There’s nothing better than a heated debate, meshed with a significant number of well-informed people. Maybe that’s why I hate the political system and rhetoric (bah-dum-dum). When I wrote this post I expected a few comments, but certainly not the amount I received. What’s more, none of the comments were “Android fan-boys” touting how great the system is and iPad’s inherent flaws. I think all Android users recognize there are some problems with the system, but accept graciously the vast amount of excess advantages (external ports, output, control, expansion, etc.)

Well, for those of you who are worried that the “great debate” is ruining the Android fan-boy in me, rest your weary heads. I will “keep the faith”, and in all honesty never truly to switch to iPad. I know though that there are a significant number of lawyers looking and weighing the advantages of either system, and quite often choose iPad for one simple reason: everyone else is doing it.

Sure, iPad has a significant number of lawyer-specific apps that, if you’re truly in need of trial software, you’ll probably want an iPad. My thought and experience is that I’ve never (and my experience is limited) needed my tablet to trial. Quite honestly, even though I’m a bona fide techno-holic, there are some things better left to the “old school.” REvers pointed this fact out:

That leaves iJuror. I’ve never used it either, but just from the description it strikes me as being pretty much tech for tech’s sake. Maybe you civil guys take it slower during voir dire, but when I pick a jury I’m scribbling notes in different boxes as fast as I can scribble. I’m not sure I could keep up with the process using either a tablet or a laptop. Some things, for me at least, are just done better using a pen and paper.

Bingo! I haven’t attended a jury trial yet where my fingers weren’t madly-dashing to write every minute detail about the jury and its quirks. Though I haven’t used iJuror in any depth, I can’t imagine that I’d be able to transcribe information by typing on my tablet. Now, perhaps if you add a keyboard, that might change some things.

Second, if you take an honest look at the apps you use on an everyday basis, you’ll find that Android has the same ones. For instance, here’s a list of my commonly-used apps (in order of most-used):

  1. Gmail
  2. Dropbox
  3. RepliGo PDF
  4. Google Docs (now Drive – though you want to see this post)
  5. Docs to Go
  6. Evernote
  7. Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+)
  8. Netflix

Nothing different from iPad. What app would I want to see: a trial presentation app, or a similar presentation app. Though even this app isn’t especially important because even if I’m going to present at trial, I’m using my laptop, and not likely my tablet.

So really, the choice is clear: Android’s still the champ.

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.

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