Android or iPad?

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bros225
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Android or iPad?

Post by bros225 » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:29 pm

I'm happily using iGigBook on an iPad Air but now I'm ready to buy a 12" tablet. Are there any pros & cons as to whether to choose an android tablet or the iPad pro? I saw a quote on another post that the android version might be "pulled." If there's a possibility of that or even if the iPad version is more on the strategic path then knowing that would help. Thanks!

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Re: Android or iPad?

Post by Phil Smith » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:56 pm

bros225 wrote:I'm happily using iGigBook on an iPad Air but now I'm ready to buy a 12" tablet. Are there any pros & cons as to whether to choose an android tablet or the iPad pro? I saw a quote on another post that the android version might be "pulled." If there's a possibility of that or even if the iPad version is more on the strategic path then knowing that would help. Thanks!
I think your decision should be based on form factor plus money :D. The 12 inch Android tablets are better than a 10 inch tablet but most of the 12 inch tablets are 16:9 aspect ratio and what you want is 4:3 aspect ratio. The iPad Pro is a great device if you looking to get bigger and you are able to leverage the full feature set of iGigBook, for example at the moment pinch zoom, midi are not currently supported in the Android version. The Android alternative to the iPad Pro I would choose would be the HP Pro Slate 12 a 4:3 aspect ratio tablet that's really well built though heavier than the iPad Pro. The HP is what I currently use on the job and it's about $300 less and comes with the techno fabulous pen at no extra charge.

As for pulling the Android version, yeah there's a possibility for that because there just isn't the kind of demand for it that there is for the iPad version. We continually spin out versions of it, fixing bugs and adding enhancements but the demand is lacking. Part of this lack of demand has to do with how the Android ecosystem works. Up until Android 5, no native PDF support was available in the Android API, which meant you were held hostage by developers offering libraries for ridiculous amounts of money. Android 5 introduced a bare minimum of support for PDF files, we filled in the gap with our own code to make the current iGigBook offering work. iGigBook only works on tablets that are running Android 5 and greater. We're taking a gamble that it will eventually pay off, but we're not fools. :D When Google spins out a new version of Android, each tablet manufacturer has to roll up their sleeves to get that version to work with their tablet and some of them are very slow (gotta get that bloatware and branding in there). Android 6 is currently available and a bunch of tablets are still being sold with Android 4.4, but that's changing. Again, we're taking a gamble here but we also know why you don't see any of the other iOS players in the Android market, high bar to entry with no demand, plain and simple. One iOS player resorted to a Kick Starter campaign to fund the development effort, still no offering. :D

Interesting factoid: The first version of iGigBook for Android was far more feature laden than the first version that was available for iOS. We actually prefer working on this platform because we can respond to user problems in a infinitely more timely fashion. We can fix a bug and the user can have that fix in less than 24 hours whereas with iOS it can take up to 7 days and there really is no reason for that.

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bros225
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Re: Android or iPad?

Post by bros225 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:44 am

Thanks for the excellent information!

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Re: Android or iPad?

Post by Maddcow » Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:42 pm

I'm not an Android user but have an iPad Pro. I can say that it's a VERY nice bit of tech and iGigBook works great with it. However, you'll definitely pay a premium for the iPad Pro.

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