The screenshot above is of the Quora iPhone app running on my iPad 2. It’s in 1X mode – iPhone size basically floating on the bigger iPad screen. It can also be run in 2X, doubled up, mode – so it fills the screen but loses quality as most any image does when sized up from its original size. Oh, and it also doesn’t rotate at all as iPad apps do – it forces you to use it in portrait mode.
I’m not trying to pick on Quora – I really like their Q&A site and use it often. I’m just showing this as a quick example of one of the things most iPad users discover very early on – while iPhone apps may run on the iPad they are mostly quite crappy to use compared to true iPad apps.
What made me think about this? MG Siegler’s recent post titled ‘Works Fine’. Here’s why:
When discussing whether or not there should be apps built specifically for tablets, Android chief Andy Rubin noted that “the Twitter phone app works fine on a tablet.”
In this case, I can’t determine if “works fine” is code for “looks like shit” or “‘meh’ is good enough”. Either is absolutely the wrong attitude and perhaps speaks a bit to why Android is doing so poorly in the tablet space.
I absolutely agree with Siegler. I’d say the percentage of iPhone apps on my iPad is well below 5% – because they’re nowhere near as good as full-blown iPad apps. And luckily there are close to 150,000 genuine iPad apps in the App Store now.
Siegler is spot-on in saying ‘“meh” isn’t good enough. “Works fine” isn’t good enough.’
This week has offered further evidence that reports of Android tablets gaining market share vs. the iPad are based on numbers of ‘shipped’ units, not units that are actually sold (which iPad numbers are based on).
Kevin C. Tofel at Mobilize points out this major discrepancy in a report from Strategy Analytics late this week that indicated Android tablets were starting to gain some ground on the iPad in market share:
I asked Strategy Analytics to clarify both of those points and received the following email response from Neil Mawston, the analyst who wrote the report: ”Yes, the press release refers to shipments, not sales.
Tofel also suggests that his own recent travels show a very different picture in terms of the momentum of Android tablets:
Regardless of the Strategy Analytics report, perhaps the best indicator of which tablets are actually selling is to see what people are using. I’ve taken four cross-country trips in the past month and I’ve also been out and about in my local area. In all of my travels, I always pay attention to which mobile devices are being used. I saw iPads, smartphones and laptops, but aside from my own 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, not one single Android tablet.
It looks like Motorola’s Xoom tablet is set to launch this week at Best Buy Stores. Best Buy’s online store has a page up for it, that shows it as available in stores this coming Thursday, February 24.
The Xoom is one of the first real iPad competitors, as only the second rival tablet device to hit the market running an operating system actually designed for tablets. Here are its key features:
- Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), designed specifically for tablets
- Large 10.1" widescreen HD display
- Super-fast, dual-core processor for advance performance and superior graphics
- Front- and rear-facing cameras
- Multitask with ease and PC-like performance
- Full-functioning HD camcorder for great videos
- Supports Adobe Flash Player for optimal browsing
- Monthly 3G Verizon Wireless rate plans available (3G upgradable to 4G LTE)
- Compatible with Wi-Fi networks*
- Variety of Motorola XOOM accessories available online and in store
Best Buy has the Xoom listed at $799.99 – and you can see all the details on it, as well as some accessories for it, HERE.
Those are some good hardware specs, though of course it will be interesting to see how they stack up against the iPad 2 when it is released. It’s also interesting to see just a single model offered with a substantially higher price than the ‘entry level’ iPad (though it offers 3G which the lowest-priced iPad does not).
News Via: Gizmodo