I switched from an iPad to an Android tablet and didn’t dislike it | ENBLE

I switched from an iPad to an Android tablet and didn't dislike it | ENBLE

Android Tablets: Surprising Competitors in the Race Against iPads

Pixel Tablet

Android tablets have long been considered inferior to the mighty Apple iPad. They were believed to lack app compatibility, performance, and versatility, making them less appealing in the tablet market. This general assumption held true for me, until I decided to give the Google Pixel Tablet a chance. Little did I know that it would change my perspective, albeit with the help of another Android tablet.

The Needs of Tablet Users

iPad Pro

Having used iPads for years, I have come to rely on their functionality and seamless integration into my daily life. My iPad became my go-to media device, replacing my television and introducing me to the world of YouTube. With the addition of the Magic Keyboard, it also became a secondary work device. The convenience and performance of the iPad in various settings made it my preferred tablet.

On the other hand, Android tablets often fell short. They lagged behind in terms of speed, app compatibility, and overall user experience. The keyboards available for Android tablets were also far from satisfactory, especially compared to the excellent Magic Keyboard. Thus, I consistently opted for my trusty iPad over any Android tablet.

Seeking the Right Accessories

Pixel Tablet with Keyboard

Approaching the Google Pixel Tablet with skepticism, I was pleasantly surprised. While the keyboard cases for the Pixel Tablet were limited and unimpressive, I improvised by purchasing a cheap case from Amazon and using my Keychron K3 Bluetooth keyboard. Though my makeshift solution was far from elegant, it served its purpose for work-related tasks. The Pixel Tablet linked seamlessly with the Google Pixel Fold, providing internet connectivity on the go.

Living with the Pixel Tablet

Pixel Tablet and Keyboard

When it came to work, the Pixel Tablet met my expectations. Google Docs worked seamlessly with the tablet, and the Bluetooth keyboard I used stayed connected without any issues. The split-screen feature and appropriate screen brightness made multitasking a breeze. However, I did encounter occasional overheating warnings when using the tablet in direct sunlight. Despite these minor setbacks, the Pixel Tablet proved to be a lightweight and portable companion, with a reliable battery that charged effortlessly on the dock.

One standout feature of the Pixel Tablet was its dock. Unlike the iPad, which often left me scrambling for a charger at low battery levels, the Pixel Tablet instantly started charging when placed back on its dock. This convenience eliminated the hassle of constantly ensuring my tablet was charged and ready to go. The Pixel Tablet’s stunning video quality compensated for its lack of a 120Hz refresh rate screen, and many apps performed satisfactorily, though some still lacked the polished experience of the iPad.

The Amazon Fire Max 11: A Surprising Contender

Amazon Fire Max 11

While the Pixel Tablet left a positive impression, another tablet continually occupied my thoughts: the Amazon Fire Max 11. After using it extensively, I found it to be a more seamless and comfortable experience than the Pixel Tablet. Installing Google Play and Google Docs enhanced its functionality, while its significantly lower price made its shortcomings more forgivable.

A Shift in Opinion, But No Clear Winner

Google Pixel Tablet

Though my time with the Pixel Tablet altered my perception of Android tablets, it did not definitively surpass the iPad. While it proved to be a competent device for watching videos and utilizing its docking features, the lack of an official keyboard and the absence of a tablet experience equivalent to the iPad’s Magic Keyboard were notable downsides. Would I recommend the Pixel Tablet? Certainly, but with some reservations.

Ultimately, if I were to replace my iPad Pro, the Amazon Fire Max 11 would be my Android tablet of choice. It provided a more compelling overall experience, despite its imperfections, and its affordability made it an attractive option. As for the Pixel Tablet, its potential remains untapped without appropriate accessories. As of now, my trusty iPad Pro and astonishing Magic Keyboard still outshine their Android competitors.