I've been curious on what it was like to use an Android for a long time now.
I've always heard and seen advertisements for Android Phones, Android Tablets-- a lot of things for it. The thing is, I've always used an iPod Touch 2G, and that was plenty for what I needed: A portable MP3 player with internet capabilities and youtube viewing. Plus, Angry Birds. Who doesn't like Angry Birds?
But then came along the holidays, and I was in need of some kind of upgrade. My 2G was pretty outdated, stuck in the 4.2.4 update. When it comes to older Apple products, they just stop updating them entirely after a certain point is reached.
Thing is, I'm getting an iPhone at some point in the future, and I wanted something that I would use on the go without having to rely on a laptop. Plus, I travel a lot by plane. You know how hard it is to open a laptop in a plane? You just sit it on one of those tables attached to the back end of a seat, and then all of a sudden, some idiot reclines back into the chair, and closes the laptop lid partially with it! This normally happens in coach, but even then my space is ruined. No room to open a laptop when this happens, and I'm stuck with some other alternative means.
But with a Tablet (or an iPad or other iOS product), you can just hold it in front of you. Those damn things are decent in terms of weight, too.
When I compared prices with the iPad and iPad Mini, however, they were just pretty damn expensive. Then a friend of mine suggested to look at some Android Tablets. I was skeptical with thinking of getting an Android, since I've always been used to Apple's iPod Touch and other iOS products.
I did some research, however, and I found out that they're actually not that bad in price. In fact, they're a lot less restrictive than what Apple pulls out. You know how everything just depends on iTunes, unless you jailbreak the damn thing? Well, not the Android it seems. It's like a dumbed down Laptop.
I had to be careful though, since some Tablets had more problems than the rest. My first choice was me getting an ASUS T300 Tablet, since I thought they were pretty reliable. Hell, I've got an ASUS Motherboard in my gaming PC, and it hasn't failed me yet.
But then I looked at the reviews and frowned. It seemed to have hardware issues and it had some power problems, especially with screen vulnerabilities. Don't you just hate it when you depend on a certain company, they screw up in some form or another?
I didn't want to risk it, since I wanted to get something that would last for a long time. Then there was the more common choice: A Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Now I hear those things are pretty sturdy, especially its Note counterpart. But the problem was that it was a remodelled version of an older tablet, and it was a bit slow and incompatible with other Android apps, so that shut me off a bit.
It was then I came across the love of my life... the Acer A210. Now honestly, I use an Acer laptop, and they're a pretty sturdy company from my experience. Plus, with a $299 pricetag, I figured it would be worth a purchase. Reviews were good, and I didn't see too many negatives, so I decided "to hell with it" and purchased it.
I gotta admit, I don't regret it so far. My main reasons for getting it was the pretty decent battery life, reading e-books and manga, and playing some games on it while on the go. I'm sure I can find other uses for it, but there's a lot of apps to go through.
Only problem: Some apps are more efficient than others, and there seems to be similar copies that do the same thing, either it doing better than others or worse than others. I've noticed this more with the Ebook readers and Manga Reader Apps, oh, and also the SNES Emulators.
It's hard to figure out which one is better than the other, so I'm stuck in a never-ending loop of finding what's better than the other. I'm curious to know what apps would be useful in an Android Tablet, though? I'd love to hear your personal opinions on this.
Oh, also... free Angry Birds, yay!