Friday, 8 March 2013

Windows Tablets vs. Android Tablets: Pros and Cons

| Friday, March 08, 2013 | |

Apple's release of the iPad changed how people view computing. Shortly after its release, Google honed its Android platform for use on tablets, and many manufacturers have since released capable Android tablets. However, Microsoft has entered the tablet field as well, and although its entry was late, some experts believe that Microsoft will play a significant role in the coming years. Here are some of the pros and cons of Android tablets and how they compare with Microsoft's offerings.
Android tablets VS Windows tablets

Available Options

One of Android's greatest advantages is that it is free and open source. As a result, manufacturers do not need permission from Google to release Android devices. This freedom has created a market where there are numerous options available for businesses. While Microsoft licenses its tablet operating system, it is more demanding than Google, and some manufacturers may not be permitted to create Microsoft devices. As a result, those looking for the ultimate in present and future diversity may prefer Android tablets. That said, companies that are satisfied by a particular Microsoft device may find it to be the right choice for them.


Android tablets are designed to function well within Google's ecosystem, and companies that use Google's suite of tools may prefer Android tablets for this reason. Microsoft tablets, however, are designed to work well with Windows, which is still the most popular operating system used by businesses. While integration is a concern, it should be noted that more developers are targeting Android than ever before, and many programs will have options available on the Android platform in the future. In addition, Microsoft tablets are capable of accessing Google's products through either native apps or through their web interfaces. In general, integration should not be a deciding factor unless there is a particular program that only runs on a particular device. With the move to web-based programs, this consideration will likely become even less important in the future.


In the past years, it has become clear that Android will be the dominant player in the low-cost market. For companies that are looking to use their tablets for only a limited role, price may be the leading consideration, and those seeking the lowest operating costs possible will find Android to be the preferable choice. That said, Windows tablets are designed to function partially as laptop replacements. Because of this, switching to a Windows tablet may allow a company to avoid a new purchase of laptops. When performing the calculations, it is important to realize that no tablet is capable of replacing a full computer, so desktop and laptop purchases must be factored in as well.

The Future

Will the future is always difficult to predict, it is clear that Android will continue to be a major player in the tablet field. As the most popular mobile operating system in the world, developers will continue to target Android. The future Windows on mobile devices, however, is a bit more hazy. That said, Windows tablets are capable of running Windows desktop software, and support will not completely evaporate in the foreseeable future. Those looking for the safe choice, however, will want to stick with Android.    
Author's Bio: This article was written by Andy G from firmware and driver download website called  .
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