The fault lies with Google and their total neglect of keeping Android up to par for tablets. I would like to get something to replace my 2nd gen Nexus 7, but have been sticking with the phone for the past year.
In the second half of 2018, Play will require that new apps and app updates target a recent Android API level. This will be required for new apps in August 2018, and for updates to existing apps in November 2018. This is to ensure apps are built on the latest APIs optimized for security and performance.
In August 2019, Play will require that new apps and app updates with native libraries provide 64-bit versions in addition to their 32-bit versions.
Additionally, in early 2018, Play will start adding a small amount of security metadata on top of each APK to further verify app authenticity. You do not need to take any action for this change.
Replying late, but you know what? You are right. When I spoke, I really didn’t process the price you were talking about. $329 is indeed a good bang-for-buck for a 9.7" iPad.
Pity is translates to $494 in Europe, with the taxes.