OK, I’m going to confess to you right up front, I do not own a tablet of any kind, I do not own any Apple products, I do own a Samsung Galaxy S smart phone and a number of PC’s….NO Mac’s.

So why am I writing about this? Truthfully, I’m at a cross-roads if you will, I am going to buy a Tablet this year, and I don’t know which one to purchase. Here’s the dilemma, I’m a control freak. I prefer open systems over closed systems, I prefer Linux over Windows, but I use both, I have to. The Open & Closed system thing is how I’m wired, it’s not right or wrong, it’s just my preference that’s all. I prefer more open systems over closed systems, Apple & Windows are closed, which you would think, would be enough to help me make my decision. But, I’m a curious lot : )

Having said all that, I thought I would simply ask you, which one do you prefer & why. What is the deal maker for you, what made you decide to purchase the one you did, was it peer pressure or did you do your research and make your OWN decision?

So which one would you buy today if you were buying for the first time?

iPAD or Galaxy Tablet?

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About Owen Greaves

I'm a Futurist, I write, speak, and teach the open & free business model, the future of business. Create. Differentiate. Deliver.  


  1. Thabo Mophiring on March 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Galaxy tab based on your choices presented as I have the same philosophy about open. I do not have a tablet but i have the Galaxy Note (phoneblet). Love it using it ti type this response while lying bed. Not even sitting up

    I would also look at the ASUS Transformer if looking at a tablet

    • vanmacguy on March 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      “Love it using it ti type this response while lying bed”? Perhaps you should sit up for your next response. Maybe it’ll even be readable.

      • jm on April 18, 2012 at 8:39 AM

        It was 100% readable.  If you actually couldn’t understand that sentence, as written—single-letter typo and all—then your reading skills and not his writing skills are mostly to blame.

  2. vanmacguy on March 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Open v closed? I see it as not having to worry about what you install v the possibility of installing apps that are actually trojans, viruses or will steal your information.

    The ‘closed’ environments take care of the worry for you. But if you like being constantly on guard, then ‘open’ is the way to go. There’s certainly more control in your open way, but do you need that much control?

    Personally, I’d be terrified of losing the contents of my phone, (which I can’t live without, like many other business people) to some malware that I myself had inadvertently installed so I let Apple worry about that. Google and Microsoft are not interested in your well being because they can’t afford to be.

  3. Gwtoews on March 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Depends if you are interested in tweaking the device or if you are mainly interested in doing things “with” the device. if the later, then the new iPad is clearly the best device with the best apps and the best performance at this time. Furthermore, i just ordered the 4g version which is promising fantastic speeds on the road, upwards of 70 mbps which is shareable with up to 5 other devices. The high quality camera will make scanning documents doable. iCloud is simply amazing at sharing my documents and photos across all my devices. Together with google docs and drop box and I am well on my way to being totally untethered.

    So it comes down to whether you want to tweak or you want to work.

  4. Sam Iam on April 11, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    I absolutely agree with ‘Gwtoews’ . . .
    ‘Depends if you are interested in tweaking the device or if
    you are mainly interested in doing things “with” the device.’
    I have said this very thing about Apple products vs. AnyOther product for near on twenty-five years. Very few listened, but I cared not, and leaned towards saving my breath. . Oh well, proof positive that ‘ignorance IS bliss!’Once you own a Mac you NEVER look back!

  5. Chris on April 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Owen, Go for the iPad. I was always a PC guy until I was bought an iPod touch for a Christmas prezzie. Then for my big 40 I was bought an iPad. Love it. It’s nicknamed my iPal. Not a day goes by that I don’t use it to surf, for wordprocessing, email, and even the odd game. Battery life is amazing. Get a BT keyboard and this thing is a workhorse. Tons of great apps at great prices. I have seen and even palyed with Android tabs, but I am so glad I have an iPad (2). Like the other commentor stated, “Once you go Mac, you never go back.” Tiz true. My next laptop will probably be a Mac. My next desktop will probably be a Mac.

  6. jm on April 18, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Galaxy Tab.  (though, as one of the other commenters mentioned, with a Bluetooth keyboard)

    The only way I would ever buy an Apple product was if I, at the same
    time, made a vow not to let it get me locked into their ‘eco-system’. 
    Come to think of it, that’s probably why Android apps are skewed more
    toward being free and ad-supported and Apple apps are more paid.  With open systems,
    you retain your freedom to switch and thus your bargaining power.  With Apple…in for a penny…in
    for a pound.

    …also a plus for the Galaxy Tab:  widgets.
    It’s funny how this is a perfect example of something so simple to implement, yet impossible to use on Apple devices because of top-down design choices and lack of any need for Apple to respond to the needs of users that are locked-in.