An Android fanboy meets the iPad 3

Emmanuel's iPad

Times without number, I have defended my dear OS of choice – Android – with Spartan-like enthusiasm. I once went as far as boldly declaring that I was never, ever going to use devices from other operating systems such as iOS and BlackBerry. That however hasn’t been the case as events have seen me rip up my “Great Wall of China”-like disgust for other mobile operating systems that I considered less sophisticated than Android.

For example, sometime last year I got a Blackberry device. I was primarily enticed by the unlimited data bundles that Blackberry devices were blessed with back then. Prior to getting the Blackberry, I had badmouthed it, ridiculed the aging Blackberry OS, and now that I think about it stigmatized my friends who used Blackberries as dinosaurs who were going to go extinct soon. Alas, I was proven wrong in several ways. Apart from the annoyance of the all too familiar spinning clock, my BlackBerry handled all tasks that I threw at it. Examples of such tasks include social media and messaging, emails and even of course, phone calls.

Agreed, my Blackberry OS 7 device wasn’t as sophisticated as Ice Cream Sandwich, the Android version that was available as of then. But the Blackberry smartphone took the tasks I listed above in it’s stride and handled them efficiently. At that stage my mindset had moved from a Marxist-like standpoint to a more accommodating one. Yet, there was still one position which I always held true to myself – I disliked iOS

Recently, I got an opportunity to swap my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with an iPad 3 and I was suddenly thrown into the dilemma of making a decision that was going to shape the kind of geek that I am. I went to the Geeks group, a group consisting of people in varied walks of life, most of them regulars of Moblilty.ng and I asked for their opinion about taking a plunge and switching or not.

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I got much feedback, but the general theme was that If I could overlook the limitations and closed architecture of the Apple ecosystem that I go ahead and swap my beloved SPen-totting tablet for the popular Apple iPad. After drawing up with a virtual table of what I liked and disliked about the iPad, I decided against switching and I chose to remain with my beloved Galaxy Note 10.1. However, last week another opportunity arose for me to swap with an iPad and I just decided to go ahead and swap barring my known prejudice for iOS on which the iPad runs.

First Impressions with the iPad 3

Today is the third day that I have had the iPad 3. My first impressions have been fairly good. The iPad with the retina display resolution that has the 4:3 aspect ratio has been perfect for reading both books and magazines. I have installed about 36 applications from the App Store and with the recent announcement of iOS 7, the latest iteration of iOS, I can only look forward to a slicker looking interface.

What I Dislike about the iPad

First on the list of my dislikes of the iPad is the fact that I cannot set which applications open by default like on Android. Another issue is the fact that I cannot access files directly but have to use iTunes to do anything remotely concerned with the management of the device.

The lack of a file manager and the well known fact that I cannot share or receive anything via Bluetooth is a headache. Talking about sharing I should also point out that unlike Android I cannot share information between apps, which is a big downer.

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Conclusions

Do I hate iOS less after spending three days with the iPad? Well, maybe a little less. But I am still pissed off at the mantra of absolute simplicity implemented in iOS leaving geeks like me out in the cold. Oh well, I’ve made the switch and I might as well have an open mind and try to enjoy the ride. On a final note though, the display of the iPad is absolutely amazing and I now wonder how I coped with such a low resolution on my former Galaxy Note 10.1.

Emmanuel Olalere

Emmanuel is a video blogger who shares his love of technology with the world. Check out his videos at Geekception.

8 thoughts on “An Android fanboy meets the iPad 3

  • June 12, 2013 at 8:09 am
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    I have used the ipad3 too in the past for a while. Goto give it to apple. That piece of art work is amazingly smooth and apps just fit in correctly. I think that is the main issue with android tablets..apps not optimized for tablets. Apps run better and looks better on the iPad. But as you mentioned, the ills are too much for me to condone . I will rather an android tablet that allows me my freedom to do whatever I want. Waiting for the next note 10.1 though.

  • June 12, 2013 at 8:13 am
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    @Belushi – True, the limitations are jarring but I’ve already taken the plunge. I’m waiting for the next generation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 too, If it comes with a better display I might switch back.

  • June 12, 2013 at 9:57 am
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    Interesting.

    while Emmagine79 ditched his Samsung Tab for an iPad, DeolaDoctor is looking to ditch his iPad for.a Tab!

    different strokes.

    Me, I am not adventurous that way. and I don’t need to sniff cocaine just to see if it.is good.for me, or.not.

    iProducts? Cocaine. NOT good.for.Me.

  • June 12, 2013 at 11:09 am
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    The new, more compact S-Pen totting Galaxy Note 8.0 should be a better pick than the Galaxy Note 10.1 in terms of better display.

    Or, if you could wait a bit, a new gallant Galaxy Note 12.2 with a Retina display-busting resolution used on the Nexus 10 tablet is on the way later this year. I read the news online on Monday this week.

    If we don’t forget, the Nexus 10 tab has a display resolution that blows anything Retina out of the water. Sadly, Google has not pushed out that masterpiece Nexus 10 with due marketing.

  • June 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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    Since iOS has locked themselves up, I don’t care cos Android is king. The world we are needs connectivity for productivity, so I stick with Samsung and other android platforms.

  • June 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm
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    I’m very adventurous when it comes to gadgets. I’m not loyal to any platform I just prefer something that works for me and suits me. OK so I own a Z10, an iPhone 5 and an S3. To be honest, for the Z10 I only use it for the pinging and as a mobile router/hotspot…I have an Etisalat sim in it and Etisalat data network is marvellous when data service is available. I rarely make calls on this phone cos very few people have this number. The S3 is with a glo sim. Hotspot when Globacom network is good, make calls on it, use it to share files when there’s a need and that’s all. The iPhone is with MTN sim. My main line, I use the iPhone as my primary device, not because I like apple as a company, it’s because I love the phone despite its limitations. For some reasons I don’t understand, I rarely find a need to share something through Bluetooth. I have a wireless printer at home and in the office so I can print straight from my iPhone or my iPad. I understand the frustrations people have towards the close system but its not a deal breaker for me. I’m really impressed with Samsung phones and their great features but somehow, I don’t have an everyday use for them. The simplicity and stripped down nature of iOS makes it my choice.

    Retina display is a trade name for some screens made for Apple Macs and iOS devices. It’s not just about the resolution but also the calibration of the screen.

  • June 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm
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    Freedom is what we all crave for and that is what android gives. The browsing experience of android platform is second to none at the moment but the only limitation is in the area of security and as well de-fragmentation of the platform.

  • June 13, 2013 at 4:25 am
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    I had an ipad3 A1403 model and a samsung galaxy tab2 10.1. I could not stand the shortcomings of the ipad3 but dont know whether it was meant for Nigeria.
    Airtel microsim was too unstable on it and the apple store was always demanding of my password whenever I wanted to access it. When installing apps, the store shuts down for each app u install unlike the android playstore where u can install multiple apps at once.
    No call phone function and recharging credit on it was a luxury. My other phones use the regular sim and will not accept this sim.
    had to give out to my younger brother after 2 weeks of undergoing this torment.

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