Apple has always been really good at paying attention to the little details, the ones that make their products just that much better than anyone else. I think people refer to this as being the “best”.
I cam across this great post by Eric Sink detailing his experience with a Nexus 7 after having an iPad as an appendage since April 2010. What I found interesting is his use and requirements are almost exactly like mine. I carry an iPhone but I rarely use it except for the occasional phone call or reading Twitter while standing in line somewhere.
Google is starting to show how it pays attention to those details that really matter to us. Things like a seamless integration between our devices and the parts of life we care about; calendars, email and photos.
9. Unsurprisingly, Android’s integration with my Google calendar is ridiculously good. On iOS, I use CalenMob Pro, which has sometimes been disappointing. With the Nexus 7, I feel like access to my calendar is fast and reliable. That is an unfamiliar feeling.
10. Ditto for Gmail. Very slick setup. It just works.
I like the Apple hardware still better but the Google hardware is getting better:
Judging the OS and its built-in apps, I gotta say I think Android might be generally better than iOS.
But third-party apps for Android, when they exist at all, are generally worse than their iOS counterparts.
In terms of overall quality of the hardware, the iPad Retina Mini wins. The Nexus 7 feels like quality, but the iPad is just better.
Overall, I am fairly impressed. And surprised (as usual). I can’t describe myself as “immediately hooked”, but I can say that I might stay with an Android tablet for longer than I expected.
Apple needs to pay attention.
It’s becoming somewhat clear that Apple may be developing a few chinks in their armor. Some people I know who have labeled themselves iOS developers in the past are gravitating toward Android. I have been working with Android a bit more myself and spend some time with my Nexus 7 (first gen). I don’t like it any more than my iPad Mini, it’s just too small for my eyes. I like my full-size iPad Air but if we see a second generation Nexus 10, then I may give it a fair try. The apps are getting better and although not all of my iPad apps are on Android, there are usually suitable replacements. Maybe someday they will be better than their iOS counterpart.
Come on Google, give me the Nexus 10 V2