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Best large tablet, possibilities of flexible displays, and more - Android Q&A

We talk about the best large tablet, the possibilities of flexible displays, and a lot more in this week's edition of the Android Q&A.
December 12, 2013

Welcome to this week’s edition of Android Q&A! As always, we try to answer as many of your great questions as possible. This week, we talk about the best large tablet, the possibilities of flexible displays, and a lot more. Let’s get started!

Question 1

What are the advantages of having a flexible phone? Does this mean that cases have to be flexible as well? – Vito Libido


Yes, understandably, flexible smartphones, as seen with the current crop of options such as the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex is a bit of a gimmick. What’s important to see here is not what’s currently available, but what options this technology opens up for the future. If manufacturers can consistently mass produce flexible and bendable displays, it will pave the way for further technology, such as computerized clothing. For example, “smart clothes” would be able to monitor your vital signs, and in case of a medical emergency, call for an ambulance. And of course, it also furthers the development of what is known as the “Internet of things,” or the connecting of everything! Not just your phone and your car, but other electronics such as your refrigerator, microwave, your clothes, and yes, even pets.

Question 2

What is the best 10-inch tablet, if I need a laptop replacement? Should I get the current Nexus 10? Or wait for the new version? – Tushar


There’s no indication of when the 2nd generation Nexus 10 will be available, so waiting for it might not be recommended, depending on how urgent your need is. There are two tablets that you can look into before making a decision. First is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition). This tablet comes with a S-Pen, a large battery, and a better camera than other similar devices. Of course, it’s also probably one of the more expensive tablets in this category. You may also want to consider the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity. The Transformer Pad comes with a keyboard dock, which is getting fantastic reviews, and also a great screen. It is also the comparatively cheaper option of the two.

Question 3

Android vs iOS apps. Why do developers still prioritize iOS users when Android has so many more users? There are still some games and other apps that do not support Android. – MrTheBarnie


This is a common question that keeps coming up, and the simple answer in this case is that it comes down to money. Apple was the first company put out an App Store, and teach and condition users to pay for digital content and mobile applications. They have over 200 million users who are more willing to pay for apps, and on average, iOS users pay more for apps then Android users. One of the reasons Google is behind is because of their late entry into the game. And secondly, it’s important to note that Android has more users, because there are a lot of entry level devices running Android that are cheaper and extremely popular in developing countries, and places where users are less likely to use a credit card online. One way Google can play catch up and circumvent this problem is to make available Google Play cards in retail stores, corner stores, kiosks, and more all around the world, giving everyone the opportunity to redeem these cards and engage in the digital economy.

Question 4

I can’t decide if I want to buy the (Samsung) Galaxy Note 3 or the (Sony) Xperia Z1. Which one do you recommend? – Mayer298


It depends on exactly what your priorities are. If you already have a tablet, you might want to pick up the Sony Xperia Z1 with its smaller but great display, and features a better camera. If you don’t have a tablet and are looking for a complete multimedia solution, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is definitely the right choice. It has a beautiful 5.7-inch display and great camera, a whopping 3,200 mAh battery, and of course, the S-Pen. Just some of the things to consider before making a decision.

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