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Re: i-pad vs android tablet
I have both an Ipad( purchased before there was a decent Android Tablet) and an Acer A500 32gb Android tablet.
Originally Posted by cafutter
1. You said that you will use it in the hospital, check with your IT dept. and make sure that whatever device you purchase will be able to connect to the network.If there is a specific app needed to access patient files will it work on Android?
2. Both Ipad and most quality Android tablets will do all you mentioned. Both have email apps, both play videos, both have "office" type apps to do spread sheets, pdf files, word files, etc. The big difference being with Ipad you will almost certainly have to pay for them where many Android apps have free versions and the Amazon App store has these apps featured as the free app of the day on a regular basis. Netflicks, Hulu+ run on both. If you have a lot of media that you have downloaded and want to transfer to your device it will be easier with the Android, because most will have the ability to read from a usb drive, sd card, or micro sd card.The Ipad will most likely require that you hook it up with your computer and use Itunes to transfer the files.
3. The big differences!
Battery life, no question Ipads have better battery life.
Screen quality, this is subjective, however I do find that I use the Ipad more often to view videos but my Acer be more then acceptable.
Variety of Apps, no question Apple has "more" apps but I always been able to find an Android equivalant for the apps that I use most often.
There are things that I wanted on a tablet that just aren't available on the Ipad.
1. A full sized USB port on the tablet. This allows me to use an older usb keyboard to type allowing me to use the tablet as a replacement for my laptop. Also I can use an external hard drive/ thumb to access files. The Acer A500 and the Thrive have this ability. No docking station needed.
2. A GPS Satilite sensor. This means that I can use it as a stand a lone GPS. I use CoPilot there are others available. On the Ipad you pay extra for this and you must have a data connection, I think that it is about $150 extra. I'm a road warrior(1000-1500 miles aweek) The 10 inch screen is great for this.
In closing, the Android is the one that I take with me every day. Size may matter to you, so I mention that Androids have 7 inch versions, they will fit nicely into your lab coat pocket, the 10 inch Ipads may or may not.
Whatever you get I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Typed on my Acer A500 using a usb keyboard