Guys, it makes almost no sense to get an Android tablet.
It's a bad investment.
But as you say, doesn't Samsung make some awesome Android tablets?
And I'll say, Yeah, they do.
But that's a low bar.
Making an awesome Android tablet is like saying, a cow made an awesome cow pie.
I mean, it can be objectively true, but have very little use.
Shall we continue?
The best Android tablet is one made by Amazon.
Amazon sells its fire tablets at a super low cost to the consumer.
What's the trade off?
You get a tablet that runs Amazon's flavor of Android.
That means that if you want to access Google's Play Store, you're gonna have to jump through some hoops.
Otherwise you'll be stuck with Amazon's App Store.
Is that terrible?
Is it annoying?
If you're just looking for a media playback machine or you're in love with Amazon's prime world You'll love the fire.
The fire is a wonderful example of androids flexibility in that developers can use Android as a solid operating system, but make it their own.
The downside is that the Amazon Fire is essentially an Android tablet at heart, but not in spirit.
Now I'm getting a little metaphysical there.
So let's leave this before I go down a rabbit hole.
I didn't realize I was wearing this shirt.
The alternative to Android tablets are just better.
You ever try one of those iPads, hardware wise, great fit and finish.
Software wise, solid want to use it for years?
Because you'll have OS support check.
How about great tablet apps?
Check multi user support?
Look, this isn't a love fest that's still a very strange missing feature on the iPad.
Windows tablets also exists although I'm not including the Surface Pro X on this because that's a whole other can of worms.
The tablet apps may not be the best, but you still get the ability to run you know, full applications.
And crazily, you can run multiple apps at once.
How does windows handle having lots of apps up on the screen?
other tablets are all look at you run three apps at once.
Windows tablets are like yeah, good for you.
Android tablet apps.
What's the big deal?
For the longest time, Android tablet app development has been underwhelming, at best.
Apple had distinct guidelines for tablet apps and phone apps.
So if you got an iPad, you had a real selection of tablet apps.
Now in the old days, you could run iPhone apps on iPads.
And zoom them in.
That's like a blip in history.
Meanwhile, Android tablet apps were mainly just big phone apps, tablet optimized versions did not happen with any great speed.
And do you know whose fault this is?
The whole Android phone industry but namely Samsung.
Samsung Note began a trend of bigger Android phones than bigger phones in general.
Why would developers create apps optimized for tablets when a large phone will suffice?
Android developers made apps for phones.
Because phones are more essential than tablets.
So we've got big big Android phones getting the best apps, Android tablets, getting just scraps, all this leading to the Android world having a big old gap.
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What about the fact Android tablets are mostly a dead end?
Because updates are a crapshoot.
Let's look at the unusual case first.
Samsung made an announcement boasting that updates will be coming to certain tablets.
I really applaud what Samsung has done for Android and Android tablets.
Samsung brought picture in picture and multi-tasking to android before the Google officially did.
Then there's DeX, this allows you to use your phone or tablet in a desktop-like experience.
You still have access to your android apps but the whole presentation is reconfigured for use with a keyboard or mouse.
This is all great, Microsoft tried this and it didn't go anywhere If Apple came out with a dex like product.
I bet you people will be like, yeah, this is amazing.
Samsung announced that several of its Android tablets will get support for three generations of Android OS upgrades.
It is infrequent that the manufacturers of Android devices tell the customer how long the product will be supported at lunch.
Let's go back to Apple If you take a look at its iPad OS page, you will see that iPad OS is supported on a lot of devices, including the iPad Air two, that came out in October 2014.
Now Apple does not outright say that it supports its hardware for a certain number of years.
But the company does support hardware for years.
So if you bought an iPad six years ago You get the latest iPad OS.
Google's Nexus Seven Gen two came out in 2013.
It stopped getting Android updates within around two years.
digging through history in 2014.
Android tablets included the Nexus nine, the Galaxy Tab S Add the Samsung version of the Nook.
Here's an excerpt from a CNET article on the state of Android tablets in 2014.
Android tablets race to the bottom, the market for bargain tablets was flooded with forgettable models that were notable for being underpowered, low resolution and often running out of date versions of the Android OS.
The flood of known names dominating Black Friday doorbuster sales were often joined by the likes of Toshiba, Acer and Lenovo, delivering models that are barely good enough for basic tasks and nothing you'd expect to be using 18 months from now.
What I'm saying is if you bought an Android tablet years ago, it probably is not getting updates.
Sometimes newer versions of apps won't run on older versions of Android, so you're getting locked out on improvements on two fronts, Android and apps.
Before we get to number one, let's take an aside, there's always two sides to every story, here's why Android tablets Don't suck.
Multitasking, in theory will get better over time since folding phones slash tablets seemed like the next big thing.
You can get some super cheap tablets that can do very specific things for you.
You could get a cheap Android tablet and use it to display the weather or your calendar or whatever.
Compare that to some kind of smart display.
These cheap Android tablets can run a lot of apps and one of androids cornerstones.
You get to choose your default apps.
But Android tablets still stink on ice.
And here's why.
Google itself quit making android tablets.
When the maker of android says nope, you We're out.
You should take that as a sign.
You remember when Microsoft stopped making Windows Phone devices?
That was a pretty good sign not to invest.
How about when Apple said it was ditching power PC for Intel?
Not a good time to get a power PC based device.
Remember when Apple said we're moving to ARM?
Yeah, not a great time to invest in an Intel based Mac.
Remember when blackberry stopped selling its own blackberry phones?
I think you see where I'm going with this.
Google's efforts for tablets move to Chrome OS with the pixel slate that lasted about a minute or two before Google announced its hardware team would focus on building laptops instead.
Now looking at Chromebooks, Chrome OS is getting more and more powerful by the minute.
You get Chrome OS, Android apps, Linux apps, and even Windows apps at this point If Google itself says, look, we think we took the wrong approach with tablets, maybe, just maybe they know something.
So that was fun.
If you made it this far, I commend you.
I also think if you can get your value out of the device, then no gadget is terrible if you bought a $20 Android tablet Use it for nothing but a paperweight to thwart your fan from appending your paperwork, and it's worth it.
I reused my Nexus seven into a day calendar.
Because I know today is a day that ends in day, but the prefix that's a little unclear.
If you're interested in a Chrome OS tablet, check out the Lenovo duet it's not as powerful as some Samsung products.
But hey, Its under 300 bucks.
I'm Isaac Tar and I will gladly see you online.