The google Nexus 7 tablet looks like it’s going to be the first successful general purpose android 7" tablet (considering the kindle somewhat specialized).
It basically destroys the Kindle at the same price point. It has powerful hardware, a 720p IPS screen, and it isn’t locked down and specialized to Amazon like the kindle. It’s also the first device with Android 4.2, which is supposed to be a pretty big improvement to the interface and device responsiveness.
I want an iPad 3, but I don’t think that’s going to work out financially anytime soon, so I’m considering getting a Nexus in the meantime.
One of the things that concerns me though is that from what I can tell, apps aren’t really designed for Android tablets. Apps on the iphone and ipad are clearly designed to be specialized for those devices. Some apps are exclusive to one or the other, and some have versions for both. But the apps in question are designed to work differently depending on whether you’re using a tablet or a iphone - different graphics, different interface, etc. to take advantage to the advantages and limitations to every form factor. Whereas the iPad is a purpose built device with lots of support amongst app makers, Android tablets seem to almost be ad-hoc oversized phones in terms of design.
In contrast, I get the impression that because there’s a wide range of form factors for Android devices, and there’s less uniformity and control in the app development process, they’re all basically designed the same way and just scale up to the device size.
To give an example, here’s the yahoo fantasy football app for ipad which is more full featured and designed to use the screen real estate whereas the iphone app is more condensed with a much more basic interface.
But as far as I know, on Android, basically it’ll look like the iphone version no matter what device you use - if you use a tablet, that just means you’re going to see a really enlarged instance of the same basic phone interface.
Is this how it works in Android world, or are there clear delineations between tablets and phones?
In general, what are the limitations of the Android OS as a tablet OS?