I see that similar questions have been asked, but none quite offered the type of answer I was looking for, so I'll pose it here:
Assuming my boat can tank shields and armor equally effectively, and not knowing what types of ammo my opponents will be using, which tank would be the better option?
I ask because I've switched from an armor tanking perspective to a shield tanking style for a few reasons.
First, my shield tank is a passive setup, leaving me free to worry about other things, while the armor tank required constant monitoring.
Second, my shields will recharge no matter what, and instantly once I hit a station, while armor requires waiting for an armor repairer to catch up or paying once I'm docked.
Third, if I'm getting my butt kicked, the basic armor under my shields gives me a few extra seconds to make like a tree and get outta there, whereas if I'm giving up shields and letting my armor take the beating, once it's gone, my boat sinks very quickly.
Armor tanking is obviously effective, so what ideas from that side of the argument am I missing?