The decision of whether to buy an Android based tablet or an Apple iPad can be a difficult one to make. It is not always clear what the differences are to the average user but there are a few things to keep in mind when you decide to go with one or the other. One is your existing ecosystem and another is variety of devices. If you have a preference based just on visual appearances, then choosing which one to buy can be very simple but if you are not sold on any one thing from the tablets you have looked at thus far, then you will want to consider a few things.
If you already own a smartphone or a tablet, you may want to take that into consideration with your next purchase. This is because you may already be tied into and invested in one of these two major platforms. If you have already purchased a sizable amount of apps for your current iPhone or iPad or for your Samsung S3 and your ASUS Transformer tablet then you may not want to re-purchase those apps. The apps are not compatible across the two platforms so switching means losing what you have already purchased with few exceptions. Keep this in mind as you are shopping around. If you are already heavily invested with one ecosystem, it can be difficult to switch without having a lot of cost and time associated with that switch.
Also consider that with the iPad there tends to be one device as opposed to Android which involves many different manufacturers so you will be choosing from a wide variety including a Google Nexus, a Kindle Fire, a Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, a Samsung Galaxy Tab, and many others. There is a lot more variety with Android based tablets but they also can have limitations. The Kindle Fire, for instance, ties you almost exclusively to the Amazon platform and can feel limited in buying things outside of the Amazon ecosystem whereas the Samsung Galaxy Tab does not have this limitation. Keep all of these things in mind as you shop around for your next tablet and determine which one best fits your needs.