Hi, my name is Bill and I’m an Android tablet addict. I just ordered my fifth Android tablet. Actually, I returned one and one is a Kindle Fire and it’s not a true Android tablet so maybe it doesn’t count. I started early last year with a Motorola Xoom. Shortly after getting the Xoom the ASUS TF101 Transformer was announced and, with its optional keyboard dock, it looked as if it could replace my netbook. I returned the Xoom and ordered the ASUS TF101 with the keyboard/dock. There was a large demand for the ASUS TF101 and it took me a while to get one but it arrived eventually and I was able to use it to replace my netbook, but…
We take care of our four year-old granddaughter during the week and she and my wife monopolized the new tablet so when Amazon announced the Kindle Fire last November I ordered one for my wife. The Kindle Fire took some of the pressure off the TF101, but it was still used by our granddaughter during the day and at night my wife preferred the TF101 when she wanted to play games.
Earlier this year ASUS announced a new Transformer, the TF201 Prime, the first Android tablet with a quad core processor. While I drooled over the ads for the Prime, it was too expensive for my budget. But things looked up in April when ASUS announced the TF300, a 32GB 10.1″ Transformer with a quad core processor for under $400. I immediately pre-ordered one; I paid $379 for the tablet and was lucky enough to win the keyboard/dock in a forum contest. I really like the TF300 and it will only get better with future Android releases.
You would think that three Android tablets would be enough, but I made the mistake of watching the live feed from Google I/O last month and saw the introduction of Google’s flagship tablet, the Nexus 7 (built by ASUS). Google was taking pre-orders – $199 for the 8GB model and $249 for the 16GB model – for shipment in mid-July and the tablet will come with the latest version of Android, Version 4.1 (Jelly Bean). In addition, those pre-ordering the tablet will receive a $25 credit in the Google Play store. How could anyone resist an offer like that? I ordered a 16GB Nexus 7. I may have to go into rehab but the Nexus 7 is small enough to take with me.
You’re probably wondering what all this has to do with web development so, to make this post legitimate I’ll remind you that Flash is no longer supported in Android, starting with Android, 4.1 (Jelly Bean). In the short term Flash may remain viable for gaming but I recommend that you not use Flash in website development.