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Third party accessory ecosystem
We love our gadgets, and we love accessories for them. Those accessories range from simple cases to protect them to electronic gizmos to help get the most out of our tablets.
The popularity of the iPad has triggered the growth of a huge accessory ecosystem. You can choose from lots of keyboards, cases, and unique accessories that make using the iPad better.
There are blood pressure monitors that plug into the iPad to help track vitals, and scales that track your weight on the iPad.
The Android ecosystem trails the iPad but major accessory makers are starting to produce cases and keyboards for major Android tablets.
That's not the case for Windows tablets as you are reliant on the tablet maker to produce a case or keyboard, and that's not common.
Third party keyboards
Onscreen keyboards are essential for using a tablet and having a good one can make the UX very good indeed. Both Windows and iOS are stuck with the keyboard that ships with the OS, but Android has a lively third party keyboard environment.
Finding the keyboard app that works well can greatly improve how well things work, and it would be nice if both Windows and iOS would allow using third party keyboards.
We spend a lot of time in the web browser and that's especially true using tablets. Mobile browsers are pretty good, and that includes Metro Internet Explorer (IE) but it's always good to have the choice to run other browsers on a touch screen.
It would be nice if you could run alternate browsers on the Windows Metro interface, but that's not the case. You can install other browsers on the desktop side, but then you deal with the less-than-ideal touch operation.
Both the iPad and Android tablets have other browsers in the app store to choose from, and they are all written for touch control. Windows falls short in this area.