Android Tablet Apps - I can't take it anymore

I need an answer. I need someone to either enlighten me or tell me I'm way off base. Frankly, I'm confused. Allow me to elaborate.

I have an ASUS Transformer that just recently updated to ICS. I love it, have had almost no problems with it (especially with ICS), and use it intermittently (it hasn't replaced my laptop, no tablet could at this point). I have also used an iPad sporadically. I have never owned one or spent hours using one. That is my disclaimer, and the reasoning behind my post...

Because I am not in the Apple ecosystem (I have never and will never purchase something from Apple - Although I am not biased, they do make some great products and I have recommended them to others) I never understood the metrics that websites threw out in regards to "tablet" apps - "140,000 apps for iPad" because I never experienced it.

Now, let's first stop being ridiculous. No one is putting even 1,000 apps on their iPad. So let's forget the quantity argument OK?

Since that is settled, I want to talk about the apps that people use.

Every single article about Android tablets seems to include a "lack of quality tablet apps" statement and a ton of comments pointing to this "fact".

And I don't get it. Maybe I am naive, maybe I need help and that's why I'm writing this. Or maybe I just don't agree with it.

I looked at this article http://gizmodo.com/5747915/the-best-ipad-apps To try and see what I am missing. I didn't come away with a whole lot.

Many apps have a tablet version on Android. There is usually a fallback to a "phone" version if that is the case (I know, that's not the point, but I do personally believe many times the UI is fine - this is another argument though)

Many apps don't seem to have practical uses that warrant them being in an argument comparing Android and iOS apps, such as this one: VinylLove : VinylLove for iPad is a music app that beautifully mimics a record player. You can thumb through alphabetized crates of records (the songs on your library), move the needle (to fast forward) and even hear the digitally added slight crackle and pops. There's a history to that mp3! $5.

Not. Interested.

I'll give the iPad a lead in movie editing. I don't do it regularly, and any time I have had to a desktop version of a program works better for me. And photo editing slightly. That said, you still have Adobe Photoshop Touch on Android, just one example.

I'll definitely give the iPad a lead in gaming too, although I think that gap is getting smaller. And personally I have spent most of my time playing emulators which aren't available on an iPad (I think). So that is an advantage. And for what it's worth, a bunch of games on that list are available on Android too.

Long story short. I don't look at that list and think "Wow, I really wish I had app A and B". And don't tell me it's anecdotal, because that's my point. No one is downloading every app. For me I look at it and go "I don't see what I'm missing" but I'm not allowed to say the selection isn't lacking or that tablet apps on Android aren't terrible. I don't think the android selection sucks because it doesn't have instagram, iMovie, and Garageband.

Am I the only person who seriously doesn't understand the huge problem and discrepancy between iOS and Android tablet apps?

Before I get too long winded, here are "tablet" apps that I use on my transformer. Everyone has a purpose and could probably be replaced with another app that serves the same purpose. This also doesn't include games.

  • Accuweather for tablets
  • Adobe reader
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Amazon app store
  • Google Body
  • Google Books
  • All "core apps" - Calendar, email, Gmail, Gallery, Reader
  • Google catalogs
  • Crackle
  • Google Currents
  • Google Docs
  • Dropbox
  • ES File explorer
  • Evernote
  • Feedly
  • Google Chrome
  • FriendCaster
  • IMDB
  • iTriage
  • Netflix
  • News 360
  • NFL 11
  • Onlive
  • Pandora
  • Polaris office
  • Press Reader
  • Sketchbook
  • Skype
  • Supernote
  • Tweetcomb
  • Whiteboard Pro
  • WatchESPN
  • Youtube
  • Zinio

All my social sites have a tablet app. Media apps like netflix and IMDB and Pandora. News 360, NFL 11, Feedly and other RSS readers. Productivity apps such as Polaris Office and Supernote. And obviously there are plenty more that I don't use because I don't have a need for them, but they are there (like photo editing apps).


I'll ask again, what am I missing? Is the Android tablet app selection that poor? Because I think I have something for every general need. Does every single person use Garageband and can't live without it? Same question for iMovie?


I don't mean to write this as a stern saying that Android is better or anything like that. I honestly want to know what the iPad has, app selection wise, that is so much better than Android that no one gives Android tablet apps any credit.


Maybe there is a lack of tablet apps for every single niche. But I'm pretty confident the major ones are covered.

So please people, either tell me I'm not crazy, or help me see the light. Don't just say the same thing I always hear: "Android tablets lack apps"