Yeah sure, the Ipad is the best-selling tablet in the world. Sure, it’s pretty good. We clap our hands in honor of Apple, for showing the world that tablets are indeed a viable computing platform.
Now, it’s time for some serious tablet temptation talk. We have gone on to list the top reasons why the Motorola Xoom, and other similarly spec’ed Android Honeycomb Tablets could dethrone Apple’s most compelling Tablet offerings in 2011.
Apple’s iOS doesn’t truly multitask. The Ipad is incapable of truly running more than one application at a time, for reasons we understand and sympathize with. Apple chose to omit this feature in the hopes that it would enable better battery life and offer good performance. The upcoming tablet from Motorola Xoom features an Nvidia Tegra 2 1Ghz dual-core processor which has the ability to handle multitasking with ease. It can do this while sipping on battery life, rather than guzzling it. Honeycomb was designed from a power users perspective, and enables the user to easily swipe and preview running applications with ease. In order to bring up an application on the iPad one has to double click on iPad’s home button. The iPad 2, expected to be released this year, is alleged to have multitasking capabilities, but we will have to wait and see.
Flash is one of the most popular ways to watch and experience rich dynamic content on the web.Many of the worlds most popular sites employ Flash somehow. Technological purists will make up a wide variety of arguments as to why Apple has employed HTML 5, “the most open API in the world,” but in reality, most users, and especially developers and designers, need access to this format. The battle between Apple and Adobe is far from over. Apple is unlikely to find a fitting solution to supplant flash anytime soon. Apple has some of the most sophisticated marketing minds in the industry, and even they have failed in their attempt to convince their content providers to develop support for iOS devices with an alternate to Adobe Flash. The world wants, needs, and uses Flash.
The new notification bar was designed completely from the ground up. Employed in Honeycomb, it is an extremely useful and low impact widget compared to the one found in the Ipad. The notification feature in the Ipad is quite annoying, to say the least. It completely disturbs the user, and has been known to cause applications to crash. In Honeycomb, notifications know their place, and stay out of your way. When the messages appear in Android, it just appears to let itself be known, and subsequently disappears without causing any interruption.
Ipad has no camera. It teases the user with a camera app, but simply doesn’t have one. Most, if not all Android Tablets, feature two cameras. The reasons here are numerous, but can be reduced down to a few things that everyone wants to do from time to time, like taking pictures, videos, and being able to have a video chat.
The new Honeycomb OS has five customizable home screens that can be filled up with useful widgets, shortcuts, galleries, and anything the user chooses. The beauty of it really boils down to the fact that Android is an open O/S, and with that can expect constant improvements, new customizations, and great new widgets all the time.
The Android Market enables users to buy or download apps using their computer and send them to the device without syncing. Honeycomb also features support for media and photo transfer which lets users instantly sync media files with a USB-connected camera or desktop computer without needing to mount a USB mass storage device. ITunes is already missing you.
These new Android Tablets are going to be smoking fast. Check out our Benchmarks on the Motorola Xoom. It’s a speedy one. The Xoom and several other Android tablets feature dual-core processors, which are going to offer substantial performance gains. The Motorola Xoom features 1 GB RAM and the already released Notion Ink Adam features 1 GB RAM as well.
The Ipad has done wonders for the Tablet market. We really do respect what Apple has been able to do, and the sales figures demonstrate that people do too. Apple loyalists are clamoring for a new iPad, and its release should be relatively imminent. Apple has shown its true colors, its true creed, as a company that enjoys exerting total dominance over its hardware and the software that runs on it. On the other hand, Google has demonstrated that it is much more open. Either way, we actually hope the drawbacks of the Ipad will soon be addressed to further bolster competition between the major tablet players. We, indirectly, will all be the beneficiaries of this.
Check out the video for an idea of what to expect: