Apple has been leading the market for some years. while i find android has the trend to encroach on the markets. last time when i bought cell phone, there were obviously more pepole checking HTC than those in Apple store. in addition, due to brand protection, many unknown andriod cell phones are also coming into markets.
these android smartphones are indeed cheap but they are really so powerful in functions as the descriptions say?
Android tablets are not better than the iPad 2. I love Android, I make custom Android ROMs and kernels. I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and I want it to be better than the iPad, but it just isn't. And until developers take Android tablets seriously and make proper apps for them, it never will be. It's the sad reality.
While Android handsets are a far superior option to iPhones for a lot of people, I still think the iPad line is the best line of tablets currently available. iOS is leagues ahead of Android when it comes to tablet optimised apps, isn't a victim of fragmentation which is still quite prevalent in Android's tablet ecosystem, and continues to run the latest versions of the OS without issues on comparatively modest specs. There's certainly nothing wrong with the high end Android tabs out there, I personally don't see much of an advantage outside of having extreme customisability.
I have an iPad 3 and a Samsung Galaxy 7.7, briefly tried out the Galaxy 10.1.... no contest the iPad is better than both except the Samsung tend to have lighter weight and feel better balanced than the iPad.
Apps, generally these days most apps are available across all platforms and if it doesn't exist there usually is an alternative that is every bit as good.