This week, one of the most popular and definitive Android news sites (Android Police) has recommended Apple’s iPad Air 2 as the best tablet to buy in its holiday gift guide roundup.
That might seem unusual for an Android website where the dedicated faithful (“fandroids”) come to gloat over the Apple iSheep, but after reading the comments in the article, you can kind of see their point about why it’s so good.
Buy an iPad Air 2 rather than an Android tablet
Written by the site’s David Ruddock, the recommendation to buy an Apple iPad Air 2 instead of an Android tablet appeared to receive begrudging approval from the whole editorial team, even in the face of competition from tablets such as the Nvida Shield (which is aimed mainly as a gaming device) and the Google Nexus 9.
The site attempts to justify the decision with the remarks:
“In fact, I’d argue no Android tablet is great. The Shield Tablet is a lot of bang for your buck, but the screen kind of sucks and the battery life isn’t spectacular (standby is bad in particular) and it’s heavy, thick, and kinda ugly.”
The iPad remains “a no-brainer”
They author continues to enthuse that the iPad is the best tablet you can buy, saying “the iPad Air 2 doesn’t run Android and I don’t really care that it doesn’t run Android” before going on: “the iPad remains a no-brainer for me. If it’s my money being spent on a tablet, I’m going to buy the one I know is going to live up to a standard of quality – the iPad has been the gold standard in tablets since it was unveiled, and that hasn’t changed. I don’t see it changing any time soon, either”.
The reaction on Apple fan sites has been fairly humorous, mainly because the community has relished the opportunity to boast how good the iPad Air 2 is. But, all this seems quite childish – everyone knows that the iPad Air 2 is impossibly thin, well designed and very powerful (only the niche Nvidia Shield beats it in terms of raw performance according to sites like AnandTech), but just why can’t people be happy with what they have purchased without having to bash ‘the opposition’?
“Actually, this poor guy David Ruddock may have to watch his back and be extra careful going past dark alleys. I can see a bunch of irate Android zealots throwing a blanket over him and beating him senseless with rubber hoses” – an Apple fan
It’s amazing that smartphones and tablets are taken to heart by so many people. After all, you never hear of anyone saying “my Lenovo PC is way better than your Dell pile of cr*p.”, and that’s because nobody cares.
“David Ruddock needs to be removed from writing articles here as he obviously is an Apple fanboy pretending to be an Android user” – Android Police subscriber
I’d argue that people become so defensive of a particular mobile phone company because smartphones are intensely personal devices – we carry them around all day, and they are first thing we check in the morning to catch up with what’s going on in the world. Apple may be onto something with its new watch in that regard. Perhaps this time next year the loyal Android and Apple followers will be shouting each other down about which smart watch is the best.
As a satisfied owner of multiple Apple devices (and a custom-built desktop PC, I hasten to add) I’d love to have an extended play with an Android tablet or a smartphone. Funny that, because I’ve borrowed a Google Nexus 5 from the editorial team and will be doing a writeup next week – something along the lines of “an Apple user’s first impressions of Android”. I’m keeping an open mind…
We’ve love to hear which tablet you think is worthy of your hard-earned cash in the comments below.