I’m Already Bored With All Future Android Tablets
I read Matt Burns’ post I’m Already Bored With The iPad 3 and agreed with pretty much everything he said. Like him, I passed on the original iPad but decided to buy the iPad 2 when it came out. I didn’t buy the original because it was still something that seemed useless to me. It looked pretty, but I didn’t need a giant iPod. I eventually caved after the iPad 2 came out and a couple of my coworkers were playing with theirs. It just seemed too pretty to pass up.
However, before the iPad 2 came out there was the Motorola Xoom. I remember being excited to finally see an Android tablet:
It’s Not 1984 Anymore: Motorola Xoom Commercial. Can’t wait to get my hands on one. http://otf.me/Ebm— Rob Brambley (@rrbrambley) February 7, 2011
I remember actually having the Motorola Xoom in my Amazon shopping cart, but I removed it after one of the founders of the startup I was at suggested he could buy one for the office. Thankfully I didn’t waste my money because it ended up being a really shitty piece of shit.
Fast forward to January 2012:
What happened over those eleven months that caused me to change my mind?
Well, in September I got a Galaxy Tab 10.1. It’s actually one of the nicest pieces of Android hardware available. So nice, that Apple has tried to erase its existence. The only reason I bought it was to make an app work on Honeycomb, but I was curious to actually see Honeycomb working on a piece of hardware that didn’t suck.
The thing is, the device doesn’t suck. It’s thin and as sleek as an Android tablet can get. It does what it’s supposed to do. But what it’s supposed to do is just TOO much. Many of the Android users out there have become the fanatics that they are because they know that Android is capable of doing more. It doesn’t necessarily do things in a prettier or more user-friendly way… but it can simply do more, which is why people may feel more empowered when they use an Android device.
But, back to my iPad 2. The only reason it sees the light of day is because it’s pretty and performs the simple tasks I use it for. It doesn’t have widgets everywhere with todo lists and calendars that I’m constantly using to manage my life. That’s what my laptop is for. I play games and stream music. The reason I had a hard time justifying buying an iPad to begin with was because I knew I couldn’t use it to do the “real” things that my MacBook Pro does. I eventually realized that the iPad falls in this sweet spot somewhere between “fun” and “utility” – specifically because it doesn’t try to be a laptop.
So to me, knowing how Google has built an OS that can run on both tablets and phones is kind of bittersweet. I’m still using the Galaxy Nexus and it’s a pretty amazing device (minus a flaw or two). The problem is, I know that moving forward I only ever expect to be buying an Android tablet as a developer – not as a consumer. At least, not as long as I’m still using a more powerful laptop.