Sunday, March 6, 2016

An opionated comment: Galaxy Tab 3 vs. iPad2

Android vs. iPad

+++Android Galaxy Tab 3 10.1+++
Galaxy Gab 3 omes with Polaris Office
Has a more sensible keyboard with numbers, visible cases, no auto cap after backing up like iPad
Power cord stays in better
Same brightness percentage as iPad is brighter on Galaxy Tab 3
Has folders built-in, of course
Natively allows division of sound levels among three areas 
Higher resolution screen, much sharper

+++iPad2 iOS6+++
iPad keyboard slightly larger 
Android keyboard laggy
Built-in Android word app quirky and has no email out function (?!)
Android apps have to keep being killed or affects battery life
Android keeps reopening apps that have been killed using 3rd party killer ("Simple Task Killer")
Google Play store pretty weird, have go use 3rd party app to log out ("Log Out!")
iPad sleeps apps not being used so don't have to have constant viligence (I hear the latest Android version does this now too, but the Galaxy Tab 3 is still on Jelly Bean and can't be updated, presumably due to the processor)
Android updates Google-branded apps even when you set Auto Update off (Settings-->About Device-->Software Update-->Auto Update)
Android has on way to move cursor in between characters when typing

IPad Apps: The Truth

We have always marveled, those of us who are smitten by the tablet and particularly its iPad permutation, at how economically-priced apps are.  Many are free and few are more than $5.  Though there is the occasional $29 app, these are rare and you know when you see one it is a pretty serious app.  LogMeIn comes to mind.  Well, six years and countless apps later the shine has worn off this seeming bonus.  The truth is, and understand beforehand I am interested only in productivity apps, ninety five percent of the apps on the Apple Store are junk.  Either they don’t do what they say they wiil, or they do something completely different, or they crash repeatedly, or they are more glitz than guts.  Ergo, it literally takes downloading and installing and trying out an average of ten and sometimes 20 apps just to find one good one.  And oddly enough, price is never an indicator or anything.  Example: out of five apps downloaded for html email production, only one actually works let alone works well, and it cost one-fifth what the most expensive of the bunch cost.