There was a short discussion on a listserv I’m on, where a poster stated that he/she didn’t want to choose Android because “[The Droid Lawyer] said that there weren’t enough good Android apps for lawyers.”
While that’s flattering that someone trusts my opinion enough to sway them away from Android, I want to clarify that I don’t believe I’ve ever said Android is inferior to iOS because it lacks the requisite number of lawyer-specific apps. What’s more, if I did make a comment like that, I quickly retracted the comment (and here).
The fact is, although Android developers haven’t rushed to create Android-specific lawyer apps like TrialPad or iJuror, the developments will come, and are coming. Specifically, check out Depose (and here), which is only available on Android.
Moreover, as many Android attorneys discover, there’s a thin line between the apps we want and those we absolutely need. What everyone eventually discovers is that the number of apps, which are available for iOS, and you depend on daily, are also available for Android users.
For instance, many attorneys depend on Evernote to manage case, client, and personal information. The app is available on Android and functions like its iOS brother. The same can be said about programs for MS Office, WordPerfect, Adobe PDF, deposition transcripts, and a slew of other apps. The truth is, as I said earlier, the limited number of times you’ll actually need to use apps like TrialPad or iJuror is so limited, that their absence from Android doesn’t matter. Incidentally, if you’re looking for the semi-iJuror experience, check out iJuror connect, which has some of the same features.
The second factor, and I think equally significant consideration, is that eventually developers will want and need to tap into the Android market. As the head-over-heels leader in mobile OS installs, Android developers will “greedily” tap that arena.
As the voice told Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come.” Introduction of the Android 4.0 and Android 4.1 operating systems revolutionized the Android experience, capitalizing on faster processing, a more-defined UI, and and overall better user experience.
So, now that Android is taking off, and especially since you’ll only scratch the surface on your need for specific applications, Android is an obvious choice to consider when you’re purchasing a tablet or smartphone for your law practice.