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Google's Android Tablets: The Achilles Heel


If I don't like Starbucks, how about McDonald's (MCD)? Whoops, that app also isn't available on Android tablets. Then there is the case of my local/regional version of the McDonald's app, which offers all sorts of coupons and discounts. It also isn't available for my Android tablet.

After Starbucks, I want to charge my electric car. In order to find a charging station that's not occupied, I need the Chargepoint app, which is the dominant electric car charging network. While it's available on my Android phone and iPad, it's not available on my Android tablet.

That said, if I still manage to find an available electric car charger, I need an app for my electric car to see how the charging session is progressing, so I know when I can expect to go pick up the car.

If I have a General Motors (GM) car, such as the Chevrolet Volt, the OnStar app isn't available on the Android tablet, unlike on the iPad.

If I have a Fiat 500 electric, same thing. Ford (F)? Yup, Ford, too. Toyota (TM)? Yeah, not available for Android tablets. Nissan (NSANY)? No.

The only electric car app I can find that works on Android tablets is the Telsa (TSA) one. Small wonder Tesla is doing so well against the less expensive electric car competition!

But let's say that I don't want to drive myself. Let's say I want to get a cab, where Uber is the new Internet-centric game in town. I get an Uber cab from both my iPhone and Android smartphone. On the Android tablet? No cab for me.

So let's sum this up: If I try to replace my LTE iPad with an LTE Android tablet, I won't be able to pay with my Starbucks app, I can't get my McDonald's coupons, I won't be able to find a charging station for my electric car, I won't be able to monitor my electric car (unless it's a Tesla), and I won't be able to get an Uber cab.

Basically, unlike the iPad, I can't leave the house with my Android tablet as my only device. I use a tablet just like a smartphone because I prefer a big screen and a big battery, and it's always in my hand anyway. Too bad this is the one area where Android just can't compete with iOS.

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