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