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Apple’s New iPad? Nah. I’ll Stick With My Android Tablet for Now

Xyboard 8.2

Yesterday I wrote about how Apple’s new iPad changed the tablet game and today I’m going to tell you why I think I’ll stick to using my Motorola Xyboard 8.9 Android tablet instead. It might seem like I’m flip-flopping like a fish out of water, but I’m really not. Apple changed the game; just not enough for me to care yet.

The Motorola Xyboard 8.2 is the perfect size for me. It’s not too big — I love that it’s just a few inches bigger than a standard book. I mostly use the Xyboard 8.9 for browsing the web, streaming Netflix in bed, listening to Spotify on the plane or reading comics (our Editor-in-Chief Sean Aune got me hooked on Y: The Last Man). Apple’s iPad and other devices, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1, are clearly about content creation, but I don’t do much of that. I don’t even use the camera for taking photos and I’ve never initiated a video chat. I consume.

I also love that the Xyboard 8.2 runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the new iPad will too, and that it’s capable of sharing the 4G connection with other Wi-Fi enabled devices. It’s a great feature that new iPad owners will love, plus the added HSPA+ support for global roaming, it’s just not enough change in the wireless department for me to switch.

If I was to upgrade to the new iPad, it would be for the quad-core gaming processor. Apple has some killer games and Infinity Blade: Dungeons already has me salivating at the thought of an amazing dungeon crawler in full HD. But I’ve found that I don’t use my Xyboard 8.2 for gaming at all. Maybe it’s because the gaming selection on Android is pretty awful. When I travel I usually use my Nintendo 3DS and at home I mostly use my Xbox 360. If I ever do have a hankering for iOS games I just use my iPhone.

I’m also disappointed with the email experience on the iPad. I use multiple GMail accounts and I love that Android always keeps that in sync for me and that my messages are threaded as they are on my computer. It’s also nice that I can always stay in touch with my friends on Google Talk. Yes, there are third-party workarounds to make the iPad comparable, again, it’s just not enough for me to want to throw down $499 right now.

If I had a more liquid bank account I’d probably buy the new iPad just to see what the gaming is like. If I didn’t already own a tablet at all I’d probably be more likely to buy the iPad, but for now, I’m perfectly satisfied with the Android tablet that I already have. What are your thoughts? Are you upgrading or happy with what you own?

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...