Looking to buy a new Tablet? If you are confused about whether to buy a 2021 Apple 10.2-inch Apple iPad 9th Gen / 8th Gen or an Android tablet, this post is for you. Even if you are a long-time Android user, there are a few things an iPad offers that will tempt you to buy an Apple product instead of an Android tablet.
- Major Software updates for years to come
- Better designed Apps
- Good battery life
- Apple Pencil support
- iPad OS – Dedicated Operating System Designed for Tablet
- A13 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
Unless you own a Google Pixel or a flagship Samsung product, chances are you have to wait weeks and months to get an OTA with the new software update. Apple on the other hand pushes new updates to all eligible devices without much delay. Not only do the updates come faster, but you also get updates for many years to come. Apple sends updates to an iPad for around 4-5 years. There are no Android tablets out there that get such long official updates. So if you are buying an Apple iPad 9th Gen in 2022, you will still be getting major software updates in 2025. How great is that?
Google doesn’t have a dedicated Android Tablet UI. This will change with the launch of the upcoming Android 12L though. Even then, there is something Google can’t fix easily – Tablet App support. Apple Appstore has a lot of great apps designed for Tablets available while many Android apps are not designed well to work on a big, tablet UI. They just scale up to fit the big display and don’t look good. I am not saying all apps are like that but compared to what you get on the Apple AppStore, Google PlayStore apps are a bit behind. Again, this can change in the future, if Google decides to make a dedicated Android version for tablets, and maybe launch a few new Google Pixel tablets as well.
Apple iOS / iPad OS is known for its great battery backup. Many Apple iPhones in the market still have a smaller battery compared to Android phones, but achieve great battery life thanks to the optimizations Apple made in their operating system. Also, Apple uses its own chips, which are again optimized to draw less power. The A13 Bionic chip on the iPad 10.2 9th Generation not only offers good battery life, but it also offers good and fast performance.
Even though you have to pay an extra sum to buy an Apple Pencil, it’s great to have stylus support. It works flawlessly and lets you take Notes, create artworks, etc. The software support is great.
The only major disadvantage/con I can think of is the amount of ram memory this has got. If you multitask a lot with a lot of Google Chrome tabs open and all, chances are you would run into out-of-memory issues. Other than that, and of course a bit expensive, there aren’t many cons I can think of. All in all, I would recommend getting an Apple iPad 9th Gen or even older 8th Gen model over an Android tablet as it offers better value for money in my opinion.