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The new iPad Pro proves tablet hardware has outpaced both software capabilities and usefulness

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

There are a lot of people who really love to use a tablet. You might not be one of them — I'll admit I'm not really a tablet guy — or you may turn to your tablet first when it comes to work or play and always want to have one of the best Android tablets you can buy on hand. Tablets have traditionally had a pretty clear purpose; filling the void between using the small and less powerful phone and the bulkier and more powerful laptop. But today, those lines are blurred more than ever before.

Putting a laptop chip in a mobile device doesn't make things better by default.

All it takes is one look at Apple's Spring Loaded event, which featured the big changes to the iPad Pro to see this in action. While these issues affect every premium tablet to some extent, the new iPad Pro is a clear example of the hardware being hamstrung by the software capabilities — or lack thereof. With the same powerful M1 chip featured in the MacBook and now the iMac, but still chained to a mobile operating system, the iPad Pro exists in a market that doesn't make a lot of sense. The "regular" iPad does everything more than well enough for a lot less money, and the MacBook Air actually offers the same specs.

This doesn't just apply to the iPad, though the new Pro does shine a spotlight on the problem. Samsung makes two different flavors of a tablet, too. Premium models like the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus are filled with the latest powerful Qualcomm chip and oodles of storage and memory, while the much cheaper A series or the "Lite" versions have more modest specs and price tags. Ask someone who has used both, though, and they're likely to tell you that the cheaper model is just fine.

iPad Pro

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It's something that has been brewing for a while, especially on the Android side of things. Most everyone will agree that Apple's tablets are more capable than an Android equivalent simply because there are more apps tailored to take advantage of what a tablet can offer when it comes to screen real-estate. Samsung is at the mercy of Google here.

Google doesn't seem to care about tablets as much as Samsung does and that's a problem.

An app doesn't have to offer more features on a tablet — though that's always a bonus — but it does need to utilize the form factor. Apple makes sure apps do this and developers that want their apps to be installed on an iPad follow the rules. This is an area where Android tablets have always lagged behind, and there is only one place to lay the blame: Google's lack of attention to the tablet form factor. And that's not getting any better anytime soon, even with Android 12 on the horizon.

But once you put hardware that's capable of more than running the web browser, using Google Docs, or even playing a mobile game inside of a tablet you've reached the point of zero return. Even though your Galaxy Tab S and your phone may share the same chip, bigger batteries and better thermal management make the identical hardware much more capable, and we see that in products like Microsoft's Surface line, Apple's MacBook Air, and Chromebooks.

Surface Go and Pixel Slate

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The whole situation is a vicious circle of companies competing against each other and being forced to follow the path they created by telling consumers that we need the best hardware. Straight up — you don't need a laptop-grade SoC inside your tablet unless it can run laptop-grade software and has a laptop-grade operating system. Great displays and plenty of memory are worthy additions, but when paired with a very expensive chip it does little more than drive up prices.

This circle where Apple and Samsung keep making high-end hardware without the software to power it will continue.

It will continue. Apple decided that in order to earn its Pro nameplate, the new iPad Pro had to have the same chip you find inside a new MacBook. Samsung has to put the best chip Qualcomm has to offer that works with Android inside its Tab S Plus line for the same reason — to justify the price.

This may work out for Apple and Samsung, as neither company would be offering a product that loses money. But it's not great for us as consumers because the value isn't there. Yes, the new iPad Pro will run 1Password or Slack or mobile games XX% faster than the previous model, and the next Galaxy Tab S Plus will boast the same, but did we really need or will we even notice the performance gains? I doubt it.

There is no easy way to fix this. Maybe Apple will marry iOS and macOS one day and that would make the iPad Pro more worthy of its price. Samsung could work with Microsoft and put Windows 10 on the Tab S Plus to achieve the same results. What-ifs aside, maybe you should think twice before you drop the big money on one of these premium, overpriced, and over-specced tablets.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

55 Comments
  • It'll still sell like hotcakes though.
  • I love my Galaxy Tab S7+ and Android on tablets isn't the problem, its Google not giving a jot about Android tablets and remember Android is a much more capable and sophisticated OS and even more so on tablet, Samsung has worked wonders to compensate the short comings of Android on a tablet, especially with DEX, the problem is a lack of the best apps like Pro create, etc that isn't available on Android tablets due to Google not doing enough to help developers with optimization of their apps for Android tablets.
  • But that's the thing, what incentive does Google have to invest a ton of money trying to make Android tablets these high productive tablets or better yet, why should they? I think people in the tech blogosphere and the tech community in general, live in an alternate reality when it comes to tablets. I'm sure there is a small niche who buy the iPad Pro and do Pro applications on it, but that niche is very small.
    Everyone I know owns a tablet, whether it's an iPad , Fire Tablet or Samsung tablets and these people cross multiple demographics and virtually nobody uses these things for anything remotely productive . Everyone uses tablets for consumption, movies and tv shows, social media, YouTube, games and reading. And the iPad does not do anything better in any of these key apps. NONE in fact you can argue Samsung gives you the best movie and TV viewing experience due to their incredible screens.
    People that I know who use the combo of tablet and keyboard for production are corporate given MS Surface devices.
    If anything what I'm finding what's gaining more and more traction with people who want to have productivity and consumption and simplicity are Chromebooks, I'm seeing more and more adults replacing their next purchase, which would have been to upgrade their current tablet, to buying chromebooks. How many people do you know who own an iPad is like 2 to 3 generations old? A ton I bet. Nobody cares, can they still watch netflix just fine, yup , can I keep my kid quiet while trying to work with some games, yup that's all they care about. For the 5 apple fanboys who will run out and pay $1500 on the this latest iPad Pro, well good on them. but the rest of the regular consumers people just aren't using tablets with these obscure productivity apps like tech bloggers think they do.
    Everytime I hear about the iPad's app selection compared to Android , I think " Ok but who actually cares about 90% of those apps" If watching HBO Max, Netflix, games , YouTube reading your kindle or nook app, all run great then that's all that matters to 95% of the population. Techbloggers live in their own Private Idaho.
  • Five Apple fanboys? Not likely. You know that on launch day, they will be going to backorder within an hour or less, right? Whether they need the upgrade or not.
  • I was being facetious but to that point I don't think there is going to a a mass rush to spend $1500 on the latest iPad Pro.
  • Apple actually makes the effort and creates iPad specific apps unlike Google who only gave up on Android tablets because they failed with their Nexus line of tablets, as long as Android tablets exist, Google should make the effort and entice developers to make Android apps for tablets, because on Android on tablets kills iOS with Android being far more capable and with DEX, my Tab S7 plus is a good replacement for a laptop which more than the iPad will ever be.
  • and Google apps are all optimized for tablets, Gmail, YouTube, YouTube Music, Docs, Drive , Photos, Calendar, Sheets, Maps etc all optimized for the tablet,.... what exactly is your point? My point is for Google all the regular consumer apps are designed and optimized for android tablets. If Google was going to push other app developers for more powerful apps to work on Android, what would be the pay off? The iPad and the Surface Pro already have the niche business market. I don't see Google breaking into that space. Independant Creators? How big is that market and besides Apple has owned that space for decades. So what is the reward to the risk of dumping money into powerfull apps, that the normal general consumer won't ever use?
    Kindle, Social media, Netflix and other entertainment and games that's what everyday users use. And Android tablets, espeically Samsung tablets work fantastic .
  • If Google just sticks the market as you have described - that will be a shrinking market as large phones eat into that. The "niche" business market is not niche and it is growing - does Google want to leave that territory uncontested? As you said - from a hardware perspective I think Samsung tablets are excellent. It is the software that is the issue. If Google won't commit to supporting developers to exploit that space - then I think Samsung should. From their actions Google is fine with commoditized phones that allow them to collect user data that they can market to advertisers and other groups. I think that is selling the potential with Android short.
  • Google hasn't left that business makret uncontested, especially small business. Chromebooks have and ever growing presence. Schools may get all the press when it comes to professional use of chromebooks but, Googles software and chromebooks are making a dent into the small business space. And I agree 100% about Samsung tablets, they are vastly underated beyond the android community. They are just as capapble if not more so than the iPads and one could argue due to it wonderful screen the Samsung tablets provide a much more enjoyable entertainment tablet.
    I think Google see's their future more in Chrome OS than Android in that tablet space.
  • Well Chromebooks are a laptop/desktop replacement. They are not the tablet form factor I am talking about that is touch first. Again I agree the potential for Android is there but they have a very very very small footprint in business. Because neither Google or anyone else have focused on that market. The development of business applications is overwhelmingly like 98% on iPad. Apple actually has a web portal for business and business app developers with use cases, templates, and coding support. What has put Apple ahead here is they put money, time. and people to this effort. Google needs to do the same.
  • "I think Google see's their future more in Chrome OS than Android in that tablet space." Yep. Google has been actively making Chrome OS great on tablets for some time. Android Central and similar just seem totally blind to this.
  • I don't think anyone is blind to this - but ChromeOS is web applications first. While that works well for Google's primary applications it does not foster the level of application development that would be optimal for tablets particularly in business. Yes ChromeOS allows android apps but it is not optimised. I stand by the position that core Android is sufficient to build a separate software and application stack to maximize Android on the tablet. ChromeOS is more closely controlled by Google than Android.
  • I'm talking about creative apps like Pro create being available for Samsung's premium range of tablets at least, because Samsung is the one keeping Android tablets alive as I don't count Amazon tablets as real Android tablets without Google apps.
  • Hey, I am still rocking my 2007 iPad Air 2 with a Belkin keyboard. Other than a much shorter battery life iPad Air 2 works quite good. Yes, I do use it for productivity 85%, and consumption 15%. Tablet hardware on the iPad and iPad Pro, along with Samsung Tab s7 or S7+ is outstanding. Apple and Samsung say their tablets have processors as strong maybe stronger than laptops. As I see it their issue is though the hardware is powerful their OS software does not have the capabilities of laptops. If/when tablet OS software equals desktop/laptop capabilities then there would be a much better reason for purchasing a tablet. Yet, when looking at laptops types such as 2 in 1, there is the solution. For me, it is where I will spend my money, a 2 in 1, a laptop and tablet in one device; seems quite logical.
  • Android on the Tab S7+ can take advantage of the hardware it's running on way more than the iPad can because of its openness, feature and customisation along with Android's flexibility, it's the lack of tablet optimised apps that's holding Android tablets back become as you said, Google is more interested in Chrome OS and this is wrong in my opinion.
  • "it's the lack of tablet optimised apps that's holding Android tablets back become as you said" You'll really need to move on from this one. It is what it is. "Google is more interested in Chrome OS and this is wrong in my opinion." Why? It's a lot better tablet operating system than Android ever has been. The Lenovo Duet is great because it works as a tablet and a laptop.
  • Chrome OS is better in your opinion, don't pass off your opinion as fast, its not, Samsung thankfully won't produce a Chrome OS tablet because they wouldn't have control over the software like they do with Android and no more DEX, Google can stick their Chrome OS, I'd sooner buy an iPad than a Chromeboook running Chrome OS.
  • ChromeOS is "better" for Google web Applications -- it is geared towards web-apps. More importantly it is more controlled than Android. Google also has been unreliable in supporting their apps (look at the number of them abandoned in beta or disarded). Android is more open source and more flexible than ChromeOS for application development. I think Samsung would be better off building its own platform on stock Android and build an ecosystem. Samsung makes the best android hardware bar none. Samsung also has the capability to make its own SoC. Samsung could develop the software chops through an acquisition.
  • I agree, maybe Samsung should work with developers to optimise their apps for Samsung's tablets, this would be a big win for Samsung as well as leveraging DEX as the superior alternative to the iPad Pro.
  • THIS - I think Samsung hit on something with Dex and I cannot believe Google did not look at that and take initiative. There is a part of me that wanted Samsung to invest in developing an alternate set of software and services on top of stock Android and go their own way with it. They can focus in a way like Google seems incapable of doing. If they would have done the integrated a productivity suite (could have bought the many that are out there), photo edit/storage/manage, and homekit like platforms they could have set up a real alternative for mobile and mobile based productivity. Shoot - they could have invested money and time into a SOC to integrate. Many on the apple side see iPads being mobile first as a form factor - then docking at home into a MacOS workstation similar to Dex.
  • Yeah this is a marketing power grab by Apple, one that all the tech YouTubers will salivate over in assistance to Apple to make you spend a cool grand for all that power you will never use. Been down this road before. This won't work on me again.
  • I think you mean spending a grand on a tablet that will never be able to utilise its power thanks to the restrictive and unintuitive software that powers it.
  • I disagree with this article. It is true - the hardware capabilities have moved ahead of what has been developed - to date - for tablet software. I would argue that is more the case for the Android/Google space than for Apple. As of now - Apple tablets are used in business and enterprise with large companies like SAP, IBM, GE Aircraft making applications to handle tasks on factory floors, remote management of systems, etc. Anecdotal point - we refinanced our home and the loan close process was done on an iPad where the bank had the whole set of loan documents set up with notary functionality and update to the mortgage portal integrating it with their internal processes. Tablets work better than even thin laptops on factory floors, warehouses (logistics operations), retail floor, and on worksites. The HVAC industry uses tablets to document the execution of work orders, get customer signatures and process payments. Again these applications are not conducive to laptops. In this space - you only see iPads - not Android tablets. If you have someone coming to your home to design or sell you things like window shades, coverings, drapes - they use tablets to confirm design, color, measurements to generate the purchase order. Application development for iPadOS specific apps is supported more aggressively by Apple than by Google/Android that is happy to allow phone apps to run on tablets and not much else. That is a shame as I think Android can handle more. But - this is where hardware comes in as developers have an easier road with iPadOS as there is a stable hardware/screen specification and little OS fragmentation. Now that iPads have the same processors as Mac's the financial incentive will be greater as they can develop for iPadOS and MacOS. With the recent improvements to the iPad Pro - the software will now be able to catch up. Additionally - there is news coming out that this years Fall Apple event will include significant upgrades to iPadOS to take more advantage of the increased resources and capabilities of the iPad. Then you will see the value added applications of a tablet become clear. The problem for the Google/Android space is that the tablet form factor is not supported or given any priority by Google. The potential is there - the support, focus, and resources are not. Google does see the tablet merely as a consumption device. Apple sees more potential -- and has dedicated the resources accordingly.
  • If Google is too stupid to see the potential for Android on tablets then Samsung needs to give developers incentives to bring the productivity and creativity apps that the iPad has and bring them to the Galaxy store for their tablets because Android on tablets is just as capable for tablets as it is for phones, in fact it's even more so on tablet and Android tablets with flagship specs is more capable than iPad OS will ever be with Android being PC like in the powerful capabilites, features, innovation and customisation and with Samsung DEX, my Galaxy Tab S7+ is a viable laptop replacement, no iPad toy with its simple, limited and locked down OS can compete with an Android tablet, especially if Android tablets had the same creativity and productivity apps available as on the overpriced iPad.
  • I agree on Samsung being best positioned to get a real software drive on Android for tablet. I would not count out iPadOS as it is built from MacOS -- the features you say it doesn't have can be easily added and based on recent news that is what is being done in the Fall. Android and iPadOS (iOS) are not far apart on power. It is the software ecosystem and developer focus that is the difference. I would LOBE to ses Samsung focus on a real software stack for Android on tablet.
  • . Hi, my name is Period. Some people call me Full Stop.
  • I couldn't agree more that all the "premium" hardware in a tablet form factor is a waste at least for me. I would never spend that much $$ when I could get something like a new Acer Swift 3 on Win 10 for less than half the cost of this new "Pro" model. And at half the cost the ability to utilize software would be markedly better. If I want to get work done I simply use my laptop. When I want to read or chill I pull out my Fire HD 8+. For @ 90 dollars it does everything I need a tablet to do and honestly very damn well. If one's work necessitates such powerful hardware they already have a laptop with powerful enough software to get the job done. If one prefers this form factor don't most just buy the very refined and excellent Surface line that has already leveraged the power of computational capabilities in excellent hardware for a fraction of the cost of these new Apple "pro" models? (It's like Apple has a little Microsoft envy here and is a few year late to the party) If one wants an iPad just buy the standard model. They are very good (my son likes his a bit too much) It will do everything one needs a tablet for and well. Take the savings and spend a beautiful memory producing weekend away with a loved one in a place that desperately needs you to utilize their accommodations or eat in their restaurants. Apple has plenty of $$ already and benefited immensely and enough during our lock downs.
  • Mr. Hildenbrand, what do you think it would take for Samsung to make a proper ChromeOS tablet? Not a convertible, like the Galaxy Chromebook, but a true Galaxy Tab S running Chrome OS?
  • Desire, and a Chrome OS that is touch first. Chrome is a keyboard and mouse OS like Windows. Yes you can get a touch screen Chromebook but it as efficient without a mouse and pointer as Windows is.
  • ChromeOS is touch first. Have you actually used a ChromeOS tablet the past couple of years? The Lenovo Duet works just as well as a tablet or laptop. ChromeOS having not legacy desktop operating functionality to contend with isn't Windows 10. I love my Surface Pro X but you can't say this about Windows. Don't confuse the two.
  • My feeling they're not because they have more control on Android. ChromeOS isn't open source so they couldn't turn it into OneUI. Despite being a better overall tablet people now expect Samsung tablets to look like OneUI. ChromeOS could do with Samsung to give tablet legitmacy.
  • I agree, I'd sooner buy an iPad that a tablet running Chrome OS, and Samsung is right not to use Chrome OS, because they'd cede control to Google with it not being open source and basically being like iOS, no thanks.
  • I agree with this article. I would never spend $800 to surf the web in bed, or watch YouTubeTV in my cube at work. I also wouldn't buy the $90 720p screen tablets. The middle ground use cases only require middle ground hardware. The most useful Android tablet I've found is the Lenovo Yoga smart tab. It has a 1080 x 1200 screen with a built in kick stand and big speakers. It's not 'fast' but it supports FHD YouTubeTV. You don't need a keyboard for a tablet because it has voice recognition. And who really uses a pen on a touch screen that isn't an artist? I use a MS Surface to do productive work because it has a real keyboard ( I still don't use the pen), runs Windows 10, and is much lighter than carrying a laptop.
  • Tablets use a pen in multiple scenarios to include signing documents, work orders, approvals and reviews on documents.
  • Get out of here, the best Android tablets have always been made by Samsung and my Galaxy Tab S7 + kicks the crap out of the cheap Chinese tablet you have. I want fast and powerful and my Tab S7+ does that and more, and with DEX you practically got a laptop so you can dismiss the low end Android junk tablets like the Amazon Fire HD but Samsung is the best experience for tablets. Samsung is best for Android. Period.
  • Samsung puts a UI 'skin' on EVERYTHING they get their hands on. DEX isn't needed when you can use the Display Link drivers to connect to a docking station. How much did your Tab S7+ cost? Aren't ALL electronics made in 'China'? How is Korea any better? I would never buy any hardware made by Amazon.
  • Normally, I would agree with this article, the software is not keeping up with the tablets. But things are different now that Apple is using their Mx chips in both their desktops/laptops and their iPads, as the article points out. The groundwork for the software to "catch up" with the hardware is now laid. Maybe not this year, but in the coming years for sure.
  • I agree with Jerry. I have an Android tablet. I used to own an Ipad. I am happy with my Android tablet, however, it's horrible that many Android apps don't scale properly which isn't a problem with Ipad's. It's becoming a race to the bottom for Android phones and Tablets. That is more and more wealthier folks are going to commit to the Apple ecosystem and the masses (lower income) to Google. What Apple has done to link Iphones, Tablets, and Computers is amazing. With the exception of the Ipad Pro, Apple hardware has become a lot more affordable when it comes to power versus price. Apple has proven that consumers will pay a premium for an integrated solution. Apple also has a growing services business (including advertising network). Apple has figured out it can have it all ways as far as profits -- hardware, services, and advertising. Google is really behind on the the hardware front -- case in point are tablets and lack of flagship phone. Not to mention, Google still doesn't seem to take privacy seriously or they would take more steps like Apple has done to keep app developers from running rough shod scraping data that has no function for their apps. About the only phone released this year that can match the performance of the Iphone 12 Pro (especially the camera) is the Galaxy S21 Ultra which only comes in one size LARGE. I currently have a Galaxy S8. I am not opposed to buying another Samsung phone, however, when one buys an Android Powered Samsung phone one has 2 companies tracking my every digital event -- Google and Samsung. I don't think this going to be a winning strategy for high end consumers.
  • Android is way more capable than iPads with the advanced features, customisation and innovation that Android has which isn't being realised on Android tablets because Google doesn't care about tablets as much as Samsung and with Samsung tablets as well as phones, you get more for your money than you do with overpriced Apple products that don't even let you control or customise your phone or tablet how you want like Android allows.
  • Customization is a niche market to the majority of people buying iPhones and iPads. The most common customization that almost everyone does on their iOS /Android phones is rearranging their app layout. People just want a good phone that works, easy to use, available popular apps /escosystem, solid camera for taking pics /video and security /OS support which iPhones/iPads check off.
  • While I agree that Android allows more customization than iPadOS now and more flexible file management - that is for now. Don't be fooled and when I say this I am speaking to Google/Android -- it is based on MacOS/Unix. Apple just hasn't released those capabilities yet. Apple does this in their own weird way and this fall might see significant updates to iPadOS per all the information that is coming out now. Don;t let the notion that one tablet OS is more powerful than the other. Both Android and iPadOS/iOS are powerful and capable operating systems. That is not the issue. The issue is software development tools and support, strategic vision and the consistent application of resources and the ability of developers to monetize their work. Google does not care about monetizing Android (they give it away free) they just want to push their services for data. They make their money on selling data and advertising. The Android space needs a third party to push the use case for a tablet beyond just content consumption. As of now that is Samsung. For this to work - Samsung just needs to fork from stock Android and develop the software development platform for developers and help these developers monetize their efforts. Samsung should focus these efforts on Samsung devices only to make development easier and less fragmented. Forget software for the various cheap chinese tablets and phones - focus on the Samsung products. They do that - THEN they are cooking with grease.
  • This is only true on the US as wealthy US folks aren't very smart in buying into the restrictive walled garden of Apple where as Android is dominant in the rest of the world in phones especially although in a lot of places iPad is dominant I'll admit that but for phones, Android will always be the dominant force outside the US.
  • I read the comments, and the article. This has been a "problem"???? for many, many years in the world of server, laptop, and desktop computers! The hardware surpassed the software long, long ago! That's why it's such a shame that we live in a throw-away society. Nearly every smartphone from the last few years is more than capable of running any software that we can throw at it. If the app doesn't run well it's not because the Soc is too slow, or the RAM amount is too low...it's nearly always due to the fact that human beings are writing the code. One way to prove the point is if you understand how virtual software works...like VMware. With modern hardware and considerable amounts of ram one server can accommodate multiple "server" operating systems running on the hardware with a 99.9 uptime. The amount of virtual servers depends on how many CPU's and how much RAM is installed on the physical server. The days of the OS being hampered by "slow" hardware have been long gone for several years now. The same thing is happening with smartphones and Android.
  • In my view, iPadOS and (as far as I can see) Android aren't lesser operating systems, but rather operating systems with a later origin (on the time-line of development) than the current desktop operating systems. Tablets have the combination of two features as their unique selling point: (1) the presence of whatever input devices on the screen (though, for example, a hardware piano keyboard may add attack sensitivity), exactly when needed, and (2) the ease of changing orientations. Take any portrait oriented document, and try to view it comfortably on a notebook. In my opinion, tablet vendors (notably Apple) should have their "pro" products reviewed by people like those in charge of a theater show or of engineering projects, rather than people who have a smart tv in front of their couches anyway. (Entered on the screen keyboard of a 2018 large iPad Pro in portrait orientation, on the couch, in front of an Android TV.)
  • A problem with Android tablets is that not many apps are optimized for tablets. They are mainly designed for phones, while the app will work on tablet, it may not display very well. On the Apple side, they have separate OS for tablet and their phone, whereas Android does not. Also, since manufactures are focuses on their phones, they don't update the Android version very often if at all. Many tablets still come with an older version of Android Remember when the Nexus 7 tablet came out in 20212/2013. It was a nice size tablet to carry on. Too bad Google doesn't make tablets like that anymore
  • The Surface line already proved that.
  • JERRY HILDENBRAND: in your article you have fifteen incidences of the dreaded word, that. Each incidence can safely be eliminated thus your sentences and paragraphs will read and flow considerably better. Also, readdress your use of utilize. Using utilize come across as pompous and self ingratiating. Use and utilize are separate words with separate uses and meanings. Though many folks use them synonymously they are in error.
  • "Using utilize come across as pompous and self ingratiating." Perhaps you meant to insert the word "can" or "may" before "come". Or perhaps you meant to use "comes". This is an article about Android, not an English class. Jerry isn't the one coming across as pompous or self ingratiating.
  • Like you, I'm not really a tablet person. I have a 7" Amazon Fire for being a "smart panel" for my home automation control. Other than that, I run apps on my phone and big applications on my laptop and/or desktop. It all comes down to applications for me. The applications I run on the desktop require major screen real estate and processing power. The ones I run on my phone don't. I don't have a need for "in-between."
  • "Google doesn't seem to care about tablets" 🤦‍♂️. They're not sold one in about 5 years and said in 2019 they're pulling out. Not clear enough?
  • "Google doesn't seem to care about tablets" A whole article about tablets and no mention of Chrome OS. Google has been actively making Chrome OS great on tablets for some time. Android Central and similar just seem totally blind to this.
  • The problem with ChromeOS is that it is a web-app platform first. And application development is not as flexible as it is on Android. Almost all the apps for ChromeOS are tied to Google's primary web-apps designed to operate as in the desktop/laptop paradigm. Tablets are a mobile first platform and Android would be better suited to that.
  • This article doesn't seem to understand who uses tablets and why, or how badly Google has let down big areas of the market with Android. Google hasn't cared about creative apps' multimedia performance needs, leading to a frustrating situation for, for example, musicians. Devs cannot get music creation apps to work well on Android because the timing required simply isn't possible in the system, and the amount of effort needed to reduce the latency and processing issues to a minimum is not worth it for the devs: customers learned long ago that if you want a tablet peripheral for your studio, you do not choose Android. There are similar issues for tablets as video editing aids. So Apple are justified in pushing greater tech into their tablets: professionals and amateur hobbyists ask for it. They call it the "Pro" model for a reason, but naturally once your general market becomes aware that a "best" tablet exists, they want it too, and after that there's only so much of a gap that customers will accept between the newest but least device and the ultimate.
  • Android and its flexibility and far more advanced features can be leveraged and the touch sampling rate could be increased to reduce the latency and Samsung is best positioned for this.
  • I've been preaching for years that people spend too much on hardware because they don't do anything that takes advantage of that performance.