Not only tablets and pads not built the same but they don’t work the same either.   Here is a list of differences big and small between the major tablets and the king of tablets; the Apple’s iPad in comparison.


Operating System:  Apple iOS Google Android HP WebOS Google Android
Vendors: Apple


Samsung, Acer, Asus, Motorola, RIMM, Lenovo etc…. HP


Amazon /
Barnes & Noble
Most Notable: iPad Samsung Galaxy Tab TouchPAD Kindle Fire /
(Like a old TV)
(Like a DVD)
(Like a old TV)
(Like a DVD)
Biggest Difference It’s own ecosystem.  Allows no other vendor to provide apps but
can offer services.  Apple must approve all services and features.
Anybody can provide anything in anyway.  Biggest ecosystem and widest in both quality and availability of hw and sw. It’s own ecosystem.  Extremely limited in app availability and diversity.   Ecosystem at its infancy.  WebOS is being supported but the Touchpad hw itself is no longer available. Each vendor has their own ecosystem.  Extremely limited in app availability and diversity but growing.   Ecosystem well adapted to eBooks, video rentals.
Love Affair All the graphical elements are so very fluid and life like.   Delightful to use and has an immediate human connection.  Children and Seniors alike whom are nontechnical can start using with no introduction! The hackability of this Operating System makes for heaven on Earth for Nûrds.  But not much so for nontechnical individuals.  Children, Seniors and other nontechie’s will not take to Android tablets as they do to Apple’s iPad.  However, once you got everything you want.  It is very usable but takes tremendous effort upfront to make it usable. At heavily discounted going out of business sale price of $99, it’s hard not to like not love this device.   It does work and in most cases it does do them well.   Flash in browser works exceptionally well surprisingly.

*HACKABLE a group called CyanogenMod has ported Android onto this device.  Currently can run Android 4.04 with minimal installation effort.  Caveat: no camera functionality.

Both of these tablets are 7" which makes for ideal portable entertainment and productivity device.

The user interface has been dramatically changed from the traditional Android interface making it much more user friendly.  Almost as friendly as the iPad!

Biggest Good Apple controls everything.  Same OS is used on other mobile devices including cellphones so greatest compatibility. Low barrier to entry by hw vendors to make whatever they want.  Provides extreme diversity in capability and price points.  Same OS is used on other mobile devices including cellphones so greatest compatibility.  Recently on fire sale at $99 (asof Aug 2011) making it the most highly in demand tablet however with no future. Good price and capabilities of it slowly being expanded by Amazon and Barnes & Noble to do more than just eBooks.
Biggest Bad Apple controls everything.  Must use iTunes to sync which can be complicated or worse if you’re not fully cognitive of which direction the sync is happening.  Always best to start sync right away and often.  Windows’ iTunes most problem prone and Apple recommends a Mac to sync. Nobody is taking responsibility of rogue apps and services.  Not even Google the provider of App Market. Touchpad no longer produced and is a end-of-life product. Under powered but the apps that are designed specifically for the Kindle Fire / Nook works very well.

Another bad is the inability to access Google’s Play aka app market although you can get the most popular and well vetted apps through their own marketplace.   In a way, this is more like Apple’s app store where only quality apps prevail.

Apps Best in quality, diversity and best visual presentation. Most are novice visual presentation, low in  diversity and most poor in quality.   However due to the sheer number of  Android device made quality developers take notice and now you can find comparable apps in Apple’s App Store as well as Google’s Play. App diversity, availability and presentation extremely limited to nonexistent. Due to the limit of not being ablet o access Google’s Play.  The app availability is limited however, this again can be a good thing.   The apps are vetted for quality and satisfaction for these particular devices.  So most user experiences are good.
Safari which is the default browser uses an open source technology called Webkit and has one of the best future and present technology compatibility.   There are other browser also available for the iOS devices like Firefox, Opera and Dolphin. The builtin browser although isn’t Google’s Chrome but does share the same open source code base as the Apple’s Safari browser.  So good for  future compatibility. The builtin browser has very limited HTML5 compatibility but fully HTML4 last year’s tech compatibility.  So you’re still going to get 99.5% of all the goodness the web has to offer asof the year 2011.   So most web surfing including running into Adobe Flash.  You will be satisfied with this device’s capability. The builtin browser is limited both by lack of CPU and GPU power but also new technology capabilities like HTML5.  However it is constantly being worked on to improve.

Both devices have their uniqueness when rendering webpages.  So don’t expect the full surfing capability you’ll find from desktop and other tablets.



Safari opens most if not all websites similar to desktop view.  This is more desirable than always getting the mobile view.

Also the browser is hardware accelerated which means great experiences when visiting HTML5/CSS3 sites which are what’s coming!

The builtin browser which has no name is differentiated by the websites and thus returns a mobile view of the site instead of the full desktop.  Fortunately, 3rd app such as Dolphin HD Browser can get the full desktop view of the websites.

UDATE: if you have Android 4.0 then you can download Google Chrome for Android which can give you 95% of desktop experience on your tablet.   Just be sure to goto the settings on Chrome and set to "Desktop mode"

Builtin browser in on par with last year’s technology and is very limited to the new HTML5 technologies.  However WebOS is still be supported by HP and may in the future have updates but not to be expected. Builtin browser in on par with last year’s technology but very functional.
  • AirPlay
  • ScreenShot
  • Case
  • Mobile Me
  • Customize
  • Widgets
  • Diversity
  • Price
  • HDMI out
  • Surfing Web
  • eBooks
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • eBooks
  • Movie playback
  • Audio


In Conclusion: As the saying goes, "The Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder".    One can find usefulness from any of the tablets but it all depends on how much fiddling you want to do.   Minimal fiddling with greatest usefulness right out of the box is the iPad particularly if it was meant for someone whom isn’t technical.   Android based tablets can also offer a wealth of capabilities and more important to some the customization aspect but comes with a need for high tech knowledge.


more here: What’s Difference Between iPads and Tablets?