Apple's iPad led tablet sales in 2010 with 14.79 million units sold by Christmas. However, the Tab world seems to be shifting slowly towards the yet-to-be-released Google's Honeycomb OS version tablets, which are expected to enter the market soon.
Here are seven reasons why Android-powered tablet could fare better than Apple iPad:
1. Notification Bar:
The new notification bar introduced in Honeycomb is a very useful widget compared to one found in the Apple iPad. The notification feature in Apple iPad disturbs the usage, and can reportedly freeze or crash apps in use. On Honeycomb, notifications stay out of your way. And when the messages appear in Android, it just appears at the bottom of the screen and disappears.
Both iOS and Android tablets can multitask, but some might find the Motorola Xoom, for example, slightly easier to navigate. With a single tab on the Home screen of new Honeycomb the user can bring out the applications and preview the running applications. In order to bring up an application in iPad one has to double click on iPad's home button, which is a bit less intuitive for people used to PCs.
Most of the Android powered tablets feature two cameras, one front facing and the other on the rear end of the tablet. Rumors suggest that iPad 2 will feature a single front facing camera. Although iPad has a camera app, there is no camera included in it.
Apple left Flash off of the iPad and iPhone. One can argue with the reasons, but absent a workaround it means that a lot of Web video is inaccessible, as are many interactive web sites such as Google Finance. Android includes flash support. Apple's assertion that Flash won't be the standard for video in the near future may be right, however, so if many sites start moving over to H.264, for example, the landscape could change. But for now, if you want to use Flash, Android is the answer.
5. Home Screen:
The home screen on iPad has a lot of space which can be used to accommodate many useful widgets. On the other hand, new Honeycomb OS has five customizable home screens to fill up the widgets and app shortcuts. This reaction to the screen arrangement may wary between different users as some may prefer a simple screen with less apps and few others with many user accessible friendly apps.
Apple is known for its App Store offering apps compatible with iPhone, iPad and many other Apple devices. The users can purchase an app and easily sync it with the devices. But the Android Marketplace wins here by a small margin. Android users can buy apps using the computer and send them to the device without syncing. And the new Honeycomb OS platform features support for media and photo transfer protocol which lets users instantly sync media files with a USB-connected camera or desktop computer.
The new upcoming Xoom and few other Android tablets PCs feature dual-core processors. All of them definitely feature more RAM compared to Apple iPad's 256 MB. For example, Xoom will feature a 1 GB RAM and the Notion Ink Adam features 1 GB. More memory may not matter to some, but as apps get more sophisticated and more memory-hungry, this could become an issue.