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Apple or Android: Which is Better for Tablet Support?

Apple or Android: Which is Better for Tablet Support?

Apple and Android are two of the main dominant players in the tablet market. Alongside of all the advancements in recent technology and the increasing number of choices, it’s understandable why many consumers find it difficult to pick between them and do so with an informed mindset. You don’t have to copy your friends or even your family. I’ve always opted for Android over Apple, while my siblings swear by Apple. It’s ultimately down to personal preference. I’ve done some research into what makes Apple’s tablets, what makes Android’s tablets and what types of people are better suited to each brand.

Apple Pros and Cons

Apple has built an incredibly strong ecosystem and the iPad is a major strength within it. With the App Store which has over 800,000 apps, 300,000 specifically designed for the iPad and the remainder being able to run in compatibility modes (this is where a software that emulates an older version of software in order to allow obsolete software and files to remain compatible with the newer version).

Other characteristics of the iPad that gives the consumer that unique experience is found in the many accessories. You can sync up wireless keyboards, speakers and printers, convert it into a mini arcade game station and stream what’s on your iPad to your Apple HDTV, provided you have one. You can also FaceTime and iMessage on the iPad thanks to the integrated services you can place free text messages, voice calls or video calls to family, friends and co-workers. While these services can be available on Android, you have to download suitable apps to do the job.

The iPad is generally easier to use and understand by consumers as the format and software don’t stray too far from the iPhone. A comforting feature of owning an iPad is that Apple approves each app individually, ensuring that there are no false claims, that the app works efficiently on the device, and that any possibilities of viruses being downloaded are eliminated. This is a great relief for any and all iPad users as it means they can download apps freely without the worry of bugs or disingenuous applications

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While some consumers like the familiarity that comes with owning an iPad, a limitation is that there’s not much scope for customization and its ability to expand. As Apple approves all its apps before they’re released, it does mean that some don’t get released despite being useful. The iPad’s storage is also of limited capacity and cannot be expanded through flash drives, which means once you’ve used up all your storage space, that’s it! Another downfall with the iPad is that it’s more expensive than its Android competitors. As tablets are becoming more common and the availability is increasing, you can get a current generation Android tablet for around $200 in comparison to the iPad Mini, which averages at around $400.

Android Pros and Cons

One of Android’s biggest strengths and key selling points is the diverse range of devices of which you can choose from, not to mention the level of customization you can then apply to it once you’ve picked via custom layouts and themes. The three main tablets that get consumer attention are the Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy and Kindle Fire.

Android has evolved significantly within its markets in the last few years and such evolution has given them the capabilities to add an array of features to its devices, such as widgets. These are small apps that run on your home screen so that you don’t have to open them individually, an example being weather updates. Apple devices don’t accommodate this feature so it something that is only available with Android.

With Androids evolved capabilities came the advancements in the Google Play market, which now has roughly 800,000 apps. Android do not have the same approach as Apple when it comes to monitoring which apps get into their market, so not all of them may be very useful or run very efficiently on your device. However, they do have a 15 minute grace period after you’ve downloaded/bought an app to test it out and if you’re not satisfied you can uninstall/return without being charged.

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The new production in 7-inch tables like the Google Nexus 7 provide consumers with a much cheaper entry into the tablet market than Apple. This is because Android sells it to its customers at a loss to them. It is a competitive strategy against Apple and helps them gain more market share within the Android market as a whole.

The Google Play market is strong feature of Android devices, but it is also one of their biggest weaknesses. This is due to the absence in monitoring what apps are available for consumers to download, and this element of unknown will leave many consumers uneasy and subsequently result in them opting for Apple tablet devices because of the security they can offer. Android have, however, provided the Kindle Fire tablets with its own App Store, but this means a more limited selection with the apps.

While many would assume that the variety of devices Android offer would help attract consumers, it also has a downside when it comes to the support network. This is because Android operating system updates are not compatible with all of their devices, which makes it more difficult for app developers to eliminate bugs on all devices and as a result, it can lead to stability problems with some apps.

Who should buy the iPad?

The iPad is an especially good tablet for the more creative consumers whose intentions with owning a tablet exceed beyond the general media consumption. It’s true that the movie, music and book features are great if that’s all you want it for, but it can also be used to make movies, create your own music and write your own books.

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It goes without saying that customer loyalty with Apple devices will work in favor for the consumer thanks to the ability to synchronize and connect between devices. Take, for example, Photo Stream: you can share photos between your phone and tablet and as mentioned before, you can’t go wrong with being able to wirelessly send your iPads display to your Apple HDTV.

The iPad is also ideal for those consumers who are slightly intimidated by the recent advancements in technology. The simple design makes it a lot easier to use than those tablets that offer diverse levels of customization and this also minimizes the learning curve that comes with owning any new device.

Who should buy an Android?

The Android device relates to the group of consumers who want to customize their tablets, those who aren’t intimidated by technology and those who want to get the most out of owning one.

Customer loyalty will also come into play with Android too, and for those who want a tablet for watching movies, reading books, listening to music and playing games, it will definitely live up to your expectations.

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Android has also opened up the market to those consumers with less disposable income thanks to their significantly low selling price in comparison to Apple. So if you want the same relative experience, with the added benefit of consumer customization and home screen widgets, for a much cheaper cost, then this is definitely the tablet for you.

 

I hope now you can at least make a decision between Apple and Android, I’ll save choosing between the Android devices for another day.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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