I know that this is the silly season where we get crazy about gift guides and the like, but when a leading Android fansite picks the iPad Air 2 as the top tablet for it's holiday gift guide, you know something is seriously wrong with Android tablets ecosystem as a whole.
The site in question is Android Police, a reputable and well-respected fansite for all things Android. However, the site named Apple's iPad Air 2 as its top tablet for the 2014 holiday season, calling it "reliable, predictable, and very fast."
"Yes, I am breaking the gift guide by putting this here," wrote David Ruddock, editor of Android Police. "Why? Because as you'll notice, none of us recommended the Nexus 9, because it's not exactly great. In fact, I'd argue no Android tablet is."
"The iPad Air 2 doesn't run Android and I don't really care that it doesn't run Android, because as far as I'm concerned, it's either this or a Galaxy Tab S if you're in the market for a premium tablet at this point, and I'm not too hot on the Exynos processor / 16GB of storage / Samsung's update track record that you get with the Tab S 8.4."
Ruddock goes on to call the iPad Air 2 "a no-brainer" and that it is "the gold standard in tablets since it was unveiled, and that hasn't changed."
He closes by delivering a coup de grâce.
"I don't see it changing any time soon, either."
Ouch. These are words that I could well see appearing on a slide next to Tim Cook at an Apple keynote.
Of all the Android tablets I've been exposed to - and owned - for me it is the Kindle Fire HDX that takes the crown. This plucky tablet does everything that I want from an Android tablet, and at a decent price. But I can also understand that the Fire HDX wouldn't be the choice of a power-user, and so I can understand why it isn't being recommended.
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