Android and iOS are great smartphone operating systems. However, as an OS for a large screen device, what both Google and Apple have dished up is rubbish. My new sleek and shiny Android device is clunky and limited to the point that to do even basic work, like writing this article, I still prefer to lug my heavy MacBook around.
With the early underpowered iPad models, Apple at least had an excuse for serving up the limited capabilities of iOS. However, with tablets now capable of sporting 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, expecting us to make do with modified smartphone operating systems is nonsense.
Microsoft has made a valiant attempt at plugging this gap with Windows 8. However, as I expounded in recent reviews of the HP Envy x2, there’s no sense putting lipstick on a bloated pig.
Apple, on the other hand, should hang its head in shame. After single-handedly creating the tablet market with the revolutionary iPad, years later the device is still an oversized iPhone.
At the very least, the large screen iPad models could be running a modified version of the excellent Mac OS X. Apple could also very easily release a custom dock that converts an iPad into a hybrid clamshell like the HP Envy x2.
In a nutshell, most of us road warriors who must do work outside the office would like to have an affordable lightweight small footprint device that has the capabilities and convenience of both a tablet and a laptop. The current generation of tablets now have the potential of delivering this. All that is needed is an operating system to match.