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I was just now watching the iPad mini Apple event, and saw Phil compare iPad apps to Android tablet apps. He demonstrated, with many examples, how iPad apps are built specifically for iPad, to make use of the larger display, and Android tablets just have stretched-out smartphone apps. The examples he gave were convincing. What do you guys think of the experience on the iPad vs. the experience on an Android tablet?

asked Jan 05 '13 at 16:36

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I've found that iPad apps generally take full advantage of the screen, but android apps on a tablet are just like a blown up phone version. I'd rather that the apps on android took advantage of the available space and provided a cleaner tablet experience

answered Jan 05 '13 at 16:48

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Android has a growing number of Tablet apps, not as many as iOS but it's growing very quickly.

I've found that a lot of tablet apps look better than their iOS counterparts. The Play Store is growing extremely rapidly and tablet apps are no exception. More and more apps are upgrading and enabling tablet viewing and enhanced capabilities.

An important thing to note though regarding phone apps on both platforms is that if I take an iOS iPhone app and put it on my iPad I either get a small letter-boxed app that takes up a 1/4 of the screen or I get a pixelated and nasty mess. While on android you get an app that actually scales its UI. No pixelation, no letter-box.

Finding tablet apps on Android is like finding tablet apps on iOS; You just need to know where to look because I have yet to find a case where I can't find a tablet-optimized app for my use-case on either platform.

Another thing though: It was an Apple keynote, Why would you base you entire opinion on what Apple has to say about their main (software) competitor? That's like me basing my entire opinion about Macs off of a Microsoft keynore. IE: It's a horrible idea, look into it on your own, make an informed decision.

answered Jan 05 '13 at 20:59

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while it is a valid point that there are thousands of apps tailer made for the ipad also remember that the iOS app store is only made to support 4 products (iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, iPod Touch) with that you only have 4 possible form factors counting older generation units. The android app store has to account for a gazillion different devices and there are no incentives in it for making a app for tablet X. On iOS the same app iPad version can cost over 2 times the iphone version if the developer (cough angry birds cough) doesn't make it universal. Some iPhone native apps on the iPad look like junk. Of course Apple's keynote is going to show the competition in the worst possible light, they want you to buy into them! It just happens in this instance that Android doesn't make it very hard to do.

answered Jan 08 '13 at 01:03

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