How I chose between an iPad and an Android tablet as a music reader: Part 3

Posted: July 22, 2012 in Android, apps, forScore, iPad, sheet music, tablet

(This is Part 3 in a three-part series – read Part 1 and Part 2)

So here’s how the end of my music reader tablet story plays out.  The thoughts about iPad versus Android tablets as a sheet music reader had been swirling in the back of my mind for a while.  I postponed making a purchase to see if Android would catch up in the sheet music app department.

But then came the straw that broke the camel’s back.  I went to a FedEx Office store to print some scores, since I’d long since ditched my home printer.  I had the PDF file on my phone and used their HP ePrint app (Android version, iOS version) to send it to their printers.  Normally this is a very handy little app, but that day, I tried printing a double-sided score, and the @#$!*% copier spewed out a bunch of single-sided copies of the score, no matter which settings I used.  To add insult to injury, during my final attempt, the copier ate my credit card.  The FedEx employee I flagged down was unable to retrieve my card, so he called a manager, who took forever to arrive.  Finally the manager retrieved my card by pulling the plug on the copier.  He said he could print my copies if I emailed him the file, but I said “No thanks” and went home and ordered an iPad that night.  Enough was enough with the paper copies!

I ended up choosing the iPad for two main reasons: the superior music score reading apps (especially forScore) and the reliability, these ended up being the most important to me.  As a musician, I need to work smoothly and efficiently in rehearsals and performances – and I need the tablet not to crash on me mid-performance!!!  I am not stating this as a prescription for all musicians, though.  Decide what’s important to you, and then make your own choice!

I still own and love my souped-up, tricked-out Android devices, though.  If the price I pay for those customizations is that my device isn’t quite reliable enough to take onto the concert stage, then so be it.  I do have another singer colleague who rehearses and performs with an Android tablet – I’ll have to check in with her sometime to see what her experience has been, and whether she likes it.

(P.S.  I haven’t mentioned Windows tablets in these posts – I never really considered them.  One reason is that they weren’t really established enough at the time I was shopping around.  The other reason is bias or maybe just flat-out blind prejudice: I’m pretty sick of Windows and Microsoft these days.  After having gone through a bunch of Windows computers at work and at home, I decided I couldn’t take it anymore.)

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  1. […] How I chose between an iPad and an Android tablet as a music reader: Part 3 […]

  2. […] How I chose between an iPad and an Android tablet as a music reader: Part 3 […]

  3. Michael says:

    The past two years at the NAMM trade show, iPads have been everywhere and Android is practically non-existent. The two exceptions are 1) embedded devices, like a display inside a guitar, or 2) companies that haven’t converted their software from Flash yet.

    • Tech4Singers says:

      I can believe it. I assume that it’s more profitable to develop for iPad and easier in some important ways, especially with not having to test on five gazillion types of devices. That’s another thing about Android, you have more choice in devices but then some apps are buggy on some devices but not others.

  4. […] How I chose between an iPad and an Android tablet as a music reader: Part 3 […]

  5. […] I have to say, though, that the difference in the playing field between music reader apps on iOS versus Android is in large part what forced my hand with respect to purchasing an iPad – although I took my time deliberating over the options. (see “How I chose between an iPad and an Android tablet as a music reader,” parts one, two, and three). […]

  6. […] pictured above.  It was just this sort of paper printing stupidity that earlier this year drove me out of the FedEx Office store and into the Apple Store to buy an iPad and go paperless (or as paperless as […]

  7. […] in “How I chose between an iPad and an Android tablet as a music reader, Parts 1, 2, and 3“.  The quality and availability of music-reading apps is an important consideration when […]

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