I love tablets and even phones. The best pills Nice and friendly with big pictures and big swipe gestures. The best phones fragile and guilty – you act on something because you know you will break it.
With phones, I trade in my phone every year and buy the newest, coolest version. It has been a for more than ten years Samsung Galaxy or a Apple iPhone. I go back and forth because each offers advantages over the other and both are fun. I bought a tablet Apple iPadbecause it’s the only tablet worth buying.
That’s not to say Samsung doesn’t make great tablets. Apple has launched the new iPad Pro (2022), including a 12.9-inch model with the stunning Apple XDR display. It costs $1099 in the US. For $300 less, you can get the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus, which has the same screen size but uses OLED technology, which looks amazing.
Samsung also includes a free stylus, and it uses the same EMR technology you’d find in professional-grade Wacom drawing tablets. Apple charges $129 for the Apple Pencil 2, and you should charge it. Let’s stop there and consider spending $129 for a single pencil. With a battery that will eventually die.
It’s not Samsung’s best tablet. It also produces the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, which is a beast of a 14.6-inch machine and still costs less than the new Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch. Samsung tablet already supports multiple screens in desktop mode, no need to wait for the next iPadOS update.
If Samsung Tabs are so good, why aren’t they the best?
In accordance with Strategy Analytics, Samsung is the No. 2 tablet maker, but its market share has been below 20% for several years, versus Apple’s 38% share. Android is the biggest tablet OS by cheap tablets, but Apple sells more tablets than any other tablet manufacturer, including Samsung.
So why didn’t Samsung win? Why is the iPad the obvious choice for tablets? The newest, top-of-the-line iPad is more powerful than Samsung’s best, including a laptop-class Apple M2 chip, while Samsung uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon designed for mobile platforms. The iPad has slightly better cameras, but no other big advantages.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus is thinner and lighter than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro – a quarter pound lighter, in fact (or 115 grams). It charges faster. It has a memory card slot, which makes for a much smoother workflow when moving large files back and forth. It’s a great tablet, much cheaper than Apple’s iPad, and not even Samsung’s biggest and best.
Android doesn’t care about tablets
The reason for not buying this tablet is because Android is not good on tablets. Android on a tablet looks like an extended phone without trying to fill up extra space. The icons resemble distant islands floating in the vast sea. Popular apps look terrible on Android tablets, and the tablet screen is clearly an afterthought in development.
Android compact on the phone is about customization and performance. It’s easy with one hand. You navigate with quick swipes from the sides or missing buttons to save space.
It doesn’t make any sense on a tablet. You will never use a tablet with one hand. You don’t go with him. You have a lot of free space.
When I switched from a Samsung Galaxy to an iPhone, I was tired of doing so much for my phone and I just wanted the system to take over. I won’t bother making the home screen. Maybe I’ll add a widget, but not because it’s useful, but because it looks good.
When I switched from an iPhone back to a Samsung Galaxy, it was because I wanted my organization back. I want to customize the way my phone works so I can be more efficient and own my device.
Never had that impulse with a tablet because I don’t use my tablet when I’m in a rush. With the iPad, Apple’s ethos of letting the device do more while letting the user do less is an ideal philosophy. I don’t want to do more work for my phone anyway. Tablets have more available space, and with Android, that means more performance.
I’m a long time iPad person
It also helps that Apple was a very, very early leader with tablets. The first Apple iPad appeared in early 2010 and went on sale in April of that year. Samsung released its first tablet, the original Galaxy Tab, in September, but it was a completely different beast.
The first Galaxy Tab was a 7-inch mini-tablet that looked like the phones of the time iPhone 4, featuring only a 3.5-inch screen. Still, it was basically a bulky phone, and it didn’t hold the same grip as the iPhone. Not with buyers, and especially not with app developers.
The reason tablets from Samsung and other Android manufacturers have not taken off is because the experience they offer isn’t as good as what you get from the iPad. There are no features that you will find. Apps look worse, or at least more confusing, on an Android tablet than on an iPad.
Maybe that will change soon. Google previously sold its own tablets under the Nexus brand, but those were experimental partner projects with other manufacturers. Now Google is buying its first Pixel tablet. He gave us a few details – we know it will use the Tensor G2 chip found in the Pixel 7 phones – but we don’t know when it will be available.
We don’t even know if Google is doing anything to make Android better for the Pixel tablet. Tech enthusiasts generally refer to the Pixel flavor of Android as the “pure” or “pure” version (enthusiasts in my personal opinion). Does this mean Google won’t do anything to make the Pixel tablet stand out?
What makes the iPad special? Not so, not really. When I got my iPad, it wasn’t because I liked iPads. Because I love doing the things I’m doing on the iPad. The iPad doesn’t stand out, it gets out of the way.
All things being equal, the tie goes to Apple
On paper and in person, the Galaxy Tab is just as good as the Apple iPad. The specifications are a tie. However, between the two pills, I choose the pill that has its own store down the street. I choose the one with the easiest maintenance and support.
I choose the one that most closely resembles my phone, and in the US that means most owners choose the one that looks like an iPhone.
I don’t think Samsung will ever win the tablet battle because it already makes great tablets and has been around for years, but it still can’t beat Apple. The problem is Android, and Android just isn’t special or interesting on a tablet. When you zoom in on it, Android gets in its way. It also affects the companies built for it.