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?