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BLOG: Android wins a point in battle with Apple

Terry Lane | Feb. 21, 2013
Confession time. We were wrong! Android file management still beats Apple.

The Google Nexus 7.

The Google Nexus. Photo: Bloomberg

The iPad Mini.

The iPad Mini. Photo: Bloomberg

CONFESSION time. We were wrong! And a few readers have taken the trouble to set us straight on the matter of photo file transfer from iPad to computer.

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote: ''Android tablets are better than Apple iOS devices for this process because when you get home you can connect them to your PC and transfer the photo files without having the torment of iTunes.''

We were basing our assertion on experience with a first-generation iPad and a Windows PC. It turns out that newer iPads, running iOS 6, can be connected to a PC and they show up in the device list under My Computer.

However, it looks like an Apple concession to complainers, because you get access to the top-level Photo Album only, not to all the directories on the iPad.

With an iPad connected to a Mac, photo files can be transferred using either iPhoto or Image Capture, but our MacBook Pro refuses to deal with our first-generation iPad. Image Capture acknowledges that the pad is connected but insists there is nothing on it.

On the PC, the newest iPad shows up in the device list but the iPad 1 doesn't.

We have been using apps from iMacsoft ( that improve file management on both the PC and the Mac by giving direct access to music, photo, book, video and other directories. The apps cost money and should not be necessary.

On the other hand, the Android File Transfer app for the MacBook is free and makes Android devices appear as external hard drives with access to all directories, just as they do in Windows.

So we stick to our point that Android file management beats Apple for ease of use and elegant simplicity. We agree with the American tech pundit who advised Apple to take iTunes out the back and shoot it, putting us all out of our misery.

However, if we were buying a compact tablet for travel, the iPad Mini ($369) would still be up the top of the shopping list. Right alongside it would be the Google Nexus 7 ($249). These are prices for the 16GB units and neither has expandable memory. Both are wi-fi.

The Nexus 7 is smaller and has the higher resolution display but the iPad Mini, with its larger screen, has a better aspect ratio for photo display. Although the iPad resolution is lower, the image colour and contrast are better. The Nexus brightness needs to be turned up for best results, which presumably shortens battery duration.


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