So yesterday I whent over to a friends place to check out his iPad 4. I've been considering buying it for my 10 inch tablet for a while, but I wanted to try one before I droped 600$ on a 32gb wifi version.
Basically, I wasn't terribly impressed. To give them credit, the iPad 4 is a well built machine and the high rez screen is very nice. But compared to android I couldent find and specific reason that would compel me to get an iPad.
The first obvious differance is the home button on the iPad. After using my Nexus 7 for almost four months now I've gotten used to just taping on the bottom portion of the screen, and I find it looks a lot better without a big circular button interupting the surface of the tablet.
The other thing I didn't like about the iPad is the fact that there is no real file system. On my Nexus 7 I can get a program such as ES File Explorer which not only allows me to browse the root of my storage, but also allows me to browse shared drives over my network and transfer files back and forth. To Apple's credit, they do have programs such as Airplay that seem to accomplish the same thing kind of, but only for media.
Thirdly, another thing I didn't like was the fact that certain icons on the iPad's main icon pane are unremovable (Newstand anyone?). There are some icons on Android that are inremovable, but at least they remain hidden in the application screen.
Overall, the iPad felt like a toy. The whole OS just reminded me of something I would find on a console. Android just feels like a more full fledged operating system. And the argument that all the apps are just upscaled phone apps or that there is not a good selection of apps on the Goodle Play Store is simply not true anymore.
So I think my final decision is that I won't be getting an iPad 4. But I also won't be buying a 10 inch android tablet any time soon either. I simply refuse to accept 1280x800 on anything greater than my 7 inch Nexus 7. And the Nexus 10 is great and all, but it the battery life could be better and lack of a microSD card slot makes me mad.
I think I want to wait and see what the Galaxy Tab 3 will look like, or see if getting a windows tablet might be viable in the next few months.
So, TLDR; After spending an afternoon at a friends place with his iPad 4, I've layed down any inclinations to buy one. Android 4.2.2 is a great OS, but I won't settle for any of the current android tablets right now.