I'm not sure who's worse. The Apple Fanboys or the Android Fanboys. You guys give some of the Android Fanboys a run for their money in terms of being fanatic non-thinking zealots.
Case in Point:
First of all, I had a 5th Gen iPod Nano, currently have a 4th Gen iTouch and a 3rd Gen iPad. I will never buy an Apple laptop or Desktop though. And my phone predates the majority of smartphones.
Second, I was nearly about to pre-order the Nexus 7 until I noticed there was no MicroSD slot and that USB OTG was disabled for external storage. That said, I may buy it for my parents. Seriously considering that.
Going to be honest here: People like
The simple factor dividing iOS and Android basically comes down to how much you want to learn about your tablet. I'm not even going to bother with Windows as honestly that's not even worth discussing (I'll take my chances).
Android fanboys do have a point that Apple basically spoon feeds you and holds your hand when it comes to basically everything they offer. It's simplistic but it offers a very easy to use product that offers good intergration across the board.
What Android Fanboys fail to understand largely due to their massively self inflated egos is that some people actually want that, that unlike the Android Fanboys, they don't have the time (or the will) to learn how to customize their device. For instance, the Nook Color was arguably the best Tablet out there as it was cheap, had expansion slots and could be rooted to proper Android rather than the Forked Android B&N was selling. Most Apple users have no idea what "Rooting" means. Android offers its users the capacity to customize a wide variety of features, grants them access to a wild west store of apps and gives them the choice of all shapes and sizes. But it requires a stiffer learning curve. There are pluses and minuses to both systems. But going all whilly nilly like Sflocal does just makes you look stupid.
The mere fact that Apple is even making a smaller iPad suggests that they realize they have ceded the smaller tablet market to Android and lost huge potential profits from it. Amazon and Google are making sizable chunks of change from their respective app stores. Apple is likely losing at least some potential sales from people looking at the price of an iPad and going "No, I'll go with a $200~300 Android Tablet that can do nearly everything an iPad can do instead." If Apple did not see ceding the market to Android, it would not be bothering with the iPad Mini. Essentially Apple as Jeff Benzos to blame for this as the Kindle Fire proved that smaller tablets can and will sell. Sure, it had problems, can't argue that, but at $200, those problems are tolerable.
What the Nexus 7 does is fire not only a direct salvo at the Fire, but a warning shot to Apple. Sure, Apple doesn't have much to worry about from the Nexus 7 directly, but it's the indirect that worries them. If the Nexus 7 is as good as the reviews are saying it is in terms of speed, usability, and value, it's going to suck in a large number of users including users who would otherwise buy an iPad but are waffling on the price. That alone is not the threat. What is the threat is that the Nexus 7 is a figurative beachhead or toehold. Once a large number of people get used to and like the Nexus 7, Google will release a 10 inch tablet to directly compete with the iPad. No tablet except the Fire has achieved this and the Fire itself has moderate acceptance rate. And it is rumored that Amazon is working on a larger tablet (not to mention a Kindle Fire 2). This is where people like go horribly wrong. The Nexus 7 is not a direct competitor: it is the vanguard for the real Android assault. Prior to the Nexus 7, Android manufacturers have largely been throwing tablets at the market and seeing what sticks. Even the Transformer which in many ways is outright superior to the iPad hasn't stuck. Google realizes it needs this beachhead and that's why it has spent so much time in the technical pits working to make the best Android Tablet that can be made at a very value conscious price.
Addicted44 may be the smartest non-biased user so far in this thread [b]Gatorguy[/b] as well. The 7" in form factory with low weight is pretty useful. Carrying around the iPad is honestly a pain in the ***. And mine went all over South America. I know just how unfun it is to lug around. A 7" inch would have been far more practical. What is interesting is the GPU on the Nexus 7. It's not really 12 cores (Google it for further discussion) but benchmarks have been quite charitable to it. And the Quad Core processor is fairly impressive. When you combine those two and look at the battery life, well, gotta hand it to Asus and Google on that.
, Android Fanboys are really not much better. Many of them operate on the "I don't get Apple, therefore it's evil" template.
Gordy make a good point in that many Apple users don't even come close to utilizing what their devices can do (and frankly have no idea they can even do that kind of stuff). It's partially a function of target audience.
Last point: How many of you Apple Fanboys have even picked up a 7" inch tablet?