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iPad apps are still better than Android tablet apps, and this comparison proves it

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iPad apps are still better than Android tablet apps, and this comparison proves it
One might think that marketing is the only driving force behind the success of the iPad, but they would not be entirely correct. That is because there is one major issue that has yet to be resolved effectively, namely the availability and quality of apps optimized for Android tablets.

The folks at PC Mag have done a great job at visualizing the problem by comparing a number of popular iPad applications with their Android counterparts side by side, and things do not look particularly good for Android tablets. For example, the College Humor app looks like a mobile web site on an Android tablet, while its iPad version delivers a richer experience. The TBS app for iPad has an eye-pleasing interface, while its Android tablet version looks like a broken app. Additionally, the ESPN ScoreCenter for Android tablets looks quite bland when compared to its iPad version. 

Now, don't get us wrong. There are plenty of things to like about Android tablets, such as the usefulness of having widgets on your home screen and the support for Adobe Flash on some of them. Also, they come in different sizes and many of them are marketed at price points way below the $500 that the most basic iPad costs. However, until the quality of Android tablet apps lags so far behind that of iPad applications, the iPad will most likely remain the undisputed leader of the tablet market.

source PC Mag via Gizmodo

The TBS app for Android tablets is on the left, and the iPad TBS app is on the right
The TBS app for Android tablets is on the left, and the iPad TBS app is on the right

The TBS app for Android tablets is on the left, and the iPad TBS app is on the right


The College Humor Android tablet app looks like a mobile website, while the iPad app looks neat and organized
The College Humor Android tablet app looks like a mobile website, while the iPad app looks neat and organized

The College Humor Android tablet app looks like a mobile website, while the iPad app looks neat and organized


ESPN ScoreCenter for Android tablets looks quite bland when compared to its iPad version
ESPN ScoreCenter for Android tablets looks quite bland when compared to its iPad version

ESPN ScoreCenter for Android tablets looks quite bland when compared to its iPad version


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posted on 28 Mar 2012, 04:36 13

1. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Oh no, Android Tablets apps suck compared to iPad's...It couldn't possibly be because it's a blown up phone app could it? Have you ever seen an iPhone app blown up for the iPad's screen? Honestly, I wouldn't buy a tablet just because it's interface for apps it's fancier, as long as I get my news/videos in the end it's all good. I need a tablet to work, not to show off.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:57 2

17. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


that doesnt make much sense...

iFans arguments are similar to what you just said...

-i wouldnt by a tablet because of its interface
-as long as i get my news/vides in the end it's all good
-i need a tablet to work, not show off...

Truth is the iPad apps look NOTHING like iPhone apps so that kills that "blown up iphone statement"

another truth is Android tablet apps are "blown up" phone apps...

COME ON SON! smh

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 09:20 2

20. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Correction, I said "interface for apps". Which means if it's a Youtube app, I expect it to be able to play the videos I wanna watch, whether the interface is that of a blown up phone app, or a tablet app. Compared to a Youtube app that looks all fancy and pretty but can't play a video properly.

The tablet base interface on the other hand is important because it's the backbone of the entire tablet. If the homescreen can't even do anything more than launch apps and rely's on apps for 90% of it's functions, then what is the point?

Yes, I need a tablet to work, not show off. For a tablet to work, It's gonna need access to the file system with no stupid 3rd party crap program, a proper office app, the ability to plug a usb device to it. So far, all I see the iPad used for is games, videos and to tell people "Hey, I have an iPad, that means I can afford it, so you should respect me." The greatest amount of work I've seen someone do on an iPad is reading a word document or powerpoint and that's pretty much it...

There are iPhone apps that the iPad doesn't support, so they place it in a tiny screen and give you the ability to 2X it. That's the blown up iPhone apps I'm talking about. Pixelated and dumb.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 04:50 3

2. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


The nexus tab Will change the approach devs and Google have towards android tablets for games and apps. As the stats predict android tablets Will have lion share of market by 2014. Its a mirror of the androis smartphone situation really,android market and phones started off later and behind apple but within 2 years or so the advances and growth and has meant its now the most popular and innovative platform by far

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:23 1

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 12624; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


So what!

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 09:38 2

21. Astreo (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 May 2011)


lol thats the thing with you guys, its ALWAYS the next thing that will make everything better. youve all been spouting that crap since the Iphone 4 came out.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 13:15 1

23. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Tablet wise the big thing is already here its called the Transformer Prime,apps wise the development is expanding rapidly

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 04:51 9

3. android_hitman (Posts: 666; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


this is the most stupid comparison EVER made by PA! it's outrageous... maybe someone should sue PA

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 05:00 6

5. Nick_T (Posts: 154; Member since: 27 May 2011)


The comparison was done by PC Mag.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 05:07 1

7. android_hitman (Posts: 666; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


sorry then, but you shouldn't post this kind of hidden AD

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 05:18 3

10. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Agreed just because another site posted some questionable articles doesn't they shouldn't be repeated on PA. In fact most apps on the android market are now optimised and entirely suitable for tab size and resolution,half the updates notifications you see for your apps includes changes like 'fixed update to accommodate more devices and larger screen size resolutions'

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 07:29 3

14. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


This is a practice PhoneArena does all the time, so let's not act as though it's some brand new thing. And let's be honest, the times they do this and it benefits Android, you guys come out and support with while mocking others. A ridiculous double standard. I agree this is kind of a stretch, but I'd like to see you guys get all up in arms if they do the same and it's against Apple or Microsoft...

The biggest reason Android tab apps suck is because there hasn't been a tab to take down the iPad. If I'm a developer, I want my work to be seen by as many people as possible...I'm gonna go to iOS. Now, Android in general definitely has the lion share, but tabs specifically, I can see why the apps aren't as great.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 09:19 1

19. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


except for the ESPN app, those are pretty obscure apps. lets compare top apps that are on both systems.

the problem isn't "android" its the developers. there is no specific reason why the apps are different other than they didn't put produce it.

how many scrollable Widgets does the ipad have? do u know how useful they are on a large screen? or small one for that matter..

the article is a repost but its made in such a way to be troll bait.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 07:44 2

15. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


andro. I know you're an android fan. But whatever you say, still means that iPad apps are better than Android Tablet apps.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 15:57

28. E.N. (Posts: 2362; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


yeah I don't really know why Android users are acting like this is a big surprise. They should be complaining about how this is old news and not about how its misleading.

If you guys want more examples, go read the article itself because there are plenty of examples and further clarification. You can't always compare top apps because most people/everyone use some applications that are not in the top.

remixfa, not too many people give a damn about widgets. Widgets are great, nice, useful, etc; but they're not the most important thing in a smartphone. I've been saying this for years that application quality is probably one of the most important factor.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 20:22

30. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


application quality is most definitely a top factor, no doubt.

But do you know who thinks widgets are not a big deal? Apple fans and people that barely use their phones. Every other OS uses widgets of some sort, so obviously its a wanted/used feature.
Do you know what the big revelation in iOS6 is going to be? iWidgets. I bet money on it. Then u will act like its the second coming of Jobs.
Scrolling widgets take it to the next level. Again, ifans have no idea what they are missing so they pretend its not a big deal.. until they get it, then its the bestestest ever. Just like Siri. Voice commands.. yay. We all have them on android for 2 years. Add a little canned sarchasm and a small upgrade to accept multiple inputs for commands and u act like no one else ever came close to the same feature.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 21:04

32. E.N. (Posts: 2362; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


lol now you're turning this into iOS vs Android, surprise surprise. I'm not saying that widgets are lame, but like I've said they're just not that important. You might want to focus your attention on your fellow android fanboys. Like I've said many times before, a very large portion of Android users (from my experience) don't even use widgets. And those that do, primarily download weather and clock widgets...wow! Beautiful Widgets much? Widgets, for most users, are more of an aesthetics thing.

Most of the complaints about iOS is that its too simple. Sadly they're not referring to things like lacking a file system (which I strongly agree with), but they're only referring to the grid like orientation of the homescreen, which is not too important. I spend most of my time IN the apps anyway.

And you better pray that Apple doesn't do a strong push for widgets on their device in iOS6, because if that happens, you're pretty much screwed...Firstly because I'm confident that Apple will do a hell of a lot better of a job w/ the SDK for widgets. Secondly, developers already prefer the app store over the android market any day, which means high(er) quality widgets for iPhone. I'm sure you'd still stick to Android, but I have a feeling that sh*t ton of people won't. Maybe you shouldn't put iOS6 and widgets in the same sentence, I wouldn't want you jinxing yourself cause it just might happen.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 00:51

34. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


not true remixfa...

when i had my android phones (heavy user and customizer) i stopped using the widgets because they were "bland" the coolest worth it widget was the htc sense weather clock... and maybe the tip calculator... other than that i made sure i didnt need to go into the app drawer alot so i short cutted my frequently used apps to my homescreen (similar to apples grid-like homescreen)...

i agree with E.N. the widgets are really not that important... its the FREEDOM to do what you want to do with the phone... but as time goes by you dont spend time changing ROMS or repositioning widgets... you just wanna grab your phone and go directly to the app you want to use, make a call, or text.

just be real...

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 05:08 6

8. CM_Punk (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


u mad there bro?

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 05:31 5

11. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


fandroid rage on the way, i think it's best for all the sane ppl to leave this article. :D:D:D

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 04:56 3

4. flopjoke (Posts: 42; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


wow.. three of the most used apps, I'm sure!

"the undisputed leader of the tablet market."? Try using Acer Iconia with i5 processor and Windows 8. Let's see iPad beat that with its three fancy looking apps.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 05:05 3

6. erikiksaz (Posts: 129; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


I was expecting that they would at least tout some of the ipad's games that have been customized for the tablet form, but seriously, an app for a TV channel and college humor? I understand the sports app, but seriously, could they not think of anything better to contrast the two platforms?

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 05:11 5

9. CM_Punk (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Uh oh, better grab the cheese and call the waambulance here. I can already see the tears flowing.

#pipebomb

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 05:37 3

12. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Yup, this place is no place for whiner babies like you.

#idiotWrestlingFanWhoUsesHashtagsOutsideOfTwitter

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 13:18

24. bayusuputra (Posts: 945; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


damn, i pressed the wrong button..

you just got twitter account? did you not know that hashtag wont work here? grow up, punk-wannabe..

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 06:21 2

13. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


You see PhoneArena is not a Apple ifan after all

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 09:02

18. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


yall are missing the point...

all they are saying is... the DEVS put more detail and quality in apple's apps concerning the iPad.

i think yall just read the titles of some of these articles and automatically get frustrated...

if yall used both products then you would clearly know exactly why they say the iPad apps are better... GEEZ!!!

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 12:28

22. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


This kind of article starts fame wars...good job PA

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 13:19 1

25. bayusuputra (Posts: 945; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


haha.. so three apps making the iPad better? okay.. thanks.. but, yeah, that's quite ridiculous.. compare the top apps and we'll talk..

(no, i know it's not from PA, it's from PCMag..)

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 14:09 1

26. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


ipadarena.com just hit a new low.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 15:10

27. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


those apps are really not important...

why dont you compare office apps, video players, navigation, e-book readers, browsers (especialy browsers)...?

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 19:30

29. ballaz69 (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


SHAME ON PA.. SHOW THE YOUTUBE APP...I DARE YOU!!!

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 20:25

31. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


bahah..

they would never. Just like they would never show google maps/navigation vs apple's, any of the google apps...
or pulse, email apps, security apps, widgets, or anything else that would show android's positive light.

nope, we judge the entire ecosystem on a college humor app that no one uses.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 22:26 1

33. CM_Punk (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Looks like PA has been cutting onions because all I see is crying and more crying.

#bestintheworld

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