Originally Posted by AaronJ
Not sure that Brian Tong is the most un-biased guy out there for this, but it seemed like a decent assessment.
I've never actually used an Android tablet, so I can't really comment. But just from what I've seen on YouTube and other videos around the web, it seems far more complicated than iOS. I'm sure that appeals to a lot of geeks who want it that way. But iOS has that classic Apple simplicity (IMO), while at the same time allowing the user to get as complex as he wants. It's a perfect combo, it seems to me.
I would half agree with you. iOS is easier for beginners. But for power users it is actually EASIER to modify things on Android. Why? You don't have to screw around with jailbreaking or crap. And thus you can update the OS after you customize it. It's why I went Android. I want to be allowed to customize my device the way I want it to work. Unfortunately there is no "Advance User" button on iOS that lets you tweak low-level stuff. You have to crack it. To me, it just sounded like a royal pain. And I wanted buttons. Like a camera button. No one at Google is going to swat down a developer for utilizing a physical button the way they want to. That was a key decision for me, when Apple canned Camera+ or whatever. I detest the touchscreen taking the place of physical buttons like the shutter. I have been following iPhone/Droid and waiting to make an informed purchase for a long time. While iPhone is the best solution for some Mac users, I think that for other Mac users Android might be a good solution.
I'm actually impressed. Android doesn't "suck". That's why I've taken to defending it here. Android is actually great. I watch Flash videos on it all the time. I have a slider keyboard so I can prop it up with a little kickstand built into the case, and it's a little mini-tv / computer. And I'm all about widgets. In fact I like them so much I make start to use Dashboard more on OS X again! I just want other Mac users to know Android is a good product and worth checking out to see if it fits you best.
Now I was thinking phones..but the same goes for tablets, but even more so. People will want computer-level capabilities. Things like USB and SD card readers will be coming with Android tablets inevitably, as well as other ports, capabilities, etc. I see Android tablets working well in businesses, fieldwork, etc.
Lastly, the MacBook Air 11" is a subnotebook. At last, at last!!!! It looks almost smaller than an iPad. Could be another solution for people needing a mobile computer on the go. I wish they expanded the screen out to the bezel edge more, though. Could have packed in another inch. Add touchscreen to a MacBook Air 11" that can fold the screen back entirely on itself. HELL YES. I have been wondering why Apple didn't add touch to laptops for a long time. Glue the iPad screen to a MacBook Air with a swivel hinge or something. Sell at a premium. Could be a hit. I guess they'd need to figure out a way to protect the keyboard on the other side, though.