questionsshould i get mom an ipad or an android based…

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I'm not sure whether your question is "Either this or that" or "Should I even bother"

If it's the latter, then no. My mom got a basic phone with a basic touchscreen and it confused the hell out of her. I don't recommend complicated electronics for mothers. Unless she's the kind of mom who is tech savvy. That would be a different story

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I really don't think people need to be too 'tech savvy' to run an iPad or Android tablet. Maybe some mothers are just more 'special' than others. With that said, I'd probably buy my mom an iPad and myself an Android.

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@jumbowoot: Extrapolating from your known age, and with the expectation that this is your actual mother, I'd recommend an android with physical keyboard over an iPad, IFF there is no arthritis involved. If Mom has problems with arthritis, then the iPad is a better choice. The software is better, and she'll have an extended support group at any random Apple Store. I would recommend that you also purchase AppleCare if you go this route.

I'd ask if this was going to be a surprise, but since you've posted it here, the surprise element is gone. Since it isn't a surprise, try and have your mother try both of them out (although the range of choices on the Android Tablet side is large, and varies tremendously).

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Thanks all.
We'll see how the prices change as we get on through the year.

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I would say the IPad is the better choice. Unless she is a geek, she's going to wonder why she did not get an IPad. Any frustration she experiences with a "lesser" product will be your fault. (Human females can be that way.)

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@nortonsark: Thanks EVER so. Always happy to be told that women are fickle and stuff. Androids are not lesser, just different. I'd guess that since @jumbowoot had asked which of the two, that he already had a reasonable estimation of what his mother might be interested in. Considering the venue that JW exists in, I'd expect his mother to be reasonably aware on tech, and my statements above still stand.

Lucky for you this is late afternoon (for me), and I have my more pleasant side showing.

In addition, the android phone is now the top of the smartphone market. No reason why they won't be the top of the pad market in another six months.

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My vote is for the iPad. That's what I got for my mum. iPad's have an easier UI and is more intuitive. Mum does her email from her iPad now.

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@shrdlu: sorry to have anoyed you, but I do speak from some experience. I also use an Android smartphone, patially because I am guilty of being somewhat Apple-phobic. If I purchase a tablet, it will likely be an Android version as well. (I do use an IPod.) People just seem to be comfortable with Apple's user interface. I know plenty of folks that have tried to switch from IPhone to some other smartphone(generally Android, but also the new Windows). Every one of the non-geek individuals has switched back to Apple (and the majority of the switchbacks have been female). Apple just seems to do it right and is always a safe bet (all sexism aside).

I agree that Android has a lot to offer, but one reason it is at the "top" of the smartphone list is there are so many of them available and Apple has limited their hardware to certain carriers and only Apple can make Apple hardware.

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What I buy my mom is what I will buy/have (or have already), so I can support it remotely. She wouldn't know "the difference" as she has used neither. [By the way, it will be Android.]

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I spoke to the primary female in my life and her advice is to go with the IPad. Her rational is that guys are familiar with Droids and gals are familiar with Pads. I hope that helps clear things up.

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I still stand by my comment.

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I'm a mom (over 50) and I love both. Either would be fine. The decision should be what your mom wants to do with the device. Is she going to carry it around? Will she use it as a computer? Does she want to run a photo show? Does she have a computer? My 83 year old mom took up using a computer after turning 70 and did well. She was motivated to read e-mail from grand kids and to see pictures the family e-mailed around.

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My wife is a mom (and g'mom) and our daughter bought her the Viewsonic GTablet 10" for xmas at my recommendation. Disaster! The GTablet is/was not ready for prime time. I was out for a few hours and when I got back the wife hated it, had read reviews of people who hated it and that Staples pulled it from their shelves becasue "people" hated it. I connected it to wifi, updated the firmware and things were MUCH better. Later I borrowed it for a week, rooted it and installed clockwork ROM and I personally think it's a great tablet. It works great. My wife likes it now too except for one feature(?) - too heavy. She has looked at the Motorola Xoom and likes that except - too heavy. She likes the iPad 2 (becasue of the marketing BS of how much "incredibly lighter" it is) but it's not THAT much lighter but is waiting for something lighter (which I keep telling here is not going to happen).
MY suggest, get her the one with the OS she's most familiar with and you can best afford.

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My mom isn't all that tech savvy. However, we bought her an iTouch 4, and she LOVES it. We opted for the itouch (or whatever it is they call the iPhone 4 with no phone) because it has a camera and because it was small enough for her to drop in her purse.

She loves showing off pictures of her grandkids to all her friends with it. When my parents went on vacation, they emailed us pictures they took with her iTouch from the iTouch. I was so impressed.

So, basically, I'd vote for the itouch over either. I"m a mom, too, and I love my iPhone. =)

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What would your mom like to do with the device? Where would she use it?

The iPad is a solid device, with a very large library of apps. That's a given. It also only comes in one form factor. If an iDevice sounds right, but an iPad sounds too big, you could (as was already pointed out, not trying to take credit for this) get her an iTouch. If iDevice isn't necessary, a smaller Android tablet might make more sense.

If she has a strong interest in eBooks, you may want to give the Nook Color a look. Yes, right now it is running Android 2.1, but supposedly an update is in the not too distant (I hope?) future that will put an app store and flash on tne device. That likely (or again maybe just hopefully?) would involve a move to a later build. Also, once it has an app store, it has mostly full tablet functionality. It is also a little more portable.

OF course if she wants a camera, that's out, and I'd lean to iDevice.

I bought a Nook Color - don't need cameras/microphones/fastest.

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As someone that gets to support these things in a corporate environment for people ages 20 - 70, get her an iPad. Much easier to use and figure out. For a casual user I don't think you can go wrong, where the Android is, "a phone/tablet OS made by geeks for geeks" as I have been told many many times by my near-senior citizen users.

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iPad = simple, $$$
Android = highly customizable, $

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My mom uses her iPad for Netflix and for entertaining my twin 6 year old brothers. Totally worth the money, but if it were an Android tablet she'd probably never use it.

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will she use it to watch online vids besides youtube? flash is actually important to a lot of people. for example, several restaurant sites that i have used have flash enabled.

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If you really loved her, you'd get her both. And flowers. And chocolate. And chocolate flowers.

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If you love her, Android. If you hate her, or are just spending money rather than put any effort or thought into the purchase, iPad.

Why would you deliberately give someone a crippled iGift is beyond me.

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I love my IPad2, but it won't harvest my crops (quick heckling me! LOL) I'd say it really depends on what mom wants to do. And the Apps are really pricy, if your mom is cheap like me, free apps only do so much. But she really needs the free Pocket Pond HD!

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you'd be silly if you didn't get an iPad. best device for the price and your not going to get anything better than apple care. not to mention the android tablet store is suffering.

Sources: countless articles from Gizmodo, Endgadget, Anandtech

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I've been dealing with this question myself lately (iPhone v Android). I still haven't decided between the two. For tablets I went Android, and I'm leaning that wait for phones too. My point is, my input isn't going to be very helpful :D

Chances are you're going to get more bang for your buck with an Android device - you can get an iPad comparable Android device for less than $300 (like the ViewSonic G-Tablet).

Also, Android is just a more customizable system...you could even go as far as putting a custom ROM made for MOM (rhymed :D)

Buuuut...I'd have to say that out of the box iPad(2) is more user-friendly. Even though I've never actually touched one :)

I'd think iPad if money was no object. But also, Android is good too.

Wait...does the iPad have Flash yet?
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The one thing I will say though, is for Godsake, whatever you do, get a Capacitive touch screen.

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why not save the money for a walker, depends undergarments, a nurse and those things you'll need later?

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I would say if she is into custom/tech then you might go the Android route. If she is more focused on functionality/ease of use, then go the iPad 2 route.

Btw, iPad 2 FTW! :)

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It depends on her needs and her tech savvy. I have used both and they both have their advantages/disadvantages.
Apple - Image, Netflix, support, no need to flash the rom.
Android - Way faster(depends on hardware, but anything 1/2 the price of the IPad is.), highly customizable, voice input (throughout the device), Better for surfing the net(due to Flash native), not obsolete every two years due to Apples Orwellian sales tactics.

As far as Apps, they both have plenty of apps for pay and for free. The I Store is better than android market, but Amazon market for the android levels the playing field.

Both devices are relatively stable. If you are supporting it for your mom, pick the one you are most comfortable with or ask her which she wants.

P.S. I have the G Tablet. Straight from the box the IPad blew it away. After new rom, IPad sits in the closet most of the time unless the kids want to play games on it.

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Don't know how old your mom is and don't want to assume she is this age, but when I was on the line @ Walmart for the 5PM sale of the iPad2, I was second on line and a 70+ year old man with carpel tunnel was first and so excited to get his!

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Android all the way. More for the money, better warranty, no cult buy-in, and, depending on what you choose, as simple or complicated as needed. Once it's released, I'll be getting myself an Asus Eee Pad Transformer, because it has a keyboard dock and computer grade specs. I say this because my fiancee commandeered my Viewsonic gTablet the day I got it and only gives it back days later when it needs charging and she and her family are apple nuts; her parents are getting their own this week since Tiger Direct has them for $299. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and T-Mobile G-Slate would be runners up for higher end models. Xoom is overpriced, Dell Streak too small for me, and Archos just seem scarily cheap, despite their positive reviews

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Just had to make this decision myself. We (2 brothers and 1 sister) ended up opting for the iPad 2. I personally use and develop software for Android devices and while I love them, they aren't as user friendly as the iOS devices.

The Apple App Store, Applecare, and Genius Bar support (Yay!, I don't have to provide all the tech support myself) are great for someone who isn't tech savvy.

As an added bonus, the iPad is very hyped up and most elderly people know what it is. While my mom said she didn't want us kids getting her anything as a gift, her face lit up and she knew exactly what the iPad was. It was cute to see her bragging to her friends about the awesome present she got from her kids. I can't imagine the same conversation going on about some random Android tablet.

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The big problem I see with the IPhone/IPod Touch is the display. It is very good looking, but one drop and its broke. I have dropped my HTC Android a couple of times and have been lucky, no damage. I am sure either of the drops would have broke the IPhone display. IMHO

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@rlapid2112:
Dude...get over the flash BS.
That's an old argument that (barely) holds water. Many mainstream sites are already shifting to HTML5. There is a concerted push to get even more of them to switch. Moto's Xoom is not flash enables (yet) and that has silenced many of the people who used this same mis-statement to slam Apple. I have had my iPad since it came out and I can probaly count on one hand the number of times flash has been missed.
It's just not a big an argument to most non-tech's....

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@fast100:
The entire reason you don't suggest an iPad is you 'think' an iPhone wouldn't survive a drop like your HTC fandroid did? Really?

Wow..so how do you feel about bowling balls? /eyeroll

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@ozymandias2:
Wow..hate much Fandroid?

"MOST" android devices 'out of the box' will not compete with the iPad. Let me say that again slowly for you since you seem to be suffering from some kind of cranial injury. "MOST" android devices 'out of the box' will not compete with the iPad.

Anything that has to be 'rooted' to compete with the iPad is NOT for a 70 year old grandmother....hell...it's not very good for the 97% of the population who arent techs..

The reason android 'appears' to be outselling the iOS is because they make 70 flavors of it and give them away (ala Symbian). So, not to bust your buble but Android most useful version is well below iOS in use (per Cnet and their report on Android 2.1/2.2/3.0 vs iOS)

Wow...your post...just wow...

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@undrpsi: it was a question. i wasn't recommending one over the other; it was a question of use.

i am assuming this tablet device will be, if not the first, the primary internet device for @jumbowoot's mom. i understand that html5 is gaining ground, however, an iPad will not give you a complete internet experience (missing flash) vs. an android 2.2 device.

that being said, if cost is no option, and mom is checking e-mail, youtubing, netflixing, & cutting-rope, then an iPad get's the nod.

if, however, she is using it in place of a laptop or other 'real' computer, then an android device gives a more complete computing package.

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for an mom who isn't tech savvy I would say go for the ipad. If money is an issue you can get the first gen for pretty cheap now and she probably won't know the difference.

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@Jumbowoot Have you made a decision yet? I am trying to decide for myself.

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iPad... Hands down! It's intuitive, and let's face it - it looks good in the coffee shop.

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Get her an Android based device.

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Wife got a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 (which wasn't on the market when this thread started). Loves it. I got the hand-me-down Viewsonic Gtab (that she didn't love becasue it's too heavy). I have it rooted with a honeycomb ROM and I'm happy with it. Android!

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I have the Motorola Xoom bought on Woot for $349 plus $5 and we love it! Flash pages can be accessed, you can't with the iPAD. I'm very happy with it.

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Oops. Mine is Honeycomb 3.0 Android based.

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Is it strange that the the pro-Android answers have more positive votes and the pro-iPad answers have more negative votes? Some people (you know who you are) would say that's because Android tablets are "better." Another explanation is that there is a bias with a larger portion of the woot audience. (iPad users can be pretty dumb, and therefore the concept of upvoting or downvoting on deals.woot.com likely eludes many users, other than myself of course.)

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The iPad 2 is by far the most popular, best selling tablet available today. Most reports state that the competitors have a hard time to compete with them.

http://www.downloadfrostwire.org/

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wow, let's dig up a reallly old question that has been dealt with already to get rep...

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I am enjoying Android ICS. Many great simple fixes. My mother loves the voice to text thing.