Yes, iPad will rule
No, Android to close gap
Best Argument: Yes, iPad will rule
Apple goes where the market leads
Despite trying to tie the iPad to the iPhone market, it is obvious that the iPad is more like the iPod market. Like the iPod, Apple invented the tablet market, set the bar, and has established a dominating market share.
Many companies came and went in the music player space, which Apple continued to dominate, until the iPhone began obsoleting the iPod. The same will be true for tablets.
The basic arguments for eventual Android dominance are price and - maybe - choice. But Apple is the low-cost producer, and as the iPod shows, they are willing to go where the market leads. If they need to they can build a $250 iPad - and keep their market lead.
Android for the mainstream
I love my new iPad and so do 99% of the 3 million people who bought it in its first weekend on the market. That really is an impressive number, one much like the numbers that Apple posts whenever it releases a new iPhone. Those numbers, though, largely represent the low-hanging fruit of early adopters and Apple faithful. As the tablet becomes a mainstream device that, for many, replaces a home PC, the market will shift in much the same way that the smartphone market has evolved.
Apple certainly isn’t going anywhere, but there’s room for two at this party. Android will continue to appeal to bleeding edge users and developers/hackers requiring more flexibility than iOS offers. More importantly, at the mainstream end of the market, it will deliver ads to fill Google's coffers, low margin/high volume sales for OEMs, and solid value for consumers and businesses.
Apple's party is far from over
What I'm about to say is bound to be controversial, and most of you will not be happy, but I think that Robin Harris has it right. The sun is far from setting on Apple's party and the iPad, or more specifically the iOS, will continue to rule in the foreseeable future. There simply is no denying the advantage that Apple has in a market that is increasingly driven by consumers.
For me, there are two key issues that arose from this debate and hence formed the basis of my decision. First, Microsoft Windows 8 will soon make its presence known in the market and seems much more likely to cut into Android share before converting any of the iOS faithful. Second, Apple's much-criticized approach to integrated engineering actually provides a competitive advantage when it comes to controlling the features, direction, and, yes, the price of its products.
Which is actually better? All I have are my opinions but Robin's comparison to the iPod is a good one. Every music device was supposed to be the "iPod killer" and yet here we are. I believe the same will be true for the iPad, not because I'm a fan of Apple products but rather the company itself which seems better prepared than any other to find and serve its market.