what a tablet is for. Mine is a media consumption device and with Netflix, my music player, my Comixology, Kindle, flipboard beta (feedly and pulse  as well), I also do some gaming for me it works. I also use gmail quite a lot and have it at my side when watching TV to check IMDB or open the browser. Now I admit the fact that I have an aging Galaxy S that is a little worse for wear because of the endless roms that it has gone through may have me reaching for my tablet instead of dealing with another force close. I will have to see if my pattern changes in a few weeks when I upgrade to the S3.

    I strongly agree that more tablet specific apps are needed though

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      This is the sort of scenario I think a lot of people are in. Many don't have a current-generation, large display Android phone. But a lot more are about to in the next few months, and I'm willing to bet every one of them who also owns an Android tablet will see their tablet use drop precipitously.

      Battery life on new phones is better, bigger HD screens are much better for reading and video, and Android 4.0 is so much more usable and friendly than Gingerbread was. If you own an Android 2.3 device, I can see why a tablet has appeal. If you own something modern, I cannot - it becomes redundant.

      • sdcoiner76

        I have a large screen phone 4.0 and I use my tablet every single day.

        • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

          Same deal. Tablet is way more usable to me than the phone.

        • SteamTrout

          Ditto. Phone's screen (Desire HD) is just too small to do anything comfortably. And I mean why should I if I have Transformer which can do the same thing but better and without straining my already failing eyesight?

          The only reason to use a phone over tablet is if you want to listen to music.

      • Maxx Tan

        I agree with you on this. Switched from the horrible Sony X8 to the S3. Back in the days when I'm stuck with the X8, my tablet was really my best companion around. For the time being, I only use my tablet when I'm doing 3D rendering on my pc for web browsing and comic reading. 

      • Joe Anderson

        I disagree, I have a large EVO 4G LTE, came from OG Evo 4G and I use my Prime Daily. Ended up selling my laptop as it started collecting dust. Everyone I know who sadly has a IOS (phone or pad) is always looking at my android items in Awe.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I am with David here. Same for my wife.

  • http://twitter.com/lennyg10 Lenny Glickman

    I use my Xoom everyday. Twitter, email, a few games, periodicals, even editing writing.  The 4G and IC upgrades went smoothly. No complaints here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xavier.hokies Xavier Davis

    I'm probably still in the honeymoon phase with my tablet but I don't think I've used my laptop since I bought the Transformer.  In fact, I've delegated my phone to use only outside of the home for all intent and purposes.  Even with the Razr, typing is a chore due to the size of my giant man hands ;).  Tablet Talk allows me to respond to text messages from the tablet as well as at least see who's calling (I am notorious for not answering calls anyway).  

  • http://www.facebook.com/octobert Tom Keenan

    I use my Transformer Prime daily.  I use it for email and research.  I use it to read at night and I use it for writing.  While it doesn't replace my laptop when sitting at my desk, it does when I am travelling, sitting in front of the TV or in bed.  I find my Android phone slow and cumbersome compared to the Prime.  Granted, my phone is two years old (Droid X) and I might not feel the same way when I upgrade, but I love my Android Tablet.  I used an iPad for about 6 months before the Prime and, while I liked it, I will never go back to it.  That's my two cents.

  • Intoxik8

    I use my HP Touchpad running CM9 every day, I use it more than my desktop and laptops because it does (almost) everything I need it to. My 3yo daughter uses it in the daytime because I have a decent selection of toddler apps and Netflix is great for kids TV. The problem is I would never have paid over £200 for a tablet and it would have been hard to justify paying over £150 because at the end of the day it's something I can live without.

    • http://twitter.com/gmanunited GKgadget

      I had the HP Touchpad running CM9 this made me buy the Xoom for a more consistent experience.

  • craig0r

    My tablet's an HTC Jetstream (which I wouldn't have bothered with had I not gotten an extreme discount on it,) and I use it tons. Granted I also have unlimited data, so I'll watch Netflix or stream via Plex while I'm in transit, I constantly use it as a hotspot. But more than media consumption, I actually use it for creation. Along with the active stylus, creating art using Photoshop Touch and Sketchbook Pro (see? SOME users pay for apps, and they're totally worth it) is fun and easy. The pressure-sensitive stylus really puts the Jetstream ahead of the iPad, at least for me. I can create organic looking pictures rather than something akin to a MSPaint bitmap.

    • Kokusho

      the active digitiser is awesome I almost bough a Flyer when it came out but then went for the TF101 at the last moment.
      I'm eagerly waiting for the next HTC tablet because I'm pretty sure they are working very hard on the right software for it as we speak.

  • http://twitter.com/Kaerosnow Chris Bozsik

    I bought and use my tablet for essentially one sole purpose; reading. Mostly manga but ebooks from time to time as well. Tablet's are wonderful for reading. I'm unable to sit in front of a computer monitor and read a book or several manga chapters consecutively. And my phone screen, even being 4.5" is too small. Manga in portrait requires constant zooming, and in landscape requires constant scrolling, while on my tablet the entire manga page just fits perfectly on the 10.1 inch screen. I COULD read it on my computer but I need something physical to hold... it's just not the same on a computer.

    Also... "The Google Music app is ugly"

    I disagree. 'Play Music' is my go to app for music playing. People seem to like Poweramp... I've tried it and it's hideous, and I never use equalizer settings. Since when did everybody and their grandma become audio experts. I just put my entirely library on shuffle and stick my phone in my pocket. I've tried to do the equalizer thing to make my music sound "better" but manually adjusting it for every damn song takes too long.

  • Ron Veen

    I own an iPad and an Asus Prime. I had the iPad first and of course you love your "first born" the most, but it is not just that. Apple got the look & feel completely right. While ICS still feels sluggish. I want to like the Prime, but I have convince myself to use it instead of the iPad. Most of the time I give in and use the iPad. Using it feels natural, the Asus feels more annoying, less intuitive.

  • kevslider

    I use my Motorola Xoom everyday at home and at the gym to watch Netflix while on the treadmill; and a Galaxy Tab 10.1 at work. They run great and I don't feel any threat of Windows tablets taking its place.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

    I actually only use my laptop to convert Bubble Guppies and Team Umi Zumi (I have a 3 year old) videos I download from YouTube to .mp4 files. Otherwise I do EVERYTHING else on my ASUS Eee Pad Slider. I totally understand what you are saying and you make very valid points but I think you are taking a lot from your personal experience and not from the average users experience. 
    That being said, there is still obviously more to be done and with the tablet market being as new as it is there is no telling where it can go. ICS looks great and its a start in the right direction but Google needs to buckle down and really limit what gets released with the name Android Tablet. Between Acer, ASUS, Samsung, Motorola, Toshiba, HTC, and whoever else wants to throw there head in, its too messy and OEMs are confusing consumers while they try to stand out. The iPad sells because there is only 1 iPad (technically 3) but how many Android Tabs are out there? And then when you go into Walgreens and they have a "Brand New" Android Tab for $75, I promise any poor soul who buys will be turned off Android for life. I honestly feel like at this point Google needs to do more to advertise THEIR approved devices versus the other ones out there. Thats the end of my rant, breakfast is done. 

    • Gomez

      youtube downloader is what you need google it. It does the downloading and conversion.

      • http://profiles.google.com/zemogzemog Edgar Gomez

        Its called tubemate.

        • http://profiles.google.com/pbooker117 Phillip Booker

          Thanks. I just downloaded it. 

    • Kernschatten

      I agree 100% about the cheap "Android" tablets.

    • Gumnam

       I have a no name $100 ICS tablet. Its far more responsive then my $200 LG mobile :)

  • Karthik Kumar

    I Love Android. The customization, tweakability and usability it offers is unmatched (Yes, iOS users, you can take a dig now). But the author is right. On Tablets, Android just doesn't bring much to the table that warrants an Android tablet purchase with the same enthusiasm as an Android phone. Windows 8 on the other hand really has that "pull" that Apple products generally have (though I must admit it has waned over the last 2 years for me). It's fresh, it's cohesive, and while the Metro users has it's "Fisher Price wants it's UI back" type detractors, it's smooth and ultra useful. A uniform UI for Desktop, Tablet and Phone?? It's BRILLIANT!! And i'm seriously looking to get a Windows 8 Surface tablet as and when it launches. (No giving up Android for phone though, that stays)

  • Himmat Singh

    Indeed. Android tablets just don't cut it out. I have a quad core A510 running ICS but I still see lag. Overall it's much improved over my dual core Android 3.1 Galaxy tab 10.1, but still compared to the iPad it lags behind in terms of user experience. Still lag in homescreen, browser and typing. Unbelievable Google hasn't got this right after so many iterations. Is the lag there because of something Google hasn't done right in the core code, and that its not easy to change that? 

    • Jon Langevin

      That's an issue due to the device itself. Galaxy Nexus w/ ICS runs great. HTC One X is, by all accounts, fast as hell. Galaxy S3 is purportedly a device of instant gratification.

      So it's a matter of the devices getting better optimized as time goes by, whether that is software, hardware, or a combination of both...

      BTW, saw an article recently that said Android is poorly optimized for multi-core CPUs, so that may be another reason why your quad-core isn't snappy.

  • Patrick He

    For me, i use my TF101 almost on a daily basis. I replaced my laptop with it (and actually ended up giving my laptop to my grandmother). i don't use it a lot during the week (maybe once or twice a day) but i use it heavily during the weekend when i'm hanging out with friends. 

  • lefty2717

    I can agree pretty much wholeheartedly on your opinion. We have one Chinese tablet that is for my 4year old daughter. I carry an E4GT my wife has an Evo3D and my 17yo daughter a galaxy nexus and a galaxy tab 7 my son has a mytouch.

    So we are well versed in Android and our phones are the go to devices for everything short of school projects and work anything above that goes to the laptops or desktops(loving windows 8! very family friendly) the tablets collect dust.
    I personally cannot find a true purpose for me owning a tablet of any kind at this point when my E4GT can do anything I can do on a tablet and just as fast and twice as efficient.

    Good opinion piece and others may say you shouldn't bash Android but if you don't know the chunks in your own Armor you cannot correct them.

    We as fans of Android cannot act as the apple fans do and pretend that it is a perfect ecosystem and rest on our laurels or it will go the way of symbian and blackberry.

  • Shane DeRidder

    While I do understand what David is saying in the article to a degree, I have to admit, I have not spent any meaningful time on my PC laptop, my macbook, or even my iPad since I've gotten my ASUS TF300.  It does what I want, when I want it, and it works very, very well.
    I also have a Galaxy Nexus phone, which is always on me.  Still, I prefer my ASUS keyboard and the larger form factor for my e-mail, news, videos, games, and Google Docs (which admittedly needs some more Google love, but it does work).  I use the tablet for both work and personal tasks.

    For me, I have no use for Microsoft's tablet.  In my personal opinion, It's a clone of an iPad with a terrible OS.  However, this will be good for competition, and I'm sure we'll see Google come up with something exciting at I/O.

  • craig0r

    In regards to "tablet-ready" apps, I've got about 128 apps (according to Titanium Backup) on my Jetstream, and I can only think of a handful of apps that don't look great on the large screen. They may not all be "optimized" for a tablet, but the Jetstream (even running HC 3.1) doesn't have a problem making them look great. I don't see this tablet/phone divide to be a huge problem for apps... but that's just me I suppose.

  • Paul Fulbright

    Couldn't disagree more. I liked my Xoom and now my Prime WAY more then I ever liked my ipad. And one of the BIGGEST reasons is widgets. It's SO much more productive a device for simply giving me a screen that shows my weather, email, SMS (google talk) and whatever else I need to see at a glance, no opening five apps.

    I read nothing more than webpages on it, and have a 60" plasma so no real comprehension of why the hell anyone would want to watch TV/movies on it...

    • crankerchick

      People watch TV/movies on a tablet or laptop when they are away from their 60" plasma. I have 2 60" plasmas but I can't put them in my purse and take them on a plane or carry them to a bowling center or the gym.
      I can stream a show or watch a video while I eat my lunch if I so desire.

      When I'm out and about all day but have downtime in between, I don't necessarily want to burn phone battery life browsing on a 4.65" screen when I can use my tablet with better battery and larger screen instead.

      It really just depends on each person's usage. I don't watch the latest blockbuster hits on my tablet, that's what I have nice TV and soundsystem for, but when I'm away from my home and I want to watch a rerun of L&O to pass the time, my tablet fits the bill.

  • Drayon

    I've got a transformer prime. And it's been for over a week since I last recharged the device because I don't use it that much.
    The only time I use the device is when I need to search for something when my pc is off and my phone is out of reach (which is very rare because I got a nice charging dock for my phone on my desk) or some browsing in the morning while laying in bed.
    The only useful situation is for movies and browsing while on a vacation since I have a laptop that lasts 5 minutes without power.

  • Sean Ong

    Without any bit of exaggeration, my Prime is stuck to my hands, day and night. I used to sleep with my prime on my night stand, not it's literally next to my pillow. I watch shows on it, browse, email, and even make phone calls using my LG HBS-700. It's not like I don't own a computer. I have a high end, custom gaming laptop by Malibal.

    I think the reason why some people stick with laptops is because of their lifestyle. They can afford to sit down somewhere and do whatever they need to do. I'm a husband and a father of two and always on the go. Even walking to the subway, my eyes are glued to my tablet. (I'm not the asshole who walks into people, poles, columns, etc. I've mastered this a long time ago.)

    Even when I'm playing with my kids (my son who is two years old has inherited my Xoom, BTW) and I need to check something, I can't leave them and go to my desk. A tablet is just so much more convenient. And going back to my son who has practically mastered his Xoom, he's always watching YouTube videos of super heroes while drinking his milk to fall asleep. Since he can't spell yet, he uses the voice to say things like "Superman" or "Hulk". When he's not YouTube'ing, he's playing all the kiddie games Amazon App Store gave away for free (puzzles, alphabet and number, animal identification, etc.) He also navigates Solid Explorer to watch his Elmo's World videos as well as various Disney movies I've ripped for him in his 64GB microSD. He's also constantly on the Thomas & Friends website playing games (browser in desktop mode) as well as Sesame Street. He knows how to work the bookmarks and history since he can't type or spell yet.

    My daughter who is one always asks for my tablet to watch music videos on YouTube. She's very fond of music and theatrical stuff.

    The only time both my kids aren't on the tablet is when the three of us are playing with Legos or when we're all asleep.

    The bottom line is, my family except for my wife, has embraced owning tablets. We also have a Nook tablet, BTW. You'd have to sever my hands to separate me from my tablet. It's sitting on my Arkon stand while I'm typing this, checking emails as a matter of fact. It pushes my work email faster than Outlook for some reason.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BSMan01 Bailey Sandlin

    I have my Transformer Prime almost everywhere I go, I use it every day for a couple hours

    I use it with an aux cable for my car stereo
    I watch Netflix on it when I don't want to sit in front of my computer
    I play games that would be impossible to control on a phone in my opinion 
    I surf the web more comfortably 

    I love my TF201 and though I agree that they could use some work I certainly do not believe they suck

  • Clint

    I've had an original Transformer and just got a PadFone.  I live on my tablets, even my Padfone is run as a tablet 90% of the time, only switching to the phone when I need to carry it in my pocket (shopping).  Otherwise for work it has become another appendage, always close by to do a quick lookup, often even grabbed over my Desktop as I can take the information with me more easily.

    The only real missing link I've found to the Android Tablet is the lack of print ability for Office files.  I can easily print to most network printers with PrintBot.  King Office and Polaris Office both give me a fine Office experience.

    The dockable keyboard is nice, but it is rarely close by so I've had to find some alternate keyboards to truly make the tablet great.  TSwipe Pro is a true swiss army keyboard allowing for several different configurations to help you find the input method that works best for you and the tablet's orientation.  Hacker's Keyboard is a necessity for a full size keyboard replacement when remoting into another machine (especially with SSH).

    • Bogdan Codescu

      I second that. My girlfriend has an OG Transformer and I just got a Padfone. She dropped completely her laptop and I only use mine for games or if I need urgent access to some office files. Of course, I still use my work laptop, but only as a desktop in fact. I even use my Padfone in meetings. The only thing I haven't tried yet is the connectivity of the mini HDMI. And I keep my Padfone 85-90% of the time in the Station and only use it as a phone when I go rapidly somewhere and I want to carry it in the pocket. I have a beamer and I see no point in using a tablet for watching movies or television, other than when you are on a plane. 

  • Christopher Rowe

    Since my ebook and comic book reading and most music/podcast-listening is on my phone, here's what I consider my tablet (TF-101) essential for:

    1) PDF reading - even with a 5.3-inch phone screen, reading scanned academic articles and books is impossible, and reading them on a laptop is uncomfortable.

    2) Gaming - and I'm talking old-school NES, SNES, GBA and N64 gaming (with a PS3 controller), often hooked up to TV through HDMI

    3) Internet radio - My wife loves having the bigger and upright display here for ease of access, channel-switching, song title display, etc.

    4) Late-night movie watching - As you point out, if I want to watch something away from the desk or table, the laptop doesn't cut it

    5) Travel - I don't bother taking my laptop around anymore when travelling; even for a conference, I can do all my writing and note-taking on the tablet

  • OMGLX

    I have to agree with this article. I bought a wifi Xoom at launch, and I rarely make use of it. Admittedly, I am not much of a tweener, being as am always within reaching distance of a full PC experience. On the other hand, my Dad is too, and he loves his Galaxy Tab.

    I think Microsoft has the potential to really change the tablet market direction here with Surface. I know that, personally, if it delivers on its promises of PC parity, I will be happily selling my Xoom off and getting a Surface Pro.

    Plus, one of the best/worst parts of the Android ecosystem and community, you can likely buy a competing product and SOMEONE will figure out how to put Android on it. Be it via BlueStacks or a full on hack, ala TouchPad.

    I love my Android phone so much, but I find very little that is compelling to me from Google in the tablet space.

  • tqH2pz

    I use my Galaxy Tab all the time, but I don't have a personal laptop. I pretty much carry around my tablet and my Kindle from room to room at night. I do notice that my (college-aged) daughter tends to use her laptop much more than her iPad, but she brings her iPad places when we go out.

  • bigfkncee

    I use my Transformer Prime everyday for several hours web browsing, streaming video, viewing rss feeds and even some games. In fact, I'm using it right now to type this comment. Its ok if you were impressed by Microsoft's Surface presentation. I will probably be looking at the Pro version myself. I'm also looking forward to the Nexus tablet with high hopes. Maybe its just you having a "grass will be greener" moment...

  • Andy Y

    First, I should point out that while you have a larger Android phone (4.7"), not all of us do.  And the "convenience" factor of doing various things definitely scales with smaller/larger screens.

    For example, on my (> 3" screen) phone, while I can watch TV and movies, I much prefer to watch them on my tablet screen.  

    My tablet is very useful to me at work, where my workstation has various restrictions but my tablet as a personal device does not.  I keep my music on it and listen to that instead of my phone.  

    At home, I find it convenient to grab the tablet to do some casual surfing while half-watching TV.  My laptop is a behemoth so it is much more effort to pull that out if I just want to look something up.  If I had a larger screen phone, I might resort to that more but to me, the tablet's larger screen & lightweight handiness provides me with greater utility.

    I'll agree that a tablet is a niche product, but depending on your current phone, it definitely can have a place in your daily workflow.

  • jose

    3hrs a day Monday - Friday  none on the weekend

  • RedPandaAlex

    This article sounds like it was written by an Apple or MS fanboy. And I don't say that because it's critical of Android. I say that because it makes statements about user interface design and just expects me to accept them. There's a lot of personal preference in UI, and no, I don't think that Android's method of upscaling apps makes it less appealing or less useful than the phone counterpart. It allows you to see more information, like when you can see your full list of emails while viewing a particular message. I really don't see a big difference in the screenshots between Google's movie navigation and Apples, that you call shameful. It seems like you're just following the prevailing opinion that since it's designed by Apple it must be designed better or that Google doesn't know anything about design. I just don't see it, and I know a little about design.

    Personally, I use my tablet as my primary couch-surfing device. Sometimes I've been reaching for my phone lately instead, but that's only because my phone is newer and has a faster processor and a screen with the same resolution. And you can't tell me that it's not a better device for web browsing and probably reading too.

    I take everything about the Surface with a grain of salt. It's not coming out for months--Google is probably going to beet it to market with the Nexus 7 and Android 4.1 and we don't know what's going to be in 4.1. But since it's launching with a tablet, I imagine there will be a lot of tablet-friendly features. The timing of this announcement makes me think they want to get it out there before the Nexus 7 because they know in some ways, they're going to get beat. And there's some big questions on the Surface, like battery life and price. And don't forget, Windows 8 is essentially trying to cram two platforms into the same OS--the desktop and metro environments. And having used Windows 8 as my primary OS for a few months, I can tell you that it's a jarring experience. Some things you just can't do from one or the other environment. You get kicked back and forth a lot, and there are no programs that bridge across both environments. They're trying to sell this as a "best of both worlds" device, but it's really trying to get users to buy in to a whole new microsoft ecosystem, and I'll bet most people have had enough bad experiences with microsoft to want to do that.

    Personally, I think upscaling is the way forward for Android, using the padfone as a model. If there were more of those around, nobody would need a separate tablet. We'd just dock our phones when we wanted a larger screen or a keyboard. And Android is uniquely situated to succeed in that model because it DOES allow apps to scale up to higher screen sizes. I just hope Google 1) improves Chrome for Android to match the desktop browser and 2) works out some way to get it to scale to a desktop environment as well.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Are you kidding? You actually believe that apps made for phones simply upscaled to a tablet are an acceptable solution? It's just not that simple. Tablet content needs to be tailor-made in many, if not most, cases. If we all had 7 inch tablets, it might be a different story, but any phone app is going to look god-awful on a 10.1-inch display.

      And I have serious difficulty taking anyone who believes the Padfone is the near-future of smartphones and tablets seriously. It's not, for myriad economic and practical reasons that are far outside the scope of the topic at hand.

      And no, Apple's design isn't simply "better" - it is much more useful. I'm not even really talking about aesthetics, I'm talking function.

      Google Movies and Music have basically no discovery tools aside from those that are bare-bones requirements for such services. Apple has tons of avenues to explore in iTunes for finding new music, movies, and television - just look at the number of options on that front splash screen. It's not even close. Google doesn't know how to sell things, it never has, and it's getting a crash course in digital content storefronts. Apple's storefront is superior because it actually gets people to buy things they didn't know they wanted. Browsing any of Google's Play Store areas aside from Apps is tantamount to a world where Wal-Mart was just 3 aisles, each a mile long, with "Miscellaneous A-F / G-P / Q-Z" slapped on there. You can't just put up content and expect it to magically sell. Presentation and organization are extremely important.

      As for being a "Microsoft / Apple fanboy," I've been writing for Android Police for 2 years, owned 3 Android phones, 3 tablets, and do this basically every single day. I must be quite the masochist.

      • RedPandaAlex

        Do we even mean the same thing by upscaling. I'm talking about the same apps displaying more content when viewed on a tablet, not just stretching it to fill the width. I'm talking about how you essentially get two or three "phone" views on one screen. There's nothing wrong with that. Some apps do it better than others (Maps is a lot better than Reader, for example).

        I'm looking at the Google Play store movie section right now and I see:Search
        Sort by Genre
        Staff Picks
        New Releases
        Top Rentals
        Some featured movies and a father's day collection at the top
        Three more collections at the bottom

        I don't know what else you want. Maybe a recommendation system, based on other things you've watched. The problem with Google's content offerings is they can't reach content agreements so you can actually rent (and maybe buy) what you want at a reasonable price. Their storefront is fine, they just don't have the product.

        And as for the padfone thing, that's just, like, your opinion man. I'm not going to take your opinion that its not going to work seriously just because you say the idea is so laughable that you won't take me seriously.

        • Uestg

          The UI layout you are taking about is named fragments. It's one way to do it but it does not work for all apps. And when you create an android project it automatically sets up a normal activity and not fragments. Why?

          • http://profiles.google.com/jonny.ollifflee Jonny Olliff-Lee

            It sets up normal activities because fragments were only introduced in Honeycomb, so get them in Gingerbread and earlier you have to use the Support Libraries from the SDK which aren't installed by default.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marshall/1393515108 Chris Marshall

        "As for being a "Microsoft / Apple fanboy," I've been writing for Android
        Police for 2 years, owned 3 Android phones, 3 tablets, and do this
        basically every single day. I must be quite the masochist."

        You might want to wipe that foamy white drool off your face sweetie, and fix the "im'a kill'a" look on your face. It doesn't help your cause or argument.

    • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

      "This article sounds like it was written by an Apple or MS fanboy. And I don't say that because it's critical of Android. I say that because it makes statements about user interface design and just expects me to accept them."

      I don't think it has anything to do with being an Apple/MS fanboy. It's more just considered a generally excepted truth that Android tablets just aren't up to par. I don't understand that assesment though.

      There isn't a thing about an iPad that seems better/more useful to me (except for maybe retina resolution, but even that at a 4:3 ration instead of 16:9 is kinda bleh). Honeycomb, and even more so ICS are both very well designed and organized, and the apps that are tablet tailored are often amazing. I've never even come close to having trouble with any element of either.

      And I think Holo is far better looking than Apple's UI.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JPTTY5CPD7YKFV5RJQOZBPAZ3E Mike

    In addition to screensize, perhaps the widgets and in general higher level of customization/personalization contributes to there being less focus on android tablets. You can simply do an awful lot just the way you want it with 4.3-5.3 inches of android phone muscle.
    Most time I spend on tablets is for amazon content on the kindle fire, which I'd love to shift to my phone and play with hdmi out.

  • moelsen8

    yeah, i'm completely with you on this one.  i have a xoom and an htc evo view 4g.  they've both been collecting dust for a long while now, besides the occasional flights and traveling.. it's just far easier, quicker, and all around more convenient to use my phone.

    but wow, microsoft.. what an incredible looking product, and you can tell a lot of thought went into the whole shebang.  there really is something to be said about end-to-end product design that android seriously lacks.  google and its partners should be freaking out right now.

  • http://profiles.google.com/zemogzemog Edgar Gomez

    I have had my Xoom since last July, i think thats when it first came out. Ive used it everyday, and my laptop just collects dust. i use it to browes the web, check my emails and the most used app on my tablet is Mizuu (Grabs the cover art for the movie or show) and Ttorrent. I dont have to convert my dvds anymore to watch them on my tablet. My tablet is way better than my laptop. Its takes my laptop a good 5-10 minutes to turn on and then just to open a browser is horrible. (ive done msconfig to kill all running task and its no differnt)

  • Mick G

    I read this on my android tablet

  • Mancubus99

    I own 2 iPads, a GSM Galaxy Nexus and a Transformer Prime w/dock.  When I'm out and about I use my GN consistently.  At home in my office, I use my desktop PC.  Anywhere in the house, I use my TP which is on a daily basis.  At work, I bring the TP with me to all of my meetings.   I hardly ever touch my iPads anymore.   In fact, the last time I used my iPads was about 4 weeks ago when my TP was charging.   Compared to my Android devices they just seem limited and dare I say 'clunky' with all of the limitations of iOS (even with Jailbreaking). 

  • http://twitter.com/jackh0lt Jack Holt

    I agree with this article. I've had a few tablets and honestly it collects dust more than I use it. Granted I use it more for movies and gaming when I am on a flight cross country but I really don't pick it up when I am at home. 

  • Ray G.

    Seems the editor doesn't know how to use his Transformer Prime. Or rather, WHAT to use it FOR. I too use mine daily.

  • Carlwin 1996

    Have a Samsung Galaxy P1000 and I use it every day for about 5 hours. Email. Games. News reading. Magazines. Books. Facebook. Rooting. Custom roms. Flashing. And a whole lot more. So yeah. Its already 3 years now. Still functioning well and portable. I take it almost every where I go. No know problems yet. And still loving it!

  • alun phillips

    Tablets are toys, period. My HP Touchpad ,bought in the £129 firesale, running CM9 is fantastic for what it is and used most everday but it wont replace a laptop and I wouldn't pay laptop money for it. Basically whilst android tablet manufacturers are trying to compete with apple at apple prices they will fail, once they wake up and realise that the sales will take off.

    • ChristopherLeMeilleur

      Same here, got an HP Touchpad running CM9. I use it to surf the web, play some dorky games, twitter, facebook, etc. I love streaming movies on it and playing music is fine. Though, my phone is a hell of a lot easier to use, and quicker to access, for doing work like e-mails, texts, and calendar.

      For writing papers or homework? Playing real games? Laptop, Desktop, XBox. My Touchpad is an unnecessary media device and I paid very little for it. I had a $600 iPad once, and I used it a lot, but not enough to justify the price when I had so many other devices to do the same thing.

      I like this article's honesty, but I think the premise is that "the grass is greener on the other side". In my experience, it wasn't.

    • Darwin

      You don't know what you are talking about.

  • Gino

    Very well said. Good article. I hope Google reads and learns from it. My only gripe with Google is that like everything they make, it stays in beta for far too long. Whereas Apple (and now MS) are dishing out products which are complete and fully packaged; though lacking in features as they may be.

  • jbedrin1

    I have an Asus Prime, and I have to say that I use it a lot.  The opposite has happened with me, since I've gotten my Prime, my laptop has sat collecting dust.  I'm a student and have an internship, so I'm usually always out, and the Prime has been perfect for notetaking (OfficeSuite and Google Docs) and portability.  When I'm in bed watching tv, I have it out and web browse, who wants a clunky laptop when you have a fast tablet?  That being said, I find this Microsoft tablet interesting as well though :)  My Prime does have its issues, but I'm reallyy glad I got it and it definitely has gone to good use and was worth what I paid. 

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    One other thing hurting Android is something I rarely see mentioned:  Security.  Android simply cannot compete in the Enterprise space because Android's security isn't up to snuff.  Google seems to have left it to OEMs to fill their security gaps, leading to very limited numbers of devices that meet the security needs of may large enterprises, leaving Apple, RIM, and Microsoft as the best choices for businesses.  

    • John O’Connor

      google should have purchased whisper systems instead of twitter (or was that the government that made the purchase?)  They were on to something with their encryption products

  • Steven Nutt

    I have a Samsung Tab 8.9 and I use it everyday, for 2 main reasons:
    1) I have an hourly commute via train into work and back (i.e. 1 hr there and 1 hr back) and so I use my Tab for gaming, reading, etc.. then.
    2) I have a SGS1 as my phone which although great when I got it is now lacking. So it is not always my go to device.
    Having said that I do agree with most points in the article and can see myself ditching my tab quite often when I upgrade my phone (although I think I'll be waiting to see what Google announces with regards to the 5 OEM's thing).
    p.s. I really really hope google get their act together, especially with the content thing and think International (being UK based I'm often green with envy)...

  • Taliesin

    I use my tablet every day sporadically for 8 hours a day. When I get home, I don't use it a lot, but then again, I rarely have time to use much in the way of electronic devices except the occasional streaming on the Roku. On the weekend, I use it as my Bible (easier to read than my phone) and occasionally to write out blog posts. When I buy a book, I try to buy it on Kindle whenever possible, and when I do that, I read it on my Xoom. (In that case, I often use my tablet at night when reading before bed.)
    To explain my first statement a bit further, I use my Xoom as my browser, e-mail device, IM Client, etc. while I'm at work. I tether to my phone, and my work network is none the wiser. My tablet is easier to read than my phone, MUCH easier to type with the bluetooth keyboard case I have for it, and exceedingly useful. Am I everyone? No. But I use my tablet all the time, and would be lost without it. 

    What isn't my tablet good for? Well, when creating beer recipes, my windows-based beer software only works on my laptop. When playing the occasional game like Arkham City or Even Online, I need my windows laptop. In that regard, I'm really very interested to see how the Surface is going to perform. even more useful than my Xoom would be a tablet that does everything I use my Xoom for currently AND can run BeerSmith, as well as somne games. (With a bluetooth keyboard and DisplayPort-connected monitor! Some cool things coming down the pipe.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffreygclark Jeff Clark

    I have an Asus Transformer Prime. I like it a lot, but I don't love it. The software glitches are abundant, and it really isn't as fluid as an iPad. However, there are tons of things I have used it for for that I couldn't have done with an iPad, and so I like it for that. Overall, I think Asus didn't optimize android very well for the prime, and so it is a disappointment.

    Unlike you, I don't have a giant phone, and so I think that the form factor works very well. I run the battery down almost everyday, and find it most useful as a companion to my laptop. It has been extremely useful despite it's many flaws. 

    Seeing the Surface announcement last night was awesome. I think the Surface Pro has a ton of potential, as I see an active digitizer as a key component to an awesome tablet. I'm a little skeptical that the price and battery life will be great, but if they are, I want to get one!

  • CsabaS

    I so much agree with this editorial.

  • Troy Leonard

    I use mine almost exclusivly. my laptop has been religated to ocasional use. and i dumped my smart phone plan and got a pre paid

  • Kokusho

    I used to alway carry my Transformer TF101 with me everywhere, it was good for alot of things, watching videos in the subway, drawing and stuff.
    But then I bough the HTC One X, a pretty big upgrade from my former HTC Desire and suddenly everything I did on the transformer, my One X was doing it way better (except drawing but then again the Transformer wasn't really fit for it either).

    Android have major strengh over the competition that are meaningful on a smartphone but not so much on a tablet. 
    Android is the most connected, synchronised, easy sharing OS existing, by like A LOT. When it comes to communication and data browsing nothing beats it, it's Google's OS after all.
    So on a phone it's awesome no doubt about that.

    Now a tablet isn't so much like a phone. A tablet is more like entertainement device. It's great for playing games, it's great for doodling ugly thing, it's great to browse the web without a precise goal. It's fun to discover things on a tablet.

    And that's where Android fail.
    Android has a lot a usefull applications which work fast and well. iOS have them too but also have a lot of useless application that are fun to use ! Just look at the ipad photo gallery, it's multi touch, it's fast, it's fun and that's the most basic thing on the tablet!

    If Google want Android tablet to be as good as Android phones they have to work way harder on the UI and touch gesture. 
    Samsung's touchwiz brings Floating mini apps , that's one huge step ahead of iOS. 
    Some of the most important Android base application are simply awfull on tablet.
    The music player is a pain, the gallery is just plain boring and won't fucking stop to synchronise my google+ pics that I don't want, the market makes me cry, every single fucking apps are made for phone. why is the Google+ app so damn bad on tablet ?! Isn't Google pushing their social network as hard as they can? Is this the best they can do ? Judging from the gmail app (which is the only one with a nice tablet UI) it doesn't seems to be the case.

    With ICS, Android is finally pretty and as fast as the competition. They now need to do what google do best, they need to make it lightning fast, they need to make it funny ! and they need to make it great to use.
    We re talking about the company that's making Google map !

  • Insane_clown87

    Everybody that has taken a shit that last more then 3 minutes knows why tablets are awesome.

    Hp touchpad @ $100 has more then paid for itself in washroom visits alone.

    • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

      My touchpad was extremely useful, it payed for itself (literally), and it also paid for a large chunk of my iconia.

    • flosserelli

      Don't get too comfy on the throne unless you know a good colorectal surgeon to cut out those monster hemorrhoids.

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    The MS Tablet has me drooling too..........especially seeing it in it's video.Microsoft has really gotten things going with this tablet.....and i love the Smart Cover/Keyboard.....that's a good touch

  • AKERSKUUUG

    This was a good read. I recognize many of the arguments that have kept me from buying a tablet so far. 

    I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (3G version) at work yesterday as I work as an Android developer during the summer holidays. While this was all exciting at first, I was underwhelmed by the number of my daily Android apps that were optimized for tablets.I have also developed two Android apps privately and I have not optimized either of them for tablets, mostly because the emulator is almost unusable and I have not had a tablet before. Another reason is that this probably would not increase my relatively small user base (500 - 1000 installs per app) very much given the number of tablets out there, thus creating a vicious circle for people like me (few apps optimized -> few tablets purchased -> few apps optimized and so on).

    Also, the possibility that a purchased tablet will pay for itself by allowing me to make my apps better for tablets is slim - out of 900 installs for one of my apps, 8 are of the donate version (costing ~$1). This is probably because my apps aren't good enough (despite a rating of 4.5 and 4.9, respectively), but it is still a reason for me not to buy a tablet for development.

    I will probably end up buying one anyway, just because I am a sucker for tech. :)

  • Joseph Donofry

    I think the most important problem is a lack of quality tablet apps for the Android OS.  This is getting better with each passing week, but it still is a huge weak-point of the OS. Honestly, I think what Google needs to do to remedy this is to stop letting non-developers go to Google I/O.  The way they can do this is to *stop giving out free shit.* It's the only developer conference they have, but I can guarantee you that most of the attendees aren't developers (just look at how fast it sold out this year, for example, compared to the first year they ran it).

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    I have an OG Droid Incredible with a small screen.  I also have an iPad that I was issued from work.  When I'm sitting on the couch, I have the pad and the phone readily at hand, and almost always reach for the pad when I want to check email, look up something, play games, or anything that works better on a larger screen.  If I had a newer phone with a 4.5-5" screen, I'd still go for the iPad.  Old age, problems with small type, yadda yadda yadda.

    Having said that, if I had an Android tablet, I would almost always choose that over the iPad.  I hate the closed environment that you get with iOS.  I can get Android apps anywhere I want, but if it isn't available via iTunes, I'm pretty much SOL on the iPad.

    • http://profiles.google.com/amtorres92 Tony Yorres

      yeah wich somes up the authors point that hardly anybody buys apps on android because they can always "get it somewhere else"

  • http://profiles.google.com/zemogzemog Edgar Gomez

    For movies i always recommed Mizuu, you should get its great. It grabs al the art work for the shows so your kids could navigate easier and also get tTorrent so you dont have to convert your dvds. If you OWN them you can just get the digital copy, usually in .avi file for free at thepiratebay .se and you just download it with tTorrent.

  • http://twitter.com/pascalbrax Pascal

    Now I'm sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=714859472 Rajvir Singh

    This is the reason I have stayed away from Tablets, cause Android tablets don't have enough apps or developer support. iPad, I basically hate every product that starts with an I, so I am never giving my $ to Apple again.. Windows I think would only hurt Android tablet share in the market as all the iSheep don't care about anything that comes without a bitten fruit logo.. This is ain't good for Google, but its good for consumers.. 
    Hopefully Google steps up and does something miraculous with Jelly bean and gets developers support, otherwise I might have to my developer gloves ON 

  • Tio

    Im lying in my bed and my sony tablet s is in my hands, I practically do everything with it....and I dont know about you but I prefer to type on my tablet than on my phone, a galaxy s II...sometimes I dont touch my laptop for a week...oh and google currents is the future!

  • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Kicking Lettuce

    My tablet has a place in my life for sure.  While Android tablets lag behind the competition, true, they do what I need.  Namely, when I want to use the internet, I use my tablet over a PC/laptop anytime.  They are web browsing wonders something my phone doesn't do well, and something a PC is too heavy to do on a casual basis.  So yeah, tablets:  Web, Email, Reading (Books, RSS, etc).

    I use my PC when I want to type lots of text, develop apps, build websites, and manage my money (Quicken really needs an Android solution).

    Regarding Content:  I am simply not a fan of watching movies on any device other than a TV.  Music/Audio on a tablet doesn't make sense for me either.  Apps do have a poor selection, but all the "must haves" are available I believe.  I suppose if you want a good game selection (I don't) the iPad is for you.

    There ya go.  A tablet is easily usable as an everyday device if you really want it to be.

  • WestIndiesKING

    I agree with you to a point. You finding the playstore ugly is more of your opinion then a fact. Sure they could add a few things and definitely could have a better searching and discovery tools but overall i think its nice looking and functional. 

    Things i think Google needs which you hit on are the following:-Google Music needs the streaming plan. They get that and i think it would push things to new heights
    -Music matching-Better prices then Amazon and Apple-Subscription service for Television shows scheduling tool for streaming content etc.
    -FULL CHROME ON TABLET im sure its the direction they are going but they need to get there ASAP
    -Incentives to get devs to update their apps. Start the competition up again for devs but for tablet apps. Money is what motivates developers, give them a reason to develop for tablets.  You have the cash DO IT.

  • http://twitter.com/yval8957 Yunuen M. Valenzuela

    I also use my tablet (Transformer Prime) quite a bit everyday. I own a fairly large screen Android phone, but I still like using the tablet more for web browsing and videos. Haven't used my laptop much lately, and I only turn it onwhen both my phone or tablet are charging. I do agree completely that the selection of tablet apps is very small and by the looks of it this won't change any time soon. Still, the apps that I use everyday work well enough for me. I could have bought an iPad (I have an ipod Touch) and could have had all of what Apple brings with it, but I went with an Android tablet because Ill make my tablet experience what I make of it, not what Apple thinks its best for me, and with that I understood some of the shortcomings of the Android OS. Google will improve on this, they have to, but how much is something to be seen and be excited about. Cheers.

  • Spam0702

    The Apps are obviously the biggest problem, though I dont agree the play store looks like an "ugly mess", its not like that..
    I think its embarassing how Google keeps on letting everyone do what they want. Android is already so big, they could easily force carriers to do certain things or especially not (wallet). Why not making rules for Tablets that want the Google Apps? they actually rely on those tablets and want to make money, im sure it wasnt that of a problem

  • Ruperto17

    I have a Galaxy Tab 7 incher and it's by far the worst gadget I ever bought. It's just collecting dust. My HTC One S and laptop is all I need.

  • Gary Patrowicz

    NOT VERY OFTEN Why cause i was suckered into buying the xoom fe as a ics ready device and now i own a useless pos that crashes every thing from the home screen to the browser while running HC 3.1 if i could use my chrome browser and find a blue tooth keyboard that worked with it that does not cost as much as a tablet i would defenatly get a lot more use out of it

  • Jeremy Powers

    i use mine rarely i like to read Amazon Kindle on it at night and other than that its the rare email / teamviewer use. Until i go on vacation then it replaces my desktop and laptop and it gets used all the time.

    However my when it comes to my 3 year old you have to pry it from his hands he loves playing games on it (Zoodles, Angry Birds, Need for Speed) its really amazing how fast he was able to just pick it up and go.  We will bring it with when we go places and i will be showing someone how to do a game on it and he will come over and say my turn and people are just blown away by how well he uses it. Google did something right if a Toddler can use it. I have to say i love the construction of the A500 he beats on that thing and it just keeps on going not even a scratch on it. 

  • Fredoak3

    I own both an Android Tablet and an iPad 2, I have an Android phone. 
    I HATE, HATE my android tablet...it crashes, it locks up, it is PIA to reboot.

    My android phone works great, haven't had a lock up once, only reboot periodically to clean things out.

    My iPad 2 works great, I use it at work for meeting note taking and the other apps are good. The camera sucks, but the one on my phone is decent.

    So if they could get a android tablet to work like my phone and iPad, I would probably retire my iPad. But I just can't as the reliability just isn't there

  • FrillArtist

    You all can defend your tablet use as hardcore as you can but Google had better do something spectacular at Google I/O or the Nexus tablet will just be "another" Android tablet.

  • Greg

    I use my Transformer Prime for 2-3 hours every day, and sometimes significantly more. It is an essential work and entertainment device for me now, and while not able to do every tiny thing I'd like it to, it does the vast majority, which reduces the need for me to be at home on my desktop.

    I would say the Transformer Prime is easily the most used piece of tech in my collection, other than my phone.

  • pistos

    I don't understand all of the hate. I have a Xoom and love it. Use it constantly. And, I truly fail to see how the iPad is "better." I have used both and prefer the Android tablet over the iOS tablet.

    • FanboysAndNoobsSuckForLife

      ipads have better apps. use it before criticizing it nerd

  • http://mercurypdx.tumblr.com/ MercuryPDX

    I think part of it may be that the OP doesn't really have a need for a tablet. I have a desktop PC, a Smartphone. I had been in the market for a small netbook for a while, getting a tablet seems to have filled that void perfectly.

    I use my TF300 daily for games, reading comics, email, and web browsing. I watch movies on it, listen to music, or use Skype much less often, but those are things I've never done on my phone.

    I'm actually using my phone a lot less; mostly for texting, phone calls, GPS in the car and Foursquare.

    At some point I'm going to figure out how to tether my next phone to the tablet so I can get internet access when there's no wifi to be found. I do know that my next phone won't need to be as powerful as my current one, because the tablet has taken over the majority of other things I used my smartphone for.

  • bunnybash

    I do a lot of public speaking and teaching, I own a Transformer Prime with dock - most of the talks I give are 85% the same as a talk I will have given at least once in the last month, with 15% of the talk changing.

    The Transformer Prime has proven to be amazing as a tool for reading my notes. When I need to make changes to speaking notes I dock my Prime and make the changes, it's an excellent tool for me. I have cut back drastically on paper usage and reading from the Prime while speaking is much easier than paper as room lighting or spotlights have no effect on a super IPS panel :)

    I have tried to type up the changes without the dock a couple of times and it almost drove me insane!

    I actually reach for my Prime before my laptop now, but before the latest firmware update and rooting it to install browser2ram I hated browsing on my Prime.

  • RossiKwan

    Using my Prime daily to read G+, FB, twitter attracted work. And my daughter watch vide & play games every day with Prime.

  • Trez

    As an "ancient"  "baby boomer", with waning eyesight I, find a phone's screen too small. My little Netbook gets a little heavy on my wrist lying in bed, watching TV and catching up on my day's networking, news and mail. 
    I have nice PC's and Laptops and at work and at home. They are used for that - work. Tab? Relaxation and fun. 
    That fancy smartphone is somewhere in a drawer. Too big for just talking and too small for other things. 
    I carry a small HTC for phoning and have a GT-P6800 close-by for the rest.
    Suum Quique. To each his own. 

  • cooldoods

    I'm not buying a tablet until I know what I want it for. Right now the only thing going for it is a bigger screen, so I got a Samsung Galaxy Note to satisfy that little requirement. Otherwise, I'll be using my laptop. Or watching multimedia on my HDTV. If you find yourself not finding much use out of your tablet, ask yourself what you got it for.

  • Guest

    I am not sure what this article is about but windows 8 is still a vaporware. What did ms  show on windows 8 so far on tablet did we see any real demo. BTW did the editor notice how well Nokia has done with mange win mobile.  
    http://www.businessinsider.com/nokia-may-go-bankrupt-2012-4  

    I am using, IPAD kindle and ICS on my touchpad . There is hardly much short coming on ICS . 

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    "Android users just don't like paying for apps - it's a sad truth."

    That is very true though, i've had iPod Touch'ss and Android phones for two years, in that time I have bought litterally hundreds of apps(Well, games) for my iPod Touch, yet I can count the apps I've bought for my Android phones on my fingers. The only time I buy Android apps is when Google has those 10p sales.

  • Adam

    If I'm reading, I use the tablet.

    If I'm in bed, I use the tablet.If I'm sore from too much time in the desk chair (I'm an author), I hit the sofa with the tablet.If I want to play a quick game, I use the tablet.
    If I want to play some music while I'm doing some thing away from the laptop, I use the tablet.If I want to watch a video while I'm cooking, I use the tablet.You get the idea.Just because the author of the article uses their tablet in a limited capacity, it doesn't mean the rest of us do.

    • Adam

      Well, the formatting went to hell on that...

    • Benjamen Maher

      I use Android phones.  I use them as a phone & access the Internet when out of the house. 
       
      To work on public transport I use a number of devices.  I have a 2-3 year old Kindle.  I wouldn't read books on anything other than this device.  I also have a 3-4 year old iPod.  Again I wouldn't listen to music on anything else.

  • Kernschatten

    Dektop, laptop, and netbook get powered up every two weeks to download updates, and that's it.

    I have a Glaxy Tab 2 7.0 that goes with me to work on the train. I use it as an ereader, for games and music. Once I am at work I use it for all of my Oracle reference manulas in PDF. Figure at least four hours of use each day.

    At home, I use an Acer A500 for email and web surfing and once again for reading ebooks. Oh, I also use it for my household budget (Docs2Go spreadsheet). Another hour or two wach day.

  • Jesslyn Hendrix

    I use my tablet all day at work.  Its in a keyboard dock and I watch podcasts, check email and the occasional movie at lunch.   I surf and check out RSS feeds.  I do all my personal stuff on it will on the guest wireless.

    At home I keep it by me and use to answer questions watching TV w the hubby ("what other movie has that guy been in?", "How old is LeBron?"), playing games during the boring parts and other crapola.  It also serves as my Kindle reading device at night in bed.

    While out I use it instead of my phone when I'm stationary.  Basically, I use my tablet for everything I used to use my phone for.  Maybe because I'm still on an older device (G2) with a small screen, but I really prefer the larger form factor and since its a Samsung GTab 8.9, it is VERY light, smaller than my old iPad which makes it more portable than you think. (I'm really bummed that it looks like this middle size tablet might have seen it's last days)

    As far as apps go, I've pretty much gotten all that I need.  I make it a point to write the companies that I do business with about creating apps for my OS, not just iOS.  While HBO has pretty much ignored me, DirecTV is coming around.  In addition, I make it a point to pay for apps that I like and make in-app purchases when/if I can.

    I agree that the Play Store desperately needs some UI/UX expert to give it a kick in the ass.  Even the Amazon Appstore is more searchable for gods sake.

    I do think the platform needs to evolve and in this case, Google needs to take a page out of Apple and Microsoft's books and get those Nexus tablets out there.  They don't have the pc/laptop ecosystem to back them up, but IMO, they have enough name recognition that if a customer sees a Google Nexus branded tablet on the shelf, they will give it a look.

    Anyway, I love my GTab and although I gnash my teeth daily on Samsung's continuing delays for the ICS update, I will hang on to it and continue my daily use until it dies or I can replace it with another one that will give me the same value.

    On that note, I was blown away by the Microsoft tablets and can see a definite use for them in both enterprise and home environments.  I, for one, will probably be able to trade my seldom used work laptop for the the light work I may need to do out of the office, around the office or when offsite, keeping my desktop for a deeper work experience. 

    I can also see the Surface tablet also getting use by senior management, who usually browse documents (but don't edit), read/send email and browse.

    I think tablets are a natural evolution of a mobile work and play source-whether Android, Apple, Microsoft or other.

  • Superguy

    I rarely use my tablet.  I have a Transformer Prime and rarely use it.  The few times I use it are mostly on the road when my laptop is too bulky to take with me.  I've looked at ultrabooks, but they're still a bit pricy for what they deliver.

    The criticisms in this article are very valid, and I agree with most of them.  I find myself using my phone more often because the apps are pretty much the same.  Facebook looks the same for the most part, but arguably worse on a bigger screen with about the same resolution I have on my Rezound.  If I'm going to use the same app, I'll use it on my phone almost every time.

    I haven't looked much into the MS Surface as I'm not sold on the look of WP 7 and the Metro UI, but it seems like it's worth a new look.

    This article also got me thinking. I just spent two weeks in Korea.  This is probably the most wired society in the world.  I saw phones everywher (especially in the subways), but very rarely did I see a tablet ... Android or Apple.  What did I see most of?  Samsung Notes.  They were EVERYWHERE.  Heavily advertised and everyone seemed to have one.  Many had TV antennas with them.  I wasn't sold on the Note before due to its size, but it got me thinking, maybe Samsung is on to something.  It's still portable enough to be used as a phone, but offers some tablet like qualities due to it being a little bigger.  Perhaps for Android, the "phablet" is the sweet spot.

    If anything, I'm thinking I may sell my Prime.  Get something small like a Nexus Tablet or a 7" Galaxy Tab 2.  Something big enough to give something that I can use on a plane and will have a better battery than a phone, but not too costly that I feel bad if I don't use it too much.  Maybe if MS pulls something good with Surface, I'll consider it. 

    • http://trueacu.com/ acupunc

      I've been saying what you just said for a couple years now. We will see larger smartphones (phablets) take over the planet in the coming years — just because Americans want to make fun of them as phones doesn't mean the rest of the world has a problem and in Asian countries they love their mobile devices and the bigger the better. We also have to remember that tablets are used by less than 0.1% (actually think it is 0.01% but I'll be generous) of the public. In other words, tablets are nothing at this point in time other than a cash cow to apple, as are all their products since they have the highest market on the planet.

      IMHO the tablet and PC will be niche markets within 5 years and the "phablet" will reign supreme — actually think it will be in two years the way SoC are developing.

      In 2013 we will be seeing a lot more WiFi "docking" of mobile devices to peripherals like TVs, game controllers, and monitors. RIM's PlayBook already does an excellent job when docked (wired) — you can actually use it for multiple things at the same time and this is where Android needs to step it up on the OS level IMO.

      Why on earth would I want anything other than a good high powered smartphone if it can "dock" and do everything computer related that I need?

      Where Google really has a problem is in their focus. They are split between Chrome OS and Android. Chrome OS needs to die asap!

      They are also way behind on high quality productivity apps when compared to Windows — Android needs an ecosystem that allows a user to use Android ALL THE TIME for everything. If they have to go to another OS to get things done then in the long run it will lose the battle IMO, however, that has a lot to do with third party developers getting out great apps and Android users *buying* them.

      Nonetheless, we all need to remember that the computing market as a whole hasn't reached the entire population of the planet nor has it reached the level of saturation the feature cell-phone has and thus I believe it will be smartphones (phablets) that become the average user's main computing device in the coming years.

      • acupunc

        "highest market on the planet" = "highest markup on the planet"

        • Darwin

          Bzzt. You do t know what you are talking about. Compare prices before you embarrass yourself further.

  • Airmaxx23

    I have a rooted Kindle Fire running CM9 that I use at least 4-5 hours a day if not more.  Games, videos, books, web, music and much more.  

  • http://www.downbeattech.com Jon Bauerle

    A little background:
    I'm a Technical Consultant, on the go all day.  While I use my home office every day, I'm definitely not there the majority of the time.  Being on the go requires extremely portable hardware.

    The day the iPad came out, I had one.  I am probably guilty of being the iPod owning Mac fanboy you described earlier.  I use an iMac at home, and Macbook Air on the go.  However, I'm an Android phone user through-and-through.  The iPhone has always felt limiting to me.

    Present Day:
    Last week, I retired my iPad and replaced it with a Transformer Pad 300, and haven't looked back.  I love the versatility it gives me to use as a tablet or with the keyboard as a netbook.  Sure, I still heavily use the iMac and Macbook Air, however the TP300 fills a gap that nothing else can.  I would estimate 4+ hrs of use every day on it (more than my computers).

    Uses:
    - I'm an avid reader, so this is my main reading device.  For books I use the Kindle App (tried gBooks...didn't stick).  For news, I use Flipboard, Flud, and Currents (don't really have a favorite yet).
    - I heavily use Tasks, so I'm using 2Do synced to ToodleDo (Google Tasks just doesn't cut it).
    - For Calendar, I just use the Stock Calendar.
    - For "Office" apps, I use Smartoffice 2, which handles the majority of what I do.
    - Information is handled incredibly well through Evernote...and may be my most used app.

    Opinion:
    So far, I don't feel like I'm missing anything on the Android Tablet.  The larger screen simply handles more than anything else.  If I were tied to a desk, I would definitely invest in a nice Tablet Stand, and would use it in conjunction with my computer (ie, have my calendar app up while reading mail, etc).

    I will admit that there are 2 areas the Android Tablet needs definite improvement:
    1.  You are right, the office apps need a boost, but more specifically, they need help in the presentation department.  There just isn't anything that touches Keynote.

    2.  Airplay.  Sure, there are ways you can get close to Airplay, but I just haven't seen anything that competes.  Airplay is just simple.

    So I don't 100% agree with your assessment on your first 2 points, but I do think Google needs to step up a bit in regards to #3.  The Microsoft Tablets are definitely going to be something that could put a bit of a dent in the Android Ecosystem.  Interestingly, it might just be the Hardware Diversity that allows Android to succeed (isn't that ironic).

  • Bob

    Really?  I use my Thinkpad Tablet all the time, and my wife even steals it from me to look up things on the internet when the laptop is sitting right there.  I use a laptop only when I need to perform file manipulation on my server and don't feel like walking up stairs to do that.  When do I use my phone?  When I'm mobile and not sitting down, and to answer the phone.  When I'm at work I use it when I don't want to go on the corporate network.  I absolutely love my Thinkpad Tablet (minus the constant rebooting, and lack of Juniper VPN connections), but it goes everywhere I go.

    Why I'm not concerned about Windows?  Windows 8 sucks.  As a corporate IT analyst we aren't even considering Windows 8 for anything.  Why?  Lack of standard Windows environment, no start orb, and horrendous lack of compatibly with legacy software (we have software still running on Windows 2000).  Which means that the Windows 8 tablet is completely useless to use.  Microsoft is alienating its biggest customer with, businesses, with Windows 8.

  • warcaster

    "
    The first is meant to the target the iPad and Android tabs - an ARM-powered Windows 8 RT tablet packing 32GB of storage, a high-resolution ClearType display"

    That's the thing. It doesn't have a high resolution..just 1366x768. And it will still be priced at $500 if not $600. And NO apps. It will probably have less tablet apps than Android at launch, and that's besides the "phone" apps.

  • sdcoiner76

    I use my android tablet every single day. So does my wife.  And I think that saying that having a larger phone would change my time on our tablets is being a bit presumptuous.  We both have 4" phones and would much rather do many things on the tablet. In fact I use my tablet more now then when I had my older smaller screen Android phone.  The reason for this is that I find more and more apps and activities that I enjoy using it for. 

  • http://twitter.com/fenfir fenfir

    My Galaxy Tab 10 falls in and out of favor with me. When I leave my laptop at work, I can use it as a mini laptop for emails and im and basic web browsing. It's also good for killing some time playing games every now and then.

    Since I've been working form a coffee shop for the last couple weeks, it makes a decent second monitor with ScreenSlider.

  • Marcio Roberto Fernandes

    Hey all,
    I Have an Atrix, a Xoom and a AMD 6 core with 2 5870 and 3 monitors. 
    In daily I use all of them at same time. On the go and in the car I use the atrix, in the work I use the xoom because de batery of atrix do not endure and I have to let him charging. At home is the same, I use the xoom as a 4th monitor checking mails and facebooks notifications while im my main PC I use to watch TV, see movies and work. 

    in other side My girlfriend after by the LG optmus black only use them. her galaxy tab 7 and hp notebook are always off and she only turn its on for updates and access bank sites. rs.

  • Lorenz

    nice article. i actually get what he's saying. i own a gsm gn, a laptop, and used to own an android tablet. used to because i sold it after finding out how little i used the tab and how much of a hassle it was to charge it then forget to ever use it for a while. don't get me wrong, the few times i actually used the tablet was actually great. i loved using the tablet. it's just that most of the stuff i actually did with the tablet, i could already do with my gn. as stated in the article, it got kind of redundant for me to use the tablet. to me, the real problem of android tablets is having the right functionality, something that a laptop or a phone can't do, or at least a better way of actual multitasking. i really love android and all but it's not really a good experience on large screen devices, specifically tablets for now, if the applications are forced to take up the whole screen. i feel like it defeats the purpose of having a bigger screen. now the microsoft surface, that's something to look forward to, at least for me.

  • cybik

    Put very simply: try having a thriving media marketplace when all the Big Media is ganging up against you because you know your shit and stand for Tech instead of Them.

  • https://plus.google.com/100377063879167673730/posts?hl=en Jordan Fritzsche

    Is it just me or, when it comes to tablets, does Google just seem like a dozen good software developers in a small studio business without any real direction or guidance from a solid management team that can get things done?

    I love Google and Android but I wholeheartedly agree with this article, something truly great and competitive must have for success for Android tablets and even phones.

  • http://twitter.com/gmanunited GKgadget

    I use my Tablet Motorola Xoom on a daily basis as my primary device at home. 
       * Tablet is Very Quiet
       * Very Cool (Does not create much Heat.)
       * Satisfies Most of my Internet Consumption. (Video Podcast, Youtube, Blogs, Search)
       * The larger screen size of the tablet is more comfy for me than phone. 
       * Chrome is used daily for surfing although flash sites are annoying

    I use my Laptop maybe twice a week does most of my heavy lifting.
        * Photography & Video editing (RAW / AVI etc) although with ICS it is easier to edit on tablet too. (Noisy, Hot, Although more productive.)

    Galaxy Nexus used mostly during the day while at work. 
        *Used as my Music Player -internet/local, Pod-caster while driving, GPS, oh phone too.
        *I guess this is used most of the time because its with me wherever I go.  

    I would agree that Microsoft's Surface Tablets look good and the keyboard as well but we will have to see them in the real world before actually calling them more polished and productive tablets than current Android/Google offerings. 

    Google will definitely have to step their game up in the Tablet and Phone space. They will have to demand from OEM's and Carriers their design and implementation aspects to keep Android somewhat Consistent. This will not be popular with the community but better overall for devs and Android.

  • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    I have an Acer Iconia a500 that I use every day, more than my phone and computer combined. Granted my phone is without service, but I still use it as a WiFi calling device (especially when I'm out). 

    The tablet is easy and convienient, with apps often being faster and more organized then websites. I use google reader, feedly, Friendcaster, Plume for Twitter, and Reddit Is Fun all on my tablet all a lot more then on the computers. I only really use the computer for dealing with photo editing / uploading, or when I need to write a lot and don't want to break out the USB keyboard I bought for the tablet.

  • Robert Jakiel

    I have both the OG Transformer w/ dock and the Transformer Prime w/ dock both of which I use religiously and have since retired my laptop and netbook.  Between the instant on capability, excellent battery life and multimedia aspects as well as very functional office applications plus local (MicroSD AND external HD) and cloud storage they rival pretty much anything I can ask of a laptop or netbook.  Throw in HDMI out w/ bluetooth controllers for gaming as well as DLNA streaming for media and it is a complete solution to nearly any problem or task that needs to be addressed.  While tethering off of my G2X I just use the USB host to provide my phone some extra juice to keep it charged and healthy.  

    As for Microsoft Surface they are pretty much DOA.  The x86 variant especially due to it being far too similar to already excellent Ultrabook offerings let alone future models, Acer S7 as an example, which are lighter, thinner, more powerful and will be nearly equal in cost.  Oh and the new Ultrabooks will have touchscreens as an option as well with Windows 8.  Throw in the already used and established twist hinge and you have an ultrabook/tablet combo.  

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    Excellent article. I use my galaxy tab 10.1 daily as a reader, in terms of internet content and as an ereader.

    I would like to do more but as the article notes, the apps just aren't there.

  • http://twitter.com/gmanunited GKgadget

    One of the Biggest Advantages of my Xoom  is the Ability to use this Tablet as my Computer.
    1. HD Mirroring to any monitor with HDMI
    2. Plug Keyboard/Mouse (Wireless 2.4 ghz or Bluetooth)
    3. Full fledge CPU 

    This is a big Part of Android that Google needs to continue to Display and show off. This is a part of most android phones (GNEX). They need to continue to be Innovative and Nerdy.

  • ATG

    This is really a tablet thing not an android or ipad thing. I use my android tablet for browsing, email, ebooks, netflix etc which is exactly what I would use it for had I chosen an ipad.

  • jodytamar

    before i bought my OG droid, if i went away for a weekend, even if i had no work to do, i'd take my laptop with me.  unlike some people, my idea of a relaxing weekend vacation IS NOT being disconnected from the internet!  with the OG droid, and ESPECIALLY with the gnex, i feel that for a weekend, i can make due with internet in my palm (any longer than that, laptop comes along, but chances are, i'll end up having work to do).  

    so, now that i bought a gtab 10.1 on a whim, i have found it a lot more useful for my weekend trips.  this way, i still don't have to lug my laptop, but now it's internet in both hands on a bigger screen!  other than that, my daily usage consists of grabbing my stylus once a night to play draw something ;)

    my biggest problem is that honestly, honeycomb does suck in a lot of ways.  there are times i'm trying just to post things either in blog comments or facebook or something, and the keyboard just randomly decides it doesn't feel like complying.  i have other issues with apps, etc.  i'm hoping to get the ICS upgrade soon, so i can see how smoothly it runs (assuming it does).

    just my $.02

  • Chris

    I use my Galaxy Tab 10.1 everyday. However, I don't find it that enjoyable to use. I usually just check routine things. Facebook, Gmail, Google+, Reader...

    There is definitely a lack of quality tablet specific apps and media.

    I think better content deals and GoogleTV integration with the next Sony Playstation could definitely help.

  • John O’Connor

    My TF300 works just fine in the dock for productivity purposes

  • marcusmaximus04

    I have a Nook Color(outfitted with an ICS ROM) that I use pretty regularly for reading. That, and maybe a tiny bit of web browsing, pretty much sums up my current uses for a tablet.

    Now, that said, I'm an Android app developer. I've been watching AIDE since it came out, and the only thing currently stopping me from using it extensively is the lack of NDK support. If/when that changes(or another app comes out that supports NDK development), then one of the Transformer tablets would be incredibly useful to me. I could make do with a 10" screen for reading books, and development on it would be amazing.

  • Marckarasek

    Your point is good, IF you have a smartphone.  I do not and I do not need one.  I have a slide-out keyboard phone for texting and phone calls and that is all. 

    I use my tablet for email, surfing the web, playing games (mostly pinball), etc.  It wakes me up in the morning and before I hit the floor I can check email.  

    Not everyone has or wants a smartphone (and the companion data plans charges that they come with).  My tablet is WiFi only, so no additional data charges.

  • andrew__des_moines

    Google, in my view, can do the following to right the ship:
    - Create much better development software that makes designing apps for different screen sizes easier.
    - Create a dedicated tablet app section in the Play store and make sure the apps there fit the qualifications.
    - Work with key developers on key apps.
    - Improve and expand Google software.
    - Create a better default home screen specific to tablets
    - Embrace a vision:  Eventual replacement of laptops with tablets.  Then work to facilitate that vision through the list above and working with key developers, including but not limited to Microsoft (office products), and printer OEM's (wireless printing).

  • bedwa

    My most used tablet was the Euro Tab 7.7, and that was only cause it was my phone. (P6800) Till I broke the SIM tray. Been dormant since.

  • chronus719

    I use my Transformer Prime everyday as my primary source of content consumption. From email to news to reading books to surfing the web, it has become integral to my daily computing needs. My Macbook Pro conked out after a car accident and insurance wouldn't cover it, so I ended up going the budget route and getting the Transformer Prime instead of a new Mac. If I had a laptop, I don't think I would use it as much, but as an intermediary between a desktop and my phone, I think it works wonderfully. Sure, the tablet app selection leaves something to be desired, but at the same time, all the essential functions that I need are either tablet optimized or available through the web.

  • Stephen

    My wife and kids use our Asus TF101 everyday, it's even part of bedtime for reading stories, including the Fifty Shades of Grey. I prefer to use it for reading Pulse news stories rather than my HTC EVO 3D as it is easier on the eye. Its also always on, doesn't pump out hot air like a laptop, therefore its easy to pick it up and check the weather forecast, quickly browse to a site, or see the latest movie trailers on IMDB etc.

    I believe the problem with Android Tablets is the bean counters, the guys who fund the developers to churn out the apps.

    Most companies who are capable of writing a decent app, would have one Team of developers for Apple and one Team for Android. To a bean counter this means they have to pay two development teams to produce what is likely going to be a free app.

    I suspect most bean counters decide this is just too costly, so Android misses out on a Tablet App, and if we're lucky we just get a phone version. I do a little bit of Android development myself and yes it can be tricky to support multiple platforms, but I have managed to write my first app using fragments that supports the Android OS from 2.1 up to 4.0.3 which includes a tablet interface. So if I can do it there is no excuse technically that would require an Andoid phone and a tablet app to be maintained separately unlike the Apple model. 

    IMO it is purely economics as to why Android can't catch up, iPad has the numbers lead therefore if the bean counters can't afford to run two development teams, they will only produce for the platform that has the largest share. 

    So the bean counters are at fault, albeit you could blame the global economy.

    If only half the peeps who have an Android phone bought an ICS upgradeable tablet we would be laughing. I bought my TF101 for £299 in the black Friday sales in the UK last November. Now if Asus had  kept selling it at that price and Samsung and Motorola too for their equivalents we would have been well on our way to grabbing the required amount of attention from the bean counters.

    Unfortunately stories like this one don't help matters, I for one am surprised at Android Police for posting such a negative article. 

    My view is let's be optimistic, the Android tablet is great based on my family's needs, its not as good as the iPad purely because not enough peeps have bought it.

    Android Police should be encouraging more people to buy into tablets, that is the only way we can ensure our beloved Droid has a long and prosperous future.

    I for one am planning to buy the best Android tablet for under £300 come Black Friday again this year.

    I won't even be looking at the new Surface tablet as it's bound to retail near the £600 mark and that is way out of my budget for a ruff n tuff family friendly entertainment device.

  • DroidBricker

    I definitely see your point, and likely blogging, writing articles etc Android just isn't going to cut it.  For me however, I can get by with my Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it's just about replaced the Macbook I share with my wife.  Paired with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, I can accomplish almost any task I used to need a computer for.  It also doesn't make my legs sweat and I enjoy the portability!  

  • Jonathan Wong

    In my opinion, where Android WILL lose is that Windows 8 will have both tablet and desktop level functionality while Android is still always just a tablet OS without the power of the desktop.  

    Yes, Android has many apps but frankly, having the ability to use a tablet with a keyboard using a desktop level OS when needed gives more flexibility.  Microsoft Surface aims for productivity so multitasking must be a really effective thing in Win8.  Multitasking in Android for high productivity is very lacking.  Thus, business users will more likely go to Microsoft Surface then Android for productivity.  

    Personally, if I could get Ubuntu with GNOME Shell on my XOOM tablet with a bluetooth keyboard, I would jump for it because it offers a tablet friendly interface yet also desktop level power.

  • Sven Enterlein

    I love the idea of having a touchscreen portable device that can be used as a laptop replacement. However, Android-powered tablets are just not there yet. 
    I check emails/Twitter/weather on my tab and browse the internet with my tab because I prefer the screen size over my iPhone's. However, if I need to convert music/movies, download torrents, or work with two monitors on several documents, I use my PC.
    What is putting me off most is that there is not one single app out there that allows for proper viewing and editing of Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents. For my job I need to work on documents that take advantage of many functions of the Office programs and the need to be preserved after editing. None of the current Android apps (or google docs) can do that. I love my TF101 and use it every day but if the MS tablet is affordable and lives up to the hype then I will not hesitate to switch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.baldwin.9699 Chris Baldwin

      Dear David Ruddock,

         I will gladly give your Transformer Prime a good home. It really saddens me to hear about poor, neglected electronics in people's home. I will give it lots of love and attention and it can curl up on the foot of my bed ever night and know it's loved. Thanks.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    A few points I think you missed to address:

    1) By making a product that is both an entertainment and productive device, Microsoft can charge a premium on their tablet. I already hear people who said they didn't mind paying 1000+ for the Windows 8 Pro Surface. On the other hand, Google's ONLY strategy now is to sell at a loss.

    2) It's very clear that Google's tablet strategy is a defensive play against the iPad -- everything they want to do is to respond to the very existence of the iPad. That is not very cool. Microsoft, on the other hand, is trying to redefine what a tablet is. Hell, it's redefining what mobile computing is. They are basically saying, the tablet trend is a FAD, and what you need is a new generation of laptop. Microsoft, unlike Google, is not playing Apple's game. It's trying to 1-up Apple. And, that's cool.

    While we are at it -- let's be honest, the chance Windows Phone taking on is next to zero -- at least in the near future.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    A few points I think you missed to address:

    1) By making a product that is both an entertainment and productive device, Microsoft can charge a premium on their tablet. I already hear people who said they didn't mind paying 1000+ for the Windows 8 Pro Surface. On the other hand, Google's ONLY strategy now is to sell at a loss.

    2) It's very clear that Google's tablet strategy is a defensive play against the iPad -- everything they want to do is to respond to the very existence of the iPad. That is not very cool. Microsoft, on the other hand, is trying to redefine what a tablet is. Hell, it's redefining what mobile computing is. They are basically saying, the tablet trend is a FAD, and what you need is a new generation of laptop. Microsoft, unlike Google, is not playing Apple's game. It's trying to 1-up Apple. And, that's cool.

    While we are at it -- let's be honest, the chance Windows Phone taking on is next to zero -- at least in the near future.

    • AppleFUD

      The problem with your thinking is. . . reality. There's a reason why Apple dominates high end computing devices and PCs are usually cheap plastic.

      The average person (e.g. 90% of users) wants inexpensive devices. So when you place a Win8 tablet for $1,000 next to $300–$500 tablets the person thinks, why would I pay 2–3 times as much?

      You can argue, it does more, it's a full "PC", it's a full blow OS, etc. . . they don't care, they don't get that, they only want to know, can I use the web, email, etc.? If the answer is, yes, then they will generally buy the less expensive device unless they want to be hip.

      • Darwin

        If that were true Apple would not be making most of the profits in the PC, tablet, and smartphone space. Plent of people want quality, service, and support.

  • Butts_McButts

    I can't help but agree with this article. I'm no Apple fanboy. I've been looking at tablets for the last six months now and just can't find one that I actually like. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is too slow and laggy, while the Transformer doesn't come in a 3G version, which I would absolutely need to justify the $900 - $1100 this is going to cost me here. So I figure I'd wait for the Note 10.1, but it's hard to get excited about a product that has a screen not even close to comparable to the iPad's and no actual release date. As for the TF700, well, I'll be surprised if that isn't replaced by something else before it hits the market. The Iconia A700 isn't going to be sold where I live. Unless I want to wait for an unspecified length of time and hope that Samsung decide to up the screen res on the Note 10.1, the easiest answer seems to be 'just buy an iPad'. 

  • ocdtrekkie

    My one issue here is the bashing of Google Music. It's by far my favorite app Android has.

  • Drdanielsalas

    Excellent point of view. I've always think from the beginning of the existence of tablets, they were going to be replaced for bigger phones, and I really consider their usability is limited once you owned one of these bigger smartphones. Now you can even stream wireless video from your smartphone to a big TV or hdmi enabled multimedia projector (in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S3), in such a way you can share easily videos or photos. And the real productivity the Surface tablet will bring, may be definitely seriously considered a deal breaker for tablets in general. Good move for Microsoft!

  • Magdushka

    I own TF Prime and use it every day. I can´t imagine doing certain things on my phone (I own Xperia mini pro, so that´s why :) but I don´t like big phones, except maybe SGS3). I´m student and before Prime I had netbook, but I sold it and bought Prime instead because of the great battery life, slim body and the fact that I can stuff it in my purse easily. I use it to write notes in school, for internet when I don´t want to turn on my laptop, for watching movies when I travel, reading some school material before exam, reading e-books, playing angry birds and so on. I know I sound like an ad and I can do this and more on my laptop too, but I really use laptop only when I need to write some essay to school or when I need real multitasking. But today, with win8 on the way I would probably buy tablet with it instead. Office on the android tablet sucks. 

  • Charlesfrank

    I have to disagree with this article, as I am typing this on my TF300, sitting on my kitchen counter and connected via bluetooth keyboard and mouse. I LOVE my tablet...I can hang out on my couch and watch TV with my wife without worrying about knocking around a spinning hard drive and fans, or busting a 1000+ dollar laptop by dropping it. Over the last few years I have slowly begun moving all of my data to the (Google) cloud, docs, music, etc. and now I have no use for the bloated legacy support that Microsoft doesn't seem to be able to get past. I use a laptop for 3 things: remoting into work because I have to use windows for that, burning DVDs for backup, and occassionally playing video games. That last one is being taken over in the living room space...I simply don't have the money for a high performance gaming PC. Apple's cloud integration is lagging behind Google, and this is where my interest lays. I can get movies to play on my TV through the micro HDMI, and haven't really suffered from any lack of music options...I use sky.fm, pandora, DI.fm, google music, and more to listen, and don't see what more I could want. Finally, I understand the complaint about the app selection. There needs to be more Tegra integration and apps customized for tablets. But this is a small complaint - as a convert from WebOS, I have seen a worse reality, and am pretty happy with the Google Play store. Add all this to the fact that I don't have to pay an Apple Tax for every accessory, etc that I buy, and I am a pretty happy camper.

  • Greg Bissell

    I use mine every day for a couple of hours. I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and use it to remotely stream TV Shows and Movies that I have on my home NAS using the BubbleUPnP App. I use Utorrent to download files remotely to my home PC. I use it at work for Music. I have countless games on it. I use it for note taking at work. I stream Netflix on it. I use it to browse the internet in the morning to get all my news and sports info. I use it 20x more than the two Ipad 2's that I won at work.

  • Michael B.

    I think you make great points.  The problem is your posting to a site dedicated to the love of all things android.  Your point of view is from someone who is not an android fanboy but more of a technology lover.  Most people who visit this site are android fanboys to the bitter end and cannot bear to see android in any sort of negative light.  

    • AndreGSNE

      I don't think that is true. I come here because they report on new Android news that are of use to me.(E.g new and useful apps) Can't say the same for you.

  • http://twitter.com/sneakily1 FeelMyNinja-Ness

    I have an Acer Iconia a500 and have had it just under a year, rooted running ICS (Flexreaper), I LOVE it and use it for everything! Anyone who says Android tablets suck is a TOOL. My tablet is proudly my most used gadget and I wouldn't trade it for ANYTHING (except maybe a Transformer Prime). The only reason iPad is more popular is because of the pure retarded hype behind those overpriced turds (just like every other iDork decice). Once the new $200 Tegra 3 devices become widely available, I think you'll see a HUGE change in the way people think towards the want/need of a tablet. Hell, the Kindle Fire has already performed very well sales-wise and it's hardly spec enough to be called a tablet compared to the new T3 stuff Nvidia is touting.

  • CeluGeek

    Ironically for me, it's the phone the one that takes the backseat. I take my phone when I go out because it's just more portable than a tablet, but at home I use my Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (original Toshiba Thrive before that) much more than I use my phone, because when pocketability isn't a must, I'd rather have the bigger screen of a tablet than the teeny tiny screen of a phone.

  • archercc

    Odd, mine is my go-to at home and I love the music app.

  • Psychotropy101

    The author is nuts. I love my transformer prime, and I rarely, if ever, use my laptop for much of anything anymore. My one gripe is the inability to use web apps that utilize MS silvelight, BUT I can get around that by remoting into my PC from anywhere. Lack of native 3G/4G? No problem. I can use my android phone as a 3G hotspot. There is plenty to love about top of the line android tablets , if you know what you're doing that is...

  • Zach Wagner

    Pretty much exactly what the article said is true for me.  My HP Touch pad is collecting dust on it's touchstone.  I'm either on my mac book or on my phone. No reason to get the touchpad. Lack of track pad and keyboard hurt tablets, that's one reason I'm excited about Microsoft's new tablet, and it's Windows 8 and Xbox360 connectivity.  Maybe I'll sell my touch pad and think about getting the Surface.  Imagine if you could play Xbox LIVE arcade games on it with a 360 controller through USB, or even 360 games streaming through wifi?  Feel free to circle me on G+ sgp.cm/Zach

  • BrianBreniser

    We can all agree on one thing: Google tablets are not at their best right now.

    It takes time for unique ideas to be pushed around. Google was behind the tablet game, and it takes a lot from the community (aside from Google hording 3.0) to make shit just work. IOS for apple was probably pretty easy, its a simple UI that remained constant when they made a tablet, they did it in secret, and it took little time, IOS has a huge head start.

    But google is doing something huge, making nexus a bigger thing. More than one manufacturer can make a nexus phone now (read: soon), and nexus tablets are around the corner (next week).

    Google needs to focus on a few things first before they can explode like they did with Android phones.

    1: Make them (tablets) just work: they can't be laggy, they can't have crazy custom skins that get in the way, they can't be super complicated, they need to just WORK.

    2: Increase ease of media consumption. The article covered this one well.

    3: Tablet optimized apps need to be better. They need to be visible (sort via tablet optimized apps, even if the same ones are downloaded for phones...)

    I'm sure this list isn't complete, but I think that is the top 3 (IMOP). I use my tablet every day for 'something', but I can't help feel like my Acer A500 falls short of an ipad. It is very laggy (at times...), it's touchscreen has issues (I will be sending it in for repairs soon...), the thing works, but not well. I feel like it is the future, but tablets are slower than desktops (IE: certain things work better just because they are faster), some apps are just blown up phone apps (I'll use a phone, thank you....). But we are getting there, slowly but surely.

    The only problem now is that IOS is already ahead, Microsoft is now playing the game, Google and Android don't have a lot of TIME to get their shit together. And we all know that it takes time for them to do a lot of good. And by the way, if enough time passes, Android tablets will be the best OS, I just hope it isn't too late...

  • Jpilgram2010

    I'm still drooling over the Microsoft tablet, while metroUI doesn't look the greatest now, after a bit of use I'll be used to it and will be in love with it.

  • Rashid Thompson5

    With the upgrade to ics my xoom 4g has moved back on my gadget list before it was something to keep my sons busy but I like the update and the new tweeks it has given the xoom new life to me

  • Knlegend1

    To be honest tablets in general aren't really that good. Ipad is nothing more than a larger iphone/ipod and for apple fans that's a really good thing. Same as a android tablet but it is slightly different from the phones compared to the first generation android tablets. Truthfully the idea is there but its really not being implemented that great on any platform. I am however going to keep my eye on the Windows 8 and RT tablets. 

    • Darwin

      You've obviously never used an iPad.

      • Knlegend1

        To a certain extent but if you could fill me in I much appreciate it. 

        • Trollhater

          A troll will never fill you in. He'll keep writing this one or two line laconic contemptuous sentences to pretend he is superior to you.

  • Mr R

    TLDR - and I even read it on my tablet.

  • Insevanhouts

    pffft ****** apple fan. stop wasting your time writing this anti-android articles

    • Darwin

      Heh. He in no way indicated e was an app,e fan. But android kids ate obsessed with App,e because they knw they are using an inferior copy of Apple devices.

  • Taylor Hunt

    I use my prime every day, but I get frustrated with it a lot. I have a really heavy desktop replacement PC that I used to take on the road with me for work, and I thought the tablet would work perfectly for that. I find that anything relating to work takes about twice as long to accomplish with the tablet. That includes emails. I can do everything I need to with it, except for a few PC specific software applications that I am able to remote into my pc to accomplish, but for the price I paid I sometimes regret not buying a netbook for half the cost.
    It is hard for me to admit this because I absolutely love Android, but for anything relating to work, I feel that it is really behind where it could be. Why can't I reliably open a word document from an email, edit it, and save it without worrying about formatting issues? Exell and Spredsheets for Google docs don't even compare at all. 
    The tablet is funner than a PC, it turns more heads in an airplane, and it is definitely much easier to tote around and use for an entire day without plugging in, but I still feel it is more of a toy than a tool. 
    I probably spend more time reading xda, and Rootzwiki so I can try to mod the thing than any other activity on my tablet. 

  • Chrislloyd90

    After reading all the comments... i think i can say this..

    I am happy to keep Android as my primary Phone OS and Windows RT/Windows Pro 8 as my on the go tablet

  • Frank Bales

    I own an Asus Transformer TF101

    I use it everyday . . .

    . . . to chat with my daughter on Google+
    . . . to read books and magazines
    . . . for calendaring (Jorte, not stock)
    . . . look up stuff I happen to think about, like what's so and so doing now.
    . . . email, a little
    . . . video, a little, but not everyday
    . . . music, a little, but not everyday
    . . . play a handful of games

    Here's the thing. I like this tablet, but I can't really work on it. It's basically a toy, and as a toy, it's not so good. I'd still rather surf the web on my desktop. Bigger screen, faster. I still like to watch movies on my desktop for the same reason, but it is convenient to be able to watch anywhere on a screen large enough to see.

    Will I buy another Android tablet? No. Windows 8 for me. Google had their chance. They burned me with Google TV, and they burned me with an Android tablet (2 in fact). While the tablet works okay, as everyone knows, apps just aren't there. I think a lot of people will be dumping Android for Windows 8.

  • Travis Jennings

    "
    I own a Transformer Prime. Know how often I use it? Once, maybe twice a week for a few minutes."

    Maybe you aren't the one to write about the utility of owning one.

  • crankerchick

    I have an iPad and an Android tablet. My Android tablet got a lot of use in the beginning when I was all ZOMG I have a tablet! Then I quickly tired of the keyboard lag when typing in forms (can you say forum posting fail?) and the browser lag when trying to scroll and pinch to zoom on some content. ICS and later Chrome helped matters, but even the second generation tablets still lag iOS on UX fluidity. That would be less of a factor if there were more tablet friendly apps on Android, but since there aren't, I'm in the browser a lot, which would be ok if the experience wasn't at best ok and at times downright painful.

    I hope the TF Infinity will bring more parity in user experience compared to iOS because I desperately miss Android and all the freedom and features that Android offers (like apps syncing in the background). I do believe Android > iOS but for what I use my tablet for, iOS just gets that particular job done better.

    Come on TF Infinity!

  • ericl5112

    My android tablet is my main mobile device.  I'm an RSS junkie, and my instinct is to reach for a tablet for that.  If I want to play a mobile game, tablet.  Email reading?  Tablet.  Web browsing?  half tablet.  Youtube, tons of stuff.  I actually find my phone the neglected one, except when I don't have the tablet around.

  • Spydie

    Instead of "android tablets suck" name for this article, it should have been "since android tablets do everything ipad does, and better, I pick ipad as the best tablet right now, but really this is about how much better Microsoft tablets are going to be if I ever get to see one and test one because I know NOTHING about them right now."  duhhhhhhh

  • http://twitter.com/rauelcrespo rauelcrespo

    I used my Prime at least once a day. In fact, sometimes instead of watching a movie all by myself on the TV, I use the Prime and stream the movie from my media server, or Netflix or Hulu. I've also found myself playing games on it more often than my Galaxy Nexus. I have absolutely no idea where this author is coming from.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nata-Greer/100000669676144 Nata Greer

    I haven't read through all the comments so others might have addressed these already, but there are a few problems with this article that are immediately noticeable...
    1.  Apple is more successful with Ipad than google's tablets because they had a large head start in the market with Ipod first, then Iphone.  Google is playing catch up which brings the next point...
    2.  The author does not like to use any hard statistical evidence.  The reality is that Android, in the span of about 2 years, has risen from around 2% market share to out strip apple at over 25%.  Market share for apple has risen slightly over that time, mostly from taking away from RIM and Microsoft and non-smartphone market shares.  Google has surged in the smart phone market.  (I did an entire research project on this market for my Economics degree).  It is only a matter of time before Google catches up and surpasses Apple in tablets because...
    3.  Apple prices themselves out of large segments of the tablet market.  It's the same problem that Macs always had in the computer market.  Macs may have been good computers, but the large portion of the market won't drop $2000 on a computer when they can get 85-90% efficiency while spending well under $1k on a pc.  Apple currently is riding on its 1st mover advantage in the tablet market, but as Android showed with phones, that advantage for Apple won't last forever.  
    4.  Developers aren't wary of android development because of broad based assumptions like "android users don't like paying for apps".  What a crock of s***.  Ad based revenue is a perfectly legitimate method which largely ensures quality of an application.  In order for someone to continually use an app it must be a good app or else someone else will come along and make a better one that does the same thing.  Furthermore, with a single one time pay app, continuing support and updates typically do not exist or they exist as "ThisIsMyApp" ver 2.0 and you have to buy the new version.  Think Angry Birds as an example of Android add based revenue.
        Additionally, developers (2 in my family) have more problem with android development in the fact that hardware isn't standardized.  Apple, as they have always done, have tried to ensure quality of its system by creating only one.  They develop lots of the hardware, all the software, marketing, everything...  This is also why the cost is so high for their products.  By not allowing any third party developers to use Apple's OS on their own device, they standardize everything.  Developers know exactly how to program for the current generation devices without having to make allowances for different hardware, software versions, and the like.  Android developers have a whole range of hardware differences they must take into account to capture the large share of devices.  While not terribly difficult, it is added time and cost to development.  BUT, think Microsoft with all the PCs in the world.  Developers have been doing this for many years and it isn't that big a deal.  The reality is that opening up the market to competition between manufacturers ensures better hardware at cheaper prices because they all want to make more money by one-upping each other.  The consumer is the benefactor.  (Yes, free markets do actually work in theory)  Android tablets are all over the place and many are very good, comparable if not superior to current gen Ipad for cheaper.  They will eventually overtake Apple in market share.  
    5.  Saying certain criticisms of Apple (such as "fanboyism") are not valid and off the table sounds a lot like our politicians who attack the question instead of actually addressing it because they don't want to admit the truth of the matter.  The reality is that Apple, like it or hate it, have a partial following that is not based on quality of product.  If there was such a thing as a blind test of computer technology, the majority of people wouldn't really be able to tell the difference between an apple product vs microsoft or android.  But, slap a sticker on an Ipad 2 that says Ipad 4 and there will be lines for miles outside the fruit shop of people waiting to get their hands on the new best thing.  Don't get me wrong, I think Apple makes a great product, but a large part of the reason it sells so well is based purely on its reputation that it has been building for the past decade.  

    To address the initial question, yes, I use my Touchpad all the time.  I read books on it, watch videos, my daughter has lots of kids interactive books on it, I use it at school in class, listen to the radio on it, use it to display business information on the web to customers with a wireless hotspot and much more...  The author is correct, at home, I go for my lap top.  When on the go, I rarely take my lap top with me anymore.  I can throw my tablet in my pocket or my wife her purse and be off for the day with much less effort than a typical computer.  Add a bluetooth keyboard and its all over.  Think, What do we really need a traditional computer for that a tablet cannot accomplish?  High end games.  That's about it.  The tablet is not there yet, but within another generation or 2 it will be the standard.

    • Darwin

      That a very long post considering everything you said is wrong.

      • Stuntman06

        So you think he is wrong about Apple making a great product?

      • Tony

        Doofus. I agree with the article. I hope android wins in the end because I am a real developer. Apple xcode/objective-c development is a PITA. Android development is developer friendly. Here's the thing. Apple wins hands down for one reason. STYLE. When I pick up my android table, I think... weeeee. Why am I using this? Well, maybe it's because I spend 3-400 dollars on this PoS. I have to justify it. I can't find a real reason to use it over my phone. iPad on the other hand represents a state of mind. A reason to use it IN AND OF ITSELF. It's pretty, it is useful, it is solid, responsive, video always works, etc... A user looks forward to using it and begins to find reasons to use it... and for each person that is different, but there is a clear difference. I sure hope Google/Android understands this... They're about to end up like OS2 when it comes to tablets. Like the article says, "They're running our of time."

  • http://twitter.com/rauelcrespo rauelcrespo

    So because it's not dumbed down for the sheeple simpletons out there, makes android Tablets bad? It's people like this article writer who ruin societies. 

    • Hyeatack

      IPad owners are dumbed down because they spent over 500 bucks on a bigger version of the phone that's in their pockets. That's why android owners don't spend on things that don't need spending on, most of us anyway. Apple owners don't even know the specs of their device because their not used to knowing what their paying for. Ask an android fan (like me) whats in my phone and I'll freakin draw u schematics of mother board. The reason iPad sells more than other tablets is the people that by them. They both do the exact same things so that's the only feasible explanation is the characters that fork over the money.

      • Ed

        I own an iPad 3, know the specs of the device in and out. I also own an Acer Iconia and a Galaxy Nexus and just sold my Nexus S. For content consumption and light productivity, the iPad blows anything Android has for tablets. On the go, Galaxy Nexus owns, hands down. Also, my Acer Iconia is now collecting dust ... unfortunately. Android fanbois are too blind to the utility of iPad and they keep calling it a giant iPhone when in fact, it's not even remotely close to that assumption.

    • Darwin

      Heh. Kids are funny. Having an idiotic interface is now a virtue?