The Android Tablet Problem

Marco Arment:

So there must be a very good reason why someone would choose any given Android tablet over an iPad, and that reason can’t be the available apps.

This, not how closely a manufacturer can mimic the iPad’s hardware, is what reviewers should be asking about each new tablet: Why would a significant number of buyers choose this instead of an iPad?

Or, more generally: What will cause enough people to buy this that developers will beat down the door to make great apps for it?

I’m still waiting for any iPad “competitors” to give us a good answer.

I’m not a developer so I can’t speak from that perspective. But as a consumer, I’m not a fan of Apple products just because they ‘look nice’. Of course, the fact that they look good doesn’t hurt, and design is something that Apple takes seriously ’cause it knows its consumer base does.



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