iPad apps vs. Android tablet apps: Side-by-side comparison

Ten top tablet apps for both the iPad and Android tablets are shown running side-by-side to demonstrate the differences in design philosophy between the two platforms.
Written by James Kendrick, Contributor

A comment frequently heard about iPad apps is how they are more polished than similar Android apps. I have made the same observation as I use both platforms regularly. A lot of that polish has to do with iPad developers using a more consistent interface design than the helter-skelter approach often used on the Android side.

I regularly use an iPad 2 and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Ice Cream Sandwich (custom ROM), and have a stable of regular apps I use heavily. The best way to show how the two platforms compare with app design is to display them side-by-side, and that's what you'll find in the following gallery.

iPad vs. Android tablet apps go head-to-head

Image Gallery: Screen shots compare top apps for Android tablets with similar iPad apps
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Four of the ten apps compared have versions on both platforms, so the comparison is a direct one in design by the same developers. It is a bit odd why developers would release the same app on each platform with a different design. The other six apps compared are similar in function with its compared app, and paint a good picture of the differences in both functionality and design.

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