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Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
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HaroldCallahan
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7/28/2013 | 2:29:49 PM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
The web usage disparity goes away if you exclude wifi-only devices (source: http://www.technology-digital..... It makes sense that wifi-only devices see disproportionate amounts of raw usage, since they typically aren't on a limited data plan. The iPad is of course dominant in this area. I have one and it's a great web browser. The original Nexus 7 is too slow and does not deliver a good experience. It will be interesting to see how the new one fares.

There are other, lesser factors working around the margins. For example, ad blocking is much easier to do on Android than on iOS (sideloading vs. jailbreaking).

Apple for sure performs better among affluent customers. This isn't even a mystery -- for those of limited means, Apple is too expensive to be an option. But it's quite a leap to conclude that Apple is therefore the better option just because it costs more.

I understand that many developers follow the money, but I am not convinced that I, as a user, benefit from favoring software written by greedy developers. As a long-time open-source advocate (for reasons of quality, not cost), I have seen many examples where the free software is superior to its paying counterpart. I have also seen the reverse many times, so I am not one-sided in this matter. You seem to assume that the revenue-maximizing strategy is preferable in all situations. Many developers do prefer more money for sure, but these developers do not always write the highest-quality software. Examples such as ConnectBot or K-9 Mail show that free programs on Android can sometimes far exceed any of their counterparts, paid or free, on iOS.

Android itself is open-source, and the whole rationale for open source is that free software is a superior product to proprietary software. It is not surprising to see this legacy reflected in the behavior of the user base, and this fact says nothing about the quality of free software vs. paid software. Users care about functionality and long-term viability, not revenue streams. Linux and other projects have demonstrated that an active developer community can be sustained with no direct revenue. It is actually rather refreshing to see a commercial platform like Android following this path rather than the traditional path based on corporate revenue.
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7/28/2013 | 4:16:29 AM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
Some people really love their Android devices. Far be it from me to tell them not to. Some of the tablets are great, and it looks like the new Nexus 7 could join that group. And Android's market share clearly shows the platform's popularity among consumers, OEMs and developers.

But here's the subtext of the advertising and web usage numbers: Android users might like their devices but iOS users REALLY like their devices.

That is, iOS users, or so the stats imply, use their devices more often, which means they look at more ads, and create more ad revenue. I don't think iOS is overrun by ads; rather, the volume of Web and app traffic creates a large volume of advertising opportunities. If Android's actual user engagement were equal to its market share, why would it trail Apple in these key figures? That's basically the question these statistics pose.

Your point about money in consumers' pockets has merit-- but I'm not sure I agree about the developers part. Developers sometimes prioritize the largest number of users (i.e. Android)-- but ultimately, most of them want the largest number of paying users. If Apple users are using their devices more, they're also using and buying more apps, and probably generating more online commerce in general-- or so the statistics I mentioned imply. Moreover, Apple generally performs better among more affluent consumers--e.g. people with more money to spend on apps, accessories, etc. These stat about affluence come from Forrester, if I remember right. The Web usage stuff was most recently touted by Piper Jaffray, but others have come to similar conclusions. And the advertising stats are from Mediaworks.

Anyhow, if developers go where the paying users are, these stats suggest developers are heading toward Apple.

That's not to say that Apple is perfect. They wouldn't be allegedly getting ready to launch a cheaper iPhone if they were impervious to market pressures. And I think some of the developers have a point when they say Apple could open things up a bit. I'm just saying that Android's alleged domination of mobile devices isn't anywhere near as absolute as its market share suggests.

Here's what I will be interested to see: once all the new Android and Windows 8 mini-tablets have been out for a few months, will the iPad Mini maintain a usage advantage? WIll it be similar to the regular iPad? The tablet market gets more fragmented all the time, and there might be room for different OS hierarchies within different form factors.
HaroldCallahan
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HaroldCallahan,
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7/28/2013 | 2:10:42 AM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
The thing is, I'm just a regular user. I'm not a developer. I'm not an advertiser. I actually rather hate advertising. The fact that Android trails in advertising revenue is a huge plus, not a minus, in my book. It means less money is being leeched out of my pocket by corrupt media companies. Similarly, less money for developers means more money in consumers' pockets. Where do you think developers earn their money from?
HaroldCallahan
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HaroldCallahan,
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7/28/2013 | 2:07:32 AM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
DionG189 was talking specifically about how to get people moving to Android. In the context of this thread, Android outselling iOS is highly relevant.

I also dispute your contention that iOS is somehow higher quality than Android. There's no way you can make such a blanket statement. It all depends on your needs and priorities, which are not going to be the same as everyone else's. If you're even slightly interested in having any control over your own device, Android is the only game in town. Even something as dead simple as uploading music is completely impossible on iOS without iTunes, whereas Android supports dozens of different music manager programs. That's just one example out of many.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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7/28/2013 | 1:38:27 AM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
I think its notable that many important measures of Android success haven't kept pace with the platform's market share. In terms of Web usage and advertising revenue, iOS is still ahead by a pretty wide margin. And most developer surveys I've seen still rank iOS as the most profitable platform. When it comes to the value of an ecosystem, market share is a good indicator-- but these others, in which Apple still has the lead, are important too. Android undercuts Apple's pricing, which leads to higher adoption-- but a lot of what makes an ecosystem derives from what users do after that. All that said, the Nexus looks like the best value among mini-tablets, as I noted in an article earlier this week.
Juno.az
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7/28/2013 | 12:35:52 AM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
Who cares if Android outsells iOS. More people buy hamburger than steak. I prefer steak. More people buy Chevrolet than Mercedes. I think you get my point.
Juno.az
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7/28/2013 | 12:26:57 AM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
NFC, the greatest technology nobody uses.
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7/27/2013 | 10:06:19 PM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
Data already shows that Android phones outsell IOS phones. Android tablets are trending to take the #1 spot from Apple. Viruses on Android devices have already been addressed. Google has implemented security checks in the Play Store. In a similar case, people have made the same argument about viruses, etc. on Windows yet it still dominates the Mac OS. Unless the person was foolish enough to download shady apps on their Android device, there was no reason for concern. Users that "follow the crowd" will make the move from IOS to Android. Some of these users will be those who are likely to buy apps or click on sponsors. Many apps on IOS are or soon will be on the Android OS since it generates additional revenue (Why sell to only half the crowd? Business 101). And lastly, Java is becoming an extremely popular language and will lure developers to Android. It can be used more broadly than IOS's Objective-C. So despite this security hole you mentioned, Android's growth has been strong in both cell phones and tablets.

BTW, IOS has had its fair share of problems too such as the pass code override.
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7/27/2013 | 8:46:11 PM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
I have the original 7, nothing worth moving to the new 7. sill when you compare it to the ipad mini, nexus still doesn't have a chance. the games are better with way more choice for ios then android, and the same games for android that are on ios underperform on android. bundle in all the viruses that come with android, and how easy it is to write a program to share all your information.... that keeps me from making any android device my main device. ill say android hardware is freggin awesome... to bad not so much on the software side... i've been hoping since my first android device back in 2009 that they would make the software better. now as a developer I understand why there aren't great apps on android, the user base generally wont buy apps anywhere near as much ios users, and are even less likely to click on ads then ios users also. its not uncommon for ios developers to make a few grand a month from sales, and maybe 100 bucks if there lucky in the first month of there android release. and tanks further from there... I think this will be the biggest reason android will never compete with ios.... that and all the insecure easily hacked os that is android.... if they ever fix that huge gaping whole in security, perhaps that would jump start people moving to android. cause the hardware is awesome in the higher end devices.
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7/27/2013 | 8:09:32 PM
re: Google Nexus 7 Vs. iPad Mini: 6 Key Factors
I was about to say the same. The reason I got the original N7 instead of an iPad Mini was the GPS and downloadable (offline) maps. That means when I'm out hiking or driving in the middle of nowhere where there is no cell reception, the N7 tells me exactly where I am, provided I think ahead and download the map.

The absence of any mention of GPS and downloadable maps is a common, glaring error in so many N7 reviews.
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