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Wednesday Poll: Do You Own an Android Tablet?

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Android tablets – there are a million different models to choose from, more than half of which are probably Samsung-made. There are Nexus tablets from Google, Transformer Pads from ASUS, and of course, plenty of Galaxy Tabs and Notes from Samsung.

Deals are constantly being held online for tablets, so if you don’t already own one, we would be quite surprised.

The last time we ran this poll, back in October of last year, 25% of folks said they did not own an Android tablet and 75% said yes, they do own an Android tablet. A few people mentioned that they owned a tablet made by Microsoft or Apple, so of course, that adds to the “no” category, given that those are not Android tablet.

Let’s update our numbers to see if anything has changed.

If you have been reluctant to purchase an Android tablet, we would love to know why. Tell us below in the comments section what would get you to take the plunge?

Do you own an Android tablet?

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  • Asmodai

    I don’t have a tablet yet. I don’t really “need” one and I’ve been able to keep at bay my tech geek urge to get one by telling myself I’m waiting for 64bit Android. Not sure what I’m going to do once they actually come out though… I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. So far so good though.

  • chris

    had a transformer prime but dropped it and shattered the screen. waiting for the next android device to wow me.

  • Finire

    I had an Asus Transformer Infinity, but gave it to my brother. Now I’ve got a Nexus 7, and use it frequently. Also have a Windows 8 tablet too.

  • Nate

    I have a Asus ME301T (a 2012 Nexus 7 with a 10″ screen)

  • Adam Truelove

    Windows PC, Nexus 5, and Chromebook. I have zero use for a tablet.

  • Tyler

    2013 Nexus 7…has stopped me from gaming very much on my phone

  • waterboy87825

    i had the samsung galaxy tab 7.0 plus…..member????? yu member……then upgraded to nexus 7 2012 . what i really need though is a device that is a bad ass android phone with ipod goodness to play itunes since every freaking stereo is “made for ipod”….in a 7 inch platform….im so mad to carry around a razr hd for my phone ….an 5th gen ipod 32gb for my music and a 16 gb OG nexus 7 for my mobile entertainment…geeesh…i want all of this in 1 nice neat powerful device….any suggestions?

  • Blue Sun

    My Xoom tablet is somewhere in my office…

  • Daniel Russell

    I’ve got a Nexus 7 (2013) and an Asus transformer prime. Man, two VERY different experiences. My prime was probably my worst purchase ever. It was laggy and buggy and it’s practically unusable now.

  • Rupali Jadhav

    Only zapkoo.in

  • Ballerado

    I keep waiting for the next best thing. I hope to own one by the end of the year. Probably a Nexus or a Note, but I have been considering the Surface Pro 3 as well…

  • DennisHeffernan

    Yes, and I won it from you! :)

  • cweb69

    I own 3. Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, and an old Kindle Fire…

  • Wmh3

    Nexus 10 (still the best)

  • FknTwizted

    I have the n7 2013 and love it only issue is you have to be holding it for the screen to recognize your touch… I do have the Lenovo 13 with w8 on it and i must say it is growing on me and once they start getting to the point where they have the a good library of apps, apple may see their market share drop.

    • M3D1T8R

      What do you mean you have to be holding it for the screen to recognize your touch? I sure don’t have this issue. Can use the screen in hand, rested on couch/bed, or while it’s sitting in my wireless charger, all no problem.

      • FknTwizted

        I don’t know just when i have it laying on say my bed and i touch the screen it doesn’t react to my touch however when i have it in hand works flawless with or without a case.

  • Trevor

    I have a 2013 Nexus 7. Use it more than my laptop.

  • Lumia Nexus

    when a high end android phone on a 5.5″ screen lags how the heck someone can use an android tablet which may be slower and laggier than a pc running windows 98 on a pentium 1

    • M3D1T8R

      Umm.. Not quite an apt comparison there. My N7 2013 has a quirk once in a while sure, but generally performs admirably.

  • Gomzy

    Last year I was in the market for a Tablet, and my first choice was a Nexus 10. The one feature I really liked was the Multi-user account feature. Most families just have 1 tablet, so having this feature really helps. But my Nexus 10 was restarting randomly, the video conferencing didnt work, so just gave it back. Took an iPad even though it didnt have that feature. I guess I sacrificed some features for a stable and eco-system rich device.

  • KChristainsen

    No but hopefully my answer will change after Google I/O. Hoping for an 8 inch nexus tablet.

  • Foramex

    I have an Tab 2, but I must admit I’m using my iPad 2 more oftenly… I really can’t explain why, I just do.

  • hoodieNation

    2012 Nexus 7. I will use it when I can pry it away from my kids. I can’t say that I actually need it at all, but it was cheap enough that I don’t regret buying.

  • Chris Lockard

    I bought a 2012 nexus 7 32gb for $100 on eBay a few months ago and for Christmas I got a tab 3 that the kids use.

  • Garrett

    I have a 2013 nexus 7 and I like it but I wouldn’t miss it if I didn’t have it

    • Garrett

      I actually plan on mounting mine in my car since I hardly have a use for it

  • Keith

    I have never been convinced I need a tablet. My phone (MotoX) can do anything a tablet can, (that I know of) and I use my laptop for anything else, such as this typing right now. Why do I need a tablet?

    • Mahercs

      I don’t know that anyone “needs” a tablet, but to compare to your phone, some folks like the larger size. To compare to the laptop, some people like the smaller size and portability. My Droid Maxx does everything I need, but I hate giving it to the kids, and on occasion, I need a bigger screen to watch/read on, and getting the laptop out is more hassle sometimes.

    • M3D1T8R

      Larger screen much more comfortable and usable for watching video than on a <5" screen.

      Also 6+ hours screen on time vs about half that for most phones. Not having to worry about low battety half way into a movie or whatever is very nice.

    • Chris Hannan

      I used to think the same way until I owned my first tablet. I thought the iPad was a joke when it was first announced. It was actually the day it came out, I just happened to be going to Best Buy that day and I saw the iPad there. Played with it for about half an hour and decided I wanted to get one. Now I can’t imagine not having a tablet.

      Right now, I have an iPad 3 and a Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. I haven’t really used my iPad much since getting my Galaxy Tab Pro, since the screen is almost as big but the overall size is much smaller than the iPad. I use my tablet mainly for Internet browsing and messaging, but I do anything I’d do on my phone on my tablet.

      The main reasons I have a tablet are battery life, screen size, and portability. Using my tablet saves my phone’s battery and the screen is much larger, but still way more portable than my laptop. I can actually fit my Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 in my pocket. Can’t even do that with an iPad mini, which has a smaller, but wider screen.

      • Keith

        Saving the battery on my phone is one thing I have never considered. What sort of battery life does your tablet get?

        • Chris Hannan

          My iPad easily gets over 10 hours of actual use. I’ve never gotten less than 10 hours of battery life on my iPad except with the brightness all the way up.

          My Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 gets 7-8 hours.

  • Jpx

    NEXUS 7 + CHROMECAST = Bliss

  • wh1te_mag1c

    I own the N7 2013 and I like it quite a bit. I wish it was 8″, though. 7″ feels just a tad bit too small, whereas 10″ would feel a bit big, if the iPad 2 is anything to go by.

  • GBRunner24

    I’ve been through so many tablets is hard to keep track. Had an OG nexus 7, which I sold for the 2013 when it came out. Never used it. Sold it for a Nexus 10 because I thought I would use the larger screen. Never used it. I then picked up an original surface, which I never used because of the lack of apps. Finally picked up Surface Pro and I only keep that around since it can be a mobile Photoshop studio. It doesn’t help that I have 2 phone lines (Nexus 5 work and Wood Moto X personal), so anything without a keyboard is a bit unnecessary.

  • burpootus

    I consider myself an Android person, but I own an iPad for my tablet. The main reason is real time audio processing, which for some reason Android refuses to implement. The whole musical production landscape has shifted over the last several years and Apple has been right in the middle of it, leaving Android behind. If you play guitar, you can basically replace your whole rig (not including the guitar of course) with an iRig and an amplifier/effects app. Otherwise I pretty much despise IOS compared to Android, especially having to use iTunes software to do something so simple as move an mp3 into the Amplitube app to play along with on guitar. It’s really sad that Android has shut the door on the whole world of musical production and ceded it to Apple.

    • James

      A great point. I agree capability like this remains a major iPad marketing point, especially for the creative professional crowd. I hope Android can pick up its game here.

    • Manthas

      I’m really curious here, is it that the apps are built into iOS, or is it just that the third party app developers that have created the apps you’re using on iOS haven’t created apps for Android? I think you can see where the difference would be for comparison purposes.

      • burpootus

        You can hook up a guitar to the micro usb port of an Android device and there is a lag between the time you strike the string and hear the note. The audio processing is not handled by the OS in a real time manner. Or maybe it’s at the hardware level, I am not educated in these things enough to know, but it makes it impossible to play an instrument.

      • burpootus

        Due to this fundamental limitation, the 3rd party app ecosystem just doesn’t exist for Android.

        • Manthas

          Got it! Thanks for the clarification here; that is definitely a pretty severe handicap, and hopefully one that can be addressed in the future.

  • Rupali Jadhav

    New Tablets going to launch in 2015, with some amazing specs
    Read @
    http://bit.ly/1hJujXP
    http://bit.ly/1hPiaRq

  • BrianCherry

    Nope, Windows 8 tablets FTW!! The iPads are just pointless and Android tablets are just as nearly useless except that you can root them for a slightly better experience, but until I can stream Netflix in the background, browse the internet, and read my RSS all at the same time. Theres no reason for an iPad or an Android tablet. $150 Dell Venue Pro all the way.

  • DJ SPY

    I have a nexus 7 2013 and a nexus 10 that just sits there unused. I prefer the 7 because of its compact size. Once the Nexus 8 rolls out, I’ll be buying it. I think it’ll be the perfect compromise between the 7 and the 10.

    • wh1te_mag1c

      I’m going to swap out my 7 for an 8, just the same. The 7 feels just a bit small.

  • Jon

    I do but I’m planning on replacing it with Bay Trail Windows 8 tablet.

    • James

      Can I ask a question I think many of us are holding…

      Why?

      • James

        So far 11 guest upvotes and counting. Not suspicious at all…

      • Jon

        I have nothing against my Android tablet and my use case isn’t likely to fit the majority but I’m looking into getting a tablet that can be docked for desktop use running desktop software. I’m eyeing Ubuntu Touch but that’s a ways away. I also like to run VMs. The new Bay Trail chips with virtualization acceleration and upcoming 4 GB of RAM tablets, they’d be decent for that. Hardware accerlation for SSH encryption is nice too. I also, like running Cygwin for many Linuxy things on non-Linux devices. There are equivalent things on Android (it’s running on Linux after all) especially with root but many aren’t robust enough for me. Too bad I still can’t access to NFS shares on Windows though.

        • James

          Thanks for the response. I realized after the fact my question might not have appeared as serious (as it was intended). And yes, I would agree your use case “isn’t likely to fit the majority.” :)

      • anotherhater

        I have two Android Tablets: Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 (2013).

        I would buy a Windows Tablet in a heart-beat if I could find one with LTE support though T-Mobile.

        Being able to utilize all of my Work and Home applications would be too much to be able to resist.

      • Matt Isaacs

        I carry a LG G2 and a Dell Venue 11 Pro. I used to have Acer a500 then a Samsung Note 10.1, with my experience I found the tab to repeat what I could already do on my phone, Windows tablets come into play for true desktop workloads. To each their own, but for me Android in the phone and windows on the tab is the perfect fit for my life.

        • JoshGroff

          I’ve come to the same conclusion, having a second android device didn’t really offer me many benefits besides a larger screen, so I went iOS for access to exclusive apps (games mostly.) Switched back to the nexus 4 as my daily driver last week, and have been waiting for either the one plus one or x+1 to launch.

          I still have a laptop for whatever I can’t manage to do on either mobile device, which pretty much amounts to rooting, jailbreaking, and online gaming.

          • Matt Isaacs

            I personally am not a huge fan of iOS, but I am glad to hear you found something that works for you. I think having two different os’s is the best method, you aren’t limited to just one set of apps. I went Windows on the tab mostly for work, but I have found it to be a great companion for many other tasks.

          • SerenityNow

            I agree as well. This is just my opinion, but I found Android to be a better OS for phones than for tablets. I had the Nexus 7 first and second gens, and while I liked the form factor of a smaller tablet, I ultimately found the tablet user experience on iOS to be superior. Main reason was because of the specific apps designed for tablets. I ended up giving the 2013 Nexus 7 to my sister and buying an iPad Mini with Retina (I had previously owned a couple older iPad versions before going the Nexus 7 route).

            To me, things like customization, widgets and Google Now are much more useful to me on my phone than on my tablet. From a value perspective, the Nexus 7 is clearly a great deal and destroys the iPad line. But in terms of the better tablet user experience I have to go with the iPad.

        • Jingling Johnny

          I completely agree.

    • pancakes

      If only there weren’t such a lack of OEM interest for Ubuntu on Android. Development has stalled because OEMs didn’t seem to be into the whole dual OS docking thing. I know it failed with Motorola’s Lapdock product but that was with Motorola’s own Linux spin (I think based off Ubuntu though). It’d be nice to have an official Ubuntu OS and just apt-get install all the stuff you want.

      • http://www.emmanuelchenze.com/ Emmanuel Chenze

        Ubuntu on Android is dead.

        • alan

          Thanks for just summarizing what he said.

    • Lucky Armpit

      I replaced my aging Android tablet with a Surface 2 RT and I love it. While the app support isn’t there, I can watch movies, play games, surf the Intertubes, and check email. Does everything I need. I got tired of waiting for Google to make up its mind on the Nexus 10.

    • Harold Crumb

      Same here. Looks like now this next generation of Windows tablets with Bay Trail Atom chips are the ones to get. I have a penabled Android tablet (a tablet with active pen) and it is OK but still without many nice pen capable apps it still (like most other tablets) a very nice toy. Yes, i am one of those that think active pens are important (the reason that I think the iPads are useless). Currently looking at the Lenovo Thinkpad 10 to replace my Android tablet and my laptop. But I am holding for Windows 9 since Windows 8 is truly a retarded OS.

  • Jérôme Besnard

    Use to have an OG Galaxy Tab 10.1 that my kids broke. My wife wanted a keyboard so since we wanted something cheap we ended up getting a Chromebook instead. I’d like a tablet some day again. whenever Google decides to replace the N10.

  • LosttsoL

    iPad Mini. I like it, but don’t use it for much more than surfing internet during commercial breaks on TV.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    Nexus 7 grouper. Getting sluggish. Can’t wait for nexus 8!

  • Stephen De La Rosa

    Recently upgrade from OG Galaxy Tab to GPad and loving it. Q-Pair works great while I’m on the couch and my phone is charging somewhere else. The bigger screen is better for longer reads, videos and kids games.

  • Mitch Joa

    When I’m at school, I hardly ever use my tablet (always have my laptop in my backpack for class). But when I’m home for the summer my Nexus 7 (2013) gets used constantly, my ultrabook is just too bulky to carry around :P

  • Kenny Li

    rocking an hp touchpad running android :)

  • JohnBergman

    Nexus 7 (2013). I use it more than I use my phone (HTC One M7)

  • Maxim∑

    I enjoy the iPad air, I did like the N7 though

  • schlanz

    I have the og nexus 7, looking to get an 8″ tab next either the nexus 8 or g pad 2 (assuming that will happen)

  • evltwn

    I have had 3 Nexus 7’s. 2012 16gb wi-fi, 32gb wi-fi/3g. Now I only have the 2013 32gb wi-fi only model. Nexus tablets are the only one I’ll own. Love the quick updates.

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

    Had the OG Xoom, then the OG Nexus 7 and now the 2013 Nexus 7.

    Just waiting for a Nexus 10 update. I couldn’t care less about an 8 inch tab.

  • Captain Spaulding

    2012 Nexus 7, although I hardly use it any more since I got my G2 (hard to go back to that Tegra 3 after using the SD 800).

    • SplashMTN

      I’m in the same boat. I like the larger screen, but my G2 is soooo much faster it makes my Nexus 7 a pain to use.

  • supremekizzle

    Note 10.1 2014 for school and LG G Pad 8.3 for books/browsing. Never use the GPad in all honesty. Might actually get rid of it once I get a LG G3…

  • bboyairwreck

    HP TouchPad!! Man I’m still rocking this $99 dollar tablet from back in the day. And it still runs perfectly

    • Daistaar

      Just updated mine to JC Sullins 4.4 Kit Kat and completely removed WebOS. One of the most amazing (non)Android tablets I’ve ever used!

  • Matt

    Waiting for the Nexus 8! 7 is too small and too close in size with my phone.

  • Bionicman

    yes i have an older Asus TF101 Transformer. I put Jelly bean on it a few months ago and it runs great now. Much better than it did with honeycomb or ics.

    • Mahercs

      I have the 101 as well, and it’s slow and buggy as hell now. Lots of freezes and resets. I assume you rooted it to get JB? I just ordered the 32gb N7 as a replacement tablet.

      • Bionicman

        yea i had to root to put JB. i almost bricked it a couple of times but i was able to recover it. it is amazingly fast for an older tablet. the battery life isn’t as great as when i first got it, but it still lasts 2-3 days depending on usage.

    • Raven

      I have a TF101 as well. It is amazing how much more that tablet is capable of with a decent ROM. Something was really botched in the I/O handling of the stock ROM that most other ROMs fix and make it much more usable.

  • EraserXIV

    Does the HP Touchpad count?

    • JSo

      I counted it

      • EraserXIV

        Heh, considering how old it is, it actually still run pretty smooth. I do find myself not using it too often though due to its size. I’ve been holding out for a tablet in the 8″ range that runs stock android (Nexus 8 pls?). IMO Apple got it right with the iPad Mini, the proportions on that are really nice.

        • JSo

          I like the 10 inch size. I would love a Nexus 10 but I don’t have the money for one.

    • roguereversal

      I count it because I can dual boot CM and webOS, but i really only use CM so it’s essentially an android tablet

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    No. I think navigation is clunky. Nothing really flows on a big screen