Apps are better designed in iOS than in Android

Before I bought my Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7-inch, T819), I totally forgot taking into consideration the fact that apps are usually better designed in iOS than in Android.

Not that I totally screwed up in my decision, of course, there are other important factors that I considered, the topmost being the price.

But to give you an example of how apps are better designed in iOS than in Android, take a look at the screenshots of probably the most go-to app for every smartphone and/or tablet owners, Facebook.

In landscape modes, here’s the Facebook app in my old iPad 2:

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Facebook iOS app on my iPad 2 (Landscape mode)

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Why I Opted for iPad 2 Instead?

(Updated: please see notes at the bottom of this article)

Why did I settle for iPad 2, and forego the new iPad — or iPad 3?

(Note: Apple is not calling the new third-generation iPad the iPad 3, but for purposes of this post and the discussions hereinafter, and to avoid confusion, I’ll refer to the third-generation iPad as the iPad 3.)

When I sold my iPad “Classic” back in June 2011, I had it then in my mind to just get the next version of the iPad. Thus, the delight when the iPad 3 was announced by Tim Cook last March 7, 2012 (or March 8 in the Philippines).

The major improvements (or changes) of the iPad 3 from the iPad 2 are:

  • Retina Display — capable of 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi);
  • New A5X Chip — same dual-core processor as the A5 chip of the iPad 2 but the upgrade comes in the quad-core graphics (vs. dual-core GPU);
  • iSight — 5-megapixel back camera;
  • 4G LTE connectivity — for faster cellular data browsing;

See detailed comparison at the Apple Store.

Before I took the plunge and got the iPad 2, I have watched the video reviews by The Verge and MacWorld. And from that, here are my impressions: Read further and tell me if I’m vindicated ยป

Amazon Kindle Tablet

The coming of the Amazon Kindle Tablet it seems is inevitable, at least according to Techcrunch. It’ll be running on a highly customized version of Android. The best part– it’ll be priced at only $250 for the 7-inch version.

I do hope that the Amazon Kindle Tablet will be a hit. That way, my other wishes:

  • That the other Android tablet makers will realize that they have to sell their Android tablets at a price range way lower than the iPad in order to truly compete with the iPad; and
  • That Amazon will drop further the prices of the original Kindles with the e-ink display — because I really love to buy one;

Samsung Galaxy Tab — Faster, Thinner, Lighter

Here’s the commercial of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was aired in the UK:

Great that the device is HSPA+ capable, but what do you do with that hardware if the network you’re on sucks? Honestly, you’ll be paying for a hardware you can’t even use.

Here are the separate commercials emphasizing how the Galaxy Tab can be thinner and lighter: Watch the Videos »