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Is the iPad the best tablet on the market?

Price aside, would you say the iPad is the best tablet you can buy?

Most Useful Answer spruceyb  Apr. 16, 2014 at 23:47

No, the best tablet you can buy is the one that works for you.
It is one of the most polished & refined examples of a tablet though.

Why some people might consider it so.
Apple controls the exact hardware it uses to build tablets so it can really optimise software for it.
iOS has a huge market share (which is gained quite early) so they have a lot of available apps. Lots of exclusive games (Infinity Blade, OceanHorn etc), music performance is one area iPad dominates (Garage Band, Traktor DJ)
Accessories, it has a HUGE selection, Midi Keyboard Docks, DJ setups and pretty much anything you can think of.

However there will be some situations where iPad just can't do what you want.
So for example need to often run a Windows only app, then the Surface Pro 2 is the way to go.
Then somewhere between the iPad and Surface Pro is the Galaxy Pro series, offering simplicity of a Tablet OS in Android but with options like Multitasking.

If money isn't an issue, I'd probably have 3 tablets. Surface Pro 2, iPad Mini & Nexus 7

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spruceyb  Apr. 16, 2014 at 23:47

No, the best tablet you can buy is the one that works for you.
It is one of the most polished & refined examples of a tablet though.

Why some people might consider it so.
Apple controls the exact hardware it uses to build tablets so it can really optimise software for it.
iOS has a huge market share (which is gained quite early) so they have a lot of available apps. Lots of exclusive games (Infinity Blade, OceanHorn etc), music performance is one area iPad dominates (Garage Band, Traktor DJ)
Accessories, it has a HUGE selection, Midi Keyboard Docks, DJ setups and pretty much anything you can think of.

However there will be some situations where iPad just can't do what you want.
So for example need to often run a Windows only app, then the Surface Pro 2 is the way to go.
Then somewhere between the iPad and Surface Pro is the Galaxy Pro series, offering simplicity of a Tablet OS in Android but with options like Multitasking.

If money isn't an issue, I'd probably have 3 tablets. Surface Pro 2, iPad Mini & Nexus 7

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 17, 2014 at 08:39

Great reply, sprucey. Also: yes, it's the best :p
The Notes are good, too. Cheap feel, but they offer some extra. The Yogas etc etc....

spruceyb  Apr. 17, 2014 at 11:38

If you include price though that changes everything.

The LG G-Pad 8.3 for £120 from Tesco this weekend (even less if you have a voucher) represents amazing value. I almost picked one up myself but decided I'd rather get a 8" Windows tablet like the Toshiba Encore.

I have friends who use iPads and usually see them doing things that could be done better on an Android tablet. Mostly because Apple is cool.

The best thing about the iPad though is knowing exactly what you're going to get. The amount of Android tablets out there that are garbage is amazing and people get soured by them.

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