Okay so over a year ago I started a discussion Thoughts on the new ipad. Since then there have been many different tablets that have come on the market and I know various friends and family that have picked up a gadget or two. I still can't make up my mind on what I think will work best for me. I think the New York Times has a great article comparing tablets.
So what are your thoughts and recommendations? Does it come down to the apps? Or is it the features that sold you on the tablet that you are using?
Our local TV station has been listing some global stories about the iPad and new competitors. Here are some links to some of the stories.
http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14163298 Suggest Sales of Computer Tablets Could Double in 2011
New York (AP) - The new iPad model hitting stores Friday comes with several improvements over the orginal version but the same price tag, hobbling efforts rivals at breaking apple Inc's hold on the emerging market for tablet computers. Competitors such as Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. Can't seem to match the iPads's starting price $499 Tablets that are comparable to the iPad in features cost hundreds of dollars more, while cheaper tablets are inferior to the iPad in quality.
http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14189027 Apple iPad 2 vs. Motorola
http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14174414 Review: Zoome emerges as first real iPad Competitor
I am still searching for one of the articles that tells about your use for tablets vs. which is best choice for you.
So often I feel that this type question comes down to an apple vs. android argument where everyone is required to take sides and commit the rest of their lives to one platform or another! I strongly believe that the key to a successful tech purchase (no matter how big or small) is to find the device that best suits your purposes. Do you want the fit, polish, the power and put togetherness of apple (not saying the other devices don't have fit and polish, but apple devices just feel different), or do you want the flexibility and variety of choice with and android device? It's kind of like comparing a Ferrari to a '68 camaro. The Ferrari looks great, works great, and does what it was designed to do. The Camaro looks great works great, but has so many modifications readily and easily available. Both are great cars. Both do their jobs very well, but yet they are dramatically different.
Personally, I love the ipad2. It looks great, it's fast and very functional right out of the box, but I also love the xoom. It is easily adaptable to fit the personality and needs of the user. Both do their job very well, it's just a matter of choosing the right tool for your needs.
If forced to choose a device, I would have to go with the ipad2, primarily for the apps and the speed. Apple's app store is "older" than android's, and the have a much better selection of educational apps.
I have played with the iPad and Samsung Galaxy. Both tablets have the ability to replace textbooks in my opinion. As a classroom teacher, I would be thrilled to stop checking out and in books every year. Both tablets have positive aspects along with areas I think can be improved upon. While I have used a Macintosh computer for a LONG time, I consider both Macintosh and Windows to be good platforms on computers. I am not sure about the Android system at this point (did not play with the Galaxy long enough.)
In my opinion, the Classmate Tablet PC is far and away the best option available at this point. This rugged tool has shown it survives the typical kid punishment without any problems. So far, the Classmate has been able to do EVERYTHING I tried (or wanted to try) doing on the iPad and Galaxy. As a science teacher, I appreciate having a water resistant tool for student use. I use USB slots regularly with scientific probes - easy to do on the Classmate. I am disappointed the NY Times article did not include the Classmate PC.