Let me make this clear – I’m an “Android guy.” I don’t have an iPhone and don’t want one. I like my widgets more than (almost) anything and iOS doesn’t allow me to have them on the homescreen. However, when it comes to tablets, I tend to prefer the iPad with the brand new iPad mini — as an easier to carry around product — topping my list. Here are three reasons why I’ll get iPad mini rather than Nexus 7 (or any other Android tablet for that matter).
1. More apps
There are not that many good apps for Android tablets (to say the least). iPad is the king of the game and iPad users can find an app for just about anything. What’s more, I don’t see this trend reversing any time soon. The reason is simple – developers make much more money selling iOS than Android apps. And when it comes to tablets, the situation is even worse – you don’t have a decent choice of apps for Android tablets.
UPDATE: I had to clarify which apps I’m referring to. I’m talking about titles like iTunes U, SketchBook Pro for iPad, Adobe Ideas, Halftone, GarageBand, Penultimate, Notes Plus and some others; as well many retro games like Secret of the Monkey Island series, North & South, Defender of the Crown, realMyst, Spy vs Spy, MEGAMAN X, Street Fighter and so on and on. Unfortunately these are not available on Android.
2. Better accessories
I was hoping that Google Nexus 7 will push accessory makers to launch an array of different products. And we did seen a number of different cases, holders and other “standard” products. In comparison, there are super-awesome keyboards for iPad that practically transform it into a netbook. And many, many other cool products made for Apple’s tablet, only.
3. I already have Android on my phone
And I don’t need to have Android on all my devices. Calendars and contacts and sync just fine, plus I get to try out all those cool games without owning an iPhone. No need to be religious about any platform…
On the other side, Nexus 7 is more affordable device… So what do you say? Would you grab the iPad mini over Nexus 7?