Since the Android platform is very under-represented, I thought I would give it a voice. We (ITG) purchased a pair of Google Nexus 7s (made by Asus) for a new instructor in the Math Department named Jim Rolf who will be using them for an on-line, real-time, analytics program called Learning Catalytics.
Not only are we excited about the software, but also the fact that we provided him with two Android devices for student use that we, hopefully, will get feedback on regarding ease-of-use, performance, and quality.
Of course I had to prep the devices for the class (apply network settings, clean up the home screen, etc.) so I got a chance to play. The touch-response time was very impressive and because it is smaller than an iPad (only 7″, hence the name), it fits nicely in the palm of your hand. It took some time to acclimate myself with navigation (I kept looking for my home button at the bottom of the screen), but after about 10 minutes, I was able to zoom around with ease. Akin to the iPad, screen icons can be moved, deleted, etc. by holding an icon down on the screen to make it active for manipulation. The other nice thing (or perhaps scary thing) is that once you log into your Google account, all the Google apps are come alive with your content. For example by going to the photo gallery, I was able to see all my pictures stored in Picasa. Of course Google Books, Maps, YouTube, Music, Movies are also all included. Even Google Wallet. Unfortunately, mine is empty.
To conclude, I don’t see iPad users converting, but I can see the alternative user crowd really enjoying this platform, especially if they are Google app lovers.