I was in awe after I saw this video. Google has done a great job with its new version of the Android SDK codename Honeycomb. The video chat feature in this demo blew me away. I have an iPad , and after looking at this I am seriously thinking about giving the iPad to my son. I don’t need a toy, I want an Android table instead. Sorry Apple, but that is how I feel right now. I know, I may not be fairly comparing the iPad that I have to the tablet in the demo.
This video is close to 53 minutes. Its worth checking out. It provide a great demo of the new features Honeycomb has to offer.
To try to level the playing field I did a little homework. There is an ‘add on’ kit for a camera. In other words more money out of your pocket for video chat on the iPad. Apple’s platform is closed versus Google’s open one. Any application sold in the Apple’s AppStore has to be approved by Apple. I have yet to hear or read about the need for approval in the Android Marketplace. There isn’t an SDK available for Windows. Most sites aren’t HTML 5 compliant; which can cause problems viewing the site in Safari on the iPad. The lack of Flash support in the iPad left me scratching my head.
Forgive me, that is a lot of barriers to develop on Apple’s platform. I don’t see any of these for Google’s platform. Even if I don’t get an Android tablet I look foreword to having my Droid updated to Honeycomb. If this doesn’t happen, I will be renewing my mobile contract soon. I will definitely pickup an Android phone with Honeycomb on it.
Does this sway your feelings about the iPad? Please let me know.