I guess this is that time of the year where are stories on the net are predominantly pro Apple, unlike sometime back. However the writer brings to light some important comparisons of the iPad quality v/s all other tablets out there.
Previously there have been lot of articles on why users switch from Android to iOS, they have been mainly due to user experience elements, like sub-standard, modified from smartphone type apps and shoddy and laggy performance from the Android OS itself. But Google has come a long way with Android which has evolved into a very matured and seamless operating system. But the things that are pointed out in this article about Google's new Nexus 7 are nothing but appalling. Things like un-responsive apps (that too Netflix!), dead or whacky pixels on the screen, bluetooth connectivity issues, etc. are purely hardware issues and it is when such reports surface we can appreciate Apple's top notch, 'it just works' hardware, like the iPhone or the iPad. What ever criticism Apple has faced with its products, there have never been major issues with its hardware quality (except of course, the Antenna-gate). Apple's products may be short on the 'feature set' but they are truly the best at what they can do!
I repeat, Apple will remain the king of design while Google the emperor of web services, it will be awhile before either one catches up to the other in the other’s field of expertise. Google certainly is not even close to Apple, in terms of hardware prowess, yet.