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Tablets – Windows vs Apple vs Android

The world of tablet computing is simply exploding and vendors are concentrating their efforts frantically to crank out new and innovative tablets into the market.  The great thing about the competition between vendors as well as between Microsoft, Apple, and Google is that the consumer is going to win.  It leaves us with tons of choices and flavors to choose from depending on what our preferences are.  We are not forced to decide on a certain tablet based on the lack of any other option being out there.  The big question in the minds of many recently has been which table to choose.  Which tablet is going to provide the best experience, functionality, usability, and longevity?

This may be a tough decision to make for many as we have already stated, there are simply myriads of choices and options.  However, there considerations to look at which may help ones to decide on the variant of tablet they choose to buy.  The big three OSs in the market running tablets are Windows, IOS, and Android.  Windows of course is a Microsoft product, IOS comes from Apple, and Android from Google.  So which one is the best?

As always deciding which is best is always relative and depends on the end user and what they want to do or accomplish with their tablet.  However, what are the strengths and weaknesses of each?

Microsoft Windows

It is yet to be seen how much or little Windows 8 will change Microsoft’s game in the tablet market.  Microsoft has really not done too well in this arena historically or even in the mobile arena in general with dismal smartphone sales etc.  However, Microsoft has some key advantages when it comes to Windows.

Strengths:

  • When users think of a client OS they think of Windows – let’s face it, Windows operating system powers most client desktop computers in the World.
  • With the saturation of Windows on desktops, it is a strong lure to also run Windows on a tablet due to the interoperability of the Windows Systems
  • Windows tablets are going to be much more admin friendly integrating into enterprise environments and domains running Microsoft Windows Active Directory
  • The learning curve is not that extensive for users who most likely are already familiar with Windows computing with their desktops, laptops, etc.

Weaknesses:

  • Current Windows versions just simply aren’t written that well for tablet use
  • Microsoft lacks the APP factor to its tablet editions – There aren’t really “apps” persay for Windows tablets
  • It simply lacks the coolness factor that comes with other vendors and their OSs
  • Most users are just not that excited about Microsoft tablets

Apple

Strengths

  • Apple is the leader in the industry
  • Their devices are considered the best of the best in design and functionality
  • There are literally hundreds of thousands of apps available for installation
  • Innovation and design
  • Strictly screened and maintained app store
  • People love their devices – they have the “cool” factor

Weaknesses

  • No Flash support
  • No open source development
  • No theme customization or other eye candy
  • IOS is locked down allowing for very little customization
  • Notification are not that good
  • Devices are prices relatively more expensive that other tablets running Android, etc.

Android

Strengths

  • Flash Support
  • Tons of open source development driving the Android culture
  • Easily customizable homescreen and widgets
  • Notifications are really good
  • Many vendors are producing Android tablets creating many choices and good pricing
  • Android tablet manufactures seem to be pushing the innovation to new limits to compete with Apple
  • There are many apps in the Android Market

Weaknesses

  • Fragmentation of the Android Market and other standards
  • Open development leads to malware concerns on the market
  • There are not many tablet specific apps available on the market as of yet
  • Android can be still somewhat buggy with poor quality apps

Final Thoughts

There are certainly a lot of available options out there!  It is a buyers market for sure when it comes to buying a new tablet.  Often it comes down to personal preference in choosing between the big three – Microsoft, Apple, and Google.  However, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each certainly helps to pinpoint which product may be better suited to an individual’s needs.  One thing is certain; there truly are a wide variety of great, innovative products that consumers are sure to be able to use effectively in various settings

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