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Is the iPad the best tablet you can buy?

Is the iPad the best tablet on the market?
Are there any reasons I should consider maybe getting an Android tablet instead?
Thanks! :D

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Jun. 17, 2013 at 14:19

If all you do is browsing, video consumption etc, then there's no reason not to consider a cheaper Android tablet. If you enjoy apps like Garageband, photo and video editing, you're possibly better off with an iPad.
It really depends on your needs and wants, and, of course: if you own Apple accessories or already bought a lot f iOS apps or iBooks etc...

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matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 17, 2013 at 13:48

"Best" is entirely subjective, what do you want a tablet to do?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 17, 2013 at 14:19

If all you do is browsing, video consumption etc, then there's no reason not to consider a cheaper Android tablet. If you enjoy apps like Garageband, photo and video editing, you're possibly better off with an iPad.
It really depends on your needs and wants, and, of course: if you own Apple accessories or already bought a lot f iOS apps or iBooks etc...

Andy247  Jun. 17, 2013 at 16:03

Defnitely subjective, but the answer is still no. Photo and Video editing on an iPad, whilst arguably better, is still pretty poor compared to the experience on a desktop or laptop. If you do have a load of paid for content on iOS then that could swing it, but a Nexus 10 is the best tablet out there at the moment in my opinion.
The 8" Windows 8 tablet looks a belter as well though.

sparx1981  Jun. 17, 2013 at 16:16

£150 for a TF300T with keyboard the other day from Carphonewarehouse....

That then leaves me a further £200 in comparison to an ipad without a keyboard.

Stelph  Jun. 18, 2013 at 11:01

Defnitely subjective, but the answer is still no. Photo and Video editing on an iPad, whilst arguably better, is still pretty poor compared to the experience on a desktop or laptop. If you do have a load of paid for content on iOS then that could swing it, but a Nexus 10 is the best tablet out there at the moment in my opinion.
The 8" Windows 8 tablet looks a belter as well though.


Purely from a hardware point of view Android (and windows 8 tbh) wins hands down. Android has a large number of options of sizes, versions that come with keyboards or even naitively support a stylus.

However from a software point of view iOS absolutley pummels Android and Windows. iOS has both the largest number of tablet specific apps and, arguably, some of the highest quality tablet apps around.

Really it comes down to what is more important to you, if you are satisfied with making do with work arounds with software but the hardware is most important (i.e must have stylus) then get android, if however hardware you can work around but software is the most important then its iOS

If your life ends if you dont have microsoft office then get a surface

Marekj  Jun. 18, 2013 at 20:27

In the tablet space, I would argue Apple is still out in front. It is the complete package in terms of screen quality, battery life, GPU and CPU performance. Most importantly, the apps are tailored to the IPad. Not just high versions that run at full screen, but proper, tablet specific apps. Check out the Sky Sports app as an example.

If you just want to surf the net, or you're on a budget. then a GalaxyTab 2 or Nexus 7 are both decent, and they'll more than do the job.

My mobile is an HTC One S, so I've no allegiances to anyone.

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