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arlo

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iOS vs. Android
« on: February 02, 2018, 09:18:13 AM »
Occasionally someone doesn't yet have a tablet and asks which platform is best to run my apps. Here are some pros and cons of iOS vs. Android, in my experience:

  • Most iOS bugs are caused by the major OS update released each year. Most Android bugs are caused by the variations between different device brands. I'm equally committed to fixing bugs on both platforms, but the Android bugs are often less predictable and harder to reproduce.
  • Many Android devices can't install recent OS updates, and some can't install any OS updates at all. This means if there are any bugs caused by the Android OS, you might be stuck with them. In contrast, iOS devices can install OS updates for up to five years (but I recommend stopping after three years to avoid performance problems).
  • My apps have a few features that are only available on iOS: multi-route audio, inter-app audio, and more document formats. Android versions older than 6.0 had limited MIDI compatibility.
  • More people use my apps on iOS than Android, so the iOS versions are typically what's shown in screen shots and demo videos. However, the two interfaces are almost identical.
  • Most Android developers focus on phones, not tablets, so you might find fewer other apps to use on an Android tablet than an iOS tablet.
  • Some Android devices are cheaper than iOS devices, but you will need to spend a comparable amount to get comparable performance. A high-quality Android device costs as much as an iOS device.

Bottom line: I wouldn't discourage you from getting an Android device if you're invested in that ecosystem and you are prepared to buy one of the more expensive models. If you're truly on the fence, I'd recommend iOS.

At this time, I think the best overall value in tablets is the 9.7" iPad for $329: https://amzn.to/2O3zvqN
« Last Edit: August 01, 2018, 11:28:32 PM by arlo »