Tablet Wars! VHS or Betamax? Android, Apple, or Playbook?


I actually have customers asking me approximately pills on a normal foundation now. They want to know which platform goes to win. They need something, but they’re not sure what. So, right here’s my try to examine the platforms. Since I simplest have experience with the Android capsules, I’m searching out community input on the Apple iPad and Blackberry Playbook. How are they running for you? I deliver my satisfactory evaluation of each platform and stamp each with VHS (it will live on) or Betamax (going the dodo chook manner).

Specifications As I stated, I cannot talk to the iPad and Playbook except for what I hear from others, so be prepared for a few rumors. I use an Acer Iconia A500 – a Google Android pill. It’s rather large than the Galaxy Tablet (the 7″ one) and has a 10″ display screen. It’s a touch at the heavy face because of the long-life battery. The construction is stable, overall performance is excellent, and miles expandable so that none of the others are (without docking stations besides)… It has a significant USB connector. This means you may plug a mouse, keyboard, thumb force, or outside difficult pressure at once into the pill if you wish. The Androids show up in lots of different configurations, some with keyboard docks, some with charging-simplest docks, the Transformer seems like a notebook, and the “screen” opens and closes whilst docks. So far as I know, Apples and Playbooks are coming in constrained configurations, with Microsoft gadgets being greater bendy, although perhaps no longer as lots as the Androids.


The iPad 2 and Android gadgets with the dual middle processors must be nice and brief. I’m guessing the Windows capsules will use the same kind of hardware platform like Android, offering good overall performance. Once more, I do not know a good deal about the Playbook. The Android drugs (and theoretically Microsoft as properly) may have shorter hardware lifecycles than the others, and multiple producers may add them. This way, you may see greater new and greater current hardware on the Android platform.


Verdict: VHS – Android & Microsoft Betamax – Apple & Playbook

Customization Apple lets in much less customization (in general backgrounds and icons) of the pill than do the Androids (excessive… Alternate nearly whatever). This way that there may be more you can mess up on Androids Additionally, although. I choose the extra options, in my view. I cannot communicate to customization on the Playbook absolutely; there are now not many excellent records out. Peanut gallery… Any input? We additionally understand little at this factor approximately the Microsoft pills, but I’m going to bet they arrive out someplace among the Apple and Androids.

Verdict: VHS – Android Betamax – Apple Unknown – Playbook & Microsoft

Apps Apple has extra apps – at the least for now. For the following year or two, Apple is expected to live fairly some distance in advance in the app struggle. Google and the brand new Microsoft capsules are expected to take an excellent deal of marketplace proportion from Apple, with the Google Market perhaps exceeding the Apple App Store sometime in 2014. Microsoft Windows eight may be launched in the subsequent 12 months or so and could probably assist you to percentage apps among your laptop and tablet in a manner you can’t work with the other platforms. Plus, the Microsoft consciousness on the developer ecosystem must inspire speedy improvement. But… It’s extended ways off, and who is aware of what is going to occur among now and then. The Playbook has a small app shop, and they’re coming from a long way behind. Tablets are a brand new form issue, and the number of business programs for them is nevertheless fairly restricted. This will be a mission for all of the platforms over the next couple of years... To end up relevant inside the organization.

Verdict: VHS – Apple & Android Betamax – Playbook Unknown – Microsoft

Platform Staying Power The Playbook is an unknown at this factor. Some human beings do not forget it a closing flailing attempt by RIM to stay applicable with Blackberry telephones swiftly dropping out to Apple and Google gadgets. Apple and Android gadgets aren’t going everywhere whenever quickly. I, in my view, think the Playbook is DOA. Microsoft could be very past due to the sport, but I think they’re going to be around for some time as a platform. The tablet form aspect for Microsoft is basically an unknown then. They’re simply making a bet plenty on making it successful.

Verdict: VHS – Apple & Android Betamax – Playbook Unknown – Microsoft

Security Theoretically, the Playbook should do well in this class due to RIM’s revel in coping with mobile gadgets on their Blackberry platform. It is basically unknown how well this can paintings to this point, although. The iPad and Google drugs have limited security alternatives thus far, and neither has desirable built-in organization management capabilities for faraway wiping as some distance as I understand. There are a few information encryptions available, but it is constrained. Mostly you’ll need apps to feature protection to those devices. Expect better protection when Windows 8 comes out sooner or later. Because Windows 8 can be a shared platform, you must have Active Directory integration, Group Policies, and a remote mobile device management guide. You’ll additionally have access to the prevailing Windows safety app base. That ought to push the opposite companies to pork up their protection to not lose marketplace proportion to Microsoft.

Verdict: VHS – Playbook & Microsoft Betamax – Apple & Android

Fun Tablets are fun and can be an awesome addition (now not an alternative) to your mobile arsenal. They are not expected to replace laptops or cellular phones but to compliment them. They excel at mild to medium gaming (now not quite as right as a Sony PSP or Nintendo DS) and heavier multimedia (audio and video playing), and light web browsing. Most of them will connect to an HDTV so you can show content in HD on the larger screen. How properly they do each of these depends largely on the apps, you have got loaded, so it is hard to do an Apple to Apple’s contrast (pun meant!). However, I’m just going to exit on a limb and say they will all be more or less identical within the laugh department. The problem goes to be for the Playbook in the apps and games classes. Their app keeps its beginning manner in the back of the opposite. Windows drugs (whilst they arrive) must have a leg up if they can run PC platform games natively. There’s a respectable Windows app save, even though it isn’t always as huge as either of the 2 leaders – and they have no tablet apps in the shop proper now. I’m now not positive how (or IF) the prevailing Windows Phone apps will transfer to the pill both.

Verdict: VHS – Apple, Android, Microsoft Betamax – Playbook

So, here’s a summary: Android – five x VHS, 1 x Betamax Apple – three x VHS, three x Betamax Microsoft – three x VHS, 3 x Unknown Playbook – 1 x VHS, 4 x Betamax, 1 x Unknown


Winner: Android!

Like I said on the top, my enjoyment is limited to the Android, broadly speaking. My enterprise expertise and hearsay let me make a few projections about Microsoft, but I can be off on many of the Apple and Playbook stuff. Please correct me and sense lose to difficulty on functions and specifications that I am unusual with. In any case, this is a laugh new generation area, and we’re going to have an exquisite time looking at all the players compete for the pinnacle one or two spots!