Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Android for Education: first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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If you don’t already have a tablet computer, it is probably on your wish list.  Sales of these new types of computers has has exploded and continue to beat all expectations.  Apple’s iPad, the inventor of this type of computing is clearly the industry leader.  What I wanted to explore is if there are good reasons to look further than the iPad.  The Computer Using Educators of BC recently gave me the opportunity to find out!

I’m now equipped with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.  Early reports make this a remarkable device.  It has the best screen on the market, it is running the latest version of Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb and has the processor and speed to match.

Unpacking: what’s in the box

A surprisingly simple package included the bare necessities.  Just the tablet, power cords and a 4 page getting started guide.  It was an additional cost but a necessary one to purchase a screen protector ($19.99), folding portfolio case ($59.99) and a HD video connector ($29.99).  CUEBC bought the Galaxy Tab from BestBuy.

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Measures to Compare?

Here are some of the metrics that I’d like to explore in the coming weeks to find out if Apple has finally met it’s match in the Samsung Tab.

  • Impact  - does the Samsung leave a positive impression?
  • Apps – does the Android market have the development community behind it? 
  • Communication – how is the device surfing the internet and connecting to a wide variety of social networks?
  • Performance – speed and ease of use?
  • Value – does the price match the product?

Feedback

Interested in hearing from others, what features does the iPad have that make it irresistible for education?

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