Tablet Talk


On: Why the Android and Windows tablet scene is so dismal.


NB: The first three paragraphs are a rant)

I love tablets. They are big, spectacular, portable and a whole lot of fun. My first tablet was the first generation iPad, it was followed by nothing much for a couple years.

I was sort of bugged by the lack of the ability to send messages, and generally do as I please with the iPad and switched my focus entirely to Android and the phones that it came with.

Over the past year, I have switched to using tablets again. Windows, and Android, and iPad. For some reason, I still find the iPad a little restrictive for me tastes. It is a glorious device as far as the apps and the storage are concerned, but nothing much else holds appeal.

This brings us to the current crop of Android Tablets. It seems so utterly difficult to find a top of the line tablet with all bells and whistles. Heck, I cannot find a *single* Android tablet with 64gigs of storage, with a choice of 8, 9, and 10 inch screens.

I have to either stick with the hyper-expensive Sony, which only recently started offering a 32GB version or settle for Samsung which also offers the 32GB versions but with the added feature of Zero Updates. If nothing else, there is the extremely limited, and not so enjoyable experience of a Google Nexus 9.

This is I think the reason why Android tablets suck, they are otherwise capable devices which are being bogged down by a lack of capable hadware love from manufacturers.Get a tablet that has more than 64Gb of onboard storage, a great screen, finger-print sensor, LTE, Wifi, and what not, and make just one device per year (with variants within the model - Sans LTE, 128Gb, a la iPad) and assure ontime updates for the coming two years, and you have a winner.

It is is a surprise why more manufacturers do not see this.

And then there is Windows. As much as I love windows on the desktop, the tablet implementation is right mess. The first thing windows need to get right is the resolution. With Microsoft trying to ride two boats at the same time, most of the tablet apps have resolutions that are too tiny to suit the screens.

And there is the mess of everything. The tablet expereince is simply not seamless. Some apps make the device swithch to a desktop mode and when I have to use another app, i will have to toggle to a tablet mode, and if I want to use powershell as an admin, I will have to switch to desktop mode, and the One Note tablet and One Note office and two completely different apps with largely differing functions, I do not even want to get started on it.

Is there anything to make the manufacturers sit up and take notice?