5 Good Reasons Not to Buy an iPad

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8 Mar, 2012 6:30 pm

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Apple has released their new iPad which boasts a few improvements, like it’s got a Retina display with double the pixels of the current generation, a quad core processor and LTE. We know that many consumers are going to open up their pockets book and buy the new tablet and there is no question that is a fantastic bit of hardware, but the big question for me is, are there better alternatives? We can actually come up with 5.

Reason One – ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity

The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is the new flagship hybrid table with detachable keyboard from ASUS and it comes in an LTE version. An has a Super IPS+ display with a resolution of 1920 × 1200 with the new dual-core Snapdragon S4 running at 1.5Ghz. It is thinner and lighter and has a touted battery life of 12 hours beating the iPad’s 10. The Transformer Pad Infinity also has the ability to take it to the next level as it has a detachable keyboard with an extra battery that will give you a total of 18 hours!

Reason Two – The ASUS Padfone

ASUS is burring the lines between phone and tablet just like they pushed the limits between netbook and tablet. The ASUS Padfone is a smartphone that comes with a tablet docking station, it’s innovative and takes the concept of the Galaxy Note to the next level by allowing your device to be modular. It’s a highly customized device that could be perfect for your needs. Performance wise it’s also running the Snapdragon S4 so it will have the same performance as their flagship Transformer Pad Infinity.

Reason Three – Huawei Mediapad 10HD

Huawei is entering the market this year with a clear vision of carving out place for themselves in the high end space. The MediaPad 10HD is thinner than the new iPad and when it’s in your hands it feels like a cross between two great tablets, the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity and the Samsung Galaxy 10.1. It’s got a resolution of 1920 x 1200 has an 8MP camera on the rear and also comes with Huawei’s own quad core processor running at 1.5GHz. We got to have a sneak peak at the tablet at Mobile World Congress last week and it’s clear that you should keep an eye out for this one.

Reason Four – Galaxy Note 10.1

The iPad is targeted at media creators, another tablet that has the same demographic. Here are two good reasons to take a harder look at the the Galaxy Note 10.1, it can view and work with two apps at the same time, and the new iPad can’t. The Galaxy Note also is designed with precision writing and drawing with natural pen-based input, and the iPad isn’t.

Reason Five – Galaxy Tab 7.7

I don’t know about you but 10 inches is just too big for me, I’ve been finding my self leaning towards smaller form factor tablets like the Samsung 8.9 or 7.7. This small portable tablet is the first 7 inch to have a Super AMOLED Plus display that also impresses with its true blacks and brilliant colors. The battery life is also 12 hours which is phenomenal for a 7 inch device that is so thin and running a dual core.

So if you’re thinking that there aren’t any good reasons to not to pick up an iPad, think again!


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  • Znn Spendable

    you are right, but the point is: the new Ipad is here, 4 out of the 5 (potential) alternatives are to come with no clear indication of price. They should cost much less than Ipad to compete with Ipad!

  • heavyhanded

    “I don’t know about you but 10 inches is just too big for me.” I don’t know why, but I had to laugh!!

  • Marrond

    And all of those “reasons” are running on Android? No, thanks. This OS is unstable piece of crap at the moment and will remain that way untill Google changes their policy about it. 1,5GHz ARM processor yet still it runs like a snail. I hate Apple but those so called “reasons” are even worse than any iPad (not only iPad 3, but also 1st gen… it’s all about comfort and running SMOOTH).

  • Notlofty

    Duuuude, I thought the Transformer still had the Tegra 3? I guess they can’t for LTE. I want it even more now that it has the new Snapdragon! 

  • Stepan Trnka

    Well, I COULD agree with the two ASUSes, but… The ecosystem and tablet optimized apps are much further than on Android. The hardware isn’t everything and unfortunately Google is still missing the train. (I have two Android devices, no iDevices though.)

  • Edward

    I own an original Transformer and bought it over here in Taiwan as I am currently teaching English and living here. I can’t say any of these “alternatives are better than any of the iPads” because in Taiwan, there is no access to paid apps for android PERIOD!! Something to due with the Google return policy of apps and Taiwan’s Consumer protection agency or something like that–but Apple worked things out and their store is open here.

     I never knew this before my getting into the android side of things so I am now a bit let-down. I find android generally sufficient for my needs but without any paid apps, there’s just the free stuff–which is a 50/50 mix a useful and useless. As I plan to live here long-term, I may just have to get an iPad once my tablet is over the hill.

    By chance… If someone knows anything about this thing with Google and Taiwan, I would love to be corrected or reassured that this crap is for good or will be remedied in the foreseeable future. I mean, I can’t get anything in Tegra Zone which some of the best stuff for any Tegra 2 device.

  • Edward

    Oh, and another thing… While I did get the ICS OTA update which added many nice improvements.. There’s NO FLASH!! Even though it’s apparently coming–with no confirmed date set. It’s still a bit of a bummer to have that missing from the picture. I know ASUS has worked hard to get ICS out to its customers but no flash sucks.

     So be warned if you have an orginal Transformer.. Some may want to wait to update. I love coming to this site and watching the embedded videos–even though I can get them on youtube. Many things–like CNET–require flash to view video in the browser and without it… well, it just feels very limited especially as I said before about no paid apps.

    Say.. Nicole, how do you guys get along with android in Taiwan considering you guys live here as well–from my understanding of following this blog. Do you use android at all? Is there some way to get paid apps?

    Oh.. I know I wrote a lot here but one more thing…

    Does anyone knows if I am missing out on that much by not having access to actual paid apps in Android?

    Thanks

     

  • duwenbasden

    5 out of the 5 have no clear shipping date to Canada neither… Announcement is one thing. How about giving me a “this is the date to look forward to.” instead of “LOOK LOOK LOOK AT THISH THING WE JUSH BROUGHT OUT. When can you get it? TAKE A GUESSH!”

    I too am looking forward to the 7.7, but if Samsung kept pulling this “coming soon” shit I might just completely ignore it.

  • JAFF

    Oh another thing! Did you mentioned how the tablet optimized apps look like in android and in iOS? And what about app availability? But there’s more:
    1. There is an official detachable keyboard from Apple for iPad;
    2. Who really wants to have a scrolling pad in a tablet?
    3. There are also many capacitive pens for the iPad screen on stores. Including one from crayola;
    4. The Android Market (now Google Play) doesn’t have such amazing and interactive apps as the iPad;
    5. There’s not yet such a good screen as the one found on the new iPad;
    6. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 doesn’t get 12 hours of battery life. That would be about the same as the Transformer Prime with the detachable keyboard;
    7. TouchWiz (and I’m an owner of a Galaxy SII) doesn’t play nice with the tegra 2 chip. In fact all the Galaxy Tabs look kind of sluggish in terms of performance;
    8. I do believe that Apple will present something like working with 2 apps at the same time and a better multitasking with iOS 6. I think we should actually wait to see what Apple has to offer us with their new iOS release;
    9. Apart from Blackberry’s playbook (I think anyway) only Apple has such a cover (Smart Cover) that actually unlocks the tablet as you open it and folds in different ways;
    10. The iPad is so much more easy to use;

    I’m not an Apple fanboy (I do love Android and the things Google does with it are amazing –  ICS and its amazing multitasking feature, etc…) but I do think you should’ve had thought about if these tablets really are better than the iPad. I know that they have some things (say Flash Player, Micro SD port…) that the iPad surely can’t do, but for now i do think that the new iPad is the best tablet around on the market and it will be a trully success.
     

  • The poor man’s ipad

    reason 6
    chinese <250 euro tablets are getting better and better.
    Bought mine 10 months ago. Works really fine.
    Will definitely have a look at the droid 4.0 9.7 inchers that are coming along,
    sporting ips screen, 1gb Ram ddr3, 1.5 ghz mono core, mali graphics,
    and with 8-10 hours of battery life. hopefully wifi range will increase, woould be nice not only inside the house but also in the garden.
    Soon those will be around 150 euros

  • Jon Garrett

    are you on your period. FKing fan iDiot fan boy.

  • Jon Garrett

    ” I don’t know about you but 10 inches is just too big for me” most women would agree with you here.   lol, just joking. I couldn’t resist, didn’t mean to offend.

  • Jon Garrett

     unstable? you’re an ass. you need to Google the study that was done between iOS and Android. iOS crashes 75% more than Android.

  • http://soltesza.wordpress.com/ sola

     Yes, nowadays, you can get 7″ capacitive tablets with 512MB RAM with 1,5Ghz Cortex-A8 for $100 from China !!!!

    As you said by the end of the year, we will have what you wrote about + dual-core Cortex-A9 processors.

  • http://soltesza.wordpress.com/ sola

    The Infinity will have a Tegra3 version and a Snapdragon version. However, the Snapdragon version will only be dual-core.

    For some use cases, the Snapdragon may be better but if you, say, want to use Ubuntu for Android, you may be better off with the Tegra3 version since it will better execute lots of pocesses (can distribute them to 4 cores instead of two).

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  • Notlofty

    Hm, I just saw the 7.7 in the store here the other day… But I live in China so maybe that’s why. 

  • Notlofty

    I think the main problem might be getting the Snapdragon version not on contract. If I’m right it will be for the LTE chip which may make it tied to the carriers and/or expensive. 

  • Notlofty

    I am studying Chinese over in mainland China so I understand your plight some. We don’t have paid apps on Android. However we also have facebook and other websites blocked that I guess you can still access. 
    Anyways in order to get on facebook and youtube and keep in contact back home better I got a free VPN (I use RaptorVPN but you can try to find whatever) While letting me on facebook it has the added benefit of the market thinking that I’m back in America too. So what I do is connect the VPN and sometimes need to clear the cache of the market and it will display apps as if I was in America. I haven’t really tried to buy any apps yet (meiyou qian) but maybe it will work for you. 

  • Notlofty

    If only the Transformer and the Padfone were one device… phone/mid and a tablet and a netbook all in one. Like the Always Innovating Smartbook that I thought was such a good idea.
    My favorite thing about the iPad alternatives, besides Android and the customizability it offers, is definitely being able to have a microSD card slot! All my friends have their 8gb ipod touchs but they have no room for apps. I have so many apps and all my music on the microSD of my galaxy player! 

  • Jlevi Esquire

    Clearly whoever wrote this article has never used an iPad. Apple products aren’t about specs, they are about ease of use. No product on the market can compete with the clean and user-friendly feel of iOS. That’s why Apple makes 70% of the profits in the cell phone market, and is the only tablet that matters. 

  • Not an apple fanboy

    Clearly “ease of use” is not important to people who like products that are high performance. I tried to figure out why people love the iOS interface so much and I don’t get it. I’ll stay with the cutting edge components and all you apple fanboys can get your second run components and your “ease of use.”

  • Not an Apple fanboy

    Pretty sad when your beloved iPad isn’t even the best tablet out there at its launch. This thing will be lapped by the Android tablets in a month and it will get stomped by the WP tablets coming later in the year.

  • nobody

    what a nonsense. imho last competition to apple was hp touchpad. reason? 4:3 ratio. these are just toys pretending to be tablets, watch a movie, play a game, maybe browse a page. read a book? forget it!

  • HoD

     Tegra does not play well with LTE   the WiFi version will have a T3

  • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

    I own a gtab 7.7 and when browsing the web the battery life is a max of 6 hours. Im really dissapointed.